Film Clips


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.

BLENDED (PG-13). After a disastrous blind date, two single parents (Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore) hope to never see each other again but end up stuck on the same family vacation with their respective children. These days, Sandler is a bottle of beer that’s lost all its bubbles -- cheap, mass-produced domestic beer. Every set-up is an eye-roller. Gags and one-liners that would be discarded in a better comedy are trotted out and then underlined here. H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/23). 1:59.

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. With Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo.

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. With Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson.

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.

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.

MILLION DOLLAR ARM (PG). In a last-ditch effort to save his career, a sports agent travels to India to find a young cricket player he can turn into baseball’s next great pitching ace. A character-based comedy-drama that’s also a smart film about the business of sports. It has its flaws but even so, the finished product is clever and sweetly entertaining. With Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 5/20). 2:04.

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 DOUBLE (R). A timid office worker’s life is turned upside down by the appearance of a new hire who looks just like him but is otherwise his polar opposite. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn. Review, this page

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. With Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell.

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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