Escape the blistering heat this weekend at your local movie theater. Will Smith and son Jaden star together in “After Earth," while "Before Midnight” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” received three stars each.
Here are excerpts from the movie reviews:
★ “After Earth” (PG-13) “ ‘After Earth’ only looks like a sci-fi film. At heart, it’s a tale of reconciliation between a callow boy and his jerk of an old man. Cypher knows how to boss Kitai around, but he just doesn’t know how to say, ‘I love you.’ ” -- Michael O’Sullivan
★★★ “Before Midnight” (R) “There are moments when Jesse and Celine are so self-conscious about their relationship that the viewer wants to be anywhere but trapped in a car or hotel room with their constant yammering. [Julie] Delpy and [Ethan] Hawke, clearly at ease in light of their longtime collaboration, nonetheless sometimes convey a skittish, nervous energy that belies the nearly 20-year psychic connection of two soul mates.” -- Ann Hornaday
★★½ “Now You See Me” (PG-13) “The bulk of movies in theaters this time of year promise action-packed visual splendor without requiring much brain power. “Now You See Me” purports to be something more, offering the former inside of a cinematic cryptogram. Now that would have been a neat trick.” -- Stephanie Merry
★½ “Sightseers” (Unrated) “It’s difficult to put a finger on how or why a death might be humorous instead of tragic. The ingredients for a successful wickedly black comedy remain elusive. Absurdity helps, and “Sightseers” has that. But the film lacks a couple of important items: likable characters and worthy victims.” -- Stephanie Merry
★★★ “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” (R) “It’s hard to come away from 'We Steal Secrets' with any conclusion other than this: As troubled as [Bradley] Manning evidently was — a military misfit who suffered from anxiety and gender-identity issues — his crime seems to have been that he genuinely cared too much.” – Michael O’Sullivan
★★½ “Elemental” (Unrated) “There’s a quixotic quality to the film’s subjects, which is inspiring and somewhat depressing.” – Michael O’Sullivan