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  • Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in "Jobs." AP Photo/Open Road Films

    Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in "Jobs." AP Photo/Open Road Films Purchase photo reprints »

  • From left, Grouchy, voiced by George Lopez, Vanity, voiced by John Oliver and Papa Smurf, voiced by Jonathan Winters a scene from "The Smurfs 2" AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation

    From left, Grouchy, voiced by George Lopez, Vanity, voiced by John Oliver and Papa Smurf, voiced by Jonathan Winters a scene from "The Smurfs 2" AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in "Jobs." AP Photo/Open Road Films
  • From left, Grouchy, voiced by George Lopez, Vanity, voiced by John Oliver and Papa Smurf, voiced by Jonathan Winters a scene from "The Smurfs 2" AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation

20 FEET FROM STARDOM: Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. This documentary takes a look at who these singers are and the lives they lead. Stars Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill. Rated PG-13.

BLUE JASMINE: A life crisis causes a vapid and narcissistic socialite (Cate Blanchette) to head to San Francisco, where she tries to reconnect with her sister (Sally Hawkins). Also stars Alec Baldwin. Rated PG-13.

CLOSED CIRCUIT: Martin (Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall) are lawyers — and ex-lovers — who find themselves put at risk after they join the defense team for an international terrorist’s trial. Also stars Jim Broadbent. Rated R.

THE CONJURING: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. Also stars Lili Taylor. Rated R.

DESPICABLE ME 2: Gru (the voice of Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Also stars the voices of Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt. Rated PG.

ELYSIUM: In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Anti-immigration laws on Elysium are strictly enforced, but one man, Max (Matt Damon), takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized populations. Also stars Jodi Foster, Sharlto Copley. Rated R.

THE HUNT: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp. Rated R.

IN A WORLD...: An underachieving vocal coach (Lake Bell) aspires to be a voice-over star. Also stars Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed. Rated R.

JOBS: The story of the ascension of Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) from college dropout into one of the most revered, creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Also stars Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons. Rated PG-13.

KICK-ASS 2: The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. Also stars Chloë Grace Moretz. Rated R.

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER: An African-American’s eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. Stars Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave. Rated PG-13.

MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES: When her mother disappears, Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. Also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West. Rated PG-13.

PARANOIA: An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his bosse_SSRqs old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage. Stars Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard. Rated PG-13.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS: In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson. Rated PG.

PLANES: Dusty (the voice of Dane Cook) is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper (the voice of Stacy Keach) and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true. Also stars the voices of Brad Garrett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese. Rated PG.

THE SMURFS 2: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette (the voice of Katy Perry), who has been kidnapped by Gargamel (Hank Azaria) since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation — creatures called the Naughties — into real Smurfs. Also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays. Rated PG.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW: A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.” Stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler. Rated R.

THE WAY WAY BACK: Fourteen-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is on summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell), and he’s having a rough time fitting in. Then he finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Also stars Allison Janney. Rated PG-13.

WE’RE THE MILLERS: A veteran pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Also stars Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter. Rated R.

THE WOLVERINE: Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. Also stars Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee. Rated PG-13.

THE WORLD’S END: Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival. Stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman. Rated R.

YOU’RE NEXT: When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims knows how to fight back. Stars Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen. Rated R.

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