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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Thursday July 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm Times and listings are for Thursday 7/17 through Wednesday 7/23

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22 Jump Street

The 2012 comic reboot of teen cop series "21 Jump Street" worked almost entirely thanks to the efforts of its game cast (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, chiefly). The simple script and low-impact direction certainly didn't add much to the proceedings. This rude follow-up (set in college) tries a little harder, crafting a bigger-stakes story and a perfect storm of self-mocking jokes. It ain't smart, but it does have drug content, brief nudity and a Benny Hill reference. 112 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:15am, 2:00, 4:45, 7:50, 10:30
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:15am, 1:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:45
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 12:15, 3:10, 7;15, 10:05
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 1:10, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 11:10am, 2:10, 5:10, 8:10, 10:55

America

If you're feeling extra jingoistic and xenophobic around Independence Day, why not check out the latest right-wing hootenany from writer-director Dinesh D'Souza (2016: Obama's America)? In this ... let's charitably call it a "documentary," D'Souza calls out all the Americans who hate America (read: "democrats") and imagines an alternate reality in which America lost the Revolutionary War. The point of all this? Liberals are stupid, and slavery wasn't all that bad. (It was character-building, black people!) Also, Saul Alinsky was Satan, Matt Damon is a poo-poo head, and Mexicans are destroying our country. Good night. Sleep tight. 103 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:05am, 1:00, 3:55, 6:50
High Ridge Fri-Thu 1:00, 7:20
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:00

Begin Again

Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo star in this music industry dramedy for writer-director John Carney (Once). Knightley plays a young singer-songwriter who gets dumped by her famous boyfriend (Adam Levine) and begins a promising collaboration with a disgraced record company executive (Ruffalo). 104 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:25
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:55am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40
High Ridge Fri-Thu 1:05, 4:05, 7:30, 10:30

Belle

A biracial young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in mid-1700s England. There's lots of Jane Austen-esque drama about who will marry whom--all of which is complicated, of course, by Belle's race. But the film also aspires to be an important social drama. As it happens, Belle's great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) is Lord Chief Justice and is being asked to rule on a case that could affect the legitimacy of the slave trade. This well-mounted, well-meaning costume drama is based on a surprising true story, but it's just too bogged down in polite, "Masterpiece Theatre"-style jurisprudence to have the impact of a film like 12 Years a Slave. 104 minutes PG.
High Ridge Fri-Thu 1:00, 4:25

Chef

Jon Favreau (now famous as the director of Iron Man) returns to his indie film roots, writing, directing and starring in this humble comedy about a famous chef who loses his fancy restaurant job and starts over with a food truck. John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Amy Sedaris and Robert Downey Jr. drop by to help out their pal. 115 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:05am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:55, 3:50, 7:40, 10:40

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was a not-half-bad attempt to reboot a classic film series without really rebooting it. The sci-fi actioner fits neatly in amongst the '60s and '70s Planet of the Apes films. Now things get a little more ... ape-like, with Caesar and his army of genetically modified apes threatening to wipe out the last surviving band of humans. Bottom line: Apes with machine guns riding horses=good times. 130 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:50am, 1:55, 3:05, 5:20, 6:20, 8:25, 9:35
Century Rio Fri-Sat 10:00am, 10:35am, 1:15, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:50, 8:30, 9:50, 11:10, 11:50; Sat-Thu 10:00am, 10:35am, 1:15, 1:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:10, 7:50, 8:30, 9:50
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 10:00am, 1:10, 2:45, 4:20, 7:30, 9:40, 10:40
High Ridge Fri-Thu 3:50, 10:30
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 10:00am, 12:05, 3:10, 4:00, 6:15, 9:20, 10:05
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 10:30am, 12:30, 1:40, 4:45, 6:50, 7:50, 10:50

