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The Counselor — A respected lawyer’s dabbling in the drug-trafficking business quickly spirals out of control. With Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. Written by Cormac McCarthy. Directed by Ridley Scott. Rated R, 113 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — An elderly man and his 8-year-old grandson embark on a series of misadventures in this hidden-camera comedy. With Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. Rated R, 91 minutes. — LAT


Captain Phillips — Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Richard Phillips, head of the Maersk Alabama, a huge container ship that is stopped in the Somali Basin by pirates. Director Paul Greengrass ratchets up the tension with his rapid pacing and lack of narrative filler. The compelling story brings constant surprises and discoveries. Rated PG-13, 134 minutes. — Boo Allen

Carrie — A re-imagining of the 1976 horror tale in which a shy girl ostracized by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother is pushed too far and explodes in a telekinetic rage. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer and Gabriella Wilde. Rated R, 99 minutes. — LAT

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 — 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. With Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza. Rated R, 90 minutes. — The Associated Press

Escape Plan — An expert on structural security agrees to take on one last job — breaking out of a top-secret high-tech prison — but is then duped and wrongly imprisoned, spurring him to recruit a fellow inmate to help him escape. With Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel. Rated R, 114 minutes. — LAT

The Fifth Estate — As part of an exceptionally strong season of fact-based dramas on screen, The Fifth Estate, about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrives with something of a shrug. At its best, the film works as a serious showcase for its capable star, the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who delivers an eerily on-point portrayal of the enigmatic central character. Rated R, 124 minutes. — The Washington Post

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.

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.” With Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara and Mel Gibson. Rated R, 107 minutes. — Austin American-Statesman