A quick look at films now playing in area theaters:
BLACKFISH (PG-13). The dark side of sea parks is explored in this documentary on the supposedly gentle giants known as orcas or "killer whales." Highly intelligent and accustomed to the free range of the oceans, these 8,000-pound behemoths have lashed out at trainers, often with deadly results.
BLUE JASMINE (R). Woody Allen takes a break from comedy in his annual offering, this time focusing on a New York woman (Cate Blanchett) who must move to San Francisco after a serious life crisis.
CLOSED CIRCUIT (R). British crime thriller about the high-profile trial of a man charged with setting off an explosion in a busy London market and two lawyers who begin to suspect a British government cover-up.
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (PG-13).In this sequel,the Lambert family learn their struggle with the supernatural is far from over when a long-buried secret plunges them back into a terrifying world of darkness. With Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins.
CAMIONETA (NR).The journey of a decommissioned United States school bus south to Guatemala where it is repaired, repainted and resurrected as one of the brightly colored camionetas that take Guatemelans to and from work every day. In Spanish with English subtitles.
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (PG-13). Inspired by the career of Eugene Allen, a White House servant to eight presidents during times of racial change. A classy production, well-acted throughout but its reach exceeds writer-director Lee Daniels' creative grasp. With Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey. (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 8/17). 2:10.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G). All the characters from "Monsters, Inc." return in this Pixar prequel that finds the endearing scarers in college before graduating into the "real" world of becoming monsters-in-the-closet-and-under-the-bed fears. (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 6/22). 1:50.
ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US (PG). Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's full access on- and offstage portrait of the band One Direction during its 2012 tour.
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (PG). Logan Lerman returns as the teenage son of Poseidon in this second adaptation of Rick Riordan's popular fantasy novels.
PLANES (PG). A cropduster (voiced by Dane Cook) dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. Yes, it does sound an awful lot like Pixar's "Cars," minus the Pixar. This one is just plain Disney.
RENOIR (R).Aging artist Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) finds himself reinvigorated by the presence of a beautiful young model, but becomes enraged when his wounded son Jean (Vincent Rottiers) returns home and falls in love with the red-haired muse.
RIDDICK 3D (R). A remake/sequel to Vin Diesel's break-out 2000 movie "Pitch Black," "Riddick" finds Diesel's title character stranded once more on an alien planet riddled with night-stalking predators. To survive, he must also confront bounty hunters and a figure from his past.
THE FAMILY (R). A notorious mob family in the witness protection program is transplanted to a sleepy village in France where their customary way of handling things compromises their safety and turns life upside down for the native villagers who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a mob war. With Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW (R). High school senior Sutter Keely is a drunk, but won't say anything. Especially Aimee Finicky, the honor roll mouse whose house is where Sutter awakens hungover on the lawn. A remarkably honest teenage romance full of complications, eager pledges and breakthrough kisses. With Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley. (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 9/11). 1:35.
THE WAY, WAY BACK (PG-13). A water park becomes the unlikely location for a gawky youth's coming into his own over the course of a summer. You'll see more inventive movies this year but few more endearing. With Liam Grace, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry.
THE WORLD'S END (R). British sci-fi comedy about a group of friends who discover an alien invasion while on a pub crawl to end all pub crawls in their hometown.
THIS IS THE END (R). A horror comedy about the apocalypse featuring a bunch of stars playing themselves before, and after, Hollywood burns, A wildly erratic, gross extravaganza. With Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson.
WE'RE THE MILLERS (R). In order to smuggle a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two kids to pose as his family.