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Man of Steel -- Director Zach Snyder (300) delivers a fresh interpretation on an old superhero, and the update proves worth it. This Superman (Henry Cavill) is a man searching for himself and his roots. But looking for him is General Zod (Michael Shannon), an old nemesis of his father (Russell Crowe) from Krypton. Snyder overloads the special effects in a succession of impressive action scenes that never seem to stop. Amy Adams plays Lois Lane. Rated PG-13, 143 minutes. — Boo Allen


After Earth -- After Earth wouldn’t exist had Will Smith not cooked it up as yet another star vehicle for his son, Jaden. This sci-fi adventure about a boy who must become a man to save himself and his wounded warrior father on a hostile world is a corny, generally humorless M. Night Shyamalan picture without his trademark surprises and twists. Rated PG-13, 100 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Epic -- Bright, colorful animated film about the little people who live among us even though we don’t know it. Their verdant forest-dwelling world is threatened when the Rot People aim to steal the magic bulb that brings perpetual life to the living forests. Several themes mix with a rousing adventure tale told with a 3-D flair for action. With a voice cast of Beyonce Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari. Rated PG, 102 minutes. — B.A.

Fast & Furious 6 -- Vin Diesel’s Dom, now wealthy and living the good life, is lured back into action by federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). It seems a villain named Shaw has amassed a huge military arsenal and is one component short of wreaking total havoc. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — AP

The Hangover Part III -- This time, Zach Galifianakis’ insufferable, inappropriate man-child Alan has gone off his meds and is out of control. His fellow “Wolfpack” members Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) stage an intervention and offer to drive him to a treatment center in Arizona. They get run off the road by masked thugs who work for crime boss Marshall (John Goodman). Now, they must make things right by finding gangster Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong). Directed by Todd Phillips. Rated R, 100 minutes. — AP

The Internship -- There are really three movie stars headlining The Internship: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Google. But if you can get past this Mother of All Product Placements, you’ll likely find yourself chuckling a lot during this silly but warm-hearted film, directed by Shawn Levy. Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are watch salesmen who discover their company has shut down. And so, of course, they apply for an unpaid internship at Google. Rated PG-13, 119 minutes. — AP

Iron Man 3 -- Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark and his alter ego Iron Man in this jumbled piece of candy by director and co-writer Shane Black. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Mud -- Matthew McConaughey stars as the title character, Mud, in this third film from Austin-based writer-director Jeff Nichols. Mud hides on a deserted island from the police when two local boys help him escape and also find his lost girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Before long, the hunt becomes violent and frighteningly intense. Moody and atmospheric, with plenty of surprises. With Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson and Ray McKinnon. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Now You See Me -- The razzle dazzles but the smoke never quite hides the mirrors this super-slick new magicians’ heist picture. A quartet of street hustlers and rising stars who call themselves the Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco) star in magic “events” where they catch the imagination of the world, and their super-rich promoter (Michael Caine). Mark Ruffalo is the comically hyper-ventilating FBI agent, and Morgan Freeman is the mysterious magic expert who may be helping the feds. Rated PG-13, 102 minutes. — MCT

The Purge -- Characters are frequently urged to “release the beast” in this high-concept home-invasion shocker set in a future where one night a year, all crime is legal. But what should be a clammy exercise in claustrophobic, queasy tension becomes, in the hands of writer-director James DeMonaco, an underpowered compendium of over-familiar scare tactics and sledgehammer-subtle social satire. With Ethan Hawke and Edwin Hodge. Rated R, 85 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter

Star Trek Into Darkness -- Like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget, director J.J. Abrams’ film is reverential, faithful and steeped in Trek mythology. The scenario’s been hijacked and rejiggered from better Trek plots of decades ago. But they pile on the spectacle in a way that’s never been seen before in Star Trek; the action is top-notch, the visuals grand, though the movie’s needless conversion to 3-D muddies the images. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho and Zoe Saldana are among the returning ensemble cast. Rated PG-13, 132 minute. — AP