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Comedian Kevin Hart performs in the concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.”

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Comedian Kevin Hart performs in the concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.”

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Despicable Me 2 (PG) four and a half stars ; Gru (voice of Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Ritz (Clinton), Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) not screened; Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James reunite and still haven’t grown up.; Halls, Pinnacle (opens Thursday)

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) two stars; Kevin Hart will deliver material from his sold-out Madison Square Garden from his 2012 tour in the stand-up comedy film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.” ; Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Wynnsong

The Lone Ranger (PG-13) three stars; Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. ; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Midtown Drive-In (Harriman), Parkway Drive-In (Maryville), Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Lootera (NR) not screened; Set in 1953, a young woman in a small village falls for a man with a mysterious past. In Hindi with English subtitles.; Downtown West

Pacific Rim (PG-13) not screened; A washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) must command a massive robot to combat monsters that are rising from the sea.; Carmike 10, Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, West Town (opens 10 p.m. Thursday);

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After Earth (PG-13) two and a half stars; Will Smith and son Jaden Smith star as a father and son separated on an uninhabited and inhospitable future Earth.; Movies 7

Before Midnight (R) four stars; New resentments and old grudges come to the surface as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) wind up an extended holiday in Greece.; Downtown West

The Bling Ring (R) four and a half stars; A group of celeb-idolizing teens begins a “shopping spree” by breaking into the homes of L.A.’s rich and famous.; Downtown West

The Croods (PG) four stars; A prehistoric family takes its first road trip into uncharted terrain in order to save themselves. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman and Emma Stone.; Movies 7

The East (PG-13) four and a half stars; An undercover FBI agent is assigned to infiltrate an eco-terrorist group; Downtown West

Epic (PG) two and a half stars; A scientist’s daughter is magically shrunk, and must help a band of tiny leaf people fight off the forces of evil in this animated feature with the voices of Beyonce Knowles and Colin Farrell.; West Town

Fast and Furious 6 (PG-13) three stars; The automobile-addicted Fast and Furious team returns for another adventure with speeding vehicles.; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

42 (PG-13) four stars; Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson the first black player in major league baseball and Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, forever changing baseball and the color barrier in America.; Downtown West, Movies 7

The Great Gatsby (PG-13) three stars; Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby in director Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of a rich and mysterious playboy. With Tobey Maguire and Carey Mullligan.; West Town

The Hangover Part III (R) two stars; Ill-fated bachelor partiers Zach Gallifanakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms return for a final foul and funny adventure.; Movies 7

The Heat (R) two stars; An uptight FBI agent is teamed with a rude Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Identity Thief (R) two and a half stars; Jason Bateman stars in a comedy as a man who must find the woman (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity and run amok with his credit.; Movies 7

The Internship (PG-13) two and a half stars; Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play middle-aged buddies who try to become interns at Google.; Midtown Drive-In, Parkway Drive-In, Wynnsong

Iron Man 3 (PG-13) three stars; Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) takes on a new terrorist called Mandarin, who sets Stark on a path of rebuilding and retribution.; Wynnsong

The Kings of Summer (R) four stars; Three young friends, on the cusp of adolescence, decide to build a house in the woods and live off the land.; Downtown West

Man of Steel (PG-13) three stars; Henry Cavil takes up the cape starring as Superman. With Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as General Zod.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Monsters University (G) four stars; The monsters from Monsters Inc. go to college. With the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Midtown Drive-In, Parkway Drive-In, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13) three and a half stars; In this modern re-interpretation of Shakepeare’s classic tale, two pairs of lovers offer different takes on romance.; Downtown West

Mud (PG-13) five stars; A man on the lam (Matthew McConaughey) takes refuge on a small island and is befriended by two teenage boys, who help keep his whereabouts a secret. Also starring Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon.; Downtown West

Now You See Me (PG-13) three stars; Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Seyfried and Woody Harrelson star in an adventure where illusionists work to outwit the FBI and pull off a heist.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Wynnsong

Oblivion (PG-13) three stars; Tom Cruise stars in a science fiction tale where earth is being cleaned of the last vestiges of humanity.; Movies 7

Olympus Has Fallen (R) two and a half stars; A disgraced former presidential guard finds himself inside the White House and faced with rescuing the President when a terrorist attack takes place.; Movies 7

Pain and Gain (R) three stars; A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong in an action film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Whalberg and Dwayne Johnson.; Movies 7

The Purge (R) three stars; A father (Ethan Hawke) and his family must cope with criminals and vigilantes during a 12-hour period when all crime becomes legal.; Carmike 10, West Town

Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) three stars; When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has destroyed the fleet and everything it stands for. Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.; Carmike 10, West Town

This Is the End (R) four stars; Actor James Franco’s party is interrupted by the end of the world in an all-star comedy with Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Channing Tatum and many others.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

White House Down (PG-13) five stars; A Capitol policeman touring the White House on his day off must protect his daughter and the president when the Oval Office is invaded.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

World War Z (PG-13) three and a half stars; Brad Pitt faces off in a world filled with zombies.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

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