CHEF (R). Writer-director-actor Jon Favreau brings his A-game patter to this romp about an embattled Los Angeles chef, once celebrated, now in a rut, who has to take a road trip in a food truck to find his soul, and his food, again. With Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/9). 1:55.
EDGE OF TOMORROW (PG-13). During an alien invasion in the near future, an inexperienced soldier is dropped into battle and promptly killed, only to wake up in a time loop and relive the battle over and over again, inching closer to victory each time. In a world of predictably lead-footed empty-headed spectacle, "Edge of Tomorrow" is surprisingly agile and quick-witted. With Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson. HHH (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram). 1:53.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (PG). The franchise’s charms are thinned a bit in this sequel, a cartoon with better animation and livelier action, if fewer jokes. And if there’s one thing these sweet-message / great flying sequence movies don’t need, it’s fewer jokes. HH1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/16). 1:41.
IDA (NR). Set in 1962, when Poland was part of the Soviet bloc, "Ida" is about a young novitiate, an orphan, who discovers she has an aunt. She is sent to the city to meet this woman before she takes her vows, and so a journey begins.
JERSEY BOYS (R). Friends from "the neighborhood" become Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and endure hardship and heartache in their decades on the road and on the pop charts. Late to the game, blandly cast and scripted with every Italian-American cliche, it is Clint Eastwood’s worst film as a director. H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/23). 2:14.
MALEFICENT (PG). A retelling of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" tale from the perspective of the villainess Maleficent, who suffered a betrayal that turned her once-pure heart to stone. For all its pixie dust and dragon fire, the most special effect throughout is Angelina Jolie radiating imperious authority over a disorderly movie; a miracle of movie rescue, both valiant and viciously elegant. With Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 5/31). 1:37.
OBVIOUS CHILD (R). A female stand-up comedian’s one-night stand with a stranger leads to pregancy and a decision to have an abortion. With Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann. Review, D8
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (R). Director Jim Jarmusch’s story of two very old souls who suck on O-negative Popsicles is, in many ways, more about the life-sustaining force of music than any hankering for blood. The action is spooky, sometimes. But the moments of inaction -- the tender exchanges between its plasma-hungry lovers -- are what really make things soar. With Tilda Swinton, Tim Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright. HHH (Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer -- 6/26). 2:03.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (PG-13). Two teenagers meet and fall in love at a cancer support group in this adaptation of the novel by John Green. It walks a fine line between moving and mawkish without falling too far over to the latter. With Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell. HH1/2 (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 6/9). 2:05.
THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (PG-13). The six couples of "Think Like a Man" head to Vegas for a wedding. The complete lack of laughs in this sequel is enough to suggest that this production filmed in Las Vegas should have stayed in Las Vegas. With Kevin Hart. H1/2 (Bentley, The Fresno Bee -- 6/23). 1:46.
22 JUMP STREET (R). Having conducted a successful narcotics operation posing as high school students, two undercover cops try to crack a new case at the local college. This comedy produces the biggest, loudest laughs of any movie this summer. You’re going to have to see it twice -- just to catch all the jokes the roars of laughter make you miss. With Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/16). 1:52.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (PG-13). This new film departs from the prescribed "Transformers" universe to present a world in which Autobots are no longer viewed as friends of man. It’s a post-Witwicky era when the Earth’s populace is unclear about who their extraterrestrial robot enemies are.
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