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In Theaters for April 11, 2014
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Opening today

“Draft Day”

(Sports drama, PG-13)

The general manager of the hapless Cleveland Browns (Kevin Costner) tries to coax some star power during the NFL draft in this sentimental, predictable and thoroughly entertaining movie. I would have liked to see less soap-opera subplot (a pregnant girlfriend, an egotistical team owner) and more inside football machinations. Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella and Chadwick Boseman co-star. (Richard Roeper) 3 stars

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Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“The Known Unknown”

(Documentary, PG-13)

Errol Morris’ film is an exploration of the career and philosophy of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Using declassified memos, Morris guides Rumsfeld through discussion of his controversial career as a high-level executive under four Republican presidents. Topics include: Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm and the war on terrorism. Summary from official website

Zinema 2

“Nymphomaniac Vol. 1”

(Drama, unrated)

From director Lars von Trier comes the start of a two-part story of a woman having sex, sex and more sex. Even with all the metaphors about trees and trains and fly fishing, and the several genuinely funny moments, “Nymphomaniac Part 1” grows flat and monotonous, and comes across as just what it is: half a film. (Richard Roeper) 2 stars

Zinema 2

“Oculus”

(Horror, R)

Here is a horror movie that will reach out and grab that spot on your spine that produces all the chills. Thanks to the wonderfully twisted style of director Mike Flanagan and four terrific young actors playing brother and sister as children and adults, “Oculus” is one of the more elegant scary movies in recent memory. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Rio 2”

(Family animation, G)

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in “Rio 2,” after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all — his father-in-law. Summary by Fox

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

Special features

“The Gospel According to St. Matthew”

(Documentary, international, unrated)

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 film presents this story documentary-style. A crew of radicals works against the evil Romans.

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s Art House of God monthly series, which features films dealing with religion or spirituality, literally or figuratively. The films, hosted by Pastor Lawrence Lee, also will include guest speakers. For this edition: Lawrance Barnabo, University of Minnesota Duluth assistant professor of communications (and News Tribune reviewer).

2 p.m. Sunday, Zinema 2

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

(Musical, international, G)

Guy Foucher is a young French mechanic in love with a younger woman who works in her mother’s umbrella shop. He gets her pregnant the night before leaving on a two-year tour in Algeria. She must either wait for him to return or marry a wealthy diamond merchant. And it is all played out in song.

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s Date Night series, which includes dinner at Zeitgeist Arts Café and a movie.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Zinema 2

“Rivers & Tides”

(Documentary, performing arts, G)

Andy Goldsworthy uses natural elements to make his art, which ultimately succumb to a natural end. Like melting.

This screening is part of Zinema 2 and the Duluth Art Institute’s Art Movies series.

11 a.m. Saturday, Zinema 2

Opening Wednesday

“Heaven is for Real”

(Drama, PG)

Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, “Heaven is for Real” brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. Summary by Sony

Also playing

“Bad Words”

(Comedy, R)

Jason Bateman, in his feature directorial debut, stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of the Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of “We’re the Millers”) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of “Homeland”), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. Summary by Focus

Duluth 10

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

(Superhero action, PG-13)

The more screen time Chris Evans accrues as Captain America, the more engaging the performance. He’s terrific in this adventure, more complex and more compelling than in his 2011 debut. Amid well-choreographed action sequences and a couple of nifty twists and turns, we get another rock-solid chapter in the big-screen story of Marvel. Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford co-star. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Divergent”

(Sci-fi, PG-13)

“Divergent” is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James), and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. Summary by Summit

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“God’s Not Dead”

(Drama, PG)

College freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) finds his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. Summary from the official website.

Duluth 10

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

(Comedy/drama, R)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Directed by Wes Anderson. Summary by Fox Searchlight

Zinema 2

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

(Family animation, PG)

The old TV cartoon about a genius dog, his adopted son and their time-traveling adventures becomes a whip-smart, consistently funny and good-natured film with terrific voice performances led by Ty Burrell as Peabody. Lots of sight gags and goofy puns, with some clever one-liners intended for the parents in the audience. (Richard Roeper) 3 stars

Duluth 10

“Muppets Most Wanted”

(Family comedy, PG)

The Muppets return in this Euro-set adventure, once again directed by James Bobin from a script he wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell lead the human cast. Summary by Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Duluth 10, Lakes 10

“Noah”

(Biblical epic, PG-13)

One of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film. Director Darren Aronofsky has delivered an emotionally involving and sometimes loony interpretation of the tale of a God-loving man (Russell Crowe, ferocious and razor-sharp) and his ark. Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins round out a stellar cast. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Sabotage”

(Action thriller, R)

After stealing $10 million from a drug cartel, elite DEA agents become targets in a brutal, bloody, dark and at times gruesomely funny thriller. The team is played by a strong cast led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, being typically Arnold, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams and Terrence Howard. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Premiere

“Son of God”

(Drama, faith, PG-13)

This major motion picture event brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Summary by Fox

Lakes 10

Superior Cinema

“American Hustle”

(Drama, R)

“August: Osage County”

(Comedy, R)

“Frozen”

(Animation, PG)

“Gravity”

(Sci-fi, PG-13)

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

(Fantasy action, PG-13)

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

(Sci-fi/fantasy, PG-13)

“The Nut Job”

(Animation, PG)

“Philomena”

(Drama, PG-13)

“Walking with Dinosaurs”

(Animation, PG)

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