AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERQ (NR). Documentary about one of the great ballerinas of the 20th century; a muse to Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine (to whom she was married for 16 years) who was struck by polio at 27 and died in 2000 at 71. The movie is unusual for its absence of gossip. Instead it offers hardheaded commentary about the rigors of a dancer’s life and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity. The film portrays that choice, even for someone as afflicted as Le Clerq, as worth making. (Holden, New York Times -- 4/3). 1:31.
BAD WORDS (R). A 40-year-old man exploits a loophole to enter and hijack a children’s spelling bee, and along the way he forges an unlikely alliance with a cheerful 10-year-old competitor. A solid addition to the list of movies about bad Santas and teachers decimating authority. With Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/31). 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. With Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford.
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.
GOD’S NOT DEAD (PG). In order to pass one of his classes, a devoutly religious college freshman must debate the existence of God with his skeptical professor. With Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White.
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. With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum.
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (PG). The story of the ultra-smart, time-traveling dog and his pet boy was introduced as a segment of Ward’s brilliant "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" in the 1960s. And the attempt to turn that show into a live-action movie was a catastrophe. What a relief to see that while "Mr. Peabody’s" visuals are enhanced to sleek 21st century standards, the essential charm of the series survives more or less intact. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Trubune -- 3/8). 1:32.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG). In this Disney caper, the Muppets fall into the clutches of the world’s No. 1 criminal, Constantine, who, with the exception of a facial mole and a vaguely Eastern European accent, bears a striking resemblance to Kermit. Pleasant enough to recommend as family entertainment. But the movie falls short of what immediately preceded it musically and emotionally. Being green isn’t easy; making it at the box office is. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/22). 1:47.
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.
NEED FOR SPEED (PG-13). After serving two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a blue-collar mechanic seeks revenge against his rival and former partner via a high-stakes underground street race. Dumb? They’ve almost out-dumbed the dumbest "Fast and Furious" movie. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez. HH (Moore, McCiatchy-Tribune News Service -- 3/17). 2:10.
SABOTAGE (R). Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force whose members find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
THE FACE OF LOVE (PG-13). Five years after the drowning death of her husband, a woman, while visiting a museum, spots man who’s a double for her late husband and eventually begins a relationship with him. With Annette Bening, Ed Harris.
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 LEGO MOVIE (PG). In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. "The Lego Movie" doesn’t simply put imagination into practice but celebrates it, makes it integral. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett. HHH (Pesrall, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/10). 1:30.
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