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Machete Kills — Don’t go to Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills expecting deep thoughts on anything. At all. The second movie in the series (which sprang from a fake trailer that Rodriguez cut for his movie Grindhouse) stars the always-entertaining Danny Trejo as the titular ex-Federale and “enemy of the cartels.” The American president (Carlos Estevez, otherwise known as Charlie Sheen) needs Machete to stop a Mexican madman (Demian Bichir, FX’s The Bridge) with a bomb. With Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara and Mel Gibson. Rated R, 107 minutes. — Austin American-Statesman

Pulling Strings — After being denied a visa so he can bring his daughter from Mexico City to the U.S. to visit her grandparents, a professional mariachi seizes upon a chance encounter to help an embassy worker and get in her good graces. With Jaime Camil, Laura Ramsey and Omar Chaparro. Directed by Pitipol Ybarra. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Rated PG, 110 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

We Are What We Are — When the mother of two teen girls dies, their domineering father insists they continue their unconventional custom of luring people to the house, killing them and then eating them. Various dramas play out about missing people and a local (Michael Parks) on the trail. Jim Mickle co-wrote and directed this film that is slow, dreary, dark and just plain unpleasant. Rated R, 105 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen


Baggage Claim — Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding in 30 days, a flight attendant travels the country bumping into eligible ex-boyfriends and searching for Mr. Right. With Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs and Jill Scott. Written and directed by David E. Talbert. Rated PG-13, 93 minutes. — LAT

Battle of the Year — A hip-hop mogul enlists a hard-luck ex-basketball coach and an all-star dance crew to win an international dance tournament in which Americans have not triumphed in 15 years. With Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso and Josh Peck. Rated PG-13, 109 minutes. — LAT

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 — The original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a sweet treat of an adaptation of the 1982 book by Judi and Ron Barrett. The sequel comes across like eating leftovers. Wide-eyed inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) is recruited by a mega-billionaire (Will Forte) to figure out why food items are evolving into living creatures such as Shrimpanzes and Flamangos. Directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn give the film the frantic pace and bright colors needed to keep the attention of kids. Rated PG, 95 minutes. — The Fresno Bee

Don Jon — Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s writing-directing debut equals something quite substantial: a speedy little comedy about not just sex addiction but modern lives wasted on shallow gratification. His character Jon Martello’s routine is broken when he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson, in full sex bomb). When their relationship hits a road block, Jon finds himself drawn to an older, less glamorous woman from his night class (Julianne Moore). With Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson. Rated R, 90 minutes. — The Associated Press

The Family — After snitching on the mob, a former mafia boss and his family enter the witness protection program but have a hard time adjusting to their new life in a sleepy French town. With Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron. Directed by Luc Besson, who also co-wrote the script. Rated R, 111 minutes. — LAT

Grace Unplugged — A talented young singer-songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her pastor father to pursue pop music stardom. With A.J. Michalka, James Denton and Kevin Pollak. Written and directed by Brad J. Silverman. Rated PG, 102 minutes. — LAT

Gravity — Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) directed this white-knuckle outer-space thriller about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who become detached from their spacecraft. Cuaron conveys what it feels like to be lost in space, vulnerable to the vast oblivion that lurks beyond. He uses his two-person cast to ratchet up the tension. Rated PG-13, 90 minutes. — B.A.

Insidious: Chapter 2 — A young married couple seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left their family dangerously connected to the spirit world in this sequel to the 2011 film Insidious. With Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Lin Shaye. Directed by James Wan. Rated PG-13, 105 minutes. — LAT

Instructions Not Included — After a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and disappears, an Acapulco playboy ends up an unlikely single father in Los Angeles — until the girl’s mother shows up out of the blue six years later. Eugenio Derbez stars in the film, which he also directed and co-wrote. With Jessica Lindsey and Loreto Peralta. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated PG-13, 115 minutes. — LAT

Prisoners — Frustrated by the police department’s lack of progress in locating his missing 6-year-old daughter, a distraught father decides to take matters into his own hands. With Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano. Rated R, 151 minutes. — LAT

Runner Runner — A Princeton grad student who believes he’s been swindled travels to Costa Rica to confront an online gambling tycoon and is seduced by the man’s promise of wealth. With Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie and Ben Affleck. Directed by Brad Furman. Rated R, 91 minutes. — LAT

Rush — Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan’s Formula One thriller Rush is a lot like their Frost/Nixon, only on wheels. Chris Hemsworth plays James Hunt, a carousing, big-ego English racer, while Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda, an analytical Austrian. The film, based on the lives of the two famous racers, captures the climax of their collision in the 1976 world championship. Rated R, 123 minutes. — AP