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In theaters June 6, 2014

Opening today “Chef” (Comedy, R)

“Chef” is a colorful, great-looking film with an infectious soundtrack. By the time it 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

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“Cold in July” (Mystery, R)

While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father Ben rolls into town bent on revenge. Summary from official website

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“Edge of Tomorrow” (Sci-fi action, PG-13)

“Groundhog Day” is the most obvious influence as Tom Cruise plays a novice warrior who dies in battle, but keeps waking up to relive the day. That said, this movie has its own merits as an ingenious, wicked-smart and thrilling sci-fi adventure. This is one of my favorite movies of the year so far. (Richard Roeper) 4 stars

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, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Fed Up” (Documentary, PG)

For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. “Fed Up” is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David, who produced “An Inconvenient Truth,” and director Stephanie Soechtig, “Fed Up” wants to change the way you eat forever. Summary from official website

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Special features “Into Great Silence” (Documentary, unrated)

The Grande Chartreuse monastery, located in a remote region of the French Alps, opens its doors to the public for the first time since 1084 in this documentary. The film spends six months with five monks.

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s Art House of God series and will include a discussion with a Benedictine monk from St. John’s Abbey.

2 p.m. Sunday, Zinema 2

“Alphaville” (Drama, art house & international, unrated)

This is a reissue of the 1965 movie by Jean-Luc Godard. Lemmy Caution comes to Alphaville to destroy its leader, an almost-human computer and in the process falls in love with the daughter of the man who designed the almost-human computer.

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

7 p.m. Tuesday, Zinema 2

Also playing “Belle” (Drama, PG)

“Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Summary from Fox Searchlight

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“Blended” (Comedy, PG-13)

The third comedy pairing Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is so much worse than the others, it’s difficult to put into words beyond something along the lines of: This is a cliched, cynical, occasionally offensive, pandering, idiotic film that redefines shameless. (Richard Roeper) 1 star

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Godzilla” (Sci-fi action, PG-13)

While this reboot has its baffling plot developments and the human characters aren’t exactly Shakespearean in depth, there’s some pretty impressive CGI monster

destruction here. It’s leaps and bounds ahead of the two main “Godzilla” movies that Americans have seen in the past. (Richard Roeper) 3 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

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“The Lunchbox” (Drama, PG)

Middle-class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of traction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Summary from official website

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“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, Premeire

“Million Dollar Arm” (Sports, PG)

Nearly everything in “Million Dollar Arm” feels borrowed from other sports movies and ever so slightly reshaped, and almost never for the better. It’s more interested in the redemption of a broken-down sports agent (Jon Hamm) than the amazing adventure of two Indian cricket players he brings to America to pitch baseball. (Richard Roeper) 2 stars

Lakes 10

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” (Comedy, R)

With its endless blue skies and familiar-sounding score, writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane’s Western has the right classic-movie feel, along with an abundance of jokes that range from clever to disgusting to SERIOUSLY disgusting. Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson co-star in what is basically one long joke about how much it would have sucked to live (and die, at a relatively young age) in the Old West. (Richard Roeper) 3 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Neighbors” (Comedy, R)

New parents (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) go to war against the party-all-night fraternity next door. About 40 percent of “Neighbors” falls flat. About 60 percent made me laugh hard, even when I knew I should have known better. (Richard Roeper) 3 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10

“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

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

Superior Cinema “300: Rise of an Empire” (Action, R)

“Divergent” (Sci-fi action, PG-13)

“Frozen” (Animation, PG)

“The Lego Movie” (Animation, PG)

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (Family animation, PG)

“Muppets Most Wanted” (Family, PG)

“Non-stop” (Action, PG-13)

“Rio 2” (Family animation, G)

“Transcendence” (Sci-fi/fantasy, PG-13)