OPENING THIS WEEK
"The Big Ask" -- Three couples head to the desert to support their friend after the death of his mother, but his idea of healing involves a ludicrous request. With Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton and David Krumholtz. Written by Thomas Beatty. Directed by Beatty and Rebecca Fishman. (1:31) NR.
"The Discoverers" -- A washed-up history professor takes his begrudging teenagers on a road trip to a conference in hopes of reconnecting with them and jump-starting his career, but he's forced to take a detour when his own estranged father goes missing. With Griffin Dunne, Madeline Martin and Devon Graye. Written and directed by Justin Schwarz. (1:44) NR.
"Filth" -- A deviant, drug-abusing Edinburgh cop tries to solve a murder to secure a promotion he thinks will help him win back his wife. With James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots. Written and directed by Jon. S. Baird. (1:37) R.
"The Grand Seduction" -- To secure a lucrative business contract, the townsfolk of a Newfoundland fishing village band together to woo a big-city doctor there on a trial residence into sticking around. With Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch and Liane Balaban. Written by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott. Directed by Don McKellar. (1:55) PG-13.
"Maleficent" -- A retelling of the classic "Sleeping Beauty" tale from the perspective of the villainess Maleficent, who suffered a betrayal that turned her once-pure heart to stone. With Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning and Sam Riley. Written by Linda Woolverton. Directed by Robert Stromberg. In 3-D and Imax. (1:37) PG.
"A Million Ways to Die in the West" -- In the Wild West, a cowardly farmer backs out of a gunfight and loses his fickle girlfriend, only to fall for a beautiful new woman who helps him find his courage but also has some baggage in the form of an outlaw husband. With Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribisi. Written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Directed by MacFarlane. (1:56) R.
"Night Moves" -- Three radical environmentalists plot to blow up a hydroelectric dam. With Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. Written by Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt. Directed by Reichardt. (1:52) R.
"The Odd Way Home" -- A woman from an abusive home flees Los Angeles and hits the road, where she forms a bond with a recluse from a tiny Southwest town. With Chris Marquette, Rumer Willis and Brandon Sexton III. Written by Rajeev Nirmalakhandan and Jason Ronstadt. Directed by Nirmalakhandan. (1:27) NR.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
-- Los Angeles Times