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42 — Brian Helgeland’s film is pretty much all you could hope for in a Jackie Robinson film biography. Minus the excitement, which given how well-known Robinson’s story is to baseball fans, is no cardinal sin. And the cast is more adequate than thrilling. You hope the baseball will be convincing, the racism isn’t watered down and the actor playing Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) comes off as a human being, not an icon. In those regards, “42” scores. PG-13 for thematic elements including language. 128 mins. 3 stars


THE BIG WEDDING — Coarse, crude but often cute, “The Big Wedding” serves up the spectacle of its title and the bigger spectacle of four AARP-eligible Oscar winners cursing like sailors. A teasing sex farce littered with f-bombs and c-words, it’s the filthiest (sounding) movie of the year — so far. Justin Zackham’s adaptation of the French comedy “Mon frere se marie” benefits from old pros Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, all playing cynics conspiring or blundering into butchering the wedding of poor Missy (Amanda Seyfried) and Alejandro (Ben Barnes). R for language, sexual content and brief nudity. 90 mins. 2 and a half stars


THE COMPANY YOU KEEP — Robert Redford stars in, and directs, this solid, crosshatched thriller about a band of ’60s radicals who have long assimilated themselves into the mainstream — and are forced to reconsider their past deeds, all these decades later, when the FBI and a newspaper reporter start snooping around. R for profanity, adult themes. 125 mins. 3 stars


THE CROODS — In this animated film, a prehistoric family embarks on a journey to find a new home after their cave is destroyed. In 3-D. PG. 92 mins. Three stars


EVIL DEAD — This remake of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” — they dropped the “The” in the title — presents, for your edification and enjoyment, some of the most graphic horror violence ever seen on screen. But Fede Alvarez’s homage to the original “Cabin in the Woods” tale lacks the offhanded goofiness and brittle jokes of young people facing death at the hands of something supernatural. R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language. 92 mins. Two and a half stars.


G.I. JOE: RETALIATION — A better-than-average, gravity-defying ninja duel leads to an epic chase through the Himalayas in this big set-piece sequence. PG-13 for intense combat violence and martial-arts action, brief sensuality and language. 110 mins. Two stars


LORDS OF SALEM — A radio-station DJ living in Salem, Mass., receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” The bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is the DJ going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem? R for disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use. 101 mins. 1 star


OBLIVION — Decades from now, in a depopulated post-apocalyptic Earth, when the humans have fought and won a war against the invading Scavengers but lost the planet in the process, the surviving Scavengers fight on, interfering with the efforts of those on a gigantic space station. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of “the mop-up crew.” When a space ship crashes, he rescues a woman from his dreams, and whatever made sense about his world, his past and his mission goes right out the window. PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language and some sensuality/nudity. 126 mins. Two and a half stars.


OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL — Director Sam Raimi was the right guy to make this emerald-tinted world pop off the 3-D screen, but the cast, plainly packed with second or third choices, lets it down. PG for action, scary images and brief mild language. 130 mins. Three stars


PAIN & GAIN — Michael Bay’s true-crime caper lacks the visual-effects mayhem and sci-fi cacophony of his “Transformers” blockbusters, yet the movie uses all the shock and awe and noise and bluster the director has in his utterly unsubtle arsenal. Unlike Bay’s usual action nonsense, there’s a story, screenplay, characters and wry mix of suspense and pitiable comedy to be had in the tale of three Florida bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) who blunder through kidnapping-extortion schemes like the Three Stooges on steroids. R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use. 129 mins. One and a half stars


THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES — This tells three overlapping stories that center on the legacies — voluntary or not — fathers leave their sons and the split-second decisions that can shape them. The title is the English translation of the Mohawk word for the film’s setting, Schenectady. It’s a fitting romanticizing of reality for the film’s characters, who all hope for something better than what they have. R for language, violence, teen drug/alcohol use. 140 mins. Three and a half stars


SCARY MOVIE V — A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon. PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug material, partial nudity. 85 mins. Two stars


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