New this week
Captain America: The Winter Soldier | After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Capt. America, lives in the nation’s capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a SHIELD colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. PG-13. Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Sabotage | Breacher leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. R. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Terrence Howard. Critic’s rating: 1 star.
Bad Words | Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old misanthrope, makes waves at a regional spelling bee when, due to a loophole in the rules, he is allowed to enter and later wins. Hurling insults at every turn, Guy advances to the national contest in Los Angeles, accompanied by a reporter who wants to discover his hidden motives for entering the bee. R. Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Rohan Chand. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
The Grand Budapest Hotel | a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. R. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
Noah | The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. PG-13. Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Divergent | Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. PG-13. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
God’s Not Dead | After he refuses to disavow his faith, a devout Christian student must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor will fail him. PG. Starring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo and David A.R. White. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Muppets Most Wanted | The entire gang of Muppets takes a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine, the world’s number one criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit and his dastardly sidekick Dominic. PG. Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
The Single Moms Club | When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. PG-13. Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Nia Long and Amy Smart. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Need to Speed | Tobey Marshall, a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster. PG-13. Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
300: Rise of an Empire | While King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans have their date with destiny at Thermopylae, another battle against the Persians is brewing, this time at sea. R. Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman | Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished canine in the world, and his boy, Sherman, use a time machine called the Wabac to embark on outrageous adventures. PG. Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Stephen Colbert. Critic’s rating: n/a.
Son of God | The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. PG-13. Starring: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah and Sebastian Knapp. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
3 Days to Kill | Ethan Runner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length to keep out of danger. PG-13. Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
The Lego Movie | Emmet, an ordinary Lego figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special – an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s plans to conquer the world. PG. Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
The Monuments Men | An action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. PG-13. Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Ride Along | When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother – a hot-tempered cop – to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life. PG-13. Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
American Hustle | A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. R. Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.