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Universal Pictures presents this sequel to the wildly successful 2010 animated picture following Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parental figure, from animation company Illumination Entertainment. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Starring: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough.
Director: Steven Spielberg
The Scoop: A crazy billionaire who looks a lot like your grandfather (Attenborough) finds a way to extract dinosaur DNA from perfect preserved mosquitoes (hey, it could happen) and opens a theme attraction filled with prehistoric beasties. It all goes to hell in a handbasket when the Chaos Theory embraced by a nerdy-sexy mathematician (Goldblum) kicks in a "nature finds a way" to gobble some poor schmoe on a toilet and sever Samuel L. Jackson's arm. Now in 3-D!
Rated PG-13, 126 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho
Director: Seth Gordon
The Scoop: The hottest comedian on the planet, McCarthy, teams up with the always excellent Bateman in this new joint from "Horrible Bosses" director Gordon. Bateman is a normal schlub whose identity is stolen. When he tries to track down the thief, he discovers it's McCarthy. And then honest-to-god hilarity ensues… we hope.
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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Director: Seth MacFarlane
The Scoop: MacFarlane has made a name for himself with his outré humor on shows such as "Family Guy" and now he's taking his act to the big screen in the form of a talking teddy bear. Wahlberg plays a man who never got rid of his boyhood teddy bear; MacFarlane gives voice to the bear's foul-mouthed antics. And Kunis plays a woman reconsidering her life choices.
Special Features: Commentary, featurettes, deleted & alternate scenes
Rated R, 106 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Danny DeVito
Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
The Scoop: Dr. Seuss came up with numerous timeless stories over his long career, but the beloved childrens author never wrote a book quite as timely as "The Lorax." Efron and Swift lend voices to this animated adaptation of the tale of a not-so-distant world where well-meaning people have deforested the entire world. What's a world like without trees? Other than all the awesome Seuss stuff, it sucks.
Special Features: Animated shorts
Rated PG, 94 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogan
Director: Greg Mottola
The Scoop: Pegg and Frost, the duo behind cult hits like "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," are tackling a whole new genre: sci-fi. In this, they're sci-fi nerds on a pilgrimage to Area 51 -- a pilgrimage that goes a lot better than they expected when they actually end up meeting an alien named Paul (voiced by Rogen). Turns out aliens aren't always super intelligent or ultra-violent; sometimes, they're just total losers.
Special Features: Commentary, bloopers, featurettes, photo gallery
*NextMovie Staff Pick* | Rated R, 116 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde
Director: David Dobkin
The Scoop: Body switching films have been a standard comedy gag for so long, we're pretty sure there's a mind swap somewhere in the pages of "Genesis." But "The Change-Up" takes things to a new, probably skeevy level, as Bateman and Reynolds swap bods in the first R-rated take on the genre. The twist? Bateman is a married guy looking to cheat on his wife without consequences. How funny.
Rated R, 112 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins
Director: Tim Hill
The Scoop: The creators of "Despicable Me" have turned in a very different direction — that of bad boy comic Brand. This time, he won't be playing the kind of addled scumbag we're used to seeing but rather will be voicing the Easter Bunny, who's temporarily on the D.L. when he's injured by an unemployed slacker named Fred (Marsden). The two learn important life lessons after becoming unlikely roommates.
Rated PG, 90 min. | Watch the trailer
Voices By: Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove
Directors: Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
The Scoop: Surrounded by little yellow minions, mega-baddie Gru (Carell) plots to steal the moon, but his plans take a turn for the warm-hearted when three orphan children start to see him as a father figure. The film combines some of Hollywood's funniest folks – including Jemaine Clement, Kristen Wiig and Will Arnett – with 3-D animation, so the hi-tech zows and pows meet the lo-tech ha-has.
Special Features: Commentary, featurettes, game preview
*NextMovie Staff Pick* | Rated PG, 88 min. | Watch the trailer
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Starring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough
Director: Joseph Kosinski
The Scoop: Joseph Kosinski, director of the ridiculously underrated "TRON: Legacy," brings us this apocalyptic sci-fi tale that takes place after the surface of the Earth has been devastated due to decades of war with an alien race known as the Scavs. Tom Cruise plays a drone repairman assigned to excavate the planet's few remaining resources whose discovery of a crashed spacecraft makes him question everything he believed about the war ... and himself. No Daft Punk score this time, though.
Rated PG-13, 124 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote
Director: Steven Spielberg
The Scoop: (1982) One of the most beloved and commercially successful films of all time turns 30 this week and to celebrate, Spielberg is releasing a new collector's edition Blu-ray. Jam packed with special features, including an illuminating conversation with Spielberg himself on the creation of the film, this is a must have for all "E.T." fans.
Special Features: Interviews, production journals, deleted scenes, retrospectives, etc.
Rated PG, 115 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Director: Steven Spielberg
The Scoop: (1975) There's not a whole lot that can be said about "Jaws" that hasn't been said a million times before, but then again, some things are worth repeating. So it should be noted that "Jaws" didn't just launch Spielberg's career, it also launched the entire summer blockbuster phenomenon. And it's just as awesome today as it was in 1975. A film every buff should have in their collection.
Special Features: Documentaries & featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, trailer
Rated PG, 124 min. | Watch the trailer
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth
Director: Rupert Sanders
The Scoop: This live action adaptation of the classic Snow White fairly tale features "Twilight" star Stewart as Snow, the daughter of a king who has been deposed by an Evil Queen (Theron). When Snow escapes, the queen sends a hunky woodsman (Hemsworth) to kill her, but instead he and Snow White team up to lead a bloody revolution, Joan of Arc style. Happily ever after? Eh… maybe not.
Special Features: Extended edition, featurettes, set tour
Rated PG-13, 127 min. | Watch the trailer