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Beautiful Creatures. Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert in Richard LaGravenese’s film of Kami Garcia’s young adult novel about bookish teens and adults with magic powers in a backward Southern town. “No doubt the most specific audience for this movie – post-pubescent girls with all the melodramas, resentments and trepidations that go with heading into your midteens – will have a good time following the overstuffed narrative and supernatural razzle-dazzle. The rest of us might think it’s too much of a muchness. And more than a little fatiguing for what it is.” 124 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material.) ∆∆ø (Jeff Simon)

Escape From Planet Earth. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba. Animated feature about an astronaut who is caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet. 90 minutes. (Rated PG for action and some mild rude humor.)

A Good Day to Die Hard. Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Yuliya Snigir in John Moore’s fifth installment of the blockbuster action series about John McClane, wiseacre cop. In this one he goes to Moscow to rescue his n’er-do-well son from jail. 97 minutes. (Rated R for violence and language.) ∆∆∆ (Jeff Simon) See review on Page 4

Safe Haven. Starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons and Cobie Smulders. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. A young woman with a dark secret arrives in a small town and bonds with a widower. 115 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality.) See review on Page 6