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. With Paul Walker, David Belle, Rza.

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.

CHILD’S POSE (NR). At once an allegory about the new Romania and a slice of naturalism that turns on a traffic accident that has left one boy dead and another boy’s future in jeopardy. In Romanian, with English subtitles.

DIVERGENT (PG-13). In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, a young woman who doesn’t fit into a single group discovers a conspiracy to destroy those like her. The movie, which gives moviegoers something to chew on, benefits from a talented young actress, Shailene Woodley, at its heart. With Theo James, Jai Courtney. HHH (Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- 3/24). 2:23.

DRAFT DAY (PG-13). On the day of the NFL draft, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns trades for the No. 1 pick and has the onerous task of saving football in his city. This shouldn’t be your No. 1 pick if you are looking for a great movie but it does have enough talent to make it worth taking a chance on. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary. HH (Bentley, The Fresno Bee -- 4/12). 1:49.

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. With Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum.

LE WEEK-END (NR). A long-married middle-class British couple attempt to re-invigorate their marriage by returning to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. A smart, snappy and deeply sad survey of a doomed marriage. With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service). 1:33.

NOAH (PG-13). In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah (Russell Crowe) is given a divine mission to build an ark to save creation from the approaching deluge and give it a second chance. Occasionally clumsy, ridiculous and unconvincing, it is almost never dull, and very little of it has the careful, by-the-numbers quality that characterizes big-studio action-fantasy entertainment. With Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Frank Langella, Nick Nolte. (Scott, New York Times -- 3/29). 2:19.

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 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. 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. With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton.

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. With Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards.

TRANSCENDENCE (PG-13). When a scientist researching artificial intelligence is mortally wounded by anti-technology extremists, his wife and best friend upload his consciousness online, but his thirst for knowledge evolves into a relentless quest for power. This thoughtful but windy and winded sci-fi thriller shortchanges the science -- and the thrills. With Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara. H (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 4/18). 1:59.


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