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Carmike Hickory Creek 16 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.carmike.com .

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OPENING FRIDAY

Pompeii — In the year 79 A.D., a slave turned unstoppable gladiator races against time to save his true love from a corrupt Roman senator and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Rated PG-13, 105 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

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About Last Night — Two couples navigate the ups and downs of modern love and romance in this remake of the 1986 film of the same name. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). Rated R, 100 minutes. — LAT

August: Osage County — When a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, three sisters confront the dysfunctional woman who raised them. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper. Written by Tracy Letts. Directed by John Wells. Rated R, 130 minutes. — LAT

Endless Love — A privileged young woman and a charismatic young man spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Directed and co-written by Shana Feste (Country Strong). PG-13, 105 minutes. — LAT

Frozen — Disney’s new movie, very roughly based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” follows two princesses: rambunctious young Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has the secret, magical ability to chill whatever she touches. Also available in a sing-along version. Rated PG, 85 minutes. — Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — In this Jack Ryan reboot, Chris Pine takes over as Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst. Inspired by Sept. 11, Ryan joins the Marines and is heroically injured in Afghanistan. He meets his eventual fiancee (Keira Knightley) and is lured to the CIA by a mysterious recruiter (Kevin Costner). Director-actor Kenneth Branagh endows his film with competency but little to distinguish it from superior thrillers that have come before. Rated PG-13, 105 minutes. — The Associated Press

The Lego Movie — There are so many things to like about The Lego Movie: a great voice cast, clever dialogue and a handsome blend of stop-motion and CGI animation that feels lovingly retro, while still looking sharp in 21st-century 3-D. Set in a world built entirely of Legos, the story revolves around construction worker Emmet Brickowski (voice of Chris Pratt), who must join forces with a group of rebels to stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). With the voices of Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Rated PG, 94 minutes. — The Washington Post

Lone Survivor — Mark Wahlberg stars in this true story of four Navy SEALS in Afghanistan in 2005 on a mission to find and eliminate a Taliban leader. When the squad is reduced to one (hence the title), he finds refuge in an unlikely place. The standard action flick accentuates the bravery of the squad, but co-writer and director Peter Berg never raises his film beyond routine adventure material. With Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch. Rated R, 121 minutes. — Boo Allen

The Monuments Men — George Clooney stars in this World War II drama that he also directed and co-wrote, with Grant Heslov, from Robert Edsel and Bret Witter’s nonfiction book. Clooney heads a team of aging art experts who identify and then attempt to recover art treasures stolen by the Nazis. Segmented film never gathers momentum but plods along with little building dramatic engagement. The fine cast includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — B.A.

Ride Along — A little Kevin Hart goes a long way in this dull buddy picture. Ice Cube is cranky cop James, whose pursuit of a mysterious villain is interrupted by his sister’s fiance, Ben (Hart), a video game-addicted school security guard who longs to bring his wise-cracking, voice-cracking banter to the Atlanta P.D. Directed by Tim Story (Barbershop). Rated PG-13, 100 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

RoboCop — Director Jose Padilha’s remake of the 1987 film of the same name delivers plenty of mayhem and action. Joel Kinnaman stars as a Detroit detective blown up by a car bomb only to be reincarnated as the titular crime-fighting robotic cop. Abbie Cornish plays his wife, and Michael Keaton goes over-the-top as a corporate villain. With Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — B.A.

That Awkward Moment — This chatty romantic comedy in the modern mode — rude, nude and crude — has some funny, writerly riffs on relationships and how to avoid them. But the movie, like star Zac Efron and writer-director Tom Gormican, never lets us forget that it’s trying too hard. Efron, Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) play three New York pals who vow, when one is dumped by his wife, to stay single and enjoy the mingling. Which all of them ignore. Rated R, 94 minutes. — MCT

12 Years a Slave — British director Steven McQueen directs Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free man in 1841 New York who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South. He experiences torture and humiliations from his various owners, particularly one (Michael Fassbender). Provocative yet well-made film touches many buttons while delivering a compelling experience. Rated R, 133 minutes. — B.A.

Winter’s Tale — A tale spanning a century in a mythical New York City, about a thief who falls for a dying woman and tangles with a ruthless gangster, based on the novel by Mark Helprin. With Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — LAT


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