‘Despicable Me,’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ and other new movies, reviewed

In this week’s new movies, Gru (Steve Carell) is a devoted guardian to his three girls in “Despicable Me 2.” “The Lone Ranger" gets one star, while Kevin Hart’s third stand-up movie, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” receives two and half stars (on a four-star scale).


Gru gets back to work with his lovable minions in “Despicable Me 2.” (Universal Pictures)

★★★ Despicable Me 2 (PG) “‘Despicable Me 2’ is a tamer movie than its predecessor, which may irk some of that movie’s fans. A better title might be 'Delightful Me,' given that Gru is entirely devoted to his kids and seems disinclined to revisit his former profession.” – Stephanie Merry

★★1/2 Hannah Arendt (Unrated) “It’s not easy to make a dynamic film about someone thinking, but 'Hannah Arendt' is just that, thanks largely to Sukowa’s astringent but enormously sympathetic portrayal of a woman dedicated to the notion that passion and the life of the mind can and should be inextricably fused.” – Ann Hornaday

1/2 star I’m So Excited (R) “What went wrong? It’s hard to know. 'I’m So Excited' misfires on so many levels — tiresome plot; crude, juvenile humor; broad, stagy acting and absurd characters; claustrophobic setting; and dull art direction — that it’s hard to imagine it was all accidental.” – Michael O’Sullivan

★★1/2 Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) “As an appetizer to his stand-up set, the movie starts with a fictional scene in which Hart throws a big party. But instead of enjoying the evening, the comic is met with a steady stream of outlandish questions stemming from Hollywood gossip. That’s the idea behind 'Let Me Explain': Hart is here to set the record straight.” – Stephanie Merry

The Lone Ranger (PG-13) “As Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s perennially stoic and monosyllabic sidekick, Depp both challenges and indulges in the caricatures that made Jay Silverheels’s TV character such a lightning rod for Native American outrage.” – Ann Hornaday

★★1/2 The Look of Love (Unrated)  “Despite a light tone to much of the movie — parts of which play like a sex farce — there’s a foreboding of real pain and tragedy. In fact, the film begins with Paul, in his later years, receiving a piece of unspecified heavy news, before flashing back to his youth and moving forward.” – Michael O’Sullivan

★★1/2 The Way Way Back (PG-13) “ 'The Way, Way Back' " is a modestly engaging summer romance, not just between Duncan and the unattainable Susanna but also between Duncan and Owen, who becomes a surrogate father, big brother, party buddy and first boss, all in one." – Ann Hornaday

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.

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