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Grown Ups 2 Adam Sandler rounds up his buddies (Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) for a sequel to the unexpected box office smash, once again proving that men will always be boys. Rated PG-13, 101 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

The Heat -- This familiar riff on the buddy-cop formula relies on the tart chemistry shared by Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Bullock stars as a no-nonsense FBI special agent sent to track down and capture a brutal drug lord. It’s not long before she crosses paths with a rough-and-tumble Boston cop (McCarthy), and the inevitable personality clash ensues. Directed by Paul Feig (reuniting with McCarthy after Bridesmaids). — Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain A documentary following the stand-up comedian Kevin Hart on his 2012 tour. Directed by Leslie Small and Tim Story. Rated R, 75 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

The Lone Ranger --There’s a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup can accomplish. The Lone Ranger, stretching hard to both reinvent an out-of-date brand and breathe new life in the Western with a desperate onslaught of bloated set pieces, is a poor locomotive for Johnny Depp’s eccentric theatrics. Flashback-heavy plot mechanics, occasionally grim violence and surrealistic comedy add up to a confused tone that seems uncertain exactly how to position Depp’s Tonto in the movie, to say nothing of Armie Hammer’s wayward Lone Ranger. Rated PG-13, 149 minutes. — The Associated Press

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. — B.A.

Monsters University -- Pixar’s prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. is neither a bold return to form nor another misfire following Brave and Cars 2, but a charming, colorful coming-of-age tale that would be a less qualified success for all but Pixar. But this is nevertheless pleasant, amiably animated family entertainment. Our expert “scarers”-to-be — the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and the burly James B. Sullivan (John Goodman) — are college freshmen with high aspirations in Monster University’s prestigious Scare Program. Director Dan Scanlon, a veteran Pixar storyboard artist, populates the collegiate life with rich detail and sly but not forced references. Rated G, 103 minutes. — AP

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.

White House Down -- Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down is refreshingly dumb. The film is at its most entertaining when it’s a simple, ludicrous buddy movie, with Jamie Foxx’s President James Sawyer and his rescuer, Channing Tatum’s wannabe Secret Service agent, fleeing across the White House grounds, dropping one-liners as they go, eluding a gang of assailants led by a bitter turncoat (James Woods) and his ferocious henchmen (including Jason Clarke). With Richard Jenkins and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Rated PG-13, 137 minutes. — AP

World War Z -- Might there be a real zombie apocalypse one day? The way zombies have invaded our pop culture the last several years, it’s maybe a bit less implausible than it once was. What is increasingly quite plausible, alas, is a global pandemic, and World War Z cleverly melds that real-life threat into the more fanciful zombie premise. Despite the much-discussed production delays and budget overruns, this movie, based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks (son of Mel), is pretty much what you’d want in a summer blockbuster: scary but not-too-gross zombies, a journey to exotic locales, a few excellent action scenes, and did we mention Brad Pitt? As Gerry Lane, a former U.N. investigator called upon to save the planet, Pitt is a calm, intelligent presence amid the insanity. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. — AP