's guide to movies playing at local theaters

Carolyn (Lili Taylor) faces an unseen terror in her Rhode Island farmhouse in “The Conjuring.”

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Carolyn (Lili Taylor) faces an unseen terror in her Rhode Island farmhouse in “The Conjuring.”


The Conjuring (R) three and a half stars; Husband-and-wife paranormal investigators come to the aid of a family battling a dark presence in their home.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown, Wynnsong

Fill the Void (PG) four stars ; In an ultra-orthodox Hasidic family in Tel Aviv, a young woman is pressured to wed the husband of her late sister. In Hebrew, with English subtitles.; Downtown West

Girl Most Likely (PG-13) two and a half stars; A struggling playwright who fakes a suicide attempt to hang on to her boyfriend ends up moving back in with her estranged mother.; Downtown West

Pandora’s Promise (NR) four stars; A gallery of scholars, experts and authors who once led the charge against nukes talks on its viability as an alternative to coal, oil and gas.; Downtown West

Red 2 (PG-13) three stars; Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. With Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

R.I.P.D. (PG-13) not screened; Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Turbo (PG) three stars; A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500, featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Midtown Drive-In (Harriman), Parkway Drive-In (Maryville), Pinnacle, Ritz (Clinton), Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

The Wolverine (PG-13) not screened; Hugh Jackman returns as the angriest of the X-Men in the second installment of the solo Wolverine adventures.; Carmike 10, Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, West Town (opens Thursday)


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

Bhaag Milkha Bhagg (NR) three and a half stars; The true story of the world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India’s most iconic athletes. In Hindi with English subtitles.; 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

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, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

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.; Movies 7

Fast and Furious 6 (PG-13) three stars; The automobile-addicted Fast and Furious team returns for another adventure with speeding vehicles.; Midtown Drive-In (Harriman), Parkway Drive-In (Maryville)

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.; Movies 7

Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) not screened; Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James reunite and still haven’t grown up.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), 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), 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

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

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, 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

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), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

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.; Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, 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, Pinnacle, 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.; Carmike 10, 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

Pacific Rim (PG-13) four and a half stars; 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, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), 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.; Wynnsong

20 Feet From Stardom (PG-13) four and a half stars; A documentary examines the stories of background singers who helped create some of the most iconic music of the rock era.; Downtown West

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), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, 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), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

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