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"We're the Millers," 2stars

"We're the Millers," directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber ("The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"), has four writers to its credit, which comes out to be about one per smile or laugh.

It stars Jason Sudeikis as David Burke, a small-time Denver drug dealer looking for a way to pay back his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms), the $43,000 that was stolen by thugs.

Brad suggests David travel to Mexico to pick up "a smidge of marijuana" to clear his debt and make some loot in the meantime. To avoid suspicion, David hits upon the idea of masquerading as a vacationing family man, but now he just needs a family.

He assembles a makeshift one with Rose (Jennifer Aniston), a cynical stripper in need of rent money; Kenny (Will Poulter, a live-action ringer for the character Tintin), a naive 18-year-old neighbor; and Casey (Emma Roberts), a homeless teenage girl.

They fly to Tucson and pick up an RV that will double as disguise and transportation for the weed. Of course, little goes as planned. "We're the Millers" has a few clever jokes but panders for laughs with raunchy jokes and sight gags.

Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.

Extras include extended cut, outtakes, deleted scenes, gag reel and behind-the-scenes featurettes,

-- Post-Gazette

"Planes," 2.5stars

This animated comedy is a spinoff of the "Cars" franchise, only Pixar had nothing to do with it. It follows Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook), a small-town crop duster that dreams of being in an international plane race.

He tries out for a prestigious international race, and when a doping scandal disqualifies the fifth-spot holder, Dusty is bumped up to fifth place. He enlists the help of old Navy Corsair Skipper Riley (Stacy Keach) and the two bump heads until Dusty, through sheer determination, proves himself to Skipper.

"Planes" is entertaining for children, with the special effects and comedic antics of El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui), and as a bonus, the audience is given the chance to learn about planes and how they work.

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor.

The extras include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette; "Meet the Racers" featurettes introducing four of the main characters; and a look at the 10 greatest aviators in history hosted by ESPN's Colin Cowherd.

-- Post-Gazette

"The World's End," 3stars

It's all fun and games until "The World's End" turns out to be about the world's end.

Until then, it comically chugs along with a band of not always merry men on a pub crawl that is part high school reunion, part cautionary tale about nostalgia and part apocalyptic sci-fi battle.

Director and co-writer Edgar Wright reunites with actors Simon Pegg (who shares screenplay credit) and Nick Frost from "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" and layers in Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Rosamund Pike for good measure.

The men were just lads fresh from school and on top of the world in June 1990 when they embarked on a heroic quest to visit 12 historic pubs and quaff a pint at each. They failed, moved on and apart, and grew up, except for troubled Gary (Mr. Pegg), still waxing nostalgic about those glory days.

He rounds up the old gang, although not without some difficulty and resistance and declares "We are here to get annihilated," having no idea how true that might be when it turns out something very strange is happening in the suburban U.K. town of Newton Haven. It's not just the "Starbuckization" of the pubs but aliens in familiar yet freaky form.

"The World's End" starts off fast, fun, funny and quippy and then takes a sudden, sharp turn down a bumpy back road to become surprisingly heavy and serious. Nothing wrong with examining the fate of mankind, but it could have worked as just bad boys looking to get a buzz on and deciding if you really can or should go home again.

Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references.

The extras include commentary and a making-of featurette, and Blu-ray adds a featurette on the stunts, deleted scene, outtakes, alternate edits, and more.

-- Post-Gazette

"Paranoia," 2.5stars

"Paranoia" is an action-thriller about an extremely good-looking young tech wizard Adam (Liam Hemsworth) drawn into a bitter spy-vs.-spy battle between two aging captains of industry.

Adam, recently fired by a high tech company led by the caustic Wyatt (Gary Oldman), has to work off a big debt by playing corporate spy, worming his way into the higher echelons of Eikon, a rival company run by Goddard (Harrison Ford). Eikon has developed a revolutionary new smartphone. Wyatt covets the design and at the same time wants to hurt Goddard's feelings.

The players in "Paranoia" can't really make a shallow script appealing, but a few stand out, including Embeth Davidtz as Wyatt's right-hand woman, and it's fun to see Mr. Oldman and Mr. Ford -- together for the first time since 1997's "Air Force One" -- growl at each other.

"Paranoia" is kind of fun and silly beyond belief, thanks to director Robert Luketic, who got his start helming "Legally Blonde."

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language.

-- Post-Gazette

"The To Do List," 2.5stars

Aubrey Plaza stars in a comedy, set in 1993 Boise, Idaho, about a valedictorian and roster of sexual milestones to achieve before starting college in the fall.

It isn't exactly virgin territory, think "American Pie," but this first feature from writer-director Maggie Carey focuses on a teenage girl rather than boy. In an effort to "lose her V-card," Brandy methodically makes a checklist with roughly two dozen entries.

It provides the obligatory gross-out or outrageous scenes -- one involving a pool accident, a few others regarding couplings interrupted or witnessed by parents or offspring. "The To Do List" delivers a pair of messages: Sex carries emotional consequences, although sometimes sex is just sex. It doesn't go the usual girly or old-fashioned route by introducing romance into the equation, so it's missing sweet undertones.

Rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic dialogue, drug and alcohol use, and language.

The extras include commentary with Carey and co-star Bill Hader; deleted scenes; gag reel; and behind-the-scenes featurette and a montage of every naughty word or phrase in the film.

-- Post-Gazette


■ "2 Guns": Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington star in this film based on the graphic novel of the same name.

"The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series": Includes all 156 episodes of the Rod Serling series.

"Treme: the Complete Third Season": Two years after Hurricane Katrina, crime and corruption are on the rise in New Orleans.

"Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection": Includes the 21 episodes of the variety show starring Edie Adams.

"Danger in the Manger": New teacher must lead his class to singing victory. David Tennant stars.

"Anton Corbijn Inside Out": A look at the artist who has spent much time hidden from the public eye.

"Danguard Ace: The Movie Collection": Japanese animation series that features a transforming robot.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation": Blu-ray release includes the episode "Darmok."

"The Rutles: Anthology": Mockumentary on Beatles-like group.

"Smithsonian Channel's The Day Kennedy Died": A look at the events leading up to the assassination.

"Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet": The Tardis arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station.

"Tank Girl": The film about a poster girl for the Apocalypse is now on Blu-ray.

-- Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers


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