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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 12:53 am

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A Most Wanted Man

Present-day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about him seems to add up; is he a victim, thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a British banker and a young female lawyer, determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit, who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe. Not Rated

And So It Goes

There are a million reasons not to like real estate agent Oren Little, and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned 9-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor, Leah, and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart — to his family, to Leah, and to life itself. Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Paloma Guzmán, Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli, David Aaron Baker, Austin Lysy, Barbara Vincent. PG-13

Come Back to Me

Sarah and Josh McLaren are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant. To add to her shock, she subsequently discovers that her husband is sterile. As her marriage and world begin to fall apart, she makes a desperate attempt to find the truth by planting a hidden camera in her home. What she discovers is both horrific and life-altering and involves a dark secret about her neighbor Dale that proves to be even more far-reaching than anyone could imagine. Starring: Matt Passmore, Katie Walder, Nathan Keyes, Caroline Clements, Laura Gordon, Peter S. Williams. R

I Origins

A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. Starring: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun. R

Land Ho!

A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas and rugged campsites. Starring: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Alice Olivia Clarke, Karrie Crouse, Elizabeth McKee, Emmsjé Gauti, Benjamin Kasulke, Daníel Gylfason. R

Lucy

A woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Pilou Asbæk, Claire Tran. R

The Fluffy Movie

This film captures worldwide comic phenomenon Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias in never-before-seen footage from his sold-out “Unity Through Laughter” tour, spanning over 23 countries, and more than 400 cities. Starring: Gabriel Iglesias. PG-13

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22 Jump Street

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman. R

America

Someone once observed that “America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Today, that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by a story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history, from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their “fair share.” This movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past, reminding us that our founding fathers warned that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. PG-13

Begin Again

A soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together, “Begin Again” is about Gretta and her longtime boyfriend, Dave — college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. The trappings of his newfound fame tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. But a chance encounter with a disgraced record label exec sets in motion an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Mos Def. R

Blended

After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon. PG-13

Chef

Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck, reigniting his passion for the kitchen and zest for life and love. Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt. R

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by the chimpanzee Caesar, is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell. PG-13

Deliver Us from Evil

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, struggling with personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale. R

Earth to Echo

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move. But two days before they must part ways, the boys and another school friend, Emma, discover a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. The friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story and their secret. Starring: Teo Halm, Reese C. Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt. PG

Edge of Tomorrow

In a near future in which an alien race has hit Earth in an unrelenting assault, Lt. Col. Bill Cage is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop that forces him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. With each battle, he is able to engage his adversaries with increasing skill — alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. PG-13

Hellion

Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents, the behavior of 13-year-old Jacob Wilson has begun to raise concerns around town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother, Wes. While the boys’ father, Hollis, loves his sons, he is still reeling from the loss of their mother, spending more time drowning his sorrows at the local bar and working on his damaged beach house than being an active parent. When the local authorities catch wind of the increasingly volatile situation, Wes is taken into custody by his Aunt Pam, leaving Jacob and Hollis to fend for themselves. In Wes’ absence, Jacob becomes increasingly obsessed with two things: winning a local motocross championship and getting his brother back. Starring: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Jonny Mars, Deke Garner. Not Rated

How to Train Your Dragon 2

In the sequel to the 2010 animated hit, Viking teenager Hiccup and his dragon Toothless discover new lands, hundreds of new wild dragons and a mysterious dragon rider who turns out to be Hiccup’s long-lost mother. Together, they must fend off a mad conqueror who poses a serious threat to humans and dragons alike

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill. PG

Jersey Boys

Four young men from the wrong side of the tracks came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. This story of their trials and triumphs is accompanied by songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You” and many more. Starring: Christopher Walken, Vincent Piazza, Freya Tingley. R

Life Itself

This documentary recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert — a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, it explores the legacy of the late Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer-Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Starring: Roger Ebert. R

Maleficent

In this untold story of Disney’s iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty,” Maleficent is a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman with stunning black wings, growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom — until an invading army of humans threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal that begins to turn her heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent places a curse upon the human king’s newborn infant, Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom — and to Maleficent’s happiness.Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Jude Law. PG

Obvious Child

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female 20-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own; it’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Starring: Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann, Richard Kind. R

Persecuted

Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in America. When a U.S. senator orders Luther abducted and framed for the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed with Luther running for his life to uncover the deadly plot. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with or profiting from the girl’s murder; a mission that brings him face to face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America. Starring: James Remar, Fred Dalton Thompson, Dean Stockwell, Natalie Grant. PG-13

Planes: Fire and Rescue

A new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super-scooper Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Hal Holbrook. PG

Sex Tape

When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense — and though they’re still very much in love, 10 years and two kids have cooled the passion. To kick things up a notch, they decide — why not? — to make a video of themselves trying out every position in “The Joy of Sex” in one marathon, three-hour session. It seems like a great idea — until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world … but in their race to reclaim their video, they’ll find that it will expose even more than they bargained for. Starring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Jack Black. R

Tammy

After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates. R

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Mike Birbiglia. PG-13

The German Doctor

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo, and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith, to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring the German doctor to justice. Starring: Natalia Oreiro, Àlex Brendemühl, Diego Peretti. PG-13

The Grand Seduction

A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big-city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction. Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban. Not Rated

The Purge: Anarchy

One night a year, all crime — including murder — is legal for 12 hours. A man heads out into the chaos, intent on killing thugs as revenge for his son’s death, but ends up rescuing a stranded couple. Starring: Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Amy Paffrath. R

Think Like a Man Too

In this highly anticipated sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book “Act Like a Lady,” all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. Starring: Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Taraji P. Henson. PG-13

Wish I Was Here

A struggling actor, father and husband tries to find identity and purpose in his life when he home-schools his kids. Starring: Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Kate Hudson, Joey King. R

Words and Pictures

Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. When Dina Delsanto — a painter and new teacher who was once celebrated for her art — arrives on campus, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. Jack hatches a plan to galvanize student interest in their studies: He declares a war between Words and Pictures. Dina accepts the challenge, and the battle lines between English and art students are drawn. Starring: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche. PG-13

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class” in an epic battle that must change the past in order to save our future. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart. PG-13

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