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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 23, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.

New this week

Belle

86 PG Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral 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. With Gubu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton; directed by Amma Asante. (104 minutes)

Blended

71 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 both 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. With Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon; directed by Frank Coraci. (117 minutes)

Chef

90 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 up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. With Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman. (115 minutes)

Locke

90 R On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, a businessman gets a phone call that could unravel the life he has worked diligently to craft, including the job to which he has dedicated himself and the family he adores. With Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland; directed by Steven Knight. (85 minutes)

Only Lovers Left Alive

86 R An underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their relationship, which has endured several centuries at least, is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. With Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin; directed by Jim Jarmusch. (123 minutes)

The Railway Man

87 R Based on his memoir, the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer tormented as a Japanese prisoner of war who, decades later, sets out the confront the the interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment. With Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, Hiroyuki Sanada; directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. (116 minutes)

X-Men: Days of Future Past

88 PG-13 The 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. With Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage; directed by Bryan Singer. (131 minutes)

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