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From left, John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures' musical

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From left, John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures' musical "Jersey Boys," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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22 JUMP STREET

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 112 minutes

Hollywood hit cinematic paydirt when it cast Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street, based on the television series that jump-started the Fox network and Johnny Depp's career. Naturally, there's a sequel, and Hill and Tatum are back. This time they go deep undercover at a college, and hard as it is to believe, are even funnier a second time around. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

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JERSEY BOYS

Grant Park, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital. 14A. 134 minutes

Director Clint Eastwood brings this Tony Award-winning musical to the multiplex. The story follows the history of the 1960s group the Four Seasons, and focuses on the ups and downs of four men who grew up in poverty in New Jersey and their rise to stardom. John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli; the film also stars Vincent Piazza and Christopher Walken.

 

THINK LIKE A MAN TOO

Polo Park. PG. 106 minutes

The couples' hijinks and misadventures continue in this sequel to Think Like a Man, a film based on the Steve Harvey bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. This time, all the couples return to Las Vegas for a wedding, but any hopes for a romantic time in Sin City prove to be a bad bet as they once again end up in compromising situations that could ruin the nuptials. Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Dennis Haysbert and Gabrielle Union star.

 

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The following movies have been previously reviewed by Free Press movie critic Randall King, unless otherwise noted.

 

CHEF

Grant Park, McGillivray. 115 minutes.

A Los Angeles restaurant chef (Jon Favreau) loses his job and cooks up a food truck business in Miami to pay the bills. He teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara and friend (John Leguizamo) and finds his zest for life again. 3 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

EDGE OF TOMORROW

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, Polo Park Imax, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 113 minutes.

Tom Cruise stars as army officer Bill Cage, who is forced onto the front lines in a war between aliens and the Earth's combined forces, which have been no match against the out-worlders. He is killed again and again, but awakens each time at the beginning of the same day, forced to fight and die over and over again. He gets better and better at it, and meets up with a special forces soldier (Emily Blunt) to take the battle to the aliens. (Reviewed by Bartley Kives) 4 stars

 

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 125 minutes.

Based on the bestselling John Green novel about two disdainful teens, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group. Shailene Woodley stars as Hazel and Ansel Elgort plays Gus in this film about the thrills and the tragedy of being alive and falling in love that trades in most of the romantic clichés it mocks. 2 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

GODZILLA

Grant Park, McGillivray, St. Vital. PG. 123 minutes.

Hollywood's second take on Japan's seminal kaiju (giant monster) is a vast improvement over the silly 1998 version, taking the more serious tone of the original. But, deprived of historical context or metaphoric resonance, it ultimately registers as a big noisy spectacle that will be forgotten about the same time as the Godzilla-roar-induced ringing in your ears ceases. 3 stars

 

THE GRAND SEDUCTION

Grant Park. PG. 113 minutes.

An unemployed Newfoundland fisherman (Brendan Gleeson) co-ordinates the citizens of his town to entice an urbane doctor (Taylor Kitsch) into taking up residence. Director Don McKellar's funny, deftly directed remake (of the French-Canadian film Seducing Dr. Lewis) stands on its own. Tonally, it owes an even greater debt to Bill Forsyth's droll 1983 masterpiece Local Hero, another movie about the supposedly guileless residents of a quaint seaside town pulling one over on the supposedly sophisticated city slicker in their midst. 3 1/2

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Grant Park. Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park. St. Vital. Towne. PG. 102 minutes

Hiccup and Toothless are back and they venture into an ice cave and run into even wilder dragon. It'll be up to them to keep the peace between the factions. Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett. 3 stars (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

MALEFICENT

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 97 minutes.

Angelina Jolie offers up a live-action, sympathetic portrayal of Sleeping Beauty's nemesis in this lush Disney adventure. Most of the story's joy is left out as the film focuses on the dark and gloomy 3D wonderland. 2 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 116 minutes.

Seth MacFarlane co-wrote and directed this comic western as well starring as a cowardly homesteader facing a notorious outlaw (Liam Neeson), learning gunplay courtesy of a beautiful gunslinger (Charlize Theron). As usual, MacFarlane pushes all the jokes and double-entendres too far and a weirdly sentimental romance creates a trying viewing experience. 2 stars (Reviewed by Jill Wilson)

 

NEIGHBORS

Polo Park, Towne. 18A. 97 minutes.

A newly responsible dad and former party animal (Seth Rogen) finds himself in pitched battle with the frat kingpin (Zac Efron) next door. It makes for some rude fun. Director Nicholas Stoller knows a thing or two about directing raunchy comedies and certainly Rogen knows a lot about carrying them. Between them, they hit more than miss, with gags involving sex toys, baby monitors and Batman preferences: Keaton vs. Bale. 3 1/2

 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital. PG. 132 minutes.

The director of the first two X-Men movies, Bryan Singer resumes a firm hold of the mutant franchise in which the younger cast of the '60s-set First Class entry interact with the millennial X-Men. The ageless Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) bridges the gap when Wolvie's consciousness is sent back in time to prevent the apocalyptic reign of killer robots called "Sentinels." Singer plays fast and loose with continuity issues -- so how exactly is Professor Xavier still alive? -- but excusing the major lapses of continuity, this still feels like a return to form for the franchise. 3 1/2

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 18, 2014 ??65526

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