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July 25, 2013 12:00 am

Opening Friday

Crystal Fairy *** - A boorish young American in Chile enlists some local friends to track down a hallucinatory cactus and encounters a free-spirited young woman along the way. With Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffman and Juan Andres Silva.Not rated. 100 minutes. Review online at azstarnet.com/entertainment Loft.

Fruitvale Station *** 1/2 - 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. Rated R. 84 minutes. Review on Page 13. El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum.

A Highjacking ** 1/2- Rated R. 99 minutes. When a freighter is taken over by Somali pirates the terrified crew is reduced to little more than bargaining chips in negotiations between the pirates and the Danish company that owns the ship.Review in Sunday's Home and Life section. Loft.

Maniac - The withdrawn owner of a mannequin store strikes up a friendship with a young artist but has trouble repressing his darker urges in this remake of the 1980 cult film by William Lustig. With Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder. Not rated. 89 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

The To Do List *** - "Parks & Recreation's" Aubrey Plaza gets her first leading role as a high school valedictorian who wants to shed her squeaky-clean image before going to college by doing all sorts of naughty things. Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Andy Samberg are some of the friends willing to lend a helping hand. Rated R. 106 minutes. Review on Page 12. Foothills, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum. Desert Sky, Loft.

The Unfinished Song - An inspiring comedic drama about a curmudgeonly pensioner (Terence Stamp)whose wife (Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave) cajols him into joining an unconventional local seniors choir. Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. Not reviewed. Desert Sky, Loft.

The Way, Way Back *** 1/2- A 14-year-old boy vacationing with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and that man's 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. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Review at azstarnet.com/entertainment El Con, Foothills, Marketplace

The Wolverine ** 1/2 - Hugh Jackman reprises his signature role of the clawed mutant, this time traveling to Japan to catch up with an old acquaintance. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Review on Page 11. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Continuing Friday

20 Feet from Stardom *** 1/2 - A documentary shining a spotlight on the world of backup singers - notably, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer or Judith Hill. Directed by Morgan Neville. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes. Loft.

42 *** - Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball. Harrison Ford co-stars as the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who takes the heat for the historical hiring. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes. Oracle View.

After Earth * 1/2 - A science-fiction thriller about a father and son (played by Will Smith and his son Jaden) who land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes.

Before Midnight *** 1/2 - Nine years after a fateful rendezvous in Paris and nearly two decades since their first meeting, an American writer (Ethan Hawke) and a French environmentalist (Julie Delpy) spend an evening discussing life and love. Rated R. 108 minutes. Loft.

The Conjuring *** 1/2 - As sympathetic, methodical ghostbusters, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson make this old-fashioned haunted-house horror film something more than your average fright fest. Rated R. 112 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

The Croods *** - A gorgeous kids' cartoon with heart and wit, if not a firm grasp of paleontology. Rated PG. 93 minutes. Oracle View.

Despicable Me 2 *** 1/2 - Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove star. Rated PG. 98 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Epic ** 1/2 - Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell and Christoph Waltz provide the voices for this 3-D animated fable about a teenager who is transported into an alternate universe. Rated PG. 102 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Fast and Furious 6 **- Justin Lin returns for a fourth time to direct Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the rubber-burning crew. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Frances Ha **** - A 27-year-old apprentice dancer (Greta Gerwig) in New York is thrown off balance when she has a falling out with her best friend and roommate. Written by Gerwig and Director Noah Baumbach.Rated R. 86 minutes. Crossroads.

Girl Most Likely ** - Kristen Wiig stars as a New York playwright whose career is on a downward spiral. Darren Criss, Matt Dillon and Annette Bening co-star. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. El Con, Marketplace.

The Great Gatsby *** - Baz Lurhman ("Moulin Rouge!") shot this $150 million adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel using 3-D cameras. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the party-loving millionaire living the high life in 1920s New York. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Grown Ups 2 - Adam Sandler rounds up his buddies (Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) for a sequel to the box office smash. PG-13. 101 minutes. Not reviewed. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

The Hangover Part III *** - For the final chapter in his hugely successful trilogy about guys behaving badly, director Todd Phillips shakes things up by doing away with weddings and bachelor parties. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis return. Rated R. 100 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Hannah Arendt *** - Barbara Sukowa portrays the philosopher and political theorist who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Not Rated. 114 minutes. Loft.

