BEARS (G). A nature documentary following a year in the life of a bear family in Alaska with two impressionable young cubs. Gorgeous, intimate and beautifully photographed; cute and kid-friendly with just enough jokes to balance the drama that comes from any film that flirts with how dangerous and unforgiving the wild actually is. Narrated by John C. Reilly. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 4/18). 1:18.
BRICK MANSIONS (PG-13). An undercover cop in dystopian Detroit teams with a local hood on a mission to stop a gang with access to a weapon of mass destruction. A so-so American adaptation of the French "District B-13" and "District 13: Ultimatum" that pushes its PG-13 rating and provides another showcase for David Belle, one of the founders of Parkour, the art of moving through an environment as swiftly and efficiently as possible using only the human body. With Paul Walker, David Belle, Rza. HH (Vaucheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- 4/26). 1:29.
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. With John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Paradis, Sofia Vergara.
HATESHIP LOVESHIP (R). A shy housekeeper falls victim to a mean-spirited prank when the teenage girl she is hired to look after initiates a fake correspondence between the woman and the girl’s father, a recovering drug addict. With Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti. Review, D6
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.
IN BLOOM (NR). 14-year-old best friends Eka and Natia live in a place that seems to be crumbling at the edges. It’s 1992, and their homeland, the former Soviet republic of Georgia, is at war. Tough and unsentimental, this astute, observant film is one of a handful of recent movies about young women in modern patriarchal cultures. It matter-of-factly lays out the predicaments of its characters, balancing a strong, implicit feminist sensibility with a sympathetic sense of the power of tradition. (Scott, New York Times -- 5/8). 1:42.
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." With the voices of Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Bernadette Peters, Jim Belushi, Hugh Dancy, Kelsey Granmer. Review, D6
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. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
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, McClatchy-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 GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (R). At a European hotel between the wars, a concierge and a lobby boy get mixed up in the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Wes Anderson’s latest film is a dark, daft and deft triumph of design details and hints of many of his jaunty earlier American films but with balalaikas and bursts of violence and profanity and sexual crudeness that jolts us into remembering the cruelty the film’s central character, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), is keeping at bay. With Tony Revolori, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Adrian Brody, Bill Murray, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 3/29). 1:40.
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 trubune -- 4/26). 1:50.
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