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Hannah Arendt — Margarethe von Trotta co-wrote and directed this biopic about Jewish-German writer-philosopher Hannah Arendt, focusing specifically on when Arendt covers the Adolf Eichmann trial for The New Yorker and is charged with anti-Semitism. Barbara Sukowa turns in a powerful performance as the mercurial Arendt, while von Trotta delivers a thoughtful film devoid of artifice. With Janet McTeer. Not rated, 113 minutes. Opens Friday at the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen

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

In a World … — Lake Bell wrote, directed and stars in this surprisingly funny and consistently clever satire about a woman (Bell) trying to break into the all-male monopoly on Hollywood voice-overs, particularly in movie trailers. Her biggest competitor and headache is her deep-voiced father (Fred Melamed). Bell receives help from her comedian-heavy supporting crew: Alexandra Holden, Jeff Garlin, Rob Corddry and Tig Notaro, plus Ken Marino as another competitor. Rated R, 93 minutes. Opens Friday at the Angelika Dallas. — 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. Opened Wednesday. — Los Angeles Times

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, are stalking the family from without and within the house. Only one among the 10 main characters, Erin (Sharni Vinson), has anything approaching a self-preservation instinct. Directed by Adam Wingard. Rated R, 96 minutes. Opens Friday. — The Hollywood Reporter



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. — B.A.

Elysium — Neill Blomkamp (District 9) may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. In 2159, Earth has become overcrowded, polluted and 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

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. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes. — LAT

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. In director Lee Daniels’ empty replay of historical events, 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.

Paranoia — After a costly mistake, an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation is forced to spy on his boss’s 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

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

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