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In Theaters for July 4, 2014

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Opening today

“A Hard Day’s Night”

This is a digitally re-mastered 50th anniversary edition of the 1964 movie about the Beatles. The movie is 36 hours in the lives of the band, which includes gags, vignettes and music. Zinema 2

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Special features

“The Dance of Reality”

This movie reflects director-producer Alejandro Jodorowsky’s personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry. It shows the filmmaker’s philosophy that reality isn’t objective, rather a dance created by our own imaginations. Summary from official website

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s Explorers Club series.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Zinema 2

Also playing

“22 Jump Street”

(Comedy, R)

When this buddy cop parody with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum hits its sweet spots — “22,” the sequel to “21,” only “exactly the same” as the first film (a running gag) — produces the biggest, loudest laughs of any movie this summer. (Roger Moore) 3 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“America”

(Documentary, PG-13)

Someone once observed: “America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great.” Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history — from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their “fair share.” Summary from the official website.

Duluth 10

“Chef”

(Comedy, R)

By the time this colorful, great-looking film with an infectious soundtrack remembers it’s a movie and not a narrative-free montage, we get two late plot developments I didn’t buy. Maybe it doesn’t matter. This is about the characters, the food and the music. (Richard Roeper)

3 stars

Zinema 2

“Deliver Us From Evil”

(Horror, R)

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases. Summary by Screen Gems.

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Earth to Echo”

(Family adventure, PG)

Tuck, Munch and Alex are inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. They team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. The four friends come together to protect an alien and help him find his way home. Summary by Relativity.

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“The Fault in Our Stars”

(Drama, PG-13)

With lesser source material, an average director and an OK cast, the adaptation of John Green’s novel about the glory and unfairness of life could have lost me. But everyone involved, from director Josh Boone to transcendent star Shailene Woodley and beyond, has talents way beyond the average. This is a lovely work. (Richard Roeper) 4 stars

Duluth 10

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

(Animated, PG)

The charms of this sequel are thinned a bit, a cartoon with better animation and livelier action, if fewer jokes. And if there’s one thing these sweet-

message/great flying sequence movies don’t need, it’s fewer jokes. (Roger Moore) 2.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Jersey Boys”

(Music biography, R)

At times this adaptation captures the electric excitement of the hugely entertaining Broadway musical, but for every soaring moment, there are 10 minutes of bickering or brooding. Though he seems indecisive about the right way to tell the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, director Clint Eastwood gives us a nice feel for their era. (Richard Roeper)

2 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10

“Maleficent”

(Fantasy, PG)

“Maleficent” is an admittedly great-looking, sometimes creepy, often plodding and utterly unconvincing re-imagining of “Sleeping Beauty” as a female empowerment metaphor. Angelina Jolie looks great, but she delivers a one-note performance as the villain from the 1959 Disney classic. Sometimes it’s best to let Sleeping Beauty lie. (Richard Roeper)

1.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10

“Obvious Child”

(Comedy, romance, R)

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female 20-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. Summary from official site

Zinema 2

“The Rover”

(Western, sci-fi, R)

David Michod’s follow up to “Animal Kingdom” is set in a world 10 years after the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric (Guy Pearce) as he travels to the desolate towns and road of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Ray (Robert Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Ray to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Summary from official website

Zinema 2

“Snowpiercer”

(Sci-fi, fantasy, R)

In this sci-fi epic from director Joon-ho Bong (“The Host,” “Mother”), a failed global-warning experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a

perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle toward disaster. Summary from official website

Zinema 2

“Tammy”

(Comedy, R)

Directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, co-writer and star Melissa McCarthy plays a simpleton on the road with her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon). The movie attempts to balance cartoonlike slapstick with well-written, well-acted scenes that feel completely of this world, a tough balancing act that “Tammy” doesn’t consistently accomplish. (Richard Roeper) 2.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Transformers: Age of Extinction”

(Action, PG-13)

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history … while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Summary by Paramount

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

(Sci-fi thriller, PG-13)

Thanks to first-class special effects, a star-packed cast taking the material seriously and director Bryan Singer’s skilled and sometimes electrifying visuals, this time-travel sci-fi thriller is flat-out, big-time, big summer movie fun. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Lakes 10

Superior Cinema

“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2”

(Action/adventure,

PG-13)

“Captain America: Winter Soldier”

(Superhero action,

PG-13)

“Divergent”

(Sci-fi action, PG-13)

“The Lego Movie”

(Animation, PG)

“A Million Ways to Die in the West”

(Comedy, R)

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

(Family animation, PG)

“Muppets Most Wanted”

(Family, PG)

“Neighbors”

(Comedy, R)

“Rio 2”

(Family animation, G)

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