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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 pm

If you’re determined to get out of the house this week and the cineplex is your destination, you have options. OK, some of them aren’t great options, but options nonetheless. Here’s the skinny on what’s showing. Some are must-sees, others are must-misses and some are somewhere in-between.

The Good…

Fruitvale Station

This racially charged independent film already is getting Oscar buzz. Michael B. Jordan stars in this true story about a Bay Area man’s complicated encounters on New Year’s Eve 2008.

Still Mine

James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold star in this charming film about a dedicated man trying to build a home for his ailing wife.

The Attack

A Palestinian doctor living in Tel Aviv has his world turned upside down when authorities inform him that his wife was the suicide bomber in a recent attack.

The Way Way Back

This charming family drama from the writer of The Descendants follows a 14-year-old boy on summer vacation as he tries to find his way.

The Heat

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in this female spin on the cop-buddy comedy. Bullock plays a straight-laced fed on the trail of a drug kingpin, while McCarthy is the irreverent local cop assigned to the case.

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman once again reprises his X-Men role in this solid summer action film. Here, Wolverine travels to Asia to confront his demons, battle ninjas and save the day.

The Conjuring

It’s a horror flick—and I haven’t, nor will I, see it. However, fans of the genre are quick to say it is one of the most stylish and interesting movies of its kind in a while.

The Bad…

RED2

The amazing cast from the original returns to reprise their roles as retired government operatives who are now on the receiving end of the government’s ‘no loose ends’ policy. It’s disappointing, but manageable.

The Lone Ranger

Even Johnny Depp and the charming Armie Hammer cannot salvage this $200-million train wreck.

The To Do List

When you think of teen-romp comedy, a few titles come to mind like Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and American Pie. This lukewarm movie about a girl trying to complete all the mandatory teen experiences before college will not be joining them.

And the Ugly…

Grown Ups 2

Just don’t.

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