A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST (R). In the Wild West, a cowardly farmer backs out of a gunfight and loses his fickle girlfriend, only to fall for a beautiful new woman who helps him find his courage but also has some baggage in the form of an outlaw husband. Neither offensive enough to be shocking or funny enough to compensate for its weaknesses, it stands in a fallow middle ground, out in the open, just waiting to be picked off by the next Hollywood gunslinger with a few jokes in his saddlebag. With Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi. H1/2 (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 6/2). 1:54.
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.
CHINESE PUZZLE (R). A heartsick Parisian writer follows the mother of his two children to New York City to be near his kids in this sequel to "L’Augerge Espagnole" and "Russian Dolls." There’s nothing new, no new situations and only a few truly novel observations about New York, America, sperm donorship or turning 40. That makes the movie a bit of a drag at close to two hours. But what holds our interest and holds the story together is this winning cast in these familiar, lovable (somewhat) roles. A dozen years on and this exercise in "We’re growing older, but not up" reminds us that what’s true in life is just as true in casting movies -- pick your friends carefully enough and they’ll entertain you for a lifetime. With Romain Duris, Audrey Tatou, Cecile De France, Kelly Reilly. In English and French, with English subtitles. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 6/11). 1:57.
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.
GODZILLA (PG-13). The titanic monster Godzilla rises to restore balance to the natural order as humanity stands defenseless in this reboot of the famous kaiju franchise. In a tale this timeworn and a film this devoid of humor, with tension frittered away by tedious repetition of the fights, anybody who has seen "Godzilla" in any incarceration can be forgiven for asking the obvious: "What else have you got?" With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche. HH (Mooore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/19). 2:03.
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. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett.
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.
NEIGHBORS (R). Having relocated to the suburbs to raise their newborn baby, two young parents begin feuding with the fraternity that moves in next door. In between the belly laughs, "Neighbors" feels like a pulled punch, a mean comedy with a soft streak, a "Hangover" that never delivers the buzz. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/10). 1:36.
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.
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. With Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare.
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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