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    Movie capsules: Short reviews of what’s in theaters

    Chris Hemsworth in “Rush.”
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    Chris Hemsworth in “Rush.”

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    ½ Baggage Claim Spurred on by a monstrous mother who wants to see her eldest daughter married, a vapid flight attendant has 30 days before her younger sister’s wedding to re-check old exes in various cities to see if she overlooked Mr. Right. Unfunny and hypocritical in its bogus boosting of women’s independence, this flat rom com is as entertaining as a holding pattern. (93 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

    Blue Jasmine A good Woody Allen movie with a very great Cate Blanchett performance at its center. She plays a New Yorker whose world of privilege falls apart, forcing her to move in with her blue-collar sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco. With Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, and — most unexpectedly — Andrew Dice Clay. (98 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Misfit inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and friends are dropped into a “Jurassic Park” setting when his food-raining invention begins churning out “foodimals.” Nicely designed, but shades of the exotica in “The Croods.” And “The Lorax.” And the Candyland riff in “Wreck-It Ralph.” And just as with the “Jurassic” franchise, characters are sent back to danger isle without any genuinely compelling reason. (95 min., PG) (Tom Russo)


    Don Jon This might be the first commercial American movie to tackle the subject of online porn, and the fact that it’s a sprightly, if pointed, romantic comedy shouldn’t put you off. Making his writing-directing debut, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes heavy on the “Jersey Shore” clichés, but he’s on to something here. With Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. (90 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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    Enough Said A lovely, melancholy comedy of mid-life errors and eros that, among other things, showcases the late James Gandolfini in a performance of immense tenderness and charm. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, appealingly vulnerable, plays a single mom who doesn’t trust her good luck, and writer-director Nicole Holofcener (“Friends With Money”) delivers her most confident character comedy to date. (93 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

    Herb & Dorothy 50x50 A follow-up to “Herb & Dorothy” (2009), this documentary follows the title project, New York collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s plan to bequeath some of the 5,000 art objects they have accumulated in their apartment to museums in all 50 states. The Vogels are amazing, the artwork provocative, and the reactions of viewers in the sticks priceless. (87 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

    ½ Inequality for All One of many documentaries on the economic crisis, Jacob Kornbluth’s film does offer the insights of an insider, former Clinton administration member Robert Reich. Drawing from Reich’s lectures on the subject, “Inequality” presents a strong, if repetitive, case for federal spending and increased taxes on the wealthy as a solution, but weakens its argument by allowing no credible opposition viewpoints. (85 min., PG) (Peter Keough)

    ½ The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan This documentary about the phantom graffiti artist who intrigued Washington, D.C., for years digresses ambitiously but disjointedly into a cultural, social, and political history of the city’s black neighborhoods as discussed by assorted talking heads. (86 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)


    Metallica Through the Never The rage rockers reassert their relevance, loudly, in a movie whose marketing promises a fresh hybrid of concert film and narrative feature. But the band and director Nimród Antal (“Predators”) are strictly about hypnagogic flashes and rocking their set, making this an old-school music video stretched to feature length. Dane DeHaan handles the offstage action as a sullen-yet-stoked roadie navigating a cityscape out of “The Warriors.” (92 min., R) (Tom Russo)

    ½ Rush A vividly engaging movie about the mid-1970s rivalry between Formula 1 race-car drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth of “Thor”) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). In a way, director Ron Howard has made a philosophical drama about the ways men move through the world. It’s just a really,
    really fast drama. With Olivia
    Wilde and a lot of gleaming machinery. (123 min., R) (Ty Burr)

    ½ The Spectacular Now A clear-eyed, disarmingly tender teen romance that bears comparison with the best of its genre, both old (“Say Anything. . . ”) and new (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”). Miles Teller plays a beloved class cut-up with a drinking problem; Shailene Woodley is the quiet nobody he unexpectedly falls for. (95 min., R) (Ty Burr)

    We’re the Millers Jason Sudeikis plays a pot dealer who hires a fake family to get his weed across the border: Stripper “wife” (Jennifer Aniston), geeky “son” (Will Poulter), teen runaway “daughter” (Emma Roberts). The movie’s as edge-free as its casting. Some laughs, one or two flashes of inspiration, and enough sentimentality to ensure that no one gets hurt. (109 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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