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Movie Capsules

  • Liam James and Nat Faxon star in "The Way Way Back." Twentieth Centry Fox/MCT
  • Fran Kranz in a scene from "Much Ado About Nothing" AP Photo/Roadside Attractions
  • Russell Crowe as Joe-El in "Man of Steel" AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures

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.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT: We meet Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) nine years on, married and vacationing in Greece with their twins. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. Also stars Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. 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.

DIRTY WARS: In this documentary, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill looks for the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars. Not rated.

FRANCES HA: A woman who says she lives in New York City, although she doesn’t really have an apartment (Greta Gerwig), apprentices for a dance company, although she’s not really a dancer. As she throws herself headlong into her dreams, the possibility of realizing them seems to dwindle. Also stars Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver. Rated R.

THE LONE RANGER: Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. Also stars William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter. Rated PG-13.

MAN OF STEEL: A young journalist, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race. Also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne. Rated PG-13.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY: A look at the relationship between Mike (the voice of Billy Crystal) and Sulley (the voice of John Goodman) during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. Also stars the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren. Rated G.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers. Stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz. Rated PG-13.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: After the crew of the Enterprise finds a force of terror from within its own organization, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana. Rated PG-13.

THIS IS THE END: While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. Also stars Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna. Rated R.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN: While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. Stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Rated PG-13.

WORLD WAR Z: United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity. Also stars Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz. Rated PG-13.

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