McClatchy News Service
---- — :“Drift”: In Western Australia, two brothers launch a backyard surf business and contend with small-town conservatism, crime and corruption. With Sam Worthington, Lesley-Ann Brandt and Xavier Samuel. Written by Morgan OâNeill. Directed by OâNeill and Ben Nott. (1:53) R.
“Europa Report”: A privately funded space exploration company sends six top astronauts to explore the possible existence of alien life on Jupiterâs moon Europa. With Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz and Daniel Wu. Written by Philip Gelatt. Directed by Sebastian Cordero. (1:30) PG-13.
“The Smurfs 2”: The diminutive magical blue beings known as Smurfs reunite with their human pals to rescue one of their kind from the clutches of the evil wizard Gargamel. With Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria and the voices of Katy Perry and Jonathan Winters. Written by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick and David Ronn. Directed by Raja Gosnell. (1:42) PG.
“The Spectacular Now”: An easygoing high school senior with alcohol issues starts to rethink his laid-back approach to life after meeting a bright, introverted dreamer. With Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Directed by James Ponsoldt. (1:35) R.
“2 Guns”: After being set up to take the fall for a high-stakes robbery, two undercover federal agents working for competing bureaus form a reluctant partnership. With Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg and Paula Patton. Written by Blake Masters. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. (1:41) R.
:ALSO IN THEATERS
“Blue Jasmine”: A fashionable New York housewife suffers an acute life crisis. With Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alden Ehrenreich and Peter Sarsgaard. Written and directed by Woody Allen. (1:38) PG-13.
“The Conjuring”: Two renowned paranormal investigators are enlisted to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston. Written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes. Directed by James Wan. (1:52) R.
“Despicable Me 2”: The seemingly reformed supervillain Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help save the world in this sequel to the 2010 animated film. With the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Al Pacino. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. In 3-D. (1:38) PG.
“Fruitvale Station”: A drama based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was killed by a transit policeman at a local BART station. With Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler. (1:24) R.
“Girl Most Likely”: After her career and relationship hit the skids, a flailing New York playwright is forced to move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric family while she puts her life back together. With Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon. Written by Michelle Morgan. Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. (1:43) PG-13.
“Grown Ups 2”: A family man who has relocated his brood back to the small town where he grew up endures the last day of school along with his childhood friends. With Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. Written by Sandler, Fred Wolf and Tim Herlihy. Directed by Dennis Dugan. (1:41) PG-13.
“The Heat”: An uptight FBI agent and a foul-mouthed Boston cop join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord. With Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Written by Katie Dippold. Directed by Paul Feig. (1:52) R.
“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”: A documentary following the stand-up comedian Kevin Hart on his 2012 tour. Directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story. (1:15) R.
“The Lone Ranger”: A lawman-turned-masked-vigilante and his partner, a Native American warrior, battle greed and corruption in the Old West. With Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner. Written by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Directed by Gore Verbinski. (2:29) PG-13.
“Man of Steelâ â A young man with miraculous powers discovers he is not of this Earth and becomes a hero in this adaptation of the Superman mythos. With Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. Written by David S. Goyer. Directed by Zack Snyder. In 3-D and Imax. (2:23) PG-13.
“Monsters University”: At a college for scary creatures, a one-eyed green monsterâs newfound rivalry with a furry blue beast jeopardizes both their career paths in this prequel to the 2001 animated movie âMonsters Inc.â With the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren. Written by Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird and Dan Scanlon. Directed by Scanlon. In 3-D. (1:35) G.
“Now You See Me”: An FBI squad goes after a quartet of professional illusionists who fleece corrupt businessmen during their performances and shower the stolen profits on their audiences. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. Written by Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. Directed by Louis Leterrier. (1:56) PG-13.
“Pacific Rim”: When monstrous interdimensional beasts rise from the sea, mankind deploys its last line of defense in the form of giant humanoid robots controlled by mind-linked pilots. With Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. Written by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro. Directed by del Toro. In 3-D and Imax. (2:08) PG-13.
“Red 2”: A retired black-ops CIA agent reunites with his elderly team of elite operatives on a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. With Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker. Written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. Directed by Dean Parisot. (1:56) PG-13.
“R.I.P.D.”: A pair of undead cops are dispatched by the Rest in Peace Department to protect the world from supernatural threats. With Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker. Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Directed by Robert Schwentke. In 3-D. (2:16) PG-13.
“This Is the End”: A group of Hollywood actor friends take shelter together and try to survive when the apocalypse interrupts their house party. With James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. Written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg. (1:47) R.
“The To Do List”: In 1993, a strait-laced valedictorian looking to shed her uptight image creates a checklist of sexual escapades to accomplish before college. With Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Alia Shawkat and Bill Hader. Written and directed by Maggie Carey. (1:44) R.
“Turbo”: In this animated movie, an everyday garden snail acquires super speed in a freak accident and chases his dream of winning the Indy 500. With the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Michael Pena. Written by David Soren, Darren Lemke and Robert Siegel. Directed by Soren. In 3-D. (1:36) PG.
“The Way, Way Back”: A 14-year-old boy vacationing with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and that manâs daughter finds an unexpected friend in the manager of a local water park. With Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette and Steve Carrell. Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. (1:42) PG-13.
“White House Down”: After being denied his dream job with the Secret Service, a Washington, D.C., policeman finds himself the countryâs last hope when a paramilitary group takes over the White House. With Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Written by James Vanderbilt. Directed by Roland Emmerich. (2:17) PG-13.
“The Wolverine”: In modern-day Japan, the X-Man known as Wolverine faces deadly opponents and struggles with his own immortality. With Hugh Jackman. Written by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank. Directed by James Mangold. In 3-D. (2:06) PG-13.
“World War Z”: A former U.N. troubleshooter traverses the globe in a race to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to destroy humanity. With Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox. Written by Matt Carnahan. Directed by Marc Forster. (1:50) PG-13.