THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 143 minutes.
In this sequel to the rebooted-too-soon franchise, Spidey (Andrew Garfield) battles three villains, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), but the supplemental villainy only results in sloppy writing and dramatic redundancy. Unlike Sam Raimi at the hand of the original trilogy, returning director Marc Webb has no discernible style, guiding the empty superhero spectacle with all the inspiration of a cop putting in overtime beside a busted traffic light. 'Ö1/2
Globe. G. 104 minutes.
Director Amma Asante's film tells the fact-based story of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate daughter of a British Naval officer and an African slave, raised as a noblewoman in 18th century Britain. Imagine a Jane Austen adaptation, with all its Empire waistlines and romantic longing, but also a film in which the obstacles to love are far greater than mere social standing, a story that transcends its comedy of manners frame and is actually about something. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
Grant Park, St. Vital. PG. 118 minutes.
Adam Sandler reunites with Wedding Singer co-star Drew Barrymore playing a mismatched couple whose families wind up taking a vacation together in Africa. While not as disagreeable as Sandler's recent comedies, one wishes he would hire a non-hack director resistant to the Sandler modus operandi of throwing crude comedy and pathos on the screen to see what sticks. 'Ö'Ö
Grant Park, McGillivray, Polo Park. 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. 'Ö'Ö'Ö 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
EDGE OF TOMORROW
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 113 minutes.
An alien race invades Earth and no army is able to match the brutal assault. One last chance is to unite what's remaining of the world's armies for a last stand. That forces non-combat types like Lt.-Col Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) into the front lines. He is killed but awakens 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. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by Bartley Kives)
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 125 minutes.
Based on the bestselling John Green novel about two disdainful teens who meet at a cancer support group. Shailene Woodley stars as Hazel and Ansel Elgort plays Gus in this tear-jerker about the thrills and the tragedy of being alive and falling in love. 'Ö'Ö 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 123 minutes.
Hollywood's second take on Japan's seminal kaiju (giant monster) is a vast improvement over the silly 1998 movie, 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. 'Ö'Ö'Ö
THE GRAND SEDUCTION
Grant Park, McGillivray. 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. 'Ö'Ö'Ö 1/2
Cinematheque, 90 minutes
Imagine Dune, the famous Frank Herbert novel, being filmed in 1974 and starring the likes of Orson Welles, Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger and the music from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon serving as the soundtrack. Then imagine the director behind this never-shot epic was Alejandro Jodorowsky, the originator of the famous midnight classic El Topo. Interviews, rare drawings and archival material are introduced in this documentary. 'Ö'Ö'Ö 1/2 (Reviewed by Bartley Kives)
Grant Park. 14A. 85 minutes.
Tom Hardy stars as a man whose personal history compels him to do the right thing, even if it means the destruction of his comfortable life, in this one-man show written and directed by Steven Knight. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, Polo Park Imax, 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. 'Ö'Ö 1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 116 minutes.
Seth MacFarlane co-wrote, directed and stars in this comic western as a cowardly homesteader facing a notorious outlaw (Liam Neeson) and learning gunplay courtesy of a beautiful gunslinger (Charlize Theron). MacFarlane pushes all the jokes and double-entendres too far and a weirdly sentimental romance creates a trying viewing experience. 'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by Jill Wilson)
Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, 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. 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. It makes for some rude fun. 'Ö'Ö'Ö 1/2
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Globe. 14A. 124 minutes.
This droll, non-terrifying, wistfully romantic and altogether delicious vampire movie from director Jim Jarmusch casts Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a not-quite-ageless vampire couple who register as a more evolved species of humanity (notwithstanding Mia Wasikowska as Swinton's impetuously evil vampire sister) self-exiled to Detroit and Tangier. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö
Polo Park. G. 101 minutes.
Love birds Blu and Jewel are living the sweet domestic life in Rio de Janeiro until Jewel decides to take their kids on a trip to the Amazon rainforest to learn what life is like in nature. This sequel amounts to more characters, more actors, more songs, more pandering and fewer laughs. 'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
Cinematheque, 78 minutes
This dreamy, impressionistic documentary is about those years between the onset of adolescence and adulthood. It uses archival footage and re-creations wwto study changing teen cultures over the year, and is based on the Jon Savage book Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture 1875-1945. 'Ö'Ö'Ö 1/2 (Reviewed by Cary Darling)
UNDER THE SKIN
Grant Park. 14A. 108 minutes.
This experimental/sci-fi/horror film -- equal parts 2001 and Species -- stars Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial hunting the Scottish highlands looking for human male prey for dark purposes. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast). 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 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. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2