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 Kam’s Capsules

22 Jump Street (R for sexuality, violence, drug use, brief nudity, and pervasive profanity). Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles as ill-matched Los Angeles Police Department partners, this time going undercover as college students to crack a narcotics ring operating on campus. With Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, and Nick Offerman.

And So It Goes (PG-13 for sexual references and drug use). Romantic comedy about a narcissistic realtor (Michael Douglas) who enlists the help of his carefree next-door neighbor (Diane Keaton) when the 9-year-old granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed is suddenly dropped at his doorstep. With Frankie Valli, Yaya DaCosta, Annie Parisse, and Austin Lysy.

Begin Again (R for profanity). Movie about female empowerment for a struggling singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) who dumps her philandering pop star boyfriend (Adam Levine) in order to pursue her own career with the help of an alcoholic disgraced record executive (Mark Ruffalo). Supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Ceelo Green, and James Corden.

Chef (R for profanity and sexual references). Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in this comedy as a cook who quits his job at a fancy restaurant in Los Angeles before returning to his Miami roots to operate his own food truck while reconciling differences with his estranged ex (Sofia Vergara). Cast includes Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey, Jr., Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, and Amy Sedaris.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13 for intense violence and brief profanity). Eighth movie in the science fiction series describes a burgeoning nation of genetically altered primates who are threatened by a band of humans who survived the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. Cast includes Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Judy Greer.

Deliver Us from Evil (R for graphic violence, grisly images, profanity, and pervasive terror). Screen adaptation of Beware the Night, Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool’s supernatural thriller about an NYPD street cop (Eric Bana) who joins forces with a renegade exorcist (Edgar Ramirez) in response to the alarming increase in demonic possessions occurring in the city. With Olivia Munn, Dorian Missick, and Joel McHale.

Earth to Echo (PG for action, peril, and mild epithets). Science fiction film, reminiscent of E.T. (1982), about three adolescents (Astro, Teo Halm, and Reese Hartwig) who surreptitiously come to the aid of a homesick alien stranded on Earth. Supporting cast includes Ella Wahlestedt, Cassius Willis, Jason Gray-Stanford, and Drake Kemper.

Hercules (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, partial nudity, and brief profanity). Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows in the footsteps of Ferrigno, Schwarzenegger, and Reeves as the latest incarnation of the Greek legend. This episode, set in 1400 B.C., finds the muscle-bound demigod and five faithful companions hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter (Irina Shayk) to subdue a tyrannical warlord. With Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG for action and mildly rude humor). Animated adventure, set five years after the original, pits Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful pet, Toothless, against a diabolical, cave-dwelling villain (Djimon Hounsou) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler, and Craig Ferguson.

Ida (PG-13 for mature themes, sexuality, and smoking). Drama set in Poland in 1962 about an orphan (Agata Trzebuchowska) raised in a Catholic convent who learns that she was born Jewish just as she’s set to take her vows as a nun. Co-starring Jerzy Trela, Halina Skoczynska, and Agata Kulesza. In Polish with subtitles.

The Immigrant (R for nudity, sexuality, and some profanity). A drama, set in Manhattan in 1921, about a young Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) pressed into prostitution by a charming pimp (Joaquin Phoenix) soon after passing through customs at Ellis Island. Cast includes Jeremy Renner, Angela Sarafyan, and Jicky Schnee. In English and Polish with subtitles.

Jersey Boys (R for pervasive profanity). Clint Eastwood directs this adaptation of the rags-to-riches, jukebox musical featuring Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in the role he originated on Broadway, as well as Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda as the other members of the Four Seasons. Cast includes Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, and Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint and Frances Farmer).

Life Itself (R for profanity, sexual images, and brief nudity). A tribute to legendary film critic Roger Ebert featuring commentary by his wife, Chaz, colleague A.O. Scott, and film directors Martin Scorcese, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, and Ava DuVernay.

Lucy (R for sexuality, disturbing images, and graphic violence). Scarlett Johansson stars in the title role of this science fiction adventure, set in Taipei, as an unwilling drug mule who morphs into a merciless, revenge-minded warrior after inadvertently developing superhuman powers. Cast includes Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, and Min-sik Choi.

Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13 for smoking and a suggestive comment). Woody Allen wrote and directed this comedy, set on the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, about a British illusionist (Colin Firth) hired to expose a conniving clairvoyant (Emma Stone) staying at the estate of a wealthy family. Cast includes Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, and Eileen Atkins.

Maleficent (PG for action, violence, and frightening images). Angelina Jolie plays the title character in this reimagining of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the classic fairy tale’s infamous villain, an embittered shrew driven by revenge to put a curse on the king’s (Sharlto Copley) young daughter (Elle Fanning). Cast includes Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, and Juno Temple.

Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG for action and peril). Animated sequel finds crop duster-turned-air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) joining forces with a team of smoke-jumping helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to fight a massive forest fire. Voice cast features Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Jerry Stiller, and Anne Meara.

The Purge: Anarchy (R for profanity and graphic violence). Serendipitous horror sequel follows the members of a quintet’s (Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Zoe Soul) struggle to survive on the annual national holiday during which crime is legal, even murder. Cast includes John Beasley, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado, and Jack Conley.

Sex Tape (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality, and drug use). Romantic comedy about a jaded couple (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) who come to regret recording a steamy lovemaking session when the video meant to be kept private inexplicably disappears. With Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Nat Faxon.

Tammy (R for profanity and sexual references). Melissa McCarthy plays the title character of this road comedy about a fired fast-food clerk who embarks with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) on a road trip from Illinois to Niagara Falls after catching her philandering husband (Nat Faxon) in bed with a neighbor (Toni Collette). Cast includes Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, and Gary Cole.

Third Person (R for profanity, nudity, and sexuality). A trio of romance dramas each set in a different city and are about a couple in crisis. (1) A recently-separated writer (Liam Neeson) leaves his wife (Kim Basinger) for a rendezvous in Paris with a mistress (Olivia Wilde) hiding a big secret. (2) A New York City socialite (Mila Kunis) suspected of attempted murder fights her ex-husband (James Franco) for custody of the son supposedly she tried to kill. (3) An American (Adrien Brody) in Rome on business falls for a gypsy (Moran Atlas) who says her sister has been kidnapped for ransom. In English and Italian with subtitles.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence, and brief sexual innuendo). Fourth movie in the science fiction series finds a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) attracting the attention of scientists, transformers, a power-hungry businessman (Stanley Tucci), and a paranoid government bureaucrat (Kelsey Grammer) after they discover the deactivated leader (Peter Cullen) of the Autobots. With John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles, and Ken Watanabe.

Wish I Was Here (R for profanity and sexuality). Zach Braff co-wrote, directed, and stars in this midlife crisis drama about a cash-strapped family man who finds a new purpose in life after being forced by circumstances to homeschool his kids (Pierce Gagnon and Joey King). Cast includes Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison, Ato Essandoh, and the late James Avery.