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Movies: June 28, 2013

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The Attack
R, 1 HR., 42 MINS.
Stalemates like the one between Israel and the Palestinians can seem so hopeless that individual lives get left behind. Maybe that’s why Ziad Doueiri’s import feels like such a wake-up call. The wife of an Arab-Israeli surgeon dies in a suicide bombing. But was she a victim, or the architect of the blast? Ali Suliman is unforgettable as a husband asking questions he may not want to know the answers to. A-Chris Nashawaty

Before Midnight
R, 1 HR., 48 MINS.
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reunite in a great sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. A Owen Gleiberman

The Bling Ring
R, 1 HR., 27 MINS.
Sofia Coppola’s acerbically arresting film tells the true story of a pack of teens who broke into the homes of celebrities to steal their clothes, shoes, and jewelry. A-Owen Gleiberman

Fast & Furious 6
PG-13, 2 HRS., 10 MINS.
Fasten your seat belt for an over-the-top demolition derby that’s also a perfectly constructed low-IQ blast. B+Chris Nashawaty

A Hijacking
R, 1 HR., 39 MINS.
A band of Somali pirates hijack a Danish ship bound for Mumbai and take the crew hostage. While that may sound like the setup for an action film about a white-knuckle rescue operation, director Tobias Lindholm takes a more unexpected approach, chronicling the negotiations between the two sides in what becomes a tense psychological war of attrition. B+Chris Nashawaty

The Internship
PG-13, 1 HR., 59 MINS.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play Google interns in a pleasant pileup of mild laughs. B Owen Gleiberman

Maniac
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 39 MINS.
In 1980, William Lustig directed one of the goriest, seediest films of the decade about a psycho scalping female victims. Now, in an unnecessary remake, Elijah Wood steps into the killer’s shoes. The movie is shot from the murderer’s point of view and has some stylish nods to the grindhouse era. If you take your horror extra nasty, have at it. (Also available on VOD) CChris Nashawaty

Man of Steel
PG-13, 2 HRS., 24 MINS.
Zack Snyder tries to give Superman (Henry Cavill) a brooding, Dark Knight-style makeover. But the reboot never quite soars — or even gets off the ground. C Chris Nashawaty

Much Ado About Nothing
PG-13, 1 HR., 49 MINS.
In between billion-dollar Avengers installments, Joss Whedon delivers a mostly delightful modern-day riff on Shakespeare. BChris Nashawaty

Now You See Me
PG-13, 1 HR., 56 MINS.
This magician thriller is an engagingly preposterous high-wire act. B Owen Gleiberman

Pandora’s Promise
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 27 MINS.
In a potent conversation piece of a documentary, director Robert Stone talks to environmental advocates and energy planners who were all anti-nuclear power — and then, as they began to look more closely at the evidence, changed their minds. The movie persuasively argues not just that nuclear power is safe but that ”to be antinuclear is basically to be in favor of burning fossil fuels.” A-Owen Gleiberman

The Purge
R, 1 HR., 25 MINS.
In the future, America is crime-free thanks to an annual night of sanctioned murder and mayhem. Killer premise, so-so execution. B-Chris Nashawaty

SOMM
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 33 MINS.
Jason Wise’s catchy documentary is about the brain-boggling level of knowledge required to become a master sommelier. It follows four candidates as they learn to blind-taste and identify any wine in the world, armed with a vocabulary ripe for a Will Ferrell comedy (we hear wine likened to everything from ”decaying rose petal” to ”fresh tennis ball”). Even if you love wine, these geek oenophiles seem as entertainingly removed from us as aliens. (Also available on iTunes) B+Owen Gleiberman

This Is the End
R, 1 HR., 46 MINS.
Seth Rogen, James Franco, and others play versions of themselves in an apocalyptic satire. It’s the wildest and funniest comedy in a long time. A Owen Gleiberman

Unfinished Song
PG-13, 1 HR., 36 MINS.
Terence Stamp is gnarly and touching as an old curmudgeon who is lost when his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) gets cancer. Fear not: He’s redeemed by joining her geriatric Glee singing group. This is the sort of movie where if your buttons don’t get pushed (by, say, Redgrave serenading Stamp with ”True Colors”), you probably don’t have a heart. B Owen Gleiberman

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