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A Hijacking — Everything unfolds fairly predictably in this adventure-thriller film about a Danish cargo ship that is boarded by Somali pirates and then ransomed. The ship and its captives negotiate with the ship’s owners in Denmark, all while the families fret and the men on board go stir-crazy as time passes. Writer-director Tobias Lindholm never conjures up heightened suspense but does convey the tedium of such an ordeal. Rated R, 103 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen

Jobs — A biopic about the life of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs from 1971 through 2000. With Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Written by Matthew Whitely. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Kick-Ass 2 — Having inspired a new wave of amateur superheroes, the masked vigilantes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl team with a new ally to take on a new villain with an old vendetta. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. Rated R, 103 minutes. — LAT

Paranoia — After a costly mistake, an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation is forced to spy on his boss’ former mentor, a company rival. With Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Written by Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy. Directed by Robert Luketic. Rated PG-13, 106 minutes. — LAT


Elysium -- Neill Blomkamp (District 9) may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. The writer-director picks up on the Occupy Movement, the immigration debate and the rationing-by-cost nature of American health care and came up with Elysium, a violent, derivative and yet thoroughly entertaining trip into the future. In 2159, Earth has become overcrowded, polluted, littered with high-rise shantytowns. An accident dooms factory worker Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), unless he can get to Elysium — the space station where the 1 percent live well, live long and have their every illness cured in a jiffy. With Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and William Fichtner. Rated R, 108 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters —A young demigod and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey to recover the magical Golden Fleece from the Bermuda Triangle. With Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — LAT

Planes — In this animated film set in a world of anthropomorphic aircraft, a plane with a fear of heights dreams of competing as a high-flying racer. With the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Teri Hatcher. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — LAT

RED 2 -- The joy of RED was seeing a cast packed with Oscar winners and very good actors flesh out and class up a Bruce Willis action film. If anything, this “Retired, Extremely Dangerous” sequel ups the ante. Somebody’s Wikileaked info about a secret bomb project that retired government assassins Frank (Willis) and Marvin (John Malkovich) were linked to decades before. Now they need to survive the hit men (Neal McDonough and Byung-hun Lee) sent to get them. Rated PG-13, 108 minutes. — MCT

The Smurfs 2 — There’s trouble brewing in the blue-skinned forest-dwellers new adventure-comedy, which mixes animation and live-action. Wannabe evil sorcerer Gargamel (Hank Azaria) intends to kidnap Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) from her enchanted-forest home to obtain the formula for the magical Smurf essence that Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters, in his final film role) used to originally bestow her with blue-skinned bliss. Beyond a few chuckle-worthy one-liners and some amusing visual comedy, there’s not much to engage adults, although the wee ones should be distracted enough. With Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and Neil Patrick Harris. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — HR

2 Guns -- Denzel Washington teams up with that King of Chemistry, Mark Wahlberg, in 2 Guns, a jokey-bloody action comedy that could use more jokes and less blood. Washington is Bobby, a border country smuggler/drug dealer trying to do business with Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a Mexican drug kingpin. Stig (Wahlberg) is Bobby’s mouthy, trigger-happy sidekick. For some other reason, neither Bobby nor Stig has figured out that the other is a federal agent of some sort. With Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Paula Patton. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband). Rated R, 109 minutes. Opening Friday. — MCT

We’re the Millers -- This is an identity comedy with identity issues. Jason Sudeikis plays a pot dealer who, as a disguise for smuggling a huge shipment of weed, forms a fake family to drive an RV across the Mexico border. He gathers local stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), surly homeless teenager Casey (Emma Roberts) and his young, naive neighbor Kenny (Will Poulter). Everything in We’re the Millers feels forced — a hodgepodge of comedic rhythms made to lurch from one crude gag to another. Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP

The Wolverine -- This latest X-Men movie is a lot more existential than recent installments in this comic book series have been. The Wolverine is nothing if not ambitious — a moody, haunted tale of Logan the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) coping with his ghosts and settling old debts — in Japan, no less. And if this James Mangold (Walk the Line) take on the superhero franchise stumbles up blind alleys, overreaches and turns long and repetitious by its bloody-bland predictable third act, at least it gives Jackman something worth chewing over for the first 90 minutes. But The Wolverine may leave you wanting the higher-minded movie this one promised to be — for a while. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes. — MCT