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BAGGAGE CLAIM. Starring Taye Diggs, Paula Patton and Jill Scott. Pledging to keep herself from being the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a 30-day, 30,000-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. 96 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language.)

BATTLE OF THE YEAR. Starring Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso and Josh Peck. An international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world is approaching, but the Americans haven’t won in 15 years. A Los Angeles hip-hop mogul wants to put the country that started the sport back on top. 109 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for language and some rude behavior.)

BESHARAM. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda and Rishi Kapoor. A street smart mechanic living in an orphanage sets out to fix the wrongs in his life after he unwittingly hurts the love of his life. 143 minutes (Not rated. In Hindi with subtitles.)

BLUE JASMINE. Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, Alec Baldwin and Bobby Cannavale in Woody Allen’s comedy/drama about a Park Avenue diva forced to live with her struggling sister in San Francisco when her Wall Street crook of a husband is sent to jail. 98 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content.) ∆∆∆∆

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Barkhad Abdirahman. The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama. 134 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.) ∆∆∆∆

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2. With the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Kristen Schaal and Will Forte. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Fun sequel to the original story about a machine that made it rain food. Now, the food is alive. 95 minutes. (Rated PG for mild rude humor.) ∆∆∆ø

DESPICABLE ME 2. With the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. 98 minutes. (Rated PG for rude humor and mild action.) ∆∆∆

ENOUGH SAID. Starring Julie Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. A divorced woman pursues a man only to learn he’s her new friend’s ex-husband. 93 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence and partial nudity.) ∆∆∆

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW. Starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton. A family man unravels at a Disney theme park after learning he’s lost his job. 90 minutes. (Unrated but R equivalent for language, brief violence, nudity and sexual situations.) ∆∆ø

THE FAMILY. Starring Robert De Niro Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and Jon D’Leo. A mob family hides out in France under the witness protection program. Directed by Luc Besson. 108 minutes. (Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality.) ∆∆

GRACE UNPLUGGED. Starring AJ Michalka, Kelly Thiebaud and James Denton. A Christian teen who gets her big music break, has her faith put to the test in the “real world.” 102 minutes. (Rated PG for thematic elements and brief teen drinking.)

GRAVITY. Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris. A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. 90 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and strong language.) ∆∆∆∆

GROWN UPS 2. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade return in the sequel to hit the comedy about a group of immature adults who learn lessons from their kids. 101 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for some profanity, male rear nudity and suggestive content.)

THE HEAT. Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy and Demian Bichir. An uptight FBI special agent is paired with a testy Boston cop in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner – or a friend for that matter. 117 minutes. (Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.) ∆ø

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. 105 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements.)

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER. Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Robin Williams and Jane Fonda in the story of one African-American man’s 30 years in service in the White House during the most tumultuous times of the civil rights movement. 132 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for language, brutal violence, thematic elements, sexual material, language, disturbing images and smoking). ∆∆∆∆

MACHETE KILLS. Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson and Jessica Alba. The U.S. government recruits Machete to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. 107 minutes. (Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content.) ∆ø

METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER. An Imax 3D experience. Starring James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Dane DeHaan. Directed by Nimrod Antal. Metallica concert film is interspersed with the story of a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during a concert that becomes a surreal adventure. 94 minutes (Rated R for some violent content and language.)

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. The voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren and Steve Buscemi in Pixar’s “prequel” to “Monsters Inc.” about Mike and Jimmy (Sulley) meeting and becoming friends in the Scare College of Monsters University. 110 minutes. (Rated G.) ∆∆ø

PARKLAND. Starring Zac Efron, Tom Welling and Billy Bob Thornton. A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. 93 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for bloody sequences of ER trauma procedures, some violent images and language, and smoking throughout.) ∆∆∆

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS. Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Nathan Fillion. To restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. 106 minutes. (Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images and mild language.) ∆∆

PLANES. The voices of Dane Cook, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stacy Keach, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, John Cleese and Cedric the Entertainer in Klay Hall’s animated feature about a little cropduster named Dusty who wants to enter the “Wings Around the Globe” air race and compete with the bigger, faster planes. 92 minutes. (Rated PG for action intensity.) ∆∆∆

PRISONERS. Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano in Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed and superbly performed thriller about a couple of distraught fathers who take the law into their own hands when their daughters are kidnapped and the police investigation seems to have stalled. 153 minutes. (Rated R for violence, language and extremely brutal torture scenes.) ∆∆∆ø

RIDDICK. Starring Vin Diesel, Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick faces an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past. 119 minutes. (Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.)

ROMEO & JULIET. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis and Laura Morante. Update on William Shakespeare’s tragedy of two star-crossed lovers. 118 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements.)

RUNNER RUNNER. Starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton. When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. 91 minutes. (Rated R for language and some sexual content.)

RUSH. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde and Daniel Bruhl. Directed by Ron Howard. Based on the true story of the 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. 123 minutes. (Rated R for sexual content, nudity, strong language, disturbing images and some drug use.) ∆∆∆ø

THE SMURFS 2. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays. The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel because she knows the secret spell to turn his newest creation, creatures called the Naughties – into Smurfs. 105 minutes. (Rated PG for some rude humor and action.)

STILL MINE. Starring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees and Genevieve Bujold. An elderly couple fight against local authorities to build their final home. 102 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality/partial nudity.) ∆∆∆ø

THIS IS THE END. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson star in the movie about some spoiled-brat, party-down Hollywood actors who discover that the world around them is ending while they’re all getting stoned. 106 minutes. (Rated R for crude and sexual content, some nudity and pervasive language and drug use.) ∆∆∆ø

TURBO. With the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena and Luis Guzman. Animated tale of a speed-obsessed snail who dreams of becoming a great racer. 96 minutes. (Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements.)

2 GUNS. Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos and Bill Paxton in a punch’n’crunch shoot-em-up about two undercover federal agents who team up, neither knowing the other’s a fed, and steal $43 million from a bank. 109 minutes. (Rated R for action violence, language and some nudity.) ∆∆∆

WE’RE THE MILLERS. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts. A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. 110 minutes. (Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.) ∆∆∆

WIZARD OF OZ: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE. Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard of Oz who can help her return home. 101 minutes. (Rated PG for scary moments.)

THE WOLVERINE. Starring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima and Will Yun Lee. Directed by James Mangold. Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. 126 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language.)

THE WORLD’S END. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan. An epic pub crawl for five childhood friends is interrupted by the discovery that everyone around them is not what they seem. 109 minutes. (R for pervasive language including sexual references.) ∆∆∆

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