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22 JUMP STREET

* * * 1/2

R; language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence

Time: 1:52

You’re pretty much going to have to see “22 Jump Street” twice, just to catch all the jokes the roars of laughter make you miss. This comedy — “22,” the sequel to “21,” only “exactly the same” as the first film (a running gag) — produces the biggest, loudest laughs of any movie this summer. — Roger Moore

A MOST WANTED MAN

* * * * 

R; language

Time: 2:00

“A Most Wanted Man,” a New World Order/old-school espionage thriller built around one last magnificent performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, is a modern story of spy games in post-9/11 Hamburg, set in a secret German unit. — Roger Moore

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

* * * 1/2

PG-13; sequences of sci-fi action and -violence

Time: 2:20

While this “Spider-Man” is, if anything, more competent than the first film, it’s still not one that demands that you stick around after the credits. — Roger Moore

AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER

*  1/2

PG-13; violent images

Time: 1:40

Director Dinesh D’Souza cannot help himself. He has discovered a way to get rich hurling Obama-baiting red meat to an audience that cannot get enough of that, so he abandons any pretense of making a movie about how this country should have a more vigorous debate about its image, its principles and just what the truth is about its history. — Roger Moore

AND SO IT GOES

* * * 

PG-13; some sexual references and drug elements

Time: 1:33

Two old pros, Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in “And So It Goes,” a love-the-last-time-around romp that’ll give its target audience the warm fuzzies. — Roger Moore

BEGIN AGAIN

* * * 1/2

R; language

Time: 1:44

“Begin Again” closely parallels the mismatched partner design of “Once,” the sweetly melancholy 2007 indie love story by Irish writer/-director John Carney, while adding new chords to the arrangement. — Colin Covert

CHEF

* * * * 

R; language, including some suggestive references

Time: 1:53

“Chef” is director/writer/actor Jon Favreau’s most personal film since “Swingers,” an overlong comedy full of his food, his taste in music, his favorite places and a boatload of his favorite actors. The actor Favreau brings his A-game patter to this romp about an embattled Los Angeles chef, once celebrated, now in a rut, who must take a trip in a food truck to find his soul, and his food, again. — Roger Moore

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

* * * * 

PG-13; intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief strong language

Time: 2:10

Thoughtful and rousingly staged, this latest movie in the “Planet of the Apes” series is anchored by the extraordinary performance of Andy Serkis in the role of the majestic alpha ape Caesar. — Soren Andersen

EARTH TO ECHO

PG

Time: 1:31

“Earth to Echo” won’t change the standard for kids films, despite using first-person camera perspectives and offering an intriguing storyline. The production process indicates that Disney was halfheartedly involved in the film and backed away from really funding it. Consider that as you weigh spending your family’s movie budget. — Brendan Funtek

EDGE OF TOMORROW

* * * 

PG-13; intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material

Time: 1:53

Welcome, friends, to “Edge of Tomorrow,” where “Groundhog Day” meets D-Day on an endless loop of ka-boom. — Soren Andersen

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

* * 1/2

PG-13: thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language

Time: 2:05

Shailene Woodley brings a welcome reality to “The Fault in Our Stars,” a perfectly serviceable teen date picture that teenage girls will have to bribe teenage boys to sit through. Sweet and cute to the point of cutesy, it’s a weeper about doomed teenagers who meet in a cancer patient support group and dare to fall in love. — Roger Moore

GODZILLA

* * * 

PG-13; intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence

Time: 2:03

The King of Monsters takes on even meaner megabeasts in the latest American-made take on the iconic Japanese creature. — Soren Andersen

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

* * * * 

PG-13: intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.

Time: 2:01

With a talking raccoon armed with a machine gun as one of its main characters, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is not your usual comic-derived sci-fi extravaganza. But it sure is a whole lot of fun, thanks in no small measure to that talking raccoon with snarky mouth and his rat-tat-tatting machine gun. — Soren Andersen

HERCULES

* 1/2

PG-13; epic battle scenes, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language

Time: 2:00

“Hercules,” a B-movie with a hint of “300-Lite” about it, is a brief, violent and narrowly-focused tale of a Hercules utterly removed from myth. –Roger Moore

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

* * * 1/2

PG; adventure action and some mild rude humor

Time: 1:42

The charms of “How to Train Your Dragon” are thinned a bit for its sequel, a cartoon with better animation and livelier action, if fewer jokes. — Roger Moore

LUCY

* * 1/2

R; strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality

Time: 1:29

Scarlett Johansson seems to have found her groove of late, with the actioner “Lucy” as further confirmation of her niche. It’s not a great performance, just a perfectly consistent one. — Roger Moore

MALEFICENT

* * * 1/2

PG; scary sequences

Time: 1:37

Fewer predictable battles and more original writing would have made “Maleficent” magnificent. If only the script had been as good as Angelina Jolie’s performance and the beautiful visuals from Robert Stromberg, this would have been a summer sleeper beauty. — Rick Bentley

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

* * * 

PG; action and some peril

Time: 1:18

The sequel to last year’s ’toon “Planes” finds spunky crop duster-turned-air racer Dusty Crophopper making a career change to aerial firefighting. The pace is frenetic, but for a summertime trifle, you could do worse. — Soren Andersen

THE PURGE: ANARCHY

* * 1/2

R; strong disturbing violence and language

Time: 1:40

The sequel to 2013’s “The Purge” is a nasty piece of work. The core premise is that, for one night a year, people are allowed to indulge in every sort of crime, up to and including murder, without fear of punishment. Brutality lives here. — Soren Andersen

SEX TAPE

R; strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use

Time: 1:30

The cinematic equivalent of herpes, “Sex Tape” is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful. — Connie Ogle

SNOWPIERCER

* * * * 

R; violence, language and drug content.

Time: 2:06

Set aboard a supertrain barreling through a dead, frozen Earth, this sci-fi allegory pits a huddled mass of downtrodden people — read: the 99 percent — existing in misery at the back of the train against the heedless, well-fed 1 percent who live at the front. — Soren Andersen

TAMMY

* * * 1/2

R; language, including sexual references

Time: 1:37

This is a rude, crude comedy with a hard candy shell on the outside, soft and squishy on the inside. For a movie that comes out swinging, “Tammy,” in the end, feels like a pulled punch. Melissa McCarthy promises a haymaker she never quite delivers. — Roger Moore

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

* * 

PG-13; intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo

Time: 2:37

Stunning special effects run wild in the latest “Transformers.” At close to three hours, the movie is overlong, overdone and overwhelming — and not in a good way. — Soren Andersen

WISH I WAS HERE

* * * 1/2

R; language and some sexual content

Time: 1:46

Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” is a sweet and jokey feature film that is so at home in the punch line rhythms of TV sitcoms that you may think to yourself, “When’s his best friend/former ‘Scrubs’ co-star Donald Faison showing up?” And then he does. — Roger Moore

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

* * * * 

PG-13; sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language

Time: 2:11

Once it reaches takeoff velocity — and it takes a while to do so — “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” with its twisty time-travel plot and clever blending of young and old iterations of characters, becomes one of the best installments in the “X-Men” series. — Soren Andersen

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