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D

Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 12:55, 4:10, 7:25, 10:40
Century Rio Fri-Sat 11:10am, 12:30, 2:30, 3:50, 5:50, 7:10, 9:10, 10:35; Sun 12:30, 3:50, 5:50, 7:10, 9:10, 10:35; Mon
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:30am, 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 7:00, 10:10
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:30, 7:15
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 11:05am, 1:00, 2:10, 5:15, 7:00, 8:20
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 10:00am, 1:10, 3:45, 4:15, 7:20, 9:50, 10:20

Deliver Us from Evil

"Inspired by a true story" script? Check. Women and children contorting and doing their best Linda Blair imitation? Check. Commercials featuring real audience members flinching and screaming in the dark? Check. Looks like we're set for this month's low-budget Exorcist clone. 118 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sat 11:25am, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45; Sun 5:05, 7:55, 10:45; Mon-Tue 11:25am, 2:15, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45; Wed 10:45; Thu 11:25am, 2:15, 5:05
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:00am, 1:05, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 9:35
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 10:15
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 9:00

Earth to Echo

This well-meaning but entirely uninspired family sci-fi flick glues the entire plot to E.T. the Extraterrestrial onto the handheld, found-footage style of Chronicle. The result is a cheap, nostalgic imitation of mid-'80s Steven Spielberg-inspired wonderment. J.J. Abrams' Super 8 did the exact same (and I mean, exact same) thing 50 times better. 91 minutes PG.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Mon 11:00am, 1:25, 3:50; Tue 11:00, 1:25; Wed-Thu 11:00am, 1:25, 3:50
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:35, 4:10, 6:45
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:35am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:15
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 10:30am, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15

Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this Independence Day-meets-Groundhog Day sci-fi flick. Cruise plays an ordinary dude who gets drafted to fight off an alien invasion. Unfortunately he dies--just like everybody else on Earth. Fortunately he gets stuck in a time loop--which sends him back to the beginning of the day every time he kicks the bucket. With the help of a tough female soldier, he decides to use his endless regenerations to learn from his mistakes and become the ultimate alien-fighting machine. Based on the book All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. 113 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio Fri-Thu 9:40
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:50, 4:20, 7:35, 10:35

The Fault In Our Stars

Hollywood has finally realized there's more to Young Adult lit than sparkly vampires and post-apocalyptic romance. This comfortingly ordinary drama about two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group is based on the smash hit book by John Green. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (who just got done playing brother and sister in the post-apocalyptic romance Divergent) star. ... And you thought Love Story was a weeper. 125 minutes PG-13.
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:50am, 3:15, 7:00, 10:00
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:40, 4:00, 7:10, 10:10
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 7:35, 10:35

Godzilla

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.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:40, 3:50, 7:10, 10:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50

Godzilla 3D

Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:10am, 2:20, 5:30, 8:40
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:35, 4:35, 7:35

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Viking teen Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his best dragon friend Toothless discover a hidden ice cave, home to hundreds of new wild dragon species. Having only recently made peace with their fire-breathing allies, the dragonriders must now deal with a whole new monstrous threat. This sequel to DreamWorks' surprisingly solid CGI hit from 2010 ups the ante, turning the original boy-and-his-dog variation into a full-blown fantasy war epic. 102 minutes PG.
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:35am, 1:30, 4:25, 7:15
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:35, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:40
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 12:10, 2:35, 5:05
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 10:10am, 12:55, 3:55, 6:45, 9:20

Jersey Boys

The hit "jukebox musical" featuring all the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes the trip from Broadway to Hollywood with Clint Eastwood (of all people) behind the camera. Many of the Broadway stars (including Tony winner John Lloyd Young) come along for the ride. It sounds like a million bucks, but the standard rise-fall-rise story is basic "Behind the Music" stuff. 134 minutes R.
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:50am, 6:30
High Ridge Fri-Thu 12:20, 3:55, 7:00, 10:20

