's guide to movies showing at local theaters

“Riddick” star Vin Diesel is already eyeing more incarnations of sc-fi franchise.

“Riddick” star Vin Diesel is already eyeing more incarnations of sc-fi franchise.


The Family (R) not screened; 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.; Pinnacle (opens Thursday)

In a World (R) three and a half stars; A vocal coach hits it big in the cutthroat world of voice-over talent only to find herself in competition with her dad for a lucrative job.; Downtown West

Insidious 2 (PG-13) NS; The writer, director and cast of the original “Insidious” reunite to present a sequel to the supernatural hit horror film.; Pinnacle (opens Thursday, preceded by a showing of the first “Insidious” at 7 p.m.)

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.; Pinnacle

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, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Shuddh Desi Romance (NR) not screened; The director of “Band Baaja Baaraat” and the writer of “Chak De! India,” offer a new romantic comedy. In Hindi with English subtitles.; Downtown West

The Ultimate Life (PG) NS; The prequel to “The Ultimate Gift,” a young man discovers his late grandfather’s journal and is transported to 1941 and experiences his grandfather’s life.; Pinnacle


Blackfish (PG-13) three and a half stars; Starting with the story of notoriously aggressive killer whale Tilikum, filmmakers aim to show the devastating effects of captivity on orcas.; Downtown West

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, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge)

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, Foothills, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Closed Circuit (R) two and a half stars; Two lawyers (who are also ex-lovers) find themselves in danger when they are put on the defense team of a high-profile terrorism case.; Downtown West

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), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Wynnsong

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, Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Elysium (R) four stars; Stuck on an impoverished Earth, a man with five days left to live tries to get himself to the elite’s space station. With Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Fast and Furious 6 (PG-13) three stars; The automobile-addicted Fast and Furious team returns for another adventure with speeding vehicles.; Movies 7

Fruitvale Station (R) four and a half stars; The true story of Oscar Grant’s last day alive, before being shot by transit authorities in Oakland, Calif.; Downtown West

Getaway (PG-13) two stars; After his wife is kidnapped, an ex-race car driver (Ethan Hawke) commandeers a young woman’s car and takes her on a high-speed chase. With Selena Gomez.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

The Grandmaster (PG-13) three and a half stars; The life story of Ip Man, a real-life martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee. In Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese with English subtitles.; Pinnacle

Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) two stars; Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James reunite and still haven’t grown up.; Carmike 10

The Heat (R) two stars; An uptight FBI agent is teamed with a rude Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.; 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.; Movies 7

Jobs (PG-13) three stars; Ashton Kutcher stars in the film-biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs.; West Town

Kick Ass 2 (R) two and a half stars; Red Mist embarks on a plot to revenge the death of his father and costumed high-school non-superhero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who also want to become costumed crime-fighters.; Knoxville Center, 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.; Movies 7

Monsters University (G) four stars; The monsters from Monsters Inc. go to college. With the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman.; Carmike, West Town

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.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown, Wynnsong

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.; Movies 7

One Direction: This Is Us (PG) three and a half stars; Morgan Spurlock (“Supersize Me”) directs a documentary chronicle of popular boy band One Direction.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

Pacific Rim (PG-13) four stars; Creatures rise from under the sea and can only be defeated by robots piloted my humans.; Movies 7

Paranoia (PG-13) one star; A young man trying to get ahead (Liam Hemsworth) makes a costly mistake and is forced to spy on a corporate rival (Harrison Ford) by the company’s CEO (Gary Oldman) in this thriller.; Halls

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. ; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

Planes (PG) two stars; Planes get their chance to have a “Cars” treatment in this Disney production in which Dane Cook provides the voice of a plane who dreams of winning air races.; Carmike 10, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Pinnacle, 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.; Parkway Drive-In (Maryville), Wynnsong

R.I.P.D. (PG-13) one and a half stars; 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.; Wynnsong

The Spectacular Now (R) four stars; A hard-partying high school senior (Miles Teller) begins dating the school’s “nice girl” (Shailene Woodley) and has some personal revelations.; 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.; Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Wynnsong

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), Pinnacle, 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.; Knoxville Center, Wynnsong

2 Guns (R) two and a half stars; Two crooked undercover officers (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg)- one from the DEA and the other from the Navy - unknowingly lead investigations on each other.; Carmike 10, Parkway Drive-In (Maryville), Pinnacle, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

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).; 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, Foothills (Maryville), Halls, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), West Town

White House Down (PG-13) four 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.; Movies 7

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.; Carmike 10

World War Z (PG-13) three and a half stars; Brad Pitt faces off in a world filled with zombies.; Knoxville Center, Movies 7, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

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.; Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Wynnsong

You’re Next (R) four stars; A family is terrorized by a trio of mask wearing murderers, but might have gotten more than they bargained for with one their intended victims.; Foothills (Maryville), Knoxville Center, Pinnacle, Riviera, Tinseltown (Oak Ridge), Wynnsong

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