BELLE (PG). A young black British aristocrat in 18th century England -- the daughter of a black woman and a white sea captain of noble birth -- tries to find her place in society and in love. A story, rendered in exquisite period detail, of 250-year-old pride and prejudice that resonates today. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ton Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, James Norton, Sam Reid. HHH (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telgram -- 6/11). 1:45.
CHEF (R). Having quit his job at a prominent restaurant over refusing to compromise his creative integrity, a chef teams with his ex-wife and son to start his own food truck. 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.
FED UP (PG). A very good advocacy documentary directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric. A whirlwind of talking heads, found footage, scary statistics and cartoonish graphics, the movie is a fast, coolly incensed investigation into why people are getting fatter. (Dargis, New York Times)
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (PG). A young Viking and his faithful dragon must protect both their kind from a power-hungry conqueror in this sequel to the 2010 animated film. 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. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett. HH1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/16). 1:41.
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.
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.
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. The teary alternative to all the boom and bang of the summer superheroes. 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.
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.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (PG-13). The mutant superheroes known as the X-Men join forces with their younger selves from the past to change a major historical event in hopes of saving the future. Leave it to the X-Men to put the fun back in summer blockbusters. With Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/24). 2:10.
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