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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 13, 2014 at 2:03 a.m.

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Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody and Carson Bolde as Sam Broday in Godzilla.

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82 ABOUT LAST NIGHT, R Not a remake but a "modern reimagining" of the 1986 film. (100 minutes)

77 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, PG-13 Only Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains who threaten the city, including Electro (Jamie Foxx). (142 minutes)

86 BELLE, PG Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Adm. Sir John Lindsay, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife, whose lineage affords her certain privileges but whose status causes suitors to avoid her -- until she meets an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, including ending slavery in England. (104 minutes)

71 BLENDED, PG-13 After a disastrous blind date, single parents (Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore) agree on only one thing: They never want to see each other again. Then they discover they've signed up for a family vacation with their kids at a luxurious African safari resort and are stuck together for a week in the same suite. (117 minutes)

90 CHEF, R Director Jon Favreau plays the title character, who, having suddenly quit his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, ends up in Miami teamed with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. (115 minutes)

83 EDGE OF TOMORROW, PG-13 In a near future in which an alien race has launched an unrelenting assault on Earth that no existing military unit in the world can fight, Tom Cruise plays an officer killed on a suicide mission who finds himself caught in a time loop that, as he repeats the same brutal combat, increases his skills. With Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Ciaran Hinds; directed by Doug Liman. (113 minutes)

87 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, PG-13 Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort play extraordinary teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group, sharing an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. With Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern; directed by Josh Boone. (125 minutes)

87 GODZILLA, PG-13 Everybody's favorite post-nuclear monster, Godzilla, battles malevolent creatures that are bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance. (123 minutes)

82 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, PG A small-town father (Greg Kinnear) must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. (100 minutes)

89 THE LEGO MOVIE, PG An ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure (voice of Chris Pratt), mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world, joins a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant. Computer animated in 3-D. (100 minutes)

83 MALEFICENT, PG In this prequel/remake of Sleeping Beauty from the villain's point of view, Angelina Jolie plays the title role of a beautiful young woman who, after a ruthless betrayal turns her pure heart to stone, becomes bent on revenge and places a curse upon the newborn infant of her persecutor's successor. (97 minutes)

82 MILLION DOLLAR ARM, PG A once successful sports agent (Jon Hamm) being edged out by bigger, slicker competitors comes up with an idea to save his business: Seek ball players among Indian cricket players for the next baseball pitching sensation. The goal: Get the two finalists from among thousands of hopefuls signed to a major-league team. (124 minutes)

88 A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, R Co-writer/director Seth MacFarlane plays a cowardly sheep farmer whose girlfriend left him after he backed out of a gunfight, who then falls for a mysterious and beautiful woman who helps him find his courage -- especially when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge. (116 minutes)

87 MOMS' NIGHT OUT, PG What could go wrong when a young mom and her friends seek a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation, leaving their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours? (98 minutes)

86 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, PG Super-genius canine Mr. Peabody and his mischievous boy, Sherman, took all kinds of time-travel adventures, via their "Wabac" machine, on the old Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends show. But when Sherman and his friend Penny accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue. Animated. (90 minutes)

86 MUPPETS MOST WANTED, PG The Muppet gang, on a world tour and selling out grand theaters in several European capitals, find themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by a master criminal who's a dead ringer for Kermit. (112 minutes)

72 NEED FOR SPEED, PG-13 This latest video-game derivative involves a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul), just out of prison on a manslaughter frame-up, who takes on his arrogant ex-partner in a cross-country race against time that begins as a mission for revenge but proves to be one of redemption. (130 minutes)

82 NEIGHBORS, R After the birth of their baby, a young couple suffering from arrested development battle the next-door fraternity house. (96 minutes)

82 NOAH, PG-13 Russell Crowe plays the patriarch whom God chooses to save human and animal life before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. (138 minutes)

72 THE OTHER WOMAN, R Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton team up to punish the lying, three-timing jerk who has been cheating on them. (109 minutes)

70 RIDE ALONG, PG-13 A squad-car ride-along turns into 24 hours of insanity when a high school security guard (Kevin Hart), trying to show he has what it takes to marry the sister (Tika Sumpter) of a decorated detective (Ice Cube), enters the police academy. (100 minutes)

75 RIO 2, G Our animated animal heroes, trying to fit into the Amazon wilds after being hurtled out of the big city, encounter a vengeful rival and worse -- an unpleasant in-law. (101 minutes)

78 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, R So, although all 300 Spartans died by the end of the first movie, since when has that ever stopped the making of a sequel? The Spartans' heroic sacrifice has delayed the armies of Persian Emperor Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) just long enough for Athenian General Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) to try to unite all Greece against the invaders. (102 minutes)

85 TRANSCENDENCE, PG-13 Johnny Depp plays the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the entirety of human knowledge with the full range of human emotions, a project that has made him the prime target of anti-tech extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. (119 minutes)

88 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, PG-13The ultimate X-Men ensemble -- those from the original trilogy joining forces with their younger selves -- fights an epic battle for the survival of the species that must change the past to save the future. (131 minutes)

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