Film Clips


A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 (R). The film is writer / star Marlon Wayans’ take on suburban ghost stories. The first entry in the series gave Wayans’ upwardly mobile new homeowner a head-spinning freakshow of a girlfriend. Those demons banished, he takes another shot at suburban life with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two teenagers. Once again the road to settling down and relationship building is strewn with supernatural stumbling blocks. The film parodies a lot of movies that deserve it and one or two that deserve better. The script is lazy, recycling countless genre cliches rather than inventing novel twists. The jokes aren’t just painted in broad strokes, they’re applied with a roller. H1/2 (Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- 4/19). 1:27.

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.

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.

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.

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. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan.

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.

THE QUIET ONES (PG-13). Following the theory that paranormal activity is caused by negative energy, an unorthodox professor leads his students in an experiment to create a poltergeist, with terrifying consequences. A load of hooey. With Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards. H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 4/28). 1:38.

UNDER THE SKIN (R). In Scotland, a human form is on the hunt for men. With Scarlett Johansson.


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