Knoxville.com's guide to movies showing at local theaters

Chloe Moretz brings carnage to her senior prom in “Carrie.”

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Chloe Moretz brings carnage to her senior prom in “Carrie.”

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Bad Grandpa (R) not screened; Johnny Knoxville stars as an 86-year-old man taking his 8-year-old grandson across the country in a comedy that mixes scripted actions with unwitting non-actors in the style of “Borat.”; Knoxville Center, Riviera (opens Thursday)

Carrie (R) three stars; Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a high school outcast who deal with her paranormal powers and her rage in a retelling of Stephen King’s first novel. With Julianne Moore as Carrie’s abusive mother.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

The Counselor (R) not screened; Literary great Cormac McCarthy (in his first film script) partners with director Ridley Scott in this dark thriller starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Badem.; Knoxville Center, Riviera (opens Thursday)

Escape Plan (R) two and a half stars; In their first film together, Sylvester Stallone, playing a wrongly imprisoned structural security expert, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a felow prison inmate, must join forces to break out of the most protected and fortified prison ever built.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

The Fifth Estate (R) four stars; In a quest to expose the world’s deceptions and corruptions, an Internet upstart founds Wikileaks and becomes a hunted global figure himself. ; Carmike 10, Downtown West, Foothills (Maryville), Pinnacle

I’m In Love With a Church Girl (PG) not screened; A former drug trafficker falls in love with a godly woman and tries to find redemption.; Pinnacle

The Matrix (R) four and a half stars; In this 1999 science fiction classic a young man (Keanu Reeeves) finds out that reality is not what it seems to be and he may be the only person who can make it right. This is part of a classic film series.; Downtown West (2 p.m. Sunday and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday)

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Second Screen Live (PG) not screened; The classic Tim Burton animated musical of a Halloween skeleton who wants to co-opt Christmas is presented as in interactive experience for iPad. App must be downloaded prior to the show.; Pinnacle

The Summit (R) three stars; An documentary examination of the deadliest day in mountain climbing on one of the world’s most dangerous mountains, K2.; Downtown West

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Austenland (PG-13) two stars; An American woman (Keri Russell) who’s been unlucky in love travels to a British theme park in hopes of finding a perfect gentleman.; Downtown West

Baggage Claim (PG-13) three stars; Flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) is the only single woman in her family and is determined to find Mr. Right in the 30 days before her sister gets married. With Jill Scott, Taye Diggs and Djijon Hounsou.; Knoxville Center, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Battle of the Year (PG-13) two and a half stars; Dance teams from around the world compete for the coveted prize, but the American team is determined to bring the trophy back home.; Wynnsong

Blue Jasmine (PG-13) four stars; Cate Blanchett plays a narcissistic socialite who, after a life crisis, travels to the West Coast to reconnect with her sister in Woody Allen’s latest film.; Downtown West

The Butler (PG-13) three stars; An African-American man (Forest Whitaker) witnesses some of the 20th century’s notable events during his tenure as a White House butler.; Carmike 10

Captain Phillips (PG-13) four and a half stars; Tom Hanks stars in the true story of a heroic captain who protected his crew from Somali Pirates in 2009.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) two and a half stars; Flint Lockwood must track down his infamous machine after learning that it is still cranking out food-animal hybrids.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

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.; Knoxville Center, 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.; Movies 7, West Town

Don Jon (R) four stars; Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a New Jersey bartender who is obsessed with porn and must decide whether to clean up his act for a potential true love. With Julianne Moore and Scarlett Johansson; Knoxville Center, Halls, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Enough Said (PG-13) four and a half stars; A divorced mom (Julia Louis Dreyfus) facing her daughter moving away meets a nice man in a similar situation (James Gandolfini) and becomes good friends with someone who turns out to be her beau’s ex-wife (Catherine Keener).; Downtown West

The Family (R) three stars; A mafia boss (Robert De Niro) and his family enrolled in the witness protection program are relocated to a sleepy town in France and revert to old ways of settling problems — much to the consternation of an FBI agent (Tommy Lee Jones) charged with protecting them. Directed by Luc Besson.; Carmike 10

