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Opening today “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

“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

Special features “Royal Tenenbaums” (Comedy, R)

Margot Tenenbaum was a phenom playwright and, these days, has a Crayola touch with black eyeliner. She’s a super-

secret chain smoker locked in her bathroom far away from her husband. Richie Tenenbaum was a tennis star until his meltdown. Now all that remains is his sweatband and a lifelong love for his sister (who is not a blood relative).

Chas is a finance guru with a fondness for track suits. He lost his wife in a plane crash and is now playing defense to keep his young sons from bumps and bruises.

Their father, Royal, has hatched a fake illness to regain his family’s sympathy in light of a recent run of back luck in love and housing.

Midnight Friday and Saturday

Zinema 2

“Crumb” (Cult movies, documentary, R)

Comic book artist R Crumb, known for Fritz the Cat, his sexual comedy and social commentary, is at the center of this documentary, which tells the story of Crumb’s awful childhood and career trajectory. It includes interviews with friends and other artists — including his wife and daughter.

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

11 a.m. Saturday, Zinema 2

“Rising from Ashes” (Documentary)

“Rising from the Ashes” is an award-winning feature-length documentary about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda, a country still affected by the genocide that tore apart the East African nation in the 1990s.

A cycling legend helps a group of struggling survivors pursue a dream of creating Team Rwanda. Some of these athletes were orphaned by the genocide.

This screening is sponsored by the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores mountain bike club.

7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Zinema 2

“La Boheme” / Met Live Puccini’s story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimi in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.

11:55 a.m. Saturday

Duluth 10

Also playing “300: Rise of an Empire” (Action fantasy, R)

If you loved the gloriously and gratuitously blood-spattered visual style of Zack Snyder’s epic “300,” you’ll probably enjoy “300: Rise of an Empire,” which manages to be something of a prequel, a sequel and a parallel story all at once. The performances, especially Eva Green as the warrior Artemisia, are uniformly good, but this epic is foremost a triumph of design and CGI. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10

“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

“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

“Enemy” (Mystery, suspense, R)

This is a psychological thriller that considers doppelgangers. Adam Bell (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is a disheveled history professor who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend. While watching a movie, he spots his double, a bit-part actor, in the background. He meets his twin and their lives become strangely entwined. Summary from official website

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, Lakes 10, Premiere

“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, Premiere

“Need for Speed” (Action, PG-13)

In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side, reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Summary by Disney

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

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

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

Superior Cinema “American Hustle” (Drama, R)

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (Comedy, PG-13)

“August: Osage County” (Comedy, R)

“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)