San Andreas

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An eye-popping, ear-splitting 3-D chronicle directed by Brad Peyton of a California earthquake when the eponymous tectonic fault line splits open. A seismology professor (Paul Giamatti) invents a system to predict earthquakes before they happen. It works, and with the help of a television reporter (Archie Panjabi), he sounds the alarm from Los Angeles to San Francisco for everyone to "drop, cover and hold on." Amid the mayhem, a helicopter rescue pilot (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) unite to rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) and her friends (Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson). Meticulously rendered in CGI, this film is often thrilling, sometimes silly, and frequently preposterous - in other words, a typical summer popcorn movie, although not for the young or faint of heart.

Watch out for: Relentless, intense but mostly bloodless disaster-related violence and mayhem, and occasional crude language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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