Aug. 29--NOW YOU SEE ME (Summit) A quartet of stage magicians travel from city to city, stealing from the rich to give to their audience -- with a pair of frustrated and agitated cops on their trail. With Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the magician-thieves, Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent as the cops in pursuit, and Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine along for the ride. (PG-13; language, action, innuendo) ??1/2
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Cinedigm) Beautifully animated film from Japan's esteemed Ghibli Studio about a spirited girl and a spiky-haired boy who join forces to save a landmark in 1960s Japan. A culturally distinctive but universal tale of family and friendship set in a postwar nation still juggling modernization and tradition, by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, animation master Hayao Miyazaki, co-wrote the screenplay. (PG; mild thematic elements) ???1/2
THE ICEMAN (Millennium) A 1980s hitman manages to keep his work secret from his family, even as he works overtime. Michael Shannon is riveting as real-life killer Richard Kuklinski, who reportedly killed more than 100 people in his "job." With Winona Ryder, James Franco, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer. (R; violence, pervasive violence, some sex) ??
THE LORDS OF SALEM (Anchor Bay) A radio DJ in Salem, Mass., starts having nightmares -- and worse -- after playing a record by a mysterious band that may be tapping into the town's supernatural past. Low-budget horror by rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie, with Sheri Moon Zombie (the director's wife) as the DJ. (R; language, some drug use, sex, graphic nudity, violence) Not reviewed.
STORIES WE TELL (Lionsgate) Actress-filmmaker Sarah Polley's acclaimed documentary about her parents, and the stories and secrets that, over time, create a reality at odds with the messiness of truth. (PG-13; mature theme, brief language, smoking) Not reviewed.
ARTHUR NEWMAN (Cinedigm) A former up-and-coming golfer fakes his own death, creates a new identity and hits the road, joining forces along the way with a free-spirited woman with secrets of her own. With Colin Firth, Emily Blunt. (R; sex, brief drug use, language) Not reviewed.
THE ENGLISH TEACHER (Cinedigm) Comedy with Julianne Moore as a by-the-book teacher who gets too involved with a former student whose play she gets her school to produce. With Greg Kinnear, Michael Angarano, Nathan Lane, Lily Collins. (R; language, some sex) Not reviewed.
EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE (Magnolia) Documentary shows rise and impact of Downey, the groundbreaking 1980s talk-show host who brought brashness, controversy and a whole lot of yelling to the genre. (R; language, some nudity) Not reviewed.
EMPIRE STATE (Lionsgate) An armored-car security guard gets drawn into the largest cash heist in U.S. history, but has a tough cop in his tail. Based-on-a-true-story drama with Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Emma Roberts. (R; violence, pervasive language) Not reviewed.
BLANCANIEVES (Cohen Media Group) Award-winning Spanish take on the Snow White tale, shot silent-film-style in black and white, with the girl a young bullfighter and the evil stepmom her father's nurse. With Macarena Garcia, Maribel Verdu. Silent film with English subtitles. (PG-13; some violence, sexuality) Not reviewed.
SOMM (First Run) Documentary follows candidates taking the exam to become master sommeliers -- the wine world's creme de la creme. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (Paramount), LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED (Sony), PEEPLES (Lionsgate), CHASING ICE (New Video Group), WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (Universal), WISH YOU WERE HERE (eOne), DELETE (Sonar), PING PONG (Cinedigm), FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY (Dark Sky), HAMMER OF THE GODS (Magnolia)
WORLD WAR Z (Paramount), THE BLING RING (Lionsgate), THE EAST (Fox Searchlight), DISCONNECT (Lionsgate), DRIFT (Lionsgate), THE CONTRACTOR (Lionsgate), GIMME THE LOOT (IFC), SCENIC ROUTE (Vertical Entertainment), SUDDENLY (Gaiam Vivendi), THE WE AND THE I (Virgil), AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR (Virgil), JAVA HEAT (IFC), SIMON KILLER (IFC), A GIRL & A GUN (First Run), THE HAUNTING OF HELENA (Gaiam Vivendi), YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE (First Run), TRIUMPH OF THE WALL (First Run), HIDDEN IN THE WOODS (Artsploitation)
THE GREAT GATSBY (Warner) Baz Luhrmann's flashy but empty adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved novel of love, loss, obsession and the roaring 1920s, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, feels like a missed opportunity. With Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki. (PG-13; some violent images, sex, smoking, partying, brief language) ??
AT ANY PRICE (Sony) A corner-cutting family farmer and salesman of genetically modified seed battles pressure from a competitor and the apathy of the sons he wants to take over the business. Haunting portrait of the relationship between fathers and sons as being built on a foundation of intersecting interests, from writer-director Ramin Bahrani ("Goodbye Solo"). With Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron. (R; sexual content, language) ???
KON TIKI (Starz/Anchor Bay) Movie re-creating ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage across the Pacific by raft -- in a bid to prove his widely maligned theory about migration in the region -- has a grand, old-fashioned feel. Shot in English and Norwegian; the latter was a best foreign-language film Oscar nominee. (PG-13; disturbing violent scene) ???
PAIN & GAIN (Paramount) Not-too-bright Miami bodybuilders, eager to make a big score, kidnap a rich client and get him to sign over all his assets to them. A comedy based improbably on a true story. Directed by action-blockbuster auteur Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub. (R; violence, pervasive language, nudity, drug use, sex) Not reviewed.
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST (IFC) A Pakistani native whose rise in corporate America was cut short by post-Sept. 11 prejudice is suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of an American academic in Pakistan. Thriller based on the bestselling novel, with Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber. Directed by Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding"). (R; language, some violence, sex) Not reviewed.
SUPER BUDDIES (Disney) Puppies gain superpowers with the gift of some magical rings. (G) Not reviewed.
A COMPANY MAN (Well Go USA) An ace hit man for a big criminal syndicate -- disguised as a metal fabrication firm -- decides to quit the business. Korean crime thriller, with English subtitles. (Not rated; violence) Not reviewed.
SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S (Entertainment One) Fashion-focused documentary celebrating New York City's legendary store, Bergdorf Goodman's. (PG-13; brief language) Not reviewed.
AMONG FRIENDS (Lionsgate) Friends get together for a murder mystery party that turns out to be anything but a party. (R; violence, language, some sex, drug use) Not reviewed.
33 POSTCARDS (First Look) A Chinese orphan seeks out the Australian man (Guy Pearce) who's been sponsoring her. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
Compiled by Chris Foran.
Star ratings are from reviews by film critic Duane Dudek and other reviewers for the Journal Sentinel. For more, see jsonline.com/movies.
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