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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

White House Down -- Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down is refreshingly dumb. There’s an inarguable, senseless pleasure in watching Jamie Foxx, as the president of the United States, kicking a terrorist and shouting: “Get your hands off my Jordans!” Hail to the chief, indeed. The film is at its most entertaining when it’s a simple, ludicrous buddy movie, with Foxx’s President James Sawyer and his rescuer, Channing Tatum’s wannabe Secret Service agent, fleeing across the White House grounds, dropping one-liners as they go, eluding a gang of assailants led by a bitter turncoat (James Woods) and his ferocious henchmen (including Jason Clarke). With Richard Jenkins and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Rated PG-13, 137 minutes. — The Associated Press

NOW PLAYING

The Bling Ring -- Writer-director Sofia Coppola tediously chronicles the mostly true story behind the activities of overprivileged Los Angeles teens who break into the homes of celebrities. The group revels in their fortunes until they are inevitably caught. Coppola might intend this to be a cautionary tale, but it simply becomes repetitive and annoying. Rebecca Chang, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien and Israel Broussard play the weaselly thieves. Rated R, 87 minutes. — Boo Allen

Monsters University -- This prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. is a charming, colorful coming-of-age tale that would be a less qualified success for all but Disney-Pixar. But this is pleasant, amiably animated family entertainment. The wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and the burly James B. Sullivan (John Goodman) — are college freshmen with high aspirations in Monster University’s prestigious Scare Program. Rated G, 103 minutes. — AP

 


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