Maleficent

Disney reboots Sleeping Beauty with this live-action fairy tale concentrating more on the (apparently not-so-)evil sorceress (played by Angelina Jolie) and her tragic backstory. Elle Fanning (Super 8) is our soon-to-be-somnolent princess. Jolie is mesmerizing, and the film does a credible and ultimately quite likeable job melding Disney sentiment with certain aspects of the original fairy tale. But it's an odd fantasy that takes a long time to find its tone. 97 minutes PG.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Sat 11:35am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sun 4:30, 7;10, 9:45; Mon-Tue 11:35am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Wed-Thu 11:35am, 2:05, 4:30
Century Rio Fri-Thu 10:20am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:50
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:40am, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri 10:15, 1:00, 4:05, 7:05, 9:55; Sat-Thu 11:15am, 2:00, 5:05, 8:05, 10:55

Tammy

Melissa McCarthy, riding high after Bridesmaids and The Heat, plays a white trash woman who loses her job and finds out her husband has been cheating. In response she hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking granny (Susan Sarandon). Hijinks ensue. 96 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:55am, 2:25, 5:00, 7:35, 10:15
Century Rio Fri-Thu 11:35am, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:45am, 2:10, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 10:20am, 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20, 10:50
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 10:00am, 1:05, 4:00, 6:55, 10:00

Think Like a Man Too

Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson and the rest of the cast from the 2012 comedy hit (based loosely on Steve Harvey's tongue-in-cheek marriage advice book) return for more wacky romance. This time around they're all in Las Vegas for a weekend wedding. As you can reasonably expect from the premise, "various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event." Or as I like to say, "hijinks ensue." 106 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio Fri-Sat 10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25; Sun 10:25am, 7:25, 10:25; Mon-Tue 10:25, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25; Wed 10:25am, 10:25

Third Person

Paul Haggis (Crash) directs this pretentious, confused and criminally overinflated anthology about three (seemingly unconnected) couples in Rome, Paris and New York City. The main story concerns a burned-out writer (Liam Neeson) and his younger lover (Olivia Wilde) who mostly have sex and fight with each other. Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger and James Franco round out the melodramatic cast. 136 minutes R.
High Ridge Fri-Thu 3:45, 10:30

Transformers: Age of Extinction

In his most restrained film to date, Michael Bay ... just kidding. This thing's 2 hours and 45 minutes' worth of exploding and screaming. The original cast has been ditched. (How will we ever survive without Shia LaBeouf?) Mark Wahlberg takes over human hero duties as a poor mechanic who buys a smashed-up semi, only to discover it's a Transformer. This would be more fun to watch at home where you can play the drinking game: Take a shot every time there's a giant fireball, an expensive piece of actual US military hardware races by or an American flag waves in slow motion. 165 minutes PG-13.
Century 14 Downtown Fri-Thu 11:40am, 3:15, 6:10, 7:00, 9:50, 10:35
Century Rio Fri-Sat 11:30am, 1:25, 3:20, 5:15, 7;15, 9:05, 11:05; Sun-Thu 11:30am, 1:25, 3:20, 5:15, 7;15, 9:05
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 11:00am, 6:20
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 10:45am, 2:25, 6:05, 9:45
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri-Thu 12:00, 3:45, 7:30, 11:00

Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D

Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Thu 2:40, 10:00
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Fri-Thu 12:45, 4:25, 8:05
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX Fri 11:30am, 3:15, 7:00, 10:45; Sat-Thu 12:30, 4:15, 8:00, 11:45

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The swingin' '60s X-Men of X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult) unite with the older, more grizzled X-Men of X-Men: The Last Stand (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry) in order to prevent a future in which fascist robots have taken over the United States and hunted mutants to near-extinction. The story lacks a clear villain and there are too many characters to keep track of, but it still amounts to some breathless popcorn movie fun. 131 minutes PG-13.
Cottonwood Stadium 16 Fri-Sun 6:45, 9:45; Mon 12:30, 3:40, 6;45, 9:45; Tue 12:30, 9:45; Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:40
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