The Heat * 1/2 - Sandra Bullock is a by-the-book FBI agent who pairs up with an unpredictable Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a drug kingpin. Rated R. 117 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

The Iceman ** 1/2 - Michael Shannon is cold and scary as Richard Kuklinski, who spent more than 20 years killing people for a living. With Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and Chris Evans. Rated R. 105 minutes. Gateway.

The Internship *** - Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play obsolete salesmen trying to compete in the digital age who take internships at Google and try to outdo their college-age peers. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Iron Man 3 ** 1/2 - The irrepressible Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire superhero Tony Stark, with Ben Kingsley as new villain The Mandarin. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain *** 1/2 - Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, the comedian delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour. Rated R. 80 minutes. El Con.

The Lone Ranger ** - Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer bring the old TV series of that name to the big screen. Rated PG-13. 149 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Man of Steel ** - Henry Cavill wears the cape as Superman. Michael Shannon is the villainous General Zod. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. Park Place.

Monsters University ***- Pixar continues its foray into sequels and prequels with this look back at the college days of monsters Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman). Rated G. 103 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.

Much Ado About Nothing -Writer-director Joss Whedon rounded up a bunch of his actor friends and shot this modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy at his house in 12 days, as a way to recover from the making of "The Avengers." Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Clark Gregg form the cast. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads.

Mud *** - Director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to "Take Shelter" centers on a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out in Arkansas who relies on the help of two boys to reunite with his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Rated R. 130 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Now You See Me ** - Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco are a team of bank-robbing magicians. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Only God Forgives - Ryan Gosling reunites with his "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn for this ultra-violent revenge drama set in the Bangkok underworld. Not for the squeamish. Rated R. 90 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

Pacific Rim ** 1/2 - Writer-director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") unleashes his imagination on his biggest canvas to date with this enormous adventure about giant robots, piloted by humans, defending Earth against enormous monsters that rise up from the sea. PG-13. 130 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

The Place Beyond the Pines ** -A motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son and suffers far-reaching consequences. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Rated R. 140 minutes. Oracle View.

The Purge * 1/2 - Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey are a couple trying to protect their children from intruders during a 12-hour period in which the government has deemed everything legal, including murder. Rated R. 85 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Quartet *** - At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Crossroads.

RED 2 ** 1/2 - Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich return for this sequel about retired CIA operatives forced back into action. Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones join in the fun. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Renoir *** - This French drama centers around the painter and his son, and the young woman who enchants both of them. Rated R. 111 minutes. Crossroads.

R.I.P.D. - Critics were kept as far away as possible from this action-comedy about two police officers (Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges) who patrol the realm of the undead. Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. Not reviewed. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

Stories We Tell **** - A documentary in which filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates some elusive truths about her mother, the late actress Diane Polley, and her own identity. PG-13. 108 minutes. Crossroads.

This is the End *** - During a giant party at James Franco's house, Emma Watson, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Jonah Hill (all playing themselves) find out the apocalypse is coming and the world is about to end. Rated R. 107 minutes. El Con.

Turbo ** 1/2 - From DreamWorks Animation, the tale of a garden snail who dreams of being the fastest snail in the world. Voices include Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson. Rated PG. 95 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

White House Down ** - For the second time this year (the first was "Olympus Has Fallen"), the White House is taken over by terrorists and a policeman (Channing Tatum) must protect the life of the president (Jamie Foxx). Directed by Roland Emmerich, who famously demolished the White House before in "Independence Day." Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Cinemark, Park Place.

World War Z *** - Brad Pitt stars in this adaptation of the Max Brooks novel, playing a United Nations official racing around the world to try and stop a zombie pandemic. Directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"). Rated PG-13. 116 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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