Fruitvale Station - Michael B. Jordan captures the last day in the life of a young black man

3 1/2 STARS

The Way Way Back - Sam Rockwell takes an interest in Liamm James - a teen not happy with his morther or her bullying boyfriend

20 Feet from Stardom - Stirring documentary about back up singers

The Heat - Melissa McCarthy teaches Sandra Bullock how to let loose

Frances Ha - Greta Gerwig as a young adult trying to find her way in New York - shot beautifully in black and white


Despicable Me 2 - More rambunctious fun with Steve Carrell as Gru and Kristen Wiig as a love interest

Pacific Rim - Better than expected modern "Godzilla" thanks to the creative touch of director Guillermo del Toro

World War Z - Brad Pitt versus a Zombie outbreak - better than expected thriller

Much Ado About Nothing - Modern take on Shakespeare comedy - quite creative

2 1/2 STARS

The Wolverine - Hugh Jackman as the X Men character has a Japanese adventure

The To Do List - Deadpan comic Aubrey Plaza plays a high school nerd determined to get in the swing

Monster University - Billy Crystal and John Goodman learn how to scare kids. Might scare little ones

Man of Steel - Superman's origin story - too much Planet Krypton, not enough "Daily Planet"

This is the End - The Apocalypse as a grossed out comedy


Reds 2 - Bruce Willis and friends return for a tepid over the hill spy sequel

The Lone Ranger - Johnny Depp as Tonto - interesting but way too long


Grown Ups 2 - Adam Sandler sequel. Why?

White House Down - Channing Tatum saves President Jamie Foxx from bad guys

Before Midnight - Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke continue their romantic series as an old married couple of who eat, talk and fight too much