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.
DRINKING BUDDIES (R).
A twocouple trip to Chris' family's vacation house near the dunes in Michigan brings about some interesting complications, as lines of romantic interest and platonic devotion become entangled and boundaries of sexual ethics are tested. With Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, Anna Kendrick. Review, this page ELYSIUM (R). Director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his breakout debut hit “District 9” is another action-heavy sci-fi picture. In the near future, the world's wealthiest 1 percent (led by Jodie Foster) will abandon our ruined planet and move into a mammoth space station orbiting Earth. The people left behind (including Matt Damon) are required to work in factories to keep the satellite running smoothly. A violent, derivative and yet thoroughly entertaining trip into the future through the lens of today. \
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FRUITVALE STATION (R).
Based on a true story, this drama traces the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African-American who was headed home with friends when they were detained by Oakland transit cops, responding to reports of a fight on a train. A gun goes off and Grant is mortally wounded by a white officer, claiming he intended to use a Taser and mistakenly grabbed his pistol. As direct and devastating as a pointblank bullet to the back.
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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.
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER (PG-13).
Inspired by but not entirely based on the career of Eugene Allen, a White House servant to eight presidents during times of racial change. A classy production, wellacted throughout but its reach exceeds writer-director Lee Daniels' creative grasp. With Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey. HH1/ 2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times — 8/17). 2:10.
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.
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.
Hugh Jackman plays a working-class father who takes the law into his own hands when he tries to torture a confession out of a man suspected of kidnapping his daughter.
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 from World War I, and falls in love with the red-haired muse.
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.
Director Shane Salerno's documentary exhaustively researches author J.D. Salinger and interviews hosts of people who knew “Jerry” well, wrote of him extensively, or simply admired his work.
THE FAMILY (R).
A notorious mob family in the witness protection program is transplanted to 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. Even though the cast is first-rate, “The Family” tends to lurch between laughs. The mayhem is personal and graphic enough to make you wince. Just a bit. With Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones.
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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. The jokes are often double-edged, the performances always spot-on. You'll see more inventive movies this year but few more endearing. With Liam Grace, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry. HHH1/ 2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times — 7/19). 1:43.
WE'RE THE MILLERS (R).
In order to smuggle a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico to the United States, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two kids to pose as his family.