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Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, 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. Just like the Broadway musical, the songs are the stars of the show, but the transition between the music and the story is a bit shaky. 3 1/2 (Reviewed by Brad Oswald)
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, Polo Park Imax, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 165 minutes
The Autobots and Decepticons are back in the fourth film in the Michael Bay-lensed series. This time around, Mark Wahlberg stars as a mechanic whose garage discovery brings the feds down on him and his family. The Transformers fear that humanity has it out for them and strike back.
Grant Park, PG,112 minutes
The true story of Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska, who decides to go on a 3,000-kilometre solo trek across the Australian outback. She meets a National Geographic photographer (Adam Driver) who begins to document her journey.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DORIS PAYNE
Cinematheque, PG, 73 minutes
This documentary follows Doris Payne, an African-American who grew up in poverty and became a single mother before entering a jet-setter's life as a thief that led to a 60-year career in robberies and more than $2 million in jewel heists. She offers the tricks of her trade and the reasons why she entered the criminal world.
The following movies have been previously reviewed by Free Press movie critic Randall King, unless otherwise noted.
Grant Park. 14A. 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 Lguizamo) and finds his zest for life again. 3 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
EDGE OF TOMORROW
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, 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 outworlders. 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. 2 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
Polo Park. PG. 123 minutes.
Hollywood's second take on Japan's seminal kaiju (giant monster) is a vast improvement over the silly 1998 reboot, 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 more wild dragons. It'll be up to them to keep the peace between the factions. Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett. 3 stars (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
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)
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. 2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
22 JUMP STREET
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 112 minutes
Hollywood hit cinematic pay dirt when it cast Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street, 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 to believe, are even funnier a second time around. 4 stars (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
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