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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days An adolescent boy tries to survive summer misadventures in such fraught situations as swimming at the public pool and going camping. With Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris and Robert Capron. Rated PG, 94 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Farewell My Queen (***) The first few tumultuous days of the French Revolution are seen through the eyes of Sidonie (Lea Seydoux), a reader for Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger). While Paris erupts, the queen is more concerned about her private life, particularly with her newly acquired passion for Gabrielle de Polignac (Virginie Leydoyen). Co-writer and director Benoit Jacquot mixes fact and much fiction for an entertaining drama. Rated R, 100 minutes. At the Magnolia in Dallas. — Boo Allen

Total Recall In the future, a factory worker’s role-playing mental vacation as a super-spy goes awry, leaving him a hunted man and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. With Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston. Directed by Len Wiseman. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — LAT




The Amazing Spider-Man (***1/2) It's impossible to avoid the comparisons, so we may as well just get them out of the way early so we can move on. This reboot is pretty much different in every way from the staggeringly successful Marvel Comics-inspired trilogy that preceded it. Much of that has to do with the central performance from Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker as a misunderstood outsider, a rebel with a chip on his shoulder. That slightly arrogant attitude gives the whole movie a restless, reckless energy. Emma Stone is bright as ever as Peter's love interest, Gwen Stacy, with Rhys Ifans nicely underplaying his role as Spider-Man's nemesis. Directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Rated PG-13, 138 minutes. — The Associated Press

Brave Disney and Pixar teamed up to create the Little Princess Who Wouldn’t — wouldn’t consider marriage her destiny, that is. Meet Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), an expert archer known for her defiance and her explosion of screaming red curls. Neither pleases her father, King Fergus (voiced by the incomparable Billy Connolly), or her mum, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). While the queen is looking to land a good young man for her daughter, Merida is looking for a spell that will change her destiny. Rated PG, 93 minutes. — Lucinda Breeding

The Dark Knight Rises (**1/2 ) Director Christopher Nolan directs the last of his three Batman films with Christian Bale again playing the dark knight. A villain (Tom Hardy) steals a nuclear weapon and threatens to blow up Gotham, while several other plot points play out in this overwritten opus. Anne Hathaway, as an undesignated Catwoman, and Marion Cottillard appear as eye-candy femme fatales. A mediocre movie, not bad — just not as good as earlier versions. Rated PG-13, 164 minutes. — B.A.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (**1/2) There’s considerably less drift in the latest in a long line of lucrative cartoons from Blue Sky Studios and their friends at Fox. It’s all sight gags and action beats, which tends to cover the shortcomings these assembly-line farces are infamous for. Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), Sid, the innocent but accident-prone sloth (John Leguizamo, always funny) and Sid’s Granny (Wanda Sykes) are adrift on an iceberg. That’s when they meet the pirates. Rated PG, 94 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Madea’s Witness Protection After being set up as the fall guy for a mob-backed Ponzi scheme, a mild-mannered investment banker enters the federal witness protection program with his family and heads to the South. With Eugene Levy, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold and Tyler Perry. Written and directed by Perry. Rated PG-13, 114 minutes. — LAT

Magic Mike (***1/2) Steven Soderbergh (Contagion, Ocean’s 11) makes movies about sexy subjects, then strips away the sexiness about them. Now he’s directed Magic Mike, about the cheesy world of male stripping in the cheesy setting of Tampa, Fla. It all seems glamorous and thrilling at first, though, for Alex Pettyfer’s character, Adam, who serves as our guide once the more established Mike (Channing Tatum) recruits him to be a dancer at the Club Xquisite male revue. With Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello. Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP

Moonrise Kingdom (**) In the latest piece of whimsy from director Wes Anderson, two children become lost on an isolated island in 1965. The scout master (Edward Norton) and sheriff (Bruce Willis) join parents (Francis McDormand and Bill Murray) in the search. Children talk like adults, and adults talk in arch passages. Overly contrived characters and situations wear thin. Rated PG-13, 94 minutes. — B.A.

Savages (***1/2) Oliver Stone’s latest is a lurid, pulpy film noir with a sexy, sometimes dreamlike California beach vibe. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson co-star as best friends and business partners Chon and Ben, who got rich quick growing a particularly strong strain of pot. Everything’s going great until the leader of a Mexican cartel (Salma Hayek) tries to expand her territory by taking over their business. Much brutal bloodshed ensues. With Blake Lively, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Emile Hirsch. Based on the novel by Don Winslow. Rated R, 129 minutes. — AP

Step Up Revolution Newly arrived in Miami, an aspiring dancer falls for the leader of a local dance crew, and together they battle a wealthy developer. With Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel and Peter Gallagher. Rated PG-13, 97 minutes. — LAT

Ted (***1/2) A teddy bear who smokes pot, parties with hookers, beds pop stars and spews profanity in a New England accent as thick as chowdah? Such a creature could only come from the blissfully twisted mind of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Mark Wahlberg stars as John, whose wish as a lonely kid in the ’80s turned his teddy bear into a walking, talking friend for life. Decades later, John and Ted are still best buddies; despite the adolescent attachment, John has managed to carve out a relationship with the beautiful and exceedingly patient Lori (Mila Kunis). But by this point, something’s gotta give. Rated R, 105 minutes. — AP

The Watch (**1/2) In this neighborhood-watch-discovers-an-alien-invasion comedy, Vince Vaughn is second banana to Ben Stiller, trying like heck to keep from being third-billed to Jonah Hill. The screenwriters (Seth Rogen among them) took inspiration from the Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” and The ’Burbs in trying to cook up some reason to get these guys together, talking dirty, swilling beer and growing increasingly paranoid at the bizarre murders popping up in their quiet suburb. Sometimes ponderous, sometimes explosively funny. Rated R, 102 minutes. — MCT