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In Theaters for April 25, 2014
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Opening today

“Brick Mansions”

(Action, PG-13)

For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. When drug kingpin Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. Summary by Relativity

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Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Nymphomaniac Vol. 2”

(Drama, unrated)

The second half of Lars von Trier’s five-hour, sexually charged, but almost never erotic, film is less funny, less sexual and more ridiculous than the first. The ending is insanely stupid and one scene ranks among the most distasteful I’ve ever witnessed in a mainstream film. It’s an exhausting exercise in going nowhere slow. (Richard Roeper) 1.5 stars

Zinema 2

“The Other Woman”

(Comedy, PG-13)

This would-be comedy is so tone-deaf, so excruciatingly awful, it’s a minor miracle the studio didn’t confiscate the original print and lock it up. None of the stars — Cameron Diaz, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or especially the big and broad Leslie Mann — escapes this mess with a shred of dignity. (Richard Roeper) 1 star

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“The Quiet Ones”

(Horror, PG-13)

Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland and a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Summary by Lionsgate

Duluth 10

Special features

“Metropolis”

This film by Fritz Lang from the 1920s considers deep darks currently en vogue, like the future, dystopia and class wars. It’s set in either the 2000s or 3000s, depending on who you ask, and the city is a super-awesome playground for rich folks. Beneath the surface are worker bees who live in poverty. The son of a mogul gets introduced to this machine when he falls for a beautiful woman from the working class.

This oldie gets a new soundtrack by Minneapolis-based band Fugitive.

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Zinema 2

“Roadsworth”

(Documentary, unrated)

A Montreal-based stencil artist named Roadsworth challenges the idea of urban art.

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s collaboration with the Duluth Art Institute.

11 a.m. Saturday

“Cosi Fan Tutte”

Met: Live in HD

Music director James Levine conducts Mozart’s comic opera about romantic complications that ensue when friends decide to test a fiancée’s fidelity.

11:55 a.m. Saturday

Duluth 10

Also playing

“Bears”

(Documentary, G)

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new true life adventure, “Bears,” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. Summary by Disney

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

“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

Lakes 10

“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

“A Haunted House 2”

(Comedy, R)

Marlon Wayans is Malcolm, who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. Summary by Open Road

Duluth 10

“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

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“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

Lakes 10

“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

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

“Transcendence”

(Sci-fi thriller, PG-13)

In a bold, beautiful, sometimes confounding flight of futuristic speculation, Johnny Depp plays a scientific visionary whose thoughts and personality are uploaded before he dies. He uses his ever-increasing intelligence to cure the sick and heal the planet, but fears arise that he will accumulate so much power and intelligence he’ll become the greatest threat to freedom the world has ever known. What a stunning piece of work. (Richard Roeper) 4 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Under the Skin”

(Sci-fi/fantasy, R)

An alien on Earth (Scarlett Johannson) cruises Scotland in a van, hitting on young lads, in a stark mood piece that drills into your psyche and will stay there forever. It’s weird, polarizing work, but the most memorable movie of the first few months of 2014. (Richard Roeper) 4 stars

Zinema 2

Superior Cinema

“300: Rise of an Empire”

(Action, 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)

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

(Family animation, PG)

“The Nut Job”

(Animation, PG)

“Philomena”

(Drama, PG-13)

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