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Los Angeles Times Movie Guide

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - Updated: 6:53 AM

OPENING THIS WEEK

"Broken" -- A hardworking father transforms into a killer to seek revenge on the teenagers who raped and killed his daughter. With Jung Jae-young and Lee Sung-min. Written and directed by Lee Jung-ho. In Korean with English subtitles. (2:02) NR.

"Chapman" -- A young man returns home to confront the checkered past he left behind after a tragedy destroyed a childhood friendship. With Jesse Johnson, Chris Masterson and Christine Woods. Written and directed by Justin Owensby. (1:24) NR.

"Chef" -- Having quit his job at a prominent restaurant over refusing to compromise his creative integrity, a chef teams with his ex-wife and son to start his own food truck. With Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo. Written and directed by Favreau. (1:55) NR.

"Cyber-Seniors" -- A documentary chronicling senior citizens as they learn how to use the Internet from teenage mentors. Directed by Saffron Cassaday. (1:15) NR.

"Devil's Knot" -- The murder of three young children leads to a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of committing the crime as part of a satanic ritual in this drama based on the true story of the West Memphis Three. With Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Ryan. Written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson. Directed by Atom Egoyan. (1:55) NR.

"Documented" -- A documentary about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and his journey as an undocumented child immigrant from the Philippines. Directed by Vargas. (1:29) NR.

"The Double" -- A timid office worker's life is turned upside down by the appearance of a new hire who looks just like him but is otherwise his polar opposite. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn. Written by Richard Ayoade and Avi Korine. Directed by Ayoade. (1:33) R.

"Fed Up" -- A documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity in the U.S. and the negligence of the food industry. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig. Narrated by Katie Couric. (1:39) PG.

"God's Pocket" -- A man tries to bury his crazy stepson quietly after he's killed in a supposed construction accident and no one in their working-class neighborhood seems to be sorry he's gone, but the boy's mother demands the truth. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks and Richard Jenkins. Written by John Slattery and Alex Metcalf. Directed by Slattery. (1:28) R.

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" -- Dorothy awakens in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain in this animated film based on the Roger Stanton Baum book "Dorothy of Oz." With the voices of Megan Hilty, Dan Akroyd and Martin Short. Written by Randi Barnes and Adam Balsam. Directed by Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn. In 3-D. (1:33) PG.

"Mom's Night Out" -- A group of mothers who want to enjoy a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation enlist their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours, but things don't go quite according to plan. With Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton. Written by Andrea Nasfell and Jon Erwin. Directed by Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin. (1:38) PG.

"Neighbors" -- Having relocated to the suburbs to raise their newborn baby, two young parents begin feuding with the fraternity that moves in next door. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Written by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. (1:37) R.

"Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" -- A documentary following Kevin Spacey and the Bridge Project Company as they stage more than 200 performances of Shakespeare's "Richard III" across three continents. Directed by Jeremy Whelehan. (1:33) NR.

"Palo Alto" -- Three high school students -- a shy, sensitive soccer player, an introspective artist, and his unpredictable best friend -- navigate teenage ennui and impending adulthood. With Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer and James Franco. Written and directed by Gia Coppola. (1:38) R.

"Redwood Highway" -- Estranged from her family and unsatisfied with her life in a retirement community in Oregon, an elderly woman treks 80 miles on foot to the coast to attend her granddaughter's wedding as an unexpected guest. With Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt. Written by Gary Lundgren and James Twyman. Directed by Lundgren. (1:30) PG-13.

ALSO IN THEATERS

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" -- The wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man tries to balance his ordinary life as Peter Parker with his extraordinary responsibilities, while confronting powerful new enemies. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan. Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Marc Webb. In 3-D and Imax. (2:22) PG-13.

"Bears" -- A nature documentary following a year in the life of a bear family in Alaska with two impressionable young cubs. Narrated by John C. Reilly. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. (1:17) G.

"Brick Mansions" -- An undercover cop in dystopian Detroit teams with a local hood on a mission to stop a gang with access to a weapon of mass destruction. With Paul Walker, David Belle and Rza. Written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri. Directed by Camille Delamarre. (1:29) PG-13.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" -- While still adjusting to the modern world, the superhero Captain America returns to action alongside the Black Widow and a new ally, the Falcon, to thwart a conspiracy orchestrated by a formidable new enemy, the Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. (2:16) PG-13.

"Draft Day" -- On the day of the NFL draft, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns trades for the No. 1 pick and has the onerous task of saving football in his city. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Directed by Ivan Reitman. (1:49) PG-13.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- 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. With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Edward Norton and Saoirse Ronan. Written and directed by Wes Anderson. (1:40) R.

"A Haunted House 2" -- After moving on from his demonically possessed ex-girlfriend and starting over with a new love and her two kids, a man is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly and Gabriel Iglesias. Written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez. Directed by Michael Tiddes. (1:27) R.

"Heaven Is for Real" -- When their young son awakens after a near-death experience, a small-town couple are stunned by his claims that he visited heaven and encountered biblical figures and deceased relatives. With Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Connor Corum. Written by Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker. Directed by Wallace. (1:40) PG.

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" -- In this animated film, a genius dog and his mischievous boy set out to undo the damage caused when the latter takes their time machine for a joy ride to impress a girl. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter and Allison Janney. Written by Craig Wright. Directed by Rob Minkoff. In 3-D. (1:22) PG.

"Noah" -- A man is chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Directed by Aronofsky. (2:17) PG-13.

"Oculus" -- A woman tries to exonerate her brother, recently released from a juvenile mental institution, for the murder of their parents by proving that they were killed by an antique mirror. With Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Rory Cochrane. Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Directed by Flanagan. (1:44) R.

"The Other Woman" -- After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman strikes up an unlikely friendship with the man's wife, and the two plot their revenge -- with help from yet another of his mistresses. With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton. Written by Melissa Stack. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. (1:50) R.

"The Quiet Ones" -- Following the theory that paranormal activity is caused by negative energy, an unorthodox professor leads his students in an experiment to create a poltergeist, with terrifying consequences. With Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Erin Richards. Written by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and John Pogue. Directed by Pogue. (1:38) PG-13.

"Rio 2" -- Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest, a family of birds get acquainted with the wild in this sequel to the 2011 animated film "Rio." With the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement and Tracy Morgan. Written by Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. (1:41) G.

"Transcendence" -- When a scientist researching artificial intelligence is mortally wounded by anti-technology extremists, his wife and best friend upload his consciousness online, but his thirst for knowledge evolves into a relentless quest for power. With Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara. Written by Jack Paglen. Directed by Wally Pfister. (1:59) PG-13.

-- Los Angeles Times

     

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