Andrew Garfield returns as your friendly neighborhood web-slinger for the second film in Sony's impatient reboot of the Spider-Man series. Things are looking crowded here as supervillains the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) all fight for screen time and a shot at the title hero. This one ranks right up against Batman & Robin in terms of rickety scripting and ridiculous characters. 142 minutes PG-13.
The once-edgy Adam Sandler continues his sad, slow decline into "family" comedy. In this "Brady Bunch"-inspired sitcom, he reunites with Drew Barrymore, his costar in the long-forgotten 2004 rom-com 50 First Dates. The two play single parents who hate one another but are obliged--by wacky circumstance--to spend their family resort vacation together. Hijinks and romance ensue. 117 minutes PG-13.
The First Avenger is back and still trying to acclimate to life outside his native World War II era. Things have changed a bit since the 1940s, and superspy Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) brings in S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) to spell out today's tricky, post-Cold War realities. But just when our man Cap (Chris Evans) thinks he's got a handle on it, the past comes knocking in the form of Soviet supervillain the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). This Bourne Identity-esque sequel manages to balance action-packed thrills and tense political conspiracy. 128 minutes PG-13.
That 1998 thing with Matthew Broderick never happened. Are we agreed? Good! Now we can move on to this proper reboot directed by Gareth Edwards (of the excellent indie Monsters). This time around the King of Monsters is pitted against a couple of malevolent creatures bent on destroying humanity. Also, he's being hunted by a vengeance-minded military dude (Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Kick-Ass) and his shell-shocked dad (Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad"). Edwards is a smart director, giving the film tension and drama and playing it all quite seriously. The monsters are more interesting than the people, sure--but these are still the most interesting humans in any Godzilla movie ever. And the epic destruction? It's a thing of beauty. 123 minutes PG-13.
There's a real industry these days preaching to the converted. Here Todd Burpo's questionable but incredibly popular "nonfiction" book heads to the big screen. Greg Kinnear stars as a mild-mannered midwest preacher whose son "dies" on the operating table and returns to life, only to describe Heaven. Clouds and Jesus, you say? Who would have guessed? No one outside the Christian faith will care about this feel-good sermon, but it scores points for at least acknowledging that not all members of the congregation agree on the more abstract points of their religion. 100 minutes PG.
In this Indian drama, a middle-aged woman (Manju Warrier) "rediscovers her lost charisma for the good of the society overcoming strong odds from a patriarchal society." Whatever that means. In Malayalam with English subtitles. 122 minutes
This genial, family-friendly, Disney-produced sports drama doesn't deviate very far from the inspirational formula laid out by Invincible, Remember the Titans, Miracle and countless others. But the curious story and smart casting make for a very likable outing. Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") plays a typical money-hungry LA sports agent who comes up with a last-ditch effort to save his career: He'll sponsor a fast-pitch competition in India to recruit the world's first India baseball player. What he ends up with is a couple of naive kids whose first trip to America results in a lot of culture shock. This one's less about teamwork and hard work and more about friendship and personal responsibility. And damned if it doesn't actually "feel good." 124 minutes PG.
When a woman (Cameron Diaz) learns that her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from "Game of Thrones") has a wife (Leslie Mann) and another girlfriend (Kate Upton), she joins forces with the other ladies to exact revenge. Expect lots of madcap slapstick and female bonding rom this anti-rom-com. 109 minutes PG-13.
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Perhaps I'm wrong to do so, but I distrust any film in which George Lopez voices a tiny, wisecracking animal (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Marmaduke, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, the upcoming Speedy Gonzales movie). Here, he's a computer-animated toucan or something, trying to assist a wayward pet macaw from small-town Minnesota who ends up lost in Samba-crazed Rio de Janeiro. Jessie Eisenberg, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch, Jamie Foxx and Will i Am fill out the rest of the voice cast. 96 minutes G.