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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

 

jurassic park 3d movie posterStarring: 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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The Dark Horse comic -R.I.P.D. is adapted by Universal Pictures with this fantasy crime film focusing on a newly deceased cop (Ryan Reynolds) who's drafted into a squad of zombie cops that battle the supernatural. Red's Robert Schwentke directs, with Jeff Bridges co-starring as his partner and Kevin Bacon playing the villain. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

 

thepurgeposterStarring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder
Director: James DeMonaco
The Scoop: A family living in a gated community fight to defend their home against vicious attackers during the one night each year when all crime is legal in this high-concept thriller from writer/director James DeMonaco (Staten Island). In the not-too-distant future, rampant crime and prison overcrowding have inspired the U.S. government to implement a unique solution to restore the peace: Each year, for a 12-hour period, any and all crime becomes permissible as police put their jobs on hold, and hospitals close their doors. It's called the Purge.
Rated R | Watch the trailer

 

oblivion movie posterStarring: 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: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta
Director: Oliver Stone
The Scoop: Controversial director Stone is back but this time it seems political messages are taking a back seat to hard core thrills, as up-and-comers Johnson ("Kick-Ass") and Kitsch ("Battleship") play a couple of low level drug dealers who get involved in a turf war with a Mexican cartel after the baddies kidnap their mutual girlfriend (Lively). Yep, Stone still has it after all.
Special Features: Commentary, featurettes, interviews
Rated R, 130 min. | Watch the trailer

 

Starring: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton
Director: Wes Anderson
The Scoop: "Moonrise Kingdom" is a Wes Anderson film. The End. Okay, you want more information? Well, we think that description pretty much sums it up, but here's a little more anyway: Gilman and Hayward play a couple of teenagers who decide to run off together. That decision causes everyone who knows them to go completely nutso, leading to many Wes Anderson moments.
Special Features: Set tour, featurettes
Rated PG-13, 94 min. | Watch the trailer

 

Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton
Director: Robert Mulligan
The Scoop: (1962) In the 50 years since its release, this has become one of the most beloved films of all time, which is no surprise considering it's an adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time (by reclusive author Harper Lee). So will this new anniversary edition of the story of racism in a small town become one of the most beloved Blu-rays of all time? We're gonna go with yes.
Special Features: Commentary, documentary, interview, featurettes, trailers
Unrated, 129 min. | Watch the trailer

 

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill
Director:  Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
The Scoop:  The animated fantasy from DreamWorks features the voice of Baruchel as Hiccup, a young Viking who dreams of becoming a dragon slayer. When a dragon spares Hiccup's life, an unlikely friendship is formed -- and Hiccup must find a way to convince fellow villagers not to judge a book by its cover, even if the book breathes fire and pilfers the occasional livestock.
Special Features: Behind the scenes featurette
*NextMovie Staff Pick* | Rated PG, 98 min. | Watch the trailer

 

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