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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 23, 2014 at 2:07 a.m.

At area theaters

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)

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)

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 Winter Soldier. (136 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)

88 GOD'S POCKET, R The late Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a guy living in a gritty, blue-collar neighborhood who, when his crazy stepson is killed in a construction "accident," tries to bury the bad news with the body. But things go from bad to worse when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth. With Christina Hendricks, Glenn Fleshler, Caleb Landry Jones, John Turturro; directed by John Slattery. (92 minutes)

87 GODZILLA, PG-13 Everybody's favorite post-nuclear monster, Godzilla, battles malevolent creatures that are bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston; directed by Gareth Edwards. (123 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)

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). (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)

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. With Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash, Alan Arkin; directed by Craig Gillespie. (124 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)

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)

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

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