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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 16, 2014 at 1:59 a.m.

At area theaters

82 ABOUT LAST NIGHT, R Not a remake but a "modern reimagining" of the 1986 film, following new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom. (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), as Spidey comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. (142 minutes)

87 BEARS, G From Disneynature, a year in the life of two Alaskan mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. (77 minutes)

72 BRICK MANSIONS, PG-13 In this remake of the 2004 French film District B13, an undercover cop (the late Paul Walker) seeking his father's killer teams up with a fearless ex-con (David Belle) to stop a sinister plot to devastate a dystopian future Detroit where abandoned mansions now house the most dangerous criminals behind a colossal containment wall. (89 minutes)

87 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, PG-13 When a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), who has been living quietly in Washington, D.C., and trying to adjust to the modern world, must join forces with Black Widow and the Falcon against the unexpected and formidable Winter Soldier. (136 minutes)

85 DIVERGENT, PG-13 In a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues, a young misfit (Shailene Woodley) who's been labeled a Divergent discovers a conspiracy to destroy her and everybody like her. (143 minutes)

88 DRAFT DAY, PG-13 The general manager of an NFL team (Kevin Costner) must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection -- while negotiating a trade for the No. 1 pick. (110 minutes)

87 FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, not rated Directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel provide a documentary look at amateur historian Maloof's attempt to piece together the complex puzzle of the previously obscure female photographer after finding thousands of her negatives in a storage locker auction. (83 minutes)

79 GOD'S NOT DEAD, PG A devoutly Christian college freshman who finds his faith challenged by a dogmatic and argumentative philosophy professor must prove God's existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester. (113 minutes)

87 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, R The legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend become involved in the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. (100 minutes)

70 A HAUNTED HOUSE 2, R In this spoof sequel, Marlon Wayans plays the guy who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, has started fresh with a new girlfriend and her two children but is once again plagued by bizarre events once they've moved into their dream home. (86 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)

85 LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN, PG Animators once again invade the Land of Oz, this time with a 3-D musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, Oz creator L. Frank's great-grandson. Dorothy (voice of Lea Michele) is whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). With voices of Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart; directed by Dan St. Pierre, Will Finn. (88 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)

86 THE LUNCH BOX, PG A mistaken delivery in Bombay's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to a stranger in the twilight of his life, with whom she builds a fantasy world through a series of notes in the lunchbox. (105 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? With Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins; directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin. (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)

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. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne; directed by Nicholas Stoller. (96 minutes)

80 THE NUT JOB, PG An obnoxious squirrel (voice of Will Arnett) and his rat friend plan a monster nut-store heist that embroils them in a much more complicated adventure. Animated. (86 minutes)

78 OCULUS, R A 20-something guy, convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and newly released from protective custody, only wants to move on with his life, but his sister's convinced their parents' deaths were caused by a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through an antique mirror in their childhood home. (105 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)

77 THE QUIET ONES, PG-13 A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates trying to create a poltergeist to explore the dark energy in the damaged psyche of an alluring but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke), triggering an unspeakable force with unexplainable power. (98 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)

90 UNDER THE SKIN, R Scarlett Johansson plays a voluptuous woman of unknown origin who lures a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. (107 minutes)

Movie-rating point system

Movies are rated on a scale from 50 to 100. Guidelines for moviegoers:

96-100 Transcendent 90-95 Exceptional 80-89 Better than most

to remarkable 70-79 Average 60-69 Awful to mediocre 50-59 Irredeemable

MovieStyle on 05/16/2014

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