Now showing: Movie ratings, Aug. 3

Now showing: Movie ratings, Aug. 3
Modified: August 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012

Ratings are by Gene Triplett, George Lang, Brandy McDonnell, Matthew Price, Dennis King and Lillie-Beth Brinkman. Ratings are based on a four-star system: 1 star (poor), 2 stars (fair), 3 stars (should see), 4 stars (must see).

New releases

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”

PG1:34 Not screened for press

‘Total Recall'

PG-132:01 See page 3D

First run

‘The Amazing Spider-Man'

PG-132:16 3 stars

Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) stars as the web slinger in this origin story from director Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer”). (Sequences of action and violence) DK

‘The Avengers'

PG-132:22 3 ½ stars

The gang is all here as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans) do battle with Asgardian Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in this comic book epic from director Joss Whedon. (Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference) MP

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild'

PG-131:31 4 stars

Hushpuppy (newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis), an intrepid 6-year-old, lives with her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, with temperatures rising, and ice caps melting, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called Aurochs. (Thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality) GL


PG1:40 3 ½ stars

Pixar's animation wizards look back to ancient times for their first fairy tale, the story of courageous and impetuous Scottish Princess Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who defies a venerable custom and inadvertently causes chaos in the kingdom of her parents, King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). (Some scary action and rude humor) BM

‘The Dark Knight Rises'

PG-132:44 4 stars

The final installment in Christopher Nolan's trilogy chronicles a defining battle between Batman (Christian Bale) and master criminal Bane (Tom Hardy) as the villain systematically overtakes Gotham City. (Intense sequence of violence and action, some sensuality and language) GL

‘Ice Age: Continental Drift'

PG1:34 2 ½ stars

Saber-toothed squirrel Scrat's pursuit of an acorn has world-changing consequences in this sequel, featuring the voices of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary and Muskogee native Ester Dean. (Mild rude humor and action/peril) WIRE

‘Katy Perry: Part of Me'

PG1:40 2 stars

The pop singer engages in a concert documentary and biopic created by the same team behind “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” (Some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking) BM

‘Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'

PG1:32 3 stars

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe (voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer, respectively) land in Europe and join up with a group of circus animals. (Mild rude humor) GL

‘Magic Mike'

R1:50 3 stars

Channing Tatum stars as a stripper working in an all-male review in Tampa, Fla., and mentoring a young dancer (Alex Petty-fer) in this seriocomic fact-based film directed by Steven Soderbergh. (Brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use) GL

‘Men In Black 3'

PG-131:46 2 ½ stars

A decade after the last installment, the Men in Black are back. The movie series, based on the comic book written by Lowell Cunningham and illustrated by Sandy Carruthers, stars Will Smith as Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K. The agents are members of a secret task force that monitors alien activity on Earth. In “MIB 3,” Agent J must travel back in time to the 1960s to prevent Agent K (played in the 1960s era of the film by Josh Brolin) from being assassinated. (Sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content) MP

‘Moonrise Kingdom'

PG-131:33 3 ½ stars

Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play young lovers who run away from their small New England town, shaking up the citizenry and triggering a major search party in this romantic comedy-drama from director Wes Anderson (“Bottle Rocket,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”). Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Harvey Keitel are supporting players. (Sexual content and smoking) GL

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