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At area theaters 83 AUSTENLAND, PG-13 Keri Russell plays a woman with a secret obsession with all things Jane Austen who spends her life savings on a trip to an English resort hoping to meet her very own Mr.
Darcy. (97 minutes) 70 BAGGAGE CLAIM, PG-13 Paula Patton plays a flight attendant who racks up 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters trying to find Mr. Right so she can get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding - in a month. With Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Jenifer Lewis, Tia Mowry, Djimon Hounsou; directed by David E. Talbert. (96 minutes) 76 BATTLE OF THE YEAR, PG-13 A Los Angeles hip-hop mogul (Laz Alonso) hires a hard-luck former basketball coach (Josh Holloway) to take the United States to victory in an international dance-crew tournament for the ÿrst time in 15 years. (109 minutes)90 BLUE CAPRICE, R An abandoned boy falls under the shadow of a dangerous father figure (Isaiah Washington) and their distorted relationship develops into a long and bloody journey across America. (“Inspired by true events”: the so-called Beltway sniper attacks.) With Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, Al Sapienza, Leo Fitzpatrick; directed by Alexandre Moors. (93 minutes) 89 BLUE JASMINE, PG-13 After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage, an elegant New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister’s modest San Francisco apartment to try to pull herself back together. (98 minutes)72 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, PG Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention, a machine that turned water into food, causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But now he discovers that his invention not only survived, but is now creating feral food animals. Animated. Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal;
directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn. (95 minutes) 83 THE CONJURING, R A couple of world-renowned paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), called in to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse, ÿnd themselves forced to confront a powerful demonic entity. (112 minutes) 86 DESPICABLE ME 2, PG Steve Carell returns as the voice of semi-supervillain Gru, now the step-parent of three little girls and the master of minions, with “a host of new and outrageously funny characters.” Animated. Withvoices of Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt; directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin. (98 minutes) 86 DON JON, R Writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a successful womanizer with a penchant for online porn and Scarlett Johansson plays a romantic woman looking for her Prince Charming, both struggling against old-fashioned expectations and a media culture full of false fantasies. With Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Glenne Headly. (90 minutes) 76 THE FAMILY, R A mob boss (Robert De Niro) who has snitched on his colleagues moves with his family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo) to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program and, despite the best efforts of a federal agent (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, continually blows their cover by dealing with problems in the “family” way. (108 minutes)88 FRUITVALE STATION, R Based on a true story. Young Bay Area resident Michael B. Jordan’s almost perfect day ends when he’s shot and killed by transit officers. (90 minutes) 62 GROWN UPS 2, PG-13 The ÿve former high-school basketball teammates who reunited after 30 years for the ÿrst movie have reunited for a second, including Lenny (Adam Sandler), who has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time, “the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.” (101 minutes)87 IN A WORLD …, R Director Lake Bell plays a struggling vocal coach who, propelled by the hubris of her father, the reigning king of movie-trailer voice-over artists, musters the courage to pursue her secret aspiration to be a voice-over star. With Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino. (93 minutes) 75 INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, PG-13 In this sequel, the haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. (105 minutes) 86 INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, PG-13 After a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace, Acapulco’s resident playboy ends up in Los Angeles, where he works as a stuntman to pay the bills for himself and his daughter. (115 minutes) 83 LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, PG-13 Forest Whitaker plays a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. (132 minutes) 87 METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, R Filmmaker Nimrod Antal combines narrative and live-performance footage of the heavy-metal band into “a 3-D motion picture event,” framed by the story of a young roadie (Dane DeHaan) on an urgent mission during the band’s live set in front of a soldout arena. (94 minutes)85 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, G In this Monsters Inc. prequel, college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal), in his first semester at Monsters University, ÿnds his plans to become a primo Scarer sidelined when he crosses paths with hotshot Sulley (voice of John Goodman) and discovers that the mismatched pair will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, to make it to the top. Animated. (110 minutes) 87 PACIFIC RIM, PG-13 When massive robots piloted by pairs of mind-locked humans aren’t enough to beat back legions of monstrous creatures that have risen from the sea, mankind’s defenders must rely on two unlikely heroes - a washed-up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi).
(131 minutes)73 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, PG Young demigod Percy Jackson and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey through the Bermuda Triangle to ÿnd the Golden Fleece, battling terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and an ancient evil along the way.
(106 minutes) 78 PLANES, PG Above the world of Disney’s/Pixar’s Cars comes the story of a plane (voice of Dane Cook) with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer who turns to a seasoned naval aviator to help him get into shape - and conquer his fear of heights - before the big championship race.
Animated. (92 minutes)78 PRISONERS, R Hugh Jackman, searching for his apparently kidnapped 6-year-old daughter and her young friend, takes matters into his own hands when the only suspect in the disappearance is released from jail, even if it means crossing the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante.
(146 minutes) 85 RED 2, PG-13 Retired black-ops CIA agent Bruce Willis reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
(116 minutes) 75 RIDDICK, R Vin Diesel brings back his Pitch Black/The Chronicles of Riddick anti-hero escaped convict who, left for dead on an apparently lifeless, sun-scorched planet, must fight for survival against alien predators and fend off the mercenary bounty hunters he is forced to summon for help.
(119 minutes) 70 R.I.P.D., PG-13 Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds play undead cops in the Rest in Peace Department, protecting the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. (96 minutes)88 RUSH, R Formula One racing rivals - a handsome English playboy (Chris Hemsworth) and a disciplined Austrian perfectionist (Daniel Bruhl) - push themselves to the breaking point, on and off the track, in this based-on-real-life story of ’70s drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. With Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Stephen Mangan, Christian McKay; directed by Ron Howard.
(123 minutes) 87 THIS IS THE END, R Six friends (Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill) are trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. (107 minutes)75 TURBO, PG An underdog snail’s impossible dream of winning the Indy 500 kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. Animated. (96 minutes) 85 WE’RE THE MILLERS, R Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time “pot’’ dealer whose attempt to help out some local teens leads to a drug-smuggling trip to Mexico with a fake wife and kids in tow. (110 minutes) 92 THE WIZARD OF OZ, G The 1939 film classic as you’ve never seen it, re-engineered in IMAX 3-D so it’s supposed to feel like you are really following the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City with Dorothy and her friends. (112 minutes)86 THE WOLVERINE, PG-13 Hugh Jackman is back as the title X-Men superhero, transplanted to modern-day Japan, where, out of his depth in an unknown world, he faces a life-or-death battle against lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. (126 minutes) 87 WORLD WAR Z, PG-13 Brad Pitt plays a United Nations guy in a race against time to stop a “pandemic” (a virus that kills, reanimates and turns people into flesh-eating zombies). (116 minutes)
Movie-rating point system
Movies are rated on a scale from 50 to 100. Guidelines for moviegoers:
80-89 Better than most to remarkable
60-69 Awful to mediocre
MovieStyle, Pages 33 on 10/04/2013