OPENING FRIDAY

“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” — Paul Greengrass directs this fact-based thriller about the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks stars as the captain trying to keep his cool under great duress. Also starring Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Catherine Keener. (PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.)

“HAUTE CUISINE” — A renowned French chef is surprised when the president appoints her as his personal cook, and she must navigate the unfamiliar corridors of power. Starring Catherine Frot, Jean d’Ormesson and Hippolyte Girardot. Directed by Christian Vincent. In French with English subtitles. (PG-13 for brief strong language.)

“MACHETE KILLS” — Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas and Sofia Vergara join the self-conscious B-movie fun in the second installment of writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s campy action series about a machete-wielding Mexican government agent (Danny Trejo). Also starring Charlie Sheen (as the president!), Michelle Rodriguez and Demian Bichir. (R For strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content.)

“POPULAIRE” — In 1958 Normandy, a young French secretary with a knack for typing is taken under the wing of a slick insurance salesman and trains for a speed-typing competition. Starring Romain Duris, Deborah Francois and Berenice Bejo. Directed by Regis Roinsard. In French with English subtitles. (R for a scene of sexuality.)

AT THE ORION

“Gravity” (Atmos sound)

“Runner Runner”

“2 Guns”

CLASSIC FILMS AT THE ORION

Nov. 12: “Blues Brothers”

Dec. 10: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

HELD OVER

“BAGGAGE CLAIM” — Intent on getting engaged before her younger sister’s wedding, a flight attendant (Paula Patton) gives herself a month to find her perfect man. Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, Taye Diggs and Derek Luke are among the eligible bachelors. Written and directed by David E. Talbert. (PG-13 for sexual content and some language.)

“CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2” (3-D and digital versions) — Bill Hader returns as the voice of the hapless inventor who came up with a machine that made food rain down from the sky. Now he must figure out how to deal with the voracious animals that mutated as a result of 24/7 chow. Also featureing the voices of Anna Faris, James Caan and Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. (PG for mild rude humor.)

“DESPICABLE ME 2” — The sequel to the 2010 animated hit finds the reformed bad guy, Gru, recruited by an anti-villain league. (Also, there are minions!) With the voices of Steve Carell, Al Pacino and Kristen Wiig. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. (PG for rude humor and mild action.)

“DON JON” — Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a promiscuous online-porn addict whose notions of love and true intimacy are put to the test when he falls for an innocent woman (Scarlett Johansson) weaned on happily-ever-after Hollywood romances and fairy tales. Also starring Julianne Moore. (R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, strong language and drug use.)

“GRAVITY” (3-D and digital versions, both in Atmos sound) — Disaster strikes on a routine spacewalk involving a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) who are left alone in the wide expanse of space, struggling for oxygen and a way back home. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. (PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.)

“INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2” — Director James Wan (“The Conjuring”) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (“Saw”) offer up more old-school scares in the further adventures of a family (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) plagued by a persistent demon. Also starring Barbara Hershey. (PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements.)

“INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED” (in Spanish with English subtitles) — A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep six years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. Starring Eugenio Derbez, Karla Souza and Jessica Lindsey. Directed by Eugenio Derbez. (PG-13 for sexual content, thematic elements and language.)

“THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES” — When her mom is attacked and taken from their New York City home by a demon, a teenage girl discovers the truth about her past and a bloodline that changes her life. Adapted from Cassandra Clare’s popular young adult novel. Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Directed by Harald Zwart. (PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action and some suggestive content.)

“PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS” — The sequel to the kid-friendly 2010 fantasy follows Percy and his friends on a quest to find the mythical golden fleece. Starring Logan Lerman, Nathan Fillion, Alexandra Daddario and Jake Abel. Directed by Thor Freudenthal. (PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images and mild language.)

“PLANES” — An airborne spinoff of Pixar’s “Cars,” with Dane Cook as the voice of Dusty, a little plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. Also featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stacy Keach, Val Kilmer, Gabriel Iglesias and Brad Garrett. Directed by Klay Hall. (PG for some mild action and rude humor.)

“PRISONERS” — The Oscar buzz has begun for director Denis Villeneuve’s thriller about the increasingly desperate father (Hugh Jackman) of an abducted girl and the detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) scrambling to find her. Also starring Paul Dano, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo. (R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout.)

“PULLING STRINGS” — A diplomatic consul’s life turns upside down on the eve of her own goodbye party. Starring Laura Ramsey, Jaime Camil, Stockard Channing and Omar Chaparro. Directed by Pedro Pablo Ibarra. (PG for language and brief smoking.)

“RIDDICK” — Vin Diesel reprises his role as the sci-fi anti-hero Riddick, this time stranded on a planet of ferocious alien predators. Also starring Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff. Directed by David Twohy. (R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.)

“RUNNER RUNNER” — A broke grad student (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to confront the online gambling tycoon (Ben Affleck) who may have conned him out of his money. Also starring Gemma Arterton. Directed by Brad Furman. (R for language and some sexual content.)

“RUSH” — Ron Howard directs this fast and sexy true story about two distinguished rivals (Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl) during the golden age of Formula One racing in the ’70s. Also starring Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Christian McKay and Natalie Dormer (R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use.)

“WE’RE THE MILLERS” — A small-time drug dealer assembles a faux family — including a stripper, played by Jennifer Aniston, posing as his fake wife — to smuggle 2 tons of weed out of Mexico. Also starring Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Nick Offerman. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. (R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.)

“THE WOLVERINE” — Hugh Jackman’s mutton-chopped Logan pays a visit to Japan, where he finds himself out of his depth in an unknown world. Also starring Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima and Famke Janssen. Directed by James Mangold. (PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language.)

— Yakima Herald-Republic