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Getaway — A former race car driver (Ethan Hawke) hijacks the souped-up Mustang of a young woman (Selena Gomez) and follows the commands of the people who have kidnapped his wife. Rated PG-13. — Miami Herald

One Direction: This Is Us — Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directs this documentary recounting the meteoric rise of the British boy band. Rated PG. — MH

The Grandmaster (PG-13) — Director Wong Kar Wai (In the Mood for Love) spent six years working on this martial-arts epic that focuses on Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the kung-fu master who taught Bruce Lee everything he knew. Rated PG-13. — MH


Blue Jasmine — Woody Allen wrote and directed this drama-with-humor that takes license with A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine, the Blanche DuBois figure, disgraced and penniless when she arrives at the San Francisco home of her sister (Sally Hawkins). Jasmine makes demands and acts imperious even while it becomes obvious she is gradually losing mental control. With Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and a surprisingly effective Andrew Dice Clay. Rated PG-13, 98 minutes. — Boo Allen

Closed Circuit — Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are two lawyers (and former lovers) whose lives are imperiled after they’re hired by a terrorist to defend him in court. Rated R, 96 minutes. — MH

Elysium — Neill Blomkamp (District 9) 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

The Hunt — In this formulaic yet tense drama from provocative Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration), a lonely, recently divorced man (always excellent Mads Mikkelsen) takes a default job teaching small children. When he finds himself falsely accused of child abuse, he loses his job, his friends, and is prosecuted. The Kafkaesque scenario escalates as he struggles to survive and to maintain sanity. Rated R, 115 minutes. Opens Friday, August 30 at the Dallas Angelika. — 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

Lee Daniels’ The Butler — Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, based on the real-life butler who worked in the White House under eight presidents, from Eisenhower to Reagan. Cecil always seems to be around when anything important is discussed, while his son Louis (David Oyelowo) magically appears at all the big civil rights events of the day. An impressive cast plays the U.S. presidents: Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack and Alan Rickman. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — In New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager discovers she is descended from a secret line of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. With Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan. Based on the young adult book series by Cassandra Clare. Directed by Harald Zwart. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes. — LAT

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

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. With Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and Neil Patrick Harris. Rated PG, 105 minutes. — HR

We’re the Millers — 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). Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP

The World’s End — Co-writer Edgar Wright directs the story of four mates (Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Nick Frost) dragged by their still-adolescent friend (Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the film) back to their hometown to do a pub crawl. They find the town and the people have changed enough to set up the intermittently funny spoof. Rated R, 109 minutes. — B.A.

You’re Next — This nasty little slasher film starts poorly but gets better once most of the cast has been butchered. Indie film figures Joe Swanberg and Ti West play two attendees at a party where four siblings and their significant others are celebrating their parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. An unknown number of men, wearing animal masks and wielding crossbows (why not guns?), are stalking the family from without and within the house. Rated R, 96 minutes. — HR