The oil-abbed 2006 hit gets a sequel, complete with different cast and different director. This one's even more fantastical and over-the-top. In this digital-effects-heavy go-around, we've got an epic sea battle waged between an evil/sexy Persian lady (Casino Royale's Eva Green) and some Greek general named Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton, whoever he is). There's also plenty of flashbacks explaining how weird, bald villain Xerxes came to be in the first movie, but it's rather tangential to all the computer video game-style carnage at hand. 103 minutes R.
This "inspiring" biopic relates the story of New Mexico-trained racehorse Mine That Bird, who defied some big odds to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Skeet Ulrich plays the horse's trainer, a misfit cowboy who finds himself on "the journey of a lifetime." This sporting drama was filmed right here in the state where most of the story took place. 110 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.
Here's another glum, futuristic love story hoping to beat the YA lit curse (which says if your source material isn't Twilight or Hunger Games, you're going to bomb). Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) stars as a young girl living in near-future Chicago where the population is divided, Hogwarts Sorting Hat-style, into different factions. But our heroine doesn't fit into any of society's five predetermined categories and is labeled a dangerous "Divergent." Rebellion against authority and kissing cute boys ensue. 139 minutes PG-13.
Kevin Costner stars in this largely sports-free sports movie. In it he plays the financially savvy general manager of a pro football franchise, desperate to rebuild his team. But will he keep the number one draft pick or trade the guy to another team for several first-round draft picks spread over the course of the next three seasons? It's the sort of insider dilemma only the most hardcore of football fans might actually care about. In other words: If a cameo by real-life Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner doesn't get your juices flowing, just move along. 109 minutes PG-13.
Albuquerque's world-famous, homegrown experimental film festival returns for a ninth (I think) year. From April 14 through 21, various venues around Albuquerque will fill with the sights and sounds of cutting edge media-manipulators from as far away as Iran and South Korea. In addition to the "uncomfortable, unfamiliar and always challenging screenings," programmers have dragged in Greg DeCuir Jr. and Miodrag Milosevic from the Alternative Film/Video Festival in Belgrade, Stephen Kent Jusick of The MIX NY Queer Experimental Film Festival and Spanish filmmaker/curator Antoni Pinent to host their own special presentations. Head to experimentsincinema.com for a compete list of films, workshops, parties and more.
On the first day of college, devout Christian freshman Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper from Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie") finds his faith challenged when a dogmatic, smug and argumentative (not to mention atheist) philosophy professor (former Greek god Kevin Sorbo) orders his students to disprove the existence of God or face a failing grade. It's based on Rice Broocks' "how to debate atheists" textbook of the same name. Plus, there's a special appearance by Willie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty"! If you're a member of the choir in the mood for a little preaching to, this is the one for you. 113 minutes PG.
There are stories within stories here, but at the heart of it all, Ralph Fiennes stars as the very particular concierge of a famed European hotel between the wars. He takes on a young apprentice (the wonderfully naive Tony Revolori), sleeps around with a bunch of elderly women (a heavily made-up Tilda Swinton among them) and gets caught up in a crackpot caper involving a dead woman and a stolen painting. Writer-director Wes Anderson's fingerprints are all over this impossibly twee chocolate box painting of a film--but it's also his most mature work, alternately naughty and knowing. F Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson round out the ensemble cast. 99 minutes R.
The classic Jay Ward cartoon "Peabody's Improbable History" (featured on the old "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show") gets its own CGI spin-off. Ty Burrell (from "Modern Family") voices the brilliant canine inventor while Max Charles (from "The Neighbors") voices his nerdy adopted son. In order to impress a neighbor girl, Sherman "borrows" dad's time machine and accidentally unleashes chaos throughout history. Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein and Agamemnon drop by, giving guest stars Lake Bell, Stanley Tucci, Mel Brooks and Patrick Warburton something to do. 91 minutes PG.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) employs Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins to tackle the biblical story of Noah. You know, the one with the marauding four-armed giants, the massive invading armies, the scheming supervillains and the apocalyptic visuals. (OK, that last one might actually be in The Bible.) Like all Aronofsky films, it looks amazing, filled with cosmic craziness and symbolic potency. But the polarizing story takes a lot of liberties with the original narrative, crash-landing it somewhere between The Last Temptation of Christ and The Lord of the Rings. 137 minutes PG-13.
Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who") and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) star as a brother and sister who have spent their lives searching for a haunted mirror that allegedly possessed their father and resulted in the murder of their mother. They find it, but instead of destroying it , they set out to scientifically prove the crimes of the past were committed by supernatural phenomenon. That's probably a bad idea. This quiet, slow-burning indie earns its scares and increases the number of "haunted mirror" movies to at least six (including Dead of Night, From Beyond the Grave, The Boogey Man, Haunted by Her Past and Mirrors). That's almost big enough for a new category on Netflix. 105 minutes R.
The nonstop, balls-out Indonesian action flick The Raid was simply begging for a sequel. Three years later writer-director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais have capitulated to fans, delivering another insanely action-packed martial arts juggernaut. This time Jakarta cop Rama (Uwais) goes undercover to bust a crime syndicate. Eventually, of course, our hero is required to fight every single person in the city. 150 minutes R.
History Channel's mini-series "The Bible"--produced by Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel") and Mark Burnett ("Survivor")--gets hacked from 10 hours to 2 hours so that evangelicals without cable can watch it in theaters. Think The Passion of the Christ, only with less blood and anti-semitism. 138 minutes PG-13.