“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” (three versions: digital, digital with Atmos sound, 3-D with Atmos sound) — Chris Pratt plays larcenous Earthling Peter Quill (Star-Lord!), the leader of a ragtag group of oddballs that might save the universe in this Marvel adaptation. Also on board: Zoe Saldana as the green-skinned Gamora; Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), an anthropomorphic alien tree; pistol-packing furball Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper); and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. Also starring Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. Directed by James Gunn. (PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.)

“GET ON UP” — Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, in this music-filled biography from Tate Taylor. The all-star cast includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, Nelsan Ellis and Dan Aykroyd. (PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations.)


Ending Thursday: “Tammy”

Opening Friday: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Atmos)


“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”


Aug. 12: American Graffiti


“22 JUMP STREET” — Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return to the scene of the crime for more gags and gunplay in this sequel to “21 Jump Street.” This time around, the youthful undercover cops are posing as college students. Also starring Ice Cube and Nick Offerman. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. (Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence.)

“AMERICA” — A story from conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza that imagines the United States lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed. Starring Russell W. Reed, John Koopman and Tina Fortune. Directed by D’Souza and John Sullivan. (PG-13 for violent images.)

“AND SO IT GOES” — A cantankerous real estate agent (Michael Douglas) enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew he had. Also starring Sterling Jerins and Annie Parisse. Directed by Rob Reiner. (PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements.)

“BEGIN AGAIN” (ends today) — Reeling from a breakup with her musical partner and longtime boyfriend, a songwriter in New York City has a chance encounter with a disgraced record label exec that blossoms into something more. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine. (R for language.)

“DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” (digital and 3-D versions; 3-D version ends today) — A pandemic unleashed a decade ago has left a band of human survivors among genetically evolved apes ruling San Francisco. The chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the conflicted leader of the apes’ society who must find an accord with the armed humans who emerge from hiding or lead his colony against them in war. Also starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Directed by Matt Reeves. (PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language.)

“DELIVER US FROM EVIL” — Eric Bana plays a cop who teams with an unconventional priest schooled in the rituals of exorcism (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a spate of crimes. Also starring Olivia Munn and Chris Coy. Directed by Scott Derrickson. (R for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language.)

“EARTH TO ECHO” — After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. Starring Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt. Directed by Dave Green. (PG for some action and peril, and mild language.)

“THE FAULT IN OUR STARS” (ends today) — Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are two witty, unconventional teenagers who fall in love at a cancer survivors’ support group in this adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel. Also starring Nat Wolff and Laura Dern. Directed by Josh Boone. (PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language.)

“HERCULES” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as the muscled, adventurous son of Zeus, who has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when a king and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. (And yes, it’s the second Hercules movie this year.) Also starring John Hurt, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. Directed by Brett Ratner. (PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity.)

“HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2” — This follow-up to the 2010’s 3-D blockbuster is set in a Viking neverland where dragon racing is the hot new sport. There’s an invasion looming, but at heart it’s about Hiccup, a teenager with parent troubles, and a steadfast flying lizard. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Cate Blanchett. (PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.)

“JERSEY BOYS” — Clint Eastwood directs a film version of the Tony Award-winning musical about four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza and Christopher Walken. (R for language throughout.)

“LUCY” — Writer-director Luc Besson has Scarlett Johansson playing the role of a woman with supercharged brainpower and killer instincts who sets out to take down the men who turned her into a warrior genius. Also starring Analeigh Tipton, Morgan Freeman and Min-sik Choi. (R for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality.)

“MALEFICENT” — Angelina Jolie goes dark and intense in Disney’s villain-centric reworking of the Sleeping Beauty story that explains why the spell-caster bitterly cursed the young princess (Elle Fanning) to hibernate on her 16th birthday. Also starring Sharlto Copley and Imelda Staunton. Directed by Robert Stromberg. (PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images.)

“PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE” — When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he shifts gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting in this sequel to the “Cars” knockoff. With the voices of Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen and Curtis Armstrong. Directed by Roberts Gannaway. (PG for action and some peril.)

“THE PURGE: ANARCHY” — A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down just as the annual purge commences in this sequel to the horror flick about an annual 12-hour period where any crime becomes legalized. Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez. Directed by James DeMonaco. (R for strong disturbing violence, and for language.)

“SEX TAPE” — As a lark, a married couple (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz) film a raunchy, three-hour sex tape to spice up their love life. Then the tape goes missing, and the Internet beckons. Also starring Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Jack Black and Rob Lowe. Directed by Jake Kasdan. (R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.)

“TAMMY” — Melissa McCarthy takes the lead in this road trip movie about a woman whose lost job and cheating husband inspire her to drive to Niagara Falls with her lewd, alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Also starring Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney and Mark Duplass. Directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who co-wrote the script with her. (R for language including sexual references.)

“TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION” — Mark Wahlberg replaces Shia LaBeouf as the Autobots’ primary human bulwark against the marauding Decepticons in what’s promised to be the first in a new trilogy. Also starring Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Stanley Tucci. Directed by Michael Bay. (PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo.)

— Compiled by the Yakima Herald-Republic