BEFORE MIDNIGHT (R). The third of RIchard Linklater's films tracing the ups and downs of a relationship finds Celine and Jesse, still together nine years after we last saw them in Paris, at the end of a vacation in Greece. The conversational flow seems slightly forced this time around. Emotions rise as suddenly as subjects change. It doesn't feel genuine. With Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 6/19). 1:48.

DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG).There's enough here for a nice little movie. El Macho (Benjamin Bratt) is plotting his usual world domination thing when a reformed Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited to assist his capture by the Anti-Villain League led by Silas Ramsbottom (big laugh for the kiddies there). "Despicable Me 2" gains considerably from Kristen Wiig's sing-song neuroses as AVL agent Lucy Wilde. Wiig and Carell would make a terrific rom-com coupling in the flesh but their voices will have to suffice for now. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times --7/4). 1:38.

GROWN UPS 2 (PG-13). Basically, the sequel to the hit "Grown Ups" finds our Hollywood pal Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler), his wife (Salma Hayek) and brood moved back to his home town. That's where childhood pal Eric (Kevin James) runs a body shop, Kurt (Chris Rock) is a cable guy, and Marcus (David Spade) has just learned he's a deadbeat dad. Another pointless romp through Sandlerland -- where the women are buxom, the kids have catch phrases and the jokes are below average.


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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 all our childhood monsters-in-the-closet-and-under-the-bed fears. It's not a bad movie at all but it is disappointing. The movie is mostly fun and ultimately disposable, which is a letdown after Pixar's previous greatness. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 6/22). 1:50.

PACIFIC RIM (PG-13). Kaijus had the upper hand for years, until nations united to create Jaegers, robots so enormous that two internal pilots are required. The pilots operate in a mind meld ("The more you bond, the badder you fight"). Charlie Hunnam and Diego Klattenhoff are top gun Jaeger meisters, respectively, Raleigh Beckett and his brother, Yancy. Massively good and capable of bringing out the childlike wonder that summer blockbusters largely forget. HHH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 7/13). 2:11.

RED 2 (PG-13)This action comedy sequel about retired government assassins features at its center a love triangle involving Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary Louise Parker. With Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox, David Thewlis.

STORIES WE TELL. Filmmaker Sarah Polley examines her family roots in this fascinating perfectly synchronized documentary. HHHH (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 7/18). 1:48.

STORIES WE TELL. Filmmaker Sarah Polley examines her family roots in this fascinating perfectly synchronized documentary. HHHH (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 7/18). 1:48.

THE CONJURING (R). A family is moving into a fixer-upper farmhouse that they'll discover is possessed. Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga.

THE CONJURING (R). A family is moving into a fixer-upper farmhouse that they'll discover is possessed. Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga.

THE HEAT (R). Sandra Bullock plays a prissy, know-it-all, overly coiffed F.B.I. agent who is sent to Boston to prepare for a promotion. While there, she runs afoul of a foul-mouthed, slovenly Boston detective, played by Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy's teaming with Oscar winner Bullock is perfect casting for an underwhelming script that in the ‘70s might have been cast with men and played seriously on TV. It's all erratic fun and games. HH 1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 7/1).

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. With Liam Grace, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry.

THIS IS THE END (R). A horror comedy about the apocalypse featuring a bunch of funky comedy stars playing themselves before, and after, Hollywood burns, A wildly erratic, gross extravaganza that, in its peak moments, is as bold as "Borat." With Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson. HH1/2 (Sragow, Orange County Register -- 6/12). 1:47.

TURBO (PG). An auto-racing obsessed garden snail is determined to escape his colony of tomato-munchers and race against the big guys. Think "Cars" with snails. While little children may be enchanted by this gastropod that could, adults will be more sorely tested. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 7/17). 1:35.

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (PG-13). Director Morgan Neville has put together a breezy, poignant and ultimately powerful documentary about background singers -- Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill -- terrific talents who finally get a well-deserved turn in the spotlight. HHH (Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 7/11). 1:30.

WORLD WAR Z (PG-13). A retired globetrotting United Nations troubleshooter (Brad Pitt) is called in to track down the source of the worldwide plague that is turning people into athletically inclined zombies that can scale walls and overtake cities in minutes. The film's calculated restraint emphasizes the horror's sprawl and preserves the PG-13 rating. "World War Z" presents an abundance of relatively plausible action and smart solutions. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 6/24). 1:56.