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For, Friday, July 24, 2015

Videogame nerds save the world, a disgraced boxer gets back in the ring and a popular high school girl hits the road only to be pursued by friends in this week’s wide-release movies.

“Pixels” (PG-13). Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad take on aliens that have misinterpreted classic arcade games as a declaration of war and therefore attack the Earth in the form of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, etc. Also on hand are Dan Aykroyd, Jane Krakowski, Sean Bean and Brian Cox, and in cameos, Serena Williams and Martha Stewart. Directed by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone,” “Mrs. Doubtfire”).

“Southpaw” (R) stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a world champion boxer who hits rock bottom overnight after a tragedy and eventually tries to find redemption by getting back into the ring. Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams co-star, with 50 Cent and Naomie Harris in support.

“Paper Towns” (PG-13). A nerdy high schooler (Nat Wolff) pines for the popular girl next door (Cara Delevingne) and late one night she surprises him by recruiting him to help her get revenge on her boyfriend. But the next day she disappears, which leads to his going on a road trip to find her, along with some nerdy pals.

“Aloft” (R). Esoteric art film tells parallel stories that take place 20 years apart. First is a young mother (Jennifer Connelly) with two young sons she evidently abandons, and the second, more current timeline, follows one of the sons as an adult (Cillian Murphy) when he reluctantly joins a journalist (Melanie Laurent) who is going to interview his mother. Oona Chaplin co-stars. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Unexpected” (R) is a comedy-drama about a teacher (Cobie Smulders) in an inner-city school who becomes pregnant and whose husband (Anders Holm) is encouraging her to be a stay-at-home mom. Then she strikes up an unexpected friendship with a smart student (Gail Bean) who also finds herself pregnant. Elizabeth McGovern co-stars. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Cartel Land” (R) is a documentary about a citizen uprising against a drug cartel in Michoacan, Mexico, even as a U.S. veteran in America is working with a paramilitary group to keep Mexico’s drug wars from crossing the border. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)