“The Conjuring,” The buzz is overwhelmingly good on this horror movie about two paranormal investigators (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) exploring strange events in a remote farmhouse. 122 minutes (R)

“Despicable Me 2” The sequel to the 2010 animated hit finds the reformed bad guy, Gru, recruited by an antivillain league. 98 minutes (PG)

“Elysium” Director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his breakout debut hit District 9 is another action-heavy sci-fi picture. In the near future, the world’s wealthiest 1 percent (led by Jodie Foster) will abandon our ruined planet and move into a mammoth space station orbiting Earth. The people left behind (including Matt Damon) are required to work in factories to keep the satellite running smoothly. 109 minutes (R)

“Fruitvale Station” The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008. Directed by Ryan Coogler, writen by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer. 85 minutes (R)

“Grown Ups 2” Adam Sandler rounds up his buddies (Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) for a sequel to the unexpected box office smash, once again proving that men will always be boys. 101 minutes (PG-13)

“Lovelace” Amanda Seyfried re-enacts the sad youth of Linda Lovelace, the stage name of the actress who became an instant celebrity in the early 1970s after starring in the X-rated “Deep Throat,” the most successful porn film of all time. 92 minutes (R)


“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” Logan Lerman returns as the teenage son of Poseidon in this second adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular fantasy novels. 106 minutes (PG)

“Planes” A cropduster (voiced by Dane Cook) dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. Yes, it does sound an awful lot like Pixar’s Cars, minus the Pixar. This one is just plain Disney. 92 minutes (PG)

“Red 2,” Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich return for this sequel about retired CIA operatives forced back into action. Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones join in the fun. 126 minutes (PG-13)

“The Smurfs 2” The evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria) kidnaps Smurfette (Katy Perry) in this sequel to the 2011 hit. 105 minutes (PG)

“2 Guns” Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two undercover agents whose identities are exposed while trying to infiltrate a drug cartel. Bullets will fly. 109 minutes (R)

“The Way, Way Back” A 14-year-old boy vacationing with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and that man’s daughter finds an unexpected friend in the manager of a local water park. With Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette and Steve Carrell. Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. 102 minutes (PG-13)

“We’re the Millers” In order to smuggle a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico to the United States, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two kids to pose as his family. 110 minutes (R)

“The Wolverine” Hugh Jackman reprises his signature role of the clawed mutant, this time traveling to Japan to catch up with an old acquaintance. There may be samurais. 139 minutes (PG-13)

Compiled from wire reports

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