A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 (R). After moving on from his demonically possessed ex-girlfriend and starting over with a new love and her two kids, a man is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias.
BEARS (G). A nature documentary following a year in the life of a bear family in Alaska with two impressionable young cubs. Narrated by John C. Reilly.
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.
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 drama 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.
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.
OCULUS (R). A woman tries to exonerate her brother, recently released from a juvenile mental institution, for the murder of their parents by proving that they were killed by an antique mirror. It’s not a contest but the guys are good and the women, to a one, fare much better in this chiller. The effects are modest and effecting, the pacing not as brisk as you’d like and the finale far too predictable in this age of franchises. But "Oculus" gets its frights the old-fashioned way -- with convincingly traumatized characters, with smoke and with mirrors. With Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane. HH1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 4/14). 1:41.
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 ROCKET (NR). A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple
of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he’s not cursed and to enter the most
lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival. In Lao with English subtitles. 1:36.
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. With Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara.
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