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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 12:46 am | Updated: 10:11 am, Sat Aug 30, 2014.

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About Alex

A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine and risotto, cannot be contained. Starring: Nate Parker, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella. R

Calvary

Father James is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral — and often — comic problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Domhnall Gleeson, Marie-Josée Croze. R

Child of God

Lester Ballad, a dispossessed, violent man, is attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Starring: James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson. R

Into the Storm

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sumpter, Nathan Kress, Matt Walsh, Scott Lawrence, Kyle Davis. PG-13

Le Chef (subtitled)

Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Sanislas Matter, the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant. Matter is plotting to destroy Lagarde’s reputation so that he’ll have grounds to fire Lagarde and move the restaurant away from Lagarde’s classic French cuisine toward trendy molecular gastronomy. Desperate to cling to his status as a three-star chef, Lagarde teams up with Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend. Starring: Jean Reno, Michael Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier, Salomé Stévenin. Not Rated

Step Up All In

In the next chapter of the Step Up franchise, all-stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. Starring: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Izabella Miko, Stephen Boss, Adam G. Sevani. PG-13

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Starring: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Johnny Knoxville, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Shalhoub, Jeremy Howard, Abby Elliott. PG-13

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family move to a quaint village in the south of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin-starred classical French eatery. However, upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, the Kadam family realize they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments — until, that is, Hassan’s passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can’t deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant. This, along with his newfound friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite, starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all. Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Rohan Chand, Charlotte Le Bon, Om Puri, Juhi Chawla, Farzana Dua Elahe, Amit Shah, Michel Blanc. PG

What If

The story of medical school dropout Wallace, who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan, seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis. PG-13

Also showing

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

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

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

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

Guardians of the Galaxy

This film expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits: Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a treelike humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close. PG-13

Get On Up

Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film (produced by Mick Jagger) gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James. PG-13

Happy Christmas

A budding novelist and her film director husband, Kelly and Jeff, and their 2-year-old son, live a peaceful existence in Chicago. But when Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister, Jenny, comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a pot dealer, and she and a friend instigate an evolution in Kelly’s life — whose career and relationship with her husband begin to grow in new directions. But are they welcome ones? Starring: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham, Mark Webber, Joe Swanberg. R

Hercules

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail he must again become the hero he once was — he must embrace his own myth — he must be Hercules. Starring: Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie, John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson, Peter Mullan, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Reece Ritchie. PG-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic in the Moonlight

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. Starring: Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Catherine McCormack, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Erica Leerhsen. PG-13

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

Mood Indigo (subtitled)

The surreal and poetic tale of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, and Chloé, a young woman who seems like the physical embodiment of the eponymous Duke Ellington tune. Their idyllic marriage is turned on its head when Chloé falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. To pay for her medical bills in this fantasy version of Paris, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs, while around them, their apartment disintegrates and their friends, including the talented Nicolas, and Chick — a huge fan of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre — go to pieces. Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon. Not Rated

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

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 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

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

Transformers: Age of Extinction

As humanity picks up the pieces following the conclusion of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control, all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his cross-hairs. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer. 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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