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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Updated: 6:19 AM


"American Jesus" -- A documentary exploring Christianity in American culture and the relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions. Directed by Aram Garriga. (1:18) NR.

"The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" -- After being told by his doctor he has a brain aneurysm, a perpetually angry man badgers her into telling him, falsely, he has only 90 minutes to live. With Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage. Written by Daniel Taplitz. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. (1:23) R.

"Blended" -- After a disastrous blind date, two single parents hope to never see each other again but end up stuck on the same family vacation with their respective children. With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon and Terry Crews. Written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. Directed by Frank Coraci. (1:57) PG-13.

"Cold in July" -- A Texas man shoots and kills a burglar in his home one night and is hailed as a hero, but he soon fears for his family's safety when the burglar's ex-con father comes into town seeking revenge. With Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. Directed by Mickle. (1:49) NR.

"The Dance of Reality" -- An autobiographical film about the formative years of the cult Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. With Jeremias Herskovits, Brontis Jodorowsky and Pamela Flores. Written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2:10) NR.

"The Fatal Encounter" -- In the 18th century Joseon Dynasty, a politically embattled king deals with opposing factions and tries to avoid assassination. With Hyun Bin, Jung Jae-young and Cho Jung-seok. Written by Choi Sung-hyun. Directed by Lee Jae-kyoo. In Korean with English subtitles. (2:15) NR.

"50 to 1" -- A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys take their crooked-footed racehorse to the Kentucky Derby. With Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane and William Devane. Written and directed by Jim Wilson. (1:50) PG-13.

"The Girl and Death" -- A Russian doctor returns to an old hotel and reminisces about the love of his life, a courtesan he met there in the late 19th century. With Sylvia Hoeks, Leonid Bichevin and Sergey Makovetsky. Written by Jos Stelling and Bert Rijkelijkhuizen. Directed by Stelling. In French, Russian and German, with English subtitles. (2:04) NR.

"The Love Punch" -- A divorced couple reunite to recover their pension after it's stolen by an unscrupulous businessman. With Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Spall. Written and directed by Joel Hopkins. (1:34) PG-13.

"Words and Pictures" -- A prep-school English teacher trying to galvanize student interest in the power of the written word declares a war between literature and visual art, and an intriguing new teacher on campus accepts his challenge. With Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche and Valerie Tian. Written by Gerald Di Pego. Directed by Fred Schepisi. (1:56) PG-13.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" -- The mutant superheroes known as the X-Men join forces with their younger selves from the past to change a major historical event in hopes of saving the future. With Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Written by Simon Kinberg. Directed by Bryan Singer. In 3-D. (2:10) PG-13.


"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.

"Godzilla" -- The titanic monster Godzilla rises to restore balance to the natural order as humanity stands defenseless in this reboot of the famous kaiju franchise. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche. Written by Max Borenstein. Directed by Garteh Edwards. In 3-D and Imax. (2:03) 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.

"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.

"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.

"Million Dollar Arm" -- In a last-ditch effort to save his career, a sports agent travels to India to find a young cricket player he can turn into baseball's next great pitching ace. With Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton and Suraj Sharma. Written by Tom McCarthy. Directed by Craig Gillespie. (2 hrs.) 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.

"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.

"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.


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