Annie (PG for mild epithets and rude humor). Quvenzhane Wallis portrays Little Orphan Annie in this contemporary update of the classic musical inspired by the Broadway play based on the 1920s comic strip character. Cast includes Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Big Hero 6 (PG for action, peril, crude humor, and mature themes). Animated family comedy inspired by the Marvel Comics series about a 14-year-old inventor (Ryan Potter) who teams with his inflatable robot (Scott Adsit) and his close friends to solve a string of crimes. Voice cast includes Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans, Jr., Maya Rudolph, and James Crowell.
Birdman (R for sexuality, brief violence, and pervasive profanity). Drama/comedy about a washed-up matinee idol’s (Michael Keaton) attempt to stage a comeback on the Broadway stage. With Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Zach Galifianakis.
Dumb and Dumber To (PG-13 for crude humor, profanity, sexuality, partial nudity, and drug references). Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their iconic roles as dimwitted friends to embark on another eventful road trip rife with lowbrow hijinks. Featuring Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, and Laurie Holden.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (PG-13 for violence and intense images). Biblical epic recreating the perilous escape from the Pharaoh (Joel Edgerton) to freedom undertaken by 600,000 slaves led by the prophet Moses (Christian Bale). With John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Aaron Paul.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG-13 for intense violence and frightening images). Director Peter Jackson brings down the curtain on the Tolkien fantasy franchise with this fitting finale, featuring Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and friends in an epic showdown with Smaug the Dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). With Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellan, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Hugo Weaving.
The Homesman (R for violence, sexuality, nudity, and disturbing behavior). Tommy Lee Jones wrote, directed, and stars in this adaptation of the Glendon Swarthout novel of the same name, set in the wild west, about a convicted claim jumper who teams up with a spinster (Hilary Swank) to escort a trio of insane women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, and Sonja Richter) from Nebraska to a mental home in Iowa. With Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, and William Fichtner.
Horrible Bosses 2 (R for pervasive profanity and crude sexuality). Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day reunite for the sequel as inept entrepreneurs-turned-kidnappers who hatch a cockamamie plan to hold the son (Chris Pine) of a ruthless businessman (Christoph Waltz) for ransom. Cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Keegan-Michael Key.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1 (PG-13 for intense violence, disturbing images, and mature themes). Third movie in the science-fiction series, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling series of young adult novels, finds intrepid heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly serving as a symbol of courage and hope for a nation in revolt. Cast includes Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Interstellar (PG-13 for intense action and brief profanity). Science-fiction thriller about an outer space expedition undertaken through a wormhole by scientists searching for a habitable planet in the wake of climate change that has left Earth devastated by drought and famine. Cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo, Topher Grace, Bill Irwin, and William Devane.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG for mild action, rude humor and brief epithets). Third movie in the fantasy series inspired by Milan Trenc’s illustrated children’s book sends the feckless protagonist (Ben Stiller) on a globe-spanning quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Supporting cast includes Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Dick Van Dyke, and the late Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams.
Penguins of Madagascar (PG for mild action and rude humor). Fourth movie in the animated series finds the peripatetic quartet of penguin protagonists (Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon, and Christopher Knights) joining forces with an undercover, inter-species task force to apprehend a diabolical madman (John Malkovich) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dr. Ken Jeong, and Peter Stormare.
The Pyramid (R for violence and gruesome images). Horror film about a team of archaeologists who find themselves hunted by an evil creature after getting lost while exploring a labyrinth inside a pyramid discovered in Egypt beneath the Sahara Desert. Co-starring Garsha Arristos, Joseph Beddelem, Omar Benbrahim, and James Buckley.
Rosewater (Unrated). The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of journalist Maziar Bahari’s (Gael Garcia Bernal) memoir about being imprisoned and tortured in Iran for months for merely reporting the truth about the country’s rigged presidential election. With Claire Foy, Golshifteh Farahani, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
St. Vincent (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, smoking, mature themes, and substance abuse). Bill Murray plays the title role in this comedy as an alcoholic misanthrope who befriends the son (Jaeden Lieberher) of the divorcee (Melissa McCarthy) next door. With Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, and Terrence Howard.
The Theory of Everything (PG-13 for suggestive material and mature themes). Bittersweet biopic focused on the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), the friend of his sister (Charlotte Hope) whom he met while they were students at Cambridge in the 60s. With Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, and Simon McBurney.
Top Five (R for sexuality, nudity, crude humor, pervasive profanity, and drug use). Chris Rock wrote, directed, and stars in this movie about a stand-up comic trying to become a serious actor. With Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, and Rosario Dawson.
Whiplash (R for profanity and some sexual references). Princeton bred Damien Chazelle wrote and directed this semi-autobiographical drama which won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The drama is about the strained relationship of a promising young jazz drummer (Miles Teller) and his perfectionist studio band teacher (J. K. Simmons). With Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, and Austin Stowell.