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OPENING FRIDAY

Planes: Fire & Rescue — In this animated movie set in a world of anthropomorphic aircraft, a famous air racer learns that his engine is damaged and shifts gears into the world of aerial firefighting. With the voices of Dane Cook and Julie Bowen. Directed by Bobs Gannaway. Rated PG, 83 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

The Purge: Anarchy — A new group of individuals fights to survive the annual night on which all crime is legal for 12 hours in this sequel to the 2013 film The Purge. With Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez. Written and directed by James DeMonaco. Rated R, 103 minutes. — LAT

Sex Tape — To spice up their love life, a couple of 10 years make a marathon sex tape and then scramble to erase it from existence after they accidentally send it to friends and family members. With Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Rated R, 95 minutes. — LAT

NOW PLAYING

America: Imagine the World Without Her — Dinesh D’Souza’s America sets itself up as a piece of documentary counter-history, opening with George Washington not surviving the 1777 defeat at the Battle of Brandywine, which causes Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty to dissolve. Where would the world be if America wasn’t here? But D’Souza abandons that as he posits his main thesis — that a conspiracy by academics and activists has created a culture of “shame” about American history. Rated PG-13, 100 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Begin Again — In writer-director John Carney’s shallow follow-up to his similar 2006 Once, Mark Ruffalo stars as Dan, a newly fired, dysfunctional record executive who meets Greta (Keira Knightley) and immediately begins the process of making an album with her — even if he has to do it on the streets guerrilla-style. Hailee Stanfield plays Dan’s daughter and Catherine Keener his ex-wife, while Adam Levine appears as Greta’s erratic boyfriend. — Boo Allen

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) delivers a thematically and textually dark follow-up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Outside a bleak and barely recognizable San Francisco, apes thrive, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). Humans (including Jason Clarke and Keri Russell) encroach, setting off the inevitable conflict. Good mix of effects, imaging and atmospherics. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Deliver Us From Evil — A serial-killer mystery in which the culprit turns out to be one of Satan’s minions, Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil adapts the detective genre to an exorcism tale that is very serious about the prospect of demonic possession. Though based on claims made by real-life NYPD officer-turned-paranormal investigator Ralph Sarchie (played here by Eric Bana), the picture is stolen by a fictional character — a composite religious figure played with a predictable level of smolder by Carlos star Edgar Ramirez. The film’s nods to religion are genre-appropriate and never preachy enough to alienate the average horror fan. Rated R, 118 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter

Earth to Echo Earth to Echo would love to be the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the 21st century. But the new movie is to E.T. what Reese’s Pieces is to lumps of sugar. They share an ingredient, but one is far more satisfying. The lack of interesting characters and a patchwork plot leave Earth to Echo more of a Cloverfield for kids. Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) are three best friends who find a tiny robotic figure in the desert. With the help of Emma (Ella Wahlestedt) — the group figure out the alien they have named Echo is trying to put together the ignition key for his spacecraft. Rated PG, 100 minutes. — The Fresno Bee

How to Train Your Dragon 2 — The follow-up to the much-admired animated How to Train Your Dragon doesn’t play it safe, and that’s why it’s the rare sequel that doesn’t feel somewhat stale. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon 2 returns us to Berk, where our young Viking hero, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), lives and frolics with his devoted dragon, Toothless. When Hiccup and his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) discover a vicious villain (Djimon Hounsou) who’s building a dragon army, Hiccup resolves to stop him. Rated PG, 102 minutes. — The Associated Press

Tammy — When Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) loses her husband and job, she heads out on the road with her oversexed, drug-taking, alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon). A succession of formulaic road-trip sequences follows. McCarthy fans will be pleased even if the script, written by her and her director-husband Ben Falcone, relies almost solely on her personality and unique delivery for laughs. With Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh and Gary Cole. Rated R, 96 minutes. — B.A.

Transformers: Age of Extinction — Three years after an epic battle has forced the shape-shifting robots known as Transformers into hiding, a garage inventor makes a startling discovery and gets caught up in a battle for the fate of Earth. With Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Sophia Miles. Directed by Michael Bay. Rated PG-13. — LAT

22 Jump Street — You’re pretty much going to have to see 22 Jump Street twice — just to catch all the jokes the roars of laughter make you miss. This buddy cop parody hits its sweet spots with bromance gags carried to hilarious extremes by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, too-dumb-to-be-a-cop riffs by Tatum and a couple of vintage, sneering rants by Ice Cube. Undercover cops Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) are sent off to M.C. State University to track down a new designer drug that college kids are using to help them focus. Rated R, 112 minutes. — MCT


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