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. With Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi.
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. With Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews. H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/23). 1:59.
FADING GIGOLO (R). A middle-aged florist becomes an unlikely male escort with the help of his friend, an elderly bookseller, in writer-director John Turturro’s (who also stars) idea of an old-fashioned Woody Allen comedy. By the end, this romantic farce is no more than a failure in terms of tone; a romantic comic juggling act where every dropped ball kills another potential laugh in a movie that desperately needs them. With John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/12). 1:30.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (NR). This documentary follows amateur historian John Maloof as he tried to piece together the complex puzzle of Vivian Maier and her work following his discovery of thousands of negatives in a storage locker auction, he became obsessed with finding out more not just about the work, but the woman behind it.
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.
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG). Based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father -- a local minister -- that he’s been to Heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals information he could have been given only by those who died before he was born. The film is at its best when director Randall Wallace takes its message beyond preaching to the choir. With Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum. (Bentley, The Fresno Bee -- 4/28). 1:40.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (PG-13). Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean director from the golden age of avant garde cinema. And once upon a time, "Jodo" had his hands on one of the greatest science-fiction novels of them all. "Jodorowsky’s Dune" is a mesmerizing movie about the film he never got to make; a history lesson about the pre-blockbuster era in science-fiction movies, even if it is a documentary that plays like a pitch for yet another adaptation of "Dune." HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/28). 1:27.
LOCKE (R). Over the course of an evening, a construction manager ("Dark Knight’s" Tom Hardy) juggles major personal and professional challenges from the front seat of his car. The obstacles that keep popping up seem melodramatic and some touches don’t really work. But "Locke" will hold your interest as it presents a side of the burly, bluff "Dark Knight" villain we have never seen before on screen. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/19). 1:28.
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. With Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley.
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.
UNDER THE SKIN (R). In Scotland, a human form is on the hunt for men. Watching this film feels like a genesis moment -- of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking. of performance -- with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies. The fiction and truth of the film succeed as few movies do in getting under your skin. With Scarlett Johansson.(Sharkey, Los Angeles Times -- 5/3). 1:47.
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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