CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13). Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America, and agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), the Black Widow, get far more than they bargain for when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., enlists their help to rescue a hijacked government ship. "Winter Soldier" takes a flying leap off the basic premise of superhero movies and sails away in unexpected crowd-pleasing directions. This grippingly, stylishly made film delivers mechanically perfect shocks and much more. With Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 4/5). 2:16.
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.
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. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston.
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.
LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN (PG). Dorothy awakens in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain in this animated film based on the Roger Stanton Baum book "Dorothy of Oz." A harmless but almost charmless adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum’s grandson. With the voices of Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Bernadette Peters, Jim Belushi, Hugh Dancy, Kelsey Grammer. 1/2H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/9). 1:28.
LOCKE (R). Over the course of an evening, a construction manager juggles major personal and professional challenges from the front seat of his car. With Tom Hardy.
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. With Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma.
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.
RIO 2 (G). Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rain forest, a family of birds gets acquainted with the wild in this sequel to the 2011 animated film "Rio." The creators give us more of everything that their first film had in just the right doses. But if this sequel proves anything, it is that more -- more stars, more animals, more story -- is not always better. With the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan. HH (Moore, McClathcy-Tribune News Service -- 4/14). 1:41.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG-13). The wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man tries to balance his ordinary life as Peter Parker with his extraordinary responsibilities, while confronting powerful new enemies. While this sqeuel is, if anything, more competent than the first film, it’s still not one that demands that you stick around after the credits. There’s nohing there. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan. HH1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/3). 2:22.
THE LUNCHBOX (PG). Charming hearts and making hungry stomachs growl, Ritesh Batra’s bittersweet romance delights. Set amid Mumbai’s courier system of lunch delivery, a mistaken dropoff creates pen pals and perhaps more for an unfulfilled housewife and a bored bureaucrat. A smooth blend of pathos and comedy. In Hindi, with English subtitles. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 4/24). 1:44.
THE OTHER WOMAN (R). After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman strikes up an unlikely friendship with the man’s wife, and the two plot their revenge -- with help from yet another of his mistresses. An escapist women’s empowerment comedy like many others, but elevated by the simple virtue of being, for most of its length, very, very funny. With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 4/26). 1:50.
VISITORS (NR). Godfrey Reggio’s brooding, wordless film consists of 74 shots that Reggio calls "moving stills." Most last for about a minute. The subjects are never identified nor is there an overall narrative arc to imagery that might be described as a very sophisticated Rorschach test with an environmentalist subtext.
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