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Instructions Not Included — After a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and disappears, an Acapulco playboy ends up an unlikely single father in Los Angeles — until the girl’s mother shows up out of the blue six years later. Eugenio Derbez stars in the film, which he also directed and co-wrote. With Jessica Lindsey and Loreto Peralta. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated PG-13, 115 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

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Blue Jasmine — Woody Allen wrote and directed this drama-with-humor that takes license with A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine, the Blanche DuBois figure, disgraced and penniless when she arrives at the San Francisco home of her sister (Sally Hawkins). Jasmine makes demands and acts imperious even while it becomes obvious she is gradually losing mental control. With Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and a surprisingly effective Andrew Dice Clay. Rated PG-13, 98 minutes. — Boo Allen

Closed Circuit — Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are two lawyers (and former lovers) whose lives are imperiled after they’re hired by a terrorist to defend him in court. Rated R, 96 minutes. — Miami Herald

Despicable Me 2 — Stealing the moon can be a tough act to follow. Despicable Me 2 finds reformed criminal mastermind Gru (voiced by the innately animated Steve Carell) more or less embracing his newly domesticated life after adopting Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and little Agnes (Elsie Fisher), even swapping his more nefarious activities for a startup jelly-and-jam-making operation. But he soon finds himself in a stickier situation when he’s dispatched by the top-secret Anti-Villain League to track down the perpetrator of a fresh heist involving a ginormous electromagnet. Rated PG, 98 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter

Elysium — Neill Blomkamp (District 9) may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. The writer-director picks up on the Occupy Movement, the immigration debate and the rationing-by-cost nature of American health care and came up with Elysium, a violent, derivative and yet thoroughly entertaining trip into the future.In 2159, Earth has become overcrowded, polluted, littered with high-rise shantytowns. An accident dooms factory worker Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), unless he can get to Elysium — the space station where the 1 percent live well, live long and have their every illness cured in a jiffy. With Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and William Fichtner. Rated R, 108 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Getaway — A former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) hijacks the souped-up Mustang of a young woman (Selena Gomez) and follows the commands of the people who have kidnapped his wife. Rated PG-13. — MH

Lee Daniels’ The Butler — Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, based on the real-life butler who worked in the White House under eight presidents, from Eisenhower to Reagan. Cecil always seems to be around when anything important is discussed, while his son Louis (David Oyelowo) magically appears at all the big civil rights events of the day. In director Lee Daniels’ empty replay of historical events, an impressive cast plays the U.S. presidents: Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack and Alan Rickman. Rated PG-13,130 minutes. — B.A.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — In New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager discovers she is descended from a secret line of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. With Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan. Based on the young adult book series by Cassandra Clare. Directed by Harald Zwart Rated PG-13, 120 minutes. — LAT

One Direction: This Is Us — Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directs this documentary recounting the meteoric rise of the British boy band. Rated PG. — MH

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters — A young demigod and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey to recover the magical Golden Fleece from the Bermuda Triangle. With Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — LAT

Planes — In this animated film set in a world of anthropomorphic aircraft, a plane with a fear of heights dreams of competing as a high-flying racer. With the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Teri Hatcher. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — LAT

This Is the End — A gaggle of mostly male stars appear in this scattershot yet ashamedly hilarious spoof. When Seth Rogen (who co-wrote), Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and others attend a party at James Franco’s house, the Apocalypse arrives. Or maybe it’s the Rapture. Plenty of potty, sexist and homophobic humor to offend all. Rated R, 107 minutes. — B.A.

2 Guns — Denzel Washington teams up with that King of Chemistry, Mark Wahlberg, in 2 Guns, a jokey-bloody action comedy that could use more jokes and less blood. Director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) manages little flash in this utterly generic double-and-triple-crossing tale. Washington is Bobby, a border country smuggler/drug dealer trying to do business with Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a Mexican drug kingpin. Stig (Wahlberg) is Bobby’s mouthy, trigger-happy sidekick. For some other reason, neither Bobby nor Stig has figured out that the other is a federal agent of some sort. With Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Paula Patton. Rated R, 109 minutes. — MCT

We’re the Millers — This is an identity comedy with identity issues. Jason Sudeikis plays a pot dealer who, as a disguise for smuggling a huge shipment of weed, forms a fake family to drive an RV across the Mexico border. With Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP

The World’s End — Horror-comic spoof from the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Co-writer Edgar Wright directs the story of four mates (Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Nick Frost) dragged by their still-adolescent friend (Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the film) back to their hometown to do a pub crawl. They find the town and the people have changed enough to set up the intermittently funny spoof. Takes a while to take off but kicks in enough for a few laughs. Rated R, 109 minutes. — B.A.

You’re Next — This nasty little slasher film starts poorly but gets better once most of the cast has been butchered. Indie film figures Joe Swanberg and Ti West play two attendees at a party where four siblings and their significant others are celebrating their parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. An unknown number of men, wearing animal masks and wielding crossbows (why not guns?), are stalking the family from without and within the house. Directed by Adam Wingard. Rated R, 96 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter


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