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Now showing: Movie ratings, July 27
Modified: July 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm •  Published: July 27, 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

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild'

PG-131:31 See page 6D

‘Step Up Revolution'

PG-131:40 See page 5D

‘The Watch'

R1:42 Not screened for press

First run

‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

R1:45 1 ½ stars

Benjamin Walker stars as the 16th President of the United States in this film from “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov. But this is a version that you didn't read about in history class. Based on the 2010 mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the film posits that Lincoln was secretly a vampire hunter. (Violence throughout and brief sexuality) WIRE

‘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


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 Pettyfer) 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

The movie series 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, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Harvey Keitel are supporting players. (Sexual content and smoking) GL

‘People Like Us'

PG-131:55 3 ½ stars

Chris Pine stars as the son of a record producer who discovers a new dimension to his family life after his father's death. (Language, some drug use and brief sexuality) BM

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