Generation Iron (PG-13) three and half stars; A documentary focuses on seven bodybuilders from around as they compete in international competeitions.; Downtown West

Grace Unplugged (PG) not screened; A talented young singer and aspiring songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom.; Carmike 10

Gravity (PG-13) four and a half stars; Sandra Bullock stars as a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission with a vetaran astronaut (George Clooney). When the shuttle is destroyed the two struggle to survive in space.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) two stars; Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James reunite and still haven’t grown up.; Movies 7

Inequality for All (PG) four and a half stars; Clinton-era Secretary of Labor, economist Robert Reich presents a documentary on the widening inequality gap in America.; Downtown West

Insidious 2 (PG-13) two and a half stars; The writer, director and cast of the original “Insidious” reunite to present a sequel to the supernatural hit horror film.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Instructions Not Included (PG-13) three and a half stars ; An Acapulco playboy suddenly saddled with a baby — his baby — travels to L.A. to track down the mother, and finds an unlikely home for himself and his daughter. In Spanish with English subtitles.; Wynnsong

Machete Kills (R) four stars ; Danny Trejo returns as the ex-Federale, this time recruited by the president of the United States to eliminate a madman arms dealer in a homage to vintate exploitation movies.; Foothills (Maryville), 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.; Movies 7

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (PG-13) two and a half stars ; A young girl (Lily Collins)must come to terms with the knowledge that she’s part of a line of demon slayers, in this film based on the Cassandra Clare’s popular book series.; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG-13) two and a half stars; Son of Poseiden Percy Jackson continues his quest to fulfill his destiny and enlists fellow supernaturally-gifted brethren to capture the Golden Fleece. ; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

Prisoners (R) three stars ; A father (Hugh Jackman) frantically searches for his missing 6-year-old daugther and her friend in a dark and twisty suspense film. Also starring Jake Gyllenhaal.; Carmike 10, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

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.; Movies 7, Wynnsong

Riddick (R) three stars ; Vin Diesel returns as the convict anti-hero of “Pitch Black” must battle monsters and bounty hunters to escape a hostile planet.; Carmike 10

Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) two and a half stars ; Shakespeare’s story of ill-fated young lovers is presented with young stars Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and Douglas Boothe as Romeo and Paul Giamatti as Friar Lawrence.; Downtown West, Halls, Pinnacle

Runner Runner (R) one and a half stars ; A Princeton college student (Justin Timberlake) who pays for school with online gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the online mastermind (Ben Affleck), whom he believes has swindled him, but ends up in a game of intrigue.; Carmike 10, Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Rush (R) four stars ; Ron Howard directs in the true story of the 1970s rivalry between Fomula 1 racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Short Term 12 (R) five stars; A compassionate supervisor at a home for at-risk teens forges a bond with a young girl sent to facility for her dangerous behavior.; Downtown West

The Smurfs 2 (PG) one star; The second installment of the adventures of the small blue creatures, featuring the voices of Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and the late Jonathan Winters.; Movies 7

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.; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

The Way Way Back (PG-13) four stars; A 14-year-old (Liam James) is stuck on a vacation with his mom and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell), but finds a friend in the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell).; Movies 7

We Are What We Are (R) four stars; Daughters in a reclusive family are tasked with keeping their ancient custom alive, even if it means a little killing, during a torrential rainstorm.; Downtown West

We’re the Millers (R) four stars; Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer who must enlist a disreputable crew to pretend to be his family in order to bring a major haul of weed acros the Mexican border in an RV. With Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts and Ed Helms.; Carmike 10, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

The Wizard of Oz 3-D (G) five stars; The classic 1939 all-star fantasy gets the 3-D IMAX treatment complete with Munchkins, tornados, Judy Garland and the Wicked Witch of the West.; Pinnacle

The Wolverine (PG-13) three stars ; Hugh Jackman returns as the angriest of the X-Men in the second installment of the solo Wolverine adventures.; Movies 7

The World’s End (PG-13) four stars ; The creators of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” return with a comedy adventure in which buddies set out on an epic crawl and end up fighting a war for all mankind.; Wynnsong

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