THE EXPENDABLES 3
Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson
Freelance commandos the Expendables and their leader (Stallone) come into conflict with the ruthless arms dealer (Gibson) who co-founded the team. Patrick Hughes (“Red Hill”) directed the action adventure.
Rated PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes
A whole lot of knowledge becomes a very dangerous thing for the young hero of this well-intentioned but dull adaptation of Lois Lowry’s classic young-adult novel. And audiences also run a pretty serious risk — of falling asleep before it’s all over. Bridges stars as the Receiver of Memory, in charge of passing memories of mankind’s past existence to a new, teenage Receiver (Thwaites) in the safe, secure, benignly fascistic post-apocalyptic future.
LET’S BE COPS
Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use
Stars: Jake Johnston, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev
After dressing as cops for a costume party, two friends (Johnston and Wayans Jr.) get mixed up with real-life gangsters and corrupt detectives. Luke Greenfield (“The Girl Next Door”) directed the action comedy.
Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Kelly Reilly
A priest in a small Irish village (Gleeson) receives a death threat in confession, targeting him for the sins of sexual predators in the clergy. Writer/director John Michael McDonagh also directed Gleeson in “The Guard.”
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality
Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Scrumptious food is one of the key ingredients, with plenty of coolly classical French cuisine and zesty Indian concoctions on the menu. But the main attraction is the evolving relationship between Mirren, as the haughty owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a village in southern France and Puri as the patriarch of a clan who sets up a competing eatery across the road. With a little young love thrown in as a bonus. Directed by Lasse Hallström, who covered somewhat similar ground in “Chocolat.”
INTO THE STORM
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references
Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh
A small town is devastated by a record number of tornadoes, with the worst yet to come. Steven Quale (“Final Destination 5”) directed the thriller.
STEP UP ALL IN
Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive material
Stars: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam Sevani
After breaking up with his crew, an ambitious street dancer (Guzman) recruits new performers and competes against his former team in Las Vegas for a lucrative contract. Choreographer Trish Sie makes her feature directorial debut with the dance extravaganza.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Johnny Knoxville, Whoopi Goldberg
Four unlikely heroes emerge from the sewers of New York City to combat the evil Ninja Shredder. Jonathan Liebesman (“Wrath of the Titans”) directed the return adventure of the Ninja Turtles.
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references throughout, partial nudity and language
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall
As hyper-bantering pals doing their best to hide their attraction to each other with jokes, Radcliffe and Kazan are kept so busy being clever there’s not much time for them to connect on an emotional level. And that’s a shame, because when their feelings do take over, occasionally, “What If” generates some serious romance. If you’ve seen “When Harry Met Sally. . .” you’ll know what to expect. But with twice as many wisecracks.
GET ON UP
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer
It’s a conventional biopic for the most part, in terms of charting the rise and fall and rise of the Godfather of Soul, but Chadwick Boseman’s uncanny performance makes that mostly irrelevant. And the music comes across like an electrifying, super-funky force of nature.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language
Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
There’s plenty of spectacular action in this comic book adventure about an unlikely team of outlaws defending the galaxy from a genocidal maniac, but it’s the deftly handled humor that makes it work. “Parks and Recreation” cast member Pratt stars as Peter Quill (who would much rather be called Starlord), a likeably roguish thief with a predilection for pratfalls. He’s Han Solo with a silly streak. And there’s a permanently disgruntled talking raccoon (Cooper) in his crew who’s even more fun.
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT
Rated PG-13 for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout
Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins
Woody Allen’s probably didn’t break a sweat coming up with this light, romantic change of pace following last year’s heavy-duty “Blue Jasmine,” but it’s basically a delight, nonetheless. A cynical 1920s stage magician (Firth) attempts to expose a psychic medium (Stone) but gradually begins to believe she could be the real thing — while beginning to fall for her. “Magic” is an intentionally superficial entertainment, but there’s a bit of substance under the surface as well as a nice selection of prime Allen one-liners.
AND SO IT GOES
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements
Stars: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Rob Reiner
It will only take about five minutes for you to figure out precisely where this thoroughly artificial retirement-age romance is going as it plods along its deeply rutted path. Forced to take care of the granddaughter he didn’t know he had while his son does time in prison, misanthropic realtor Douglas reaches out to his disapproving, widowed, breathy-voiced lounge singing neighbor (Keaton) for an assist. Any doubts about what happens next? Rob Reiner, a long, long way from “When Harry Met Sally,” directs with sitcom snappiness and canned pathos.
THE FLUFFY MOVIE
Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and sexual references
Stars: Gabriel Iglesias, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Juliocesar Chavez
Stand-up comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’s 23-country “Unity through Laughter” tour was captured in this concert film.
Rated R language, drug use and some sexual content
Stars: Lena Dunham, Anna Kendrick, Joe Swanberg
An irresponsible 20-something (Kendrick) disrupts the holidays after moving in with her older brother (Swanberg) and his family. Swanberg wrote and directed the comedy-drama.
Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Irina Shayk
The mythical hero (Johnson) questions his life as a mercenary when a king and his daughter seek his help to defeat a tyrannical warlord. Brett Ratner (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) directed the action-adventure.
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, and language
Stars: Michael Pitt, Astrid Berges-Frey, Brit Marling
The purely scientific worldview of a molecular biologist (Pitt) is challenged when he uncovers possible evidence of reincarnation. Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”) wrote and directed the drama.
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton
When the drugs she’s being forced to smuggle burst open in her body, a woman (Johansson) develops superhuman abilities and a strong desire for vengeance. Luc Besson (“La Femme Nikita”) wrote and directed the action-adventure.
A MOST WANTED MAN
Rated R for language
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe
Condensing the complicated plot of John Le Carré’s 2008 novel results in occasional confusion and the slow, brooding pace sometimes tests patience, but “A Most Wanted Man” does have one very good thing going for it — Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final starring role. He’s subtle perfection in the role of a rumpled, world-weary German spy hoping to link a tortured Chechen refugee to a Muslim philanthropist suspected of funding terror, while fending off the CIA and an arrest-happy Hamburg police chief.
Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater
This one is special. Writer/director Richard Linklater (“Slacker,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunrise”) took a few days each year for 12 years to shoot this loosely plotted, subtly moving fictional portrait of a boy (Ellar Coltrane), his sister (Linklater’s daughter Lorelei), his mom (Arquette) and his mostly absentee dad (Hawke) simply going about their lives, with all its attendant calamities and joys.Tags: movies