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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 .

Cinemark Hickory Creek 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.cinemark.com .

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

OPENING FRIDAY

The East -- Zal Batmanglij directed and co-wrote this often heavy-handed thriller about a woman (Brit Marling, who also co-wrote) going undercover for a private security firm to infiltrate an eco-terrorist group. Once inside, she grows close, and then too close, to the group as they plan and then carry out their attacks. With Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson and Julia Ormond. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas and Plano. — Boo Allen

The Internship -- There are really three movie stars headlining The Internship: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Google. But if you can get past this Mother of All Product Placements, you’ll likely find yourself chuckling a lot during this silly but warm-hearted film, directed by Shawn Levy. Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are watch salesmen who discover their company has shut down. And so, of course, they apply for an unpaid internship at Google. They get the job — diversity, wouldn’t ya know. At orientation, a stern taskmaster (a seriously funny Aasif Mandvi), describes the Hunger Games-like ordeal ahead: a set of challenges, with only the winning team attaining Google employment. Rated PG-13, 119 minutes. — The Associated Press

NOW PLAYING

After Earth -- After Earth wouldn’t exist had Will Smith not cooked it up as yet another star vehicle for his son, Jaden. This sci-fi adventure about a boy who must become a man to save himself and his wounded warrior father on a hostile world is a corny, generally humorless M. Night Shyamalan picture without his trademark surprises and twists. Rated PG-13, 100 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Epic -- Bright, colorful animated film about the little people who live among us even though we don’t know it. Their verdant forest-dwelling world is threatened when the Rot People aim to steal the magic bulb that brings perpetual life to the living forests. Several themes mix with a rousing adventure tale told with a 3-D flair for action. With a voice cast of Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari. Rated PG, 102 minutes. — B.A.

Fast & Furious 6 -- Vin Diesel’s Dom, now wealthy and living the good life, is lured back into action by his erstwhile nemesis, the federal agent Hobbs (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 and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Dom’s partners in crime. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — AP

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. — B.A.

The Hangover Part III -- 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). Now, they must make things right by finding gangster Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong). Directed by Todd Phillips. Rated R, 100 minutes. — AP

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.

Now You See Me -- The razzle dazzles but the smoke never quite hides the mirrors this super-slick new magicians’ heist picture. A quartet of street hustlers and rising stars (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) star in magic “events” where they catch the imagination of the world, and their super-rich promoter (Michael Caine). Mark Ruffalo is the comically hyper-ventilating FBI agent, and Morgan Freeman is the mysterious magic expert who may be helping the feds. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Transporter). Rated PG-13, 102 minutes. — MCT

 


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