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Melissa McCarthy (right), is Tammy, a slovenly, morbidly obese vulgarian who is fired from her fast-food restaurant job and catches her husband cheating on her. More hijinks ensue when she decides to go on a road trip to Niagara Falls, joined by Granny (Susan Sarandon). McCarthy continues her quest to milk anything and everything for a laugh, while ignoring her size.

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Melissa McCarthy (right), is Tammy, a slovenly, morbidly obese vulgarian who is fired from her fast-food restaurant job and catches her husband cheating on her. More hijinks ensue when she decides to go on a road trip to Niagara Falls, joined by Granny (Susan Sarandon). McCarthy continues her quest to milk anything and everything for a laugh, while ignoring her size.

CHEF

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 Leguizamo) and finds his zest for life -- and cooking -- again. The food is mouth-watering, and it's nice to see Favreau in a film he wants to be involved in rather than seeing him cook up another soul-sucking blockbuster. THREE-1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

DELIVER US FROM EVIL

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A, 119 minutes.

A New York cop with demons (Eric Bana) is put on a disturbing investigation that revolves around demonic possession. Comparisons with The Exorcist persist when the investigator enlists a priest (Edgar Ramirez), who knows his way around exorcisms, to help crack the case. ONE-1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

EARTH TO ECHO

Polo Park, Towne. G, 91 minutes

It's been three decades since E.T. the Extra Terrestrial dominated the summer box office, so a summer knockoff of the found-alien story apparently is fair game. The added bonus of found footage brings a Blair Witch Project aspect to the film, which should entertain the kids but do little for parents who grew up with the real thing. THREE (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

EDGE OF TOMORROW

Polo Park. 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. An alien race invades Earth and no army is able to match their brutal assault. 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) FOUR

 

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Polo Park, St. Vital. 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. TWO-1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Cinematheque. G. 83 minutes.

This documentary about photographer Vivian Maier returns. When Maier died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives of street photographs, taken mostly as she worked as a nanny. Co-director John Maloof, a Chicago amateur historian, purchased them and they provide a glimpse into Maier's mystery. THREE-1/2

 

GODZILLA

Polo Park. 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. THREE

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. THREE-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 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. 'Ö'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

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. 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. THREE-1/2 (Reviewed by Brad Oswald)

 

MALEFICENT

Polo Park, St. Vital. 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. TWO-1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

TAMMY

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 97 minutes.

Melissa McCarthy is Tammy, a slovenly, morbidly obese vulgarian who is fired from her fast-food restaurant job and catches her husband cheating on her. More hijinks ensue when she decides to go on a road trip to Niagara Falls, joined by Granny (Susan Sarandon). McCarthy continues her quest to milk anything and everything for a laugh, while ignoring her size. THREE (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. TWO (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

TRACKS

Towne, PG,112 minutes.

The true story of Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska, who decides to go on a 2,700-kilometre solo trek across the Australian outback. She meets a National Geographic photographer (Adam Driver) who documents her journey. Davidson's voyage to self-discovery is mostly an internal one, and the film has difficulty getting inside her head. THREE (Reviewed by Jill Wilson)


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 of 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 humanity has it out for them and strike back. At two hours and 45 minutes, this is popcorn piffle without end. TWO-1/2 (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 paydirt 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. FOUR (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

 

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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 his 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. THREE

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2014 A13

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