AND SO IT GOES (PG-13). Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in this rom-com about an unpleasnt, self-centered hugely successful realtor who is unexpectedly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed.
BEGIN AGAIN (R). Keira Knightley stars as Gretta, a songwriter trying to find her voice in the wake of a bad breakup with her pop-star boyfriend (Adam Levine). She’s discovered at an open mic night by Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a down-on-his-luck music industry executive. Without the financial means to make a demo, the traditional path to courting a record company, the two embark on a plan to record an album on the streets of New York that will incorporate the ambient sounds of the city. From John Carney, the director of "Once," who keeps flipping clichés to keep us guessing. The film also improves on the typical genre picture with its rueful, intelligence, warmth and creative use of music to advance the story. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- 7/12).
CHEF (R). Writer-director-actor Jon Favreau brings his A-game patter to this romp about an embattled Los Angeles chef, once celebrated, now in a rut, who has to take a road trip in a food truck to find his soul, and his food, again. With Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/9). 1:55.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG-13). Picking up where "Planet of the Apes" left off, the first scientifically evolved ape, Caesar, has led his tribe into the Muir Woods, where they’ve built a village, mastered fire, SSL (Simian Sign Language) and horseback riding, isolated and safe from human interference. Then some humans, led by the curious and compassionate Malcolm (Jason Clarke), encounter the colony. An action-packed epic, a moving sci-fi allegory rendered in broad, lush brush strokes by the latest state of the computer animator’s art. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 7/16). 2:10.
HERCULES (PG-13). The King of Thrace and his daughter seek the Greek demigod’s help in taking down a tyrannical warlord. With Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Reece Ritchie.
IDA (NR). Set in 1962, when Poland was part of the Soviet bloc, "Ida" is about a young novitiate, an orphan, who discovers she has an aunt. She is sent to the city to meet this woman before she takes her vows, and so a journey begins. "Ida" is a breathtakingly concise film -- just 80 minutes long -- with a clear, simple narrative line. But within its relatively brief duration and its narrow black-and-white frames, the movie somehow contains a cosmos of guilt, violence and pain. (Scott, New York Times -- 6/30). 1:20.
LUCY (R). Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi action-thriller about a woman who becomes the unwilling subject of an experiment to unlock her brain so that it can function at 100% capacity -- something normally beyond the realm of human capability. With Morgan Freeman.
PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (PG). Roughly twice as good as its predecessor, "Planes," which was so story-and-laugh starved it would have given "direct-to-video" a bad name. The sequel’s story is about something -- Dusty the racing plane learns to be a S.E.A.T., a Single Engine Ariel Tanker, a fire-fighting plane. For very young children, it offers animated suspense and lovely and exciting animated aerial footage of planes and helicopters fighting forest fires in the American West. There’s more of a "Thomas the Tank Engine" feel to this sequel, with planes and firetrucks and bulldozers doing the righteous work of dousing pretty convincing animated blazes. A couple of flight sequences take us over majestic deserts and amber waves of grain -- beautiful animated scenery. Other than that, there’s not much to this. HH (Moore, McClatchy-trubune News Serice). 1:23.
SEX TAPE (R). A couple wake up to find the sex tape they made the night before to spice up their marriage has been accidentally downloaded to other iPads that have been given away as gifts. Dirty minded but wholesomely executed, like a 6-year-old telling a smutty joke he doesn’t understand. With Cameron Diaz, Jason Siegel. H1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 7/21). 1:46.
TAMMY (R). Melissa McCarthy plays the title character who, after wrecking her car, losing her job and discovering her husband cheating on her, decides to run away. Joining her on this trek of self-discovery is her grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Poorly written and acted, a monumental waste of talent. 0H (Bentley, The Fresno Bee -- 7/9). 1:36.
THE LUNCHBOX (PG). Charming hearts and making hungry stomachs growl, Ritesh Batra’s bittersweet romance delights. Set amid Mumbai’s courier system of lunch delivery, a mistaken dropoff creates pen pals and perhaps more for an unfulfilled housewife and a bored bureaucrat. A smooth blend of pathos and comedy. In Hindi, with English subtitles. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 4/24). 1:44.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (PG-13). This new film departs from the prescribed "Transformers" universe to present a world in which Autobots are no longer viewed as friends of man. It’s a post-Witwicky era when the Earth’s populace is unclear about who their extraterrestrial robot enemies are.
THE PURGE: ANARCHY (R). In the near future, during a single 12-hour period every year, Americans are free to commit any crime they choose, no matter how cruel or bloody. Sponsored by the U.S. government, the event is called the "purge," and participants are encouraged to "release the beast."
WISH I WAS HERE (NR). Zach Braff wrote, directed and stars in this comedy-drama about a struggling actor and family man whose life starts to unravel.
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