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Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www.cinemark.com .

Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). www.movietavern.com .

Rave Cinemas 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.ravemotionpictures.com .

Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-387-1957. www.silvercinemasinc.com .

OPENING  FRIDAY

Fast & Furious 6 -- Clearly, nobody ever told the makers of the Fast & Furious franchise that less is more. More is always more — and so regular fans will be delighted with this latest installment, which again ups the ante with the cars, the crazy stunts, the crashes and the fights. Vin Diesel’s Dom, now wealthy and living the good life, is lured back into action by his erstwhile nemesis, the federal agent Hobbs (the absurdly buff Dwayne Johnson). It seems a villain named Shaw has amassed a huge military arsenal and is one component short of wreaking total havoc. Especially funny are Tyrese Gibson as Roman and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej, Dom’s partners in crime. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — The Associated Press

The Hangover Part III -- The Hangover Part III dares to alienate the very audience that made 2009’s The Hangover the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time because, well, it isn’t exactly a comedy. This time, Zach Galifianakis’ insufferable, inappropriate man-child Alan has gone off his meds and is out of control. His fellow “Wolfpack” members Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) stage an intervention and offer to drive him to a treatment center in Arizona. They get run off the road by masked thugs who work for crime boss Marshall (John Goodman, who improves everything merely by showing up). Now, they must make things right by finding the evil, effeminate gangster Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong). Directed by Todd Phillips. Rated R, 100 minutes. — AP

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42 A biopic about the legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Rated PG-13, 128 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

The Great Gatsby -- Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful and often frantic rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cherished 1925 novel. Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan, cousin to narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who tells the story of the tragic love between Gatsby and Daisy. Fast moving and respectful to the novel, but with a personality of its own. Rated PG-13, 143 minutes. — Boo Allen

Iron Man 3 -- Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark and his alter ego Iron Man in this jumbled piece of candy by director and co-writer Shane Black. When not trading quips and trying to be cuddly, Stark faces off against another industrialist/inventor (Guy Pearce) and his genetically enhanced superhuman army. Loud, often incoherent narrative unaided by routine special effects and jumbled action sequences. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Mud -- Matthew McConaughey stars as the title character, Mud, in this third film from Austin-based writer-director Jeff Nichols. Mud hides on a deserted island from the police when two local boys help him escape and also find his lost girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Before long, the hunt becomes violent and frighteningly intense. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Pain & Gain -- Michael Bay’s comedic drama is based on real-life events involving 1990s Miami bodybuilders, who stole from rich clients in an escalating scheme that involved kidnapping and torture. This might have been a hopeless mess if not for the talented cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Tony Shalhoub. Rated R, 130 minutes. — San Francisco Chronicle

Star Trek Into Darkness -- Like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget, director J.J. Abrams’ film is reverential, faithful and steeped in Trek mythology. The scenario’s been hijacked and rejiggered from better Trek plots of decades ago. But they pile on the spectacle in a way that’s never been seen before in Star Trek; the action is top-notch, the visuals grand, though the movie’s needless conversion to 3-D muddies the images. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho and Zoe Saldana are among the returning ensemble cast. Rated PG-13, 132 minute. — AP

 


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