Published: May 25, 2012

Ratings are by Gene Triplett, George Lang, Brandy McDonnell, Matthew Price, Dennis King and Lillie-Beth Brinkman. Ratings are based on a four-star system: 1 star (poor), 2 stars (fair), 3 stars (should see), 4 stars (must see).

New releases

‘Chernobyl Diaries'

R1:30 Not screened for press

‘Cowgirls N' Angels'

PG1:32 See review

‘Men In Black 3'

PG-131:46 See review

First run

‘The Avengers'

PG-132:22 3 ½ stars

The gang is all here as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans) do battle with Asgardian Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in this comic book epic from director Joss Whedon. (Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference) MP


PG-132:11 1 ½ stars

Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) directs Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Liam Neeson and Brooklyn Decker in an alien-invaded take on the Hasbro board game. (Intense sequence of violence, action and destruction, and for language) DK

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

PG-131:58 3 stars

Senior citizens played by Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy find romance, relaxation and exotic retirement in India. (Sexual content and language) DK


PG-131:34 3 ½ stars

During the 2009-10 school year, filmmaker Lee Hirsch followed five families dealing with teen bullying, including three that now live in Oklahoma, for this powerful documentary (Intense thematic material, disturbing content, and some strong language — all involving kids) BM


G1:18 3 stars

Disneynature continues its Earth Day documentary tradition, following a family of chimps living in the rain forests of the Ivory Coast and Uganda. WIRE

‘Dark Shadows'

PG-131:52 3 stars

As Tim Burton is wont to do these days, “Dark Shadows” is the latest in the quirky director's remaking and reimagining of the classics. Originally a Gothic soap opera that played on ABC from 1966 to 1971, Burton's new version stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, the vampire who returns to his estate after 200 years to find the place in ruins and occupied by dysfunctional descendants. In addition to Depp, “Dark Shadows” also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter and Jackie Earle Haley. (Comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking) BM

‘The Dictator'

R2:00 2 ½ stars

Sacha Baron Cohen moves from ambush comedy to narrative comedy, parodying notorious Middle Eastern despots as Admiral General Aladeen, dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya. This time he actually acts with a cast, including Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly and Ana Faris, under the direction of Larry Charles, who helmed the outrageous Baron Cohen mocumentaries “Borat” and “Bruno.” (Strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images) GL

‘The Hunger Games'

PG-132:22 3 ½ stars

Oscar-nominated it girl Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter's Bone,” “X-Men: First Class”) stars in the film version of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first of a trilogy that has sold 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. In the not-too-distant future, North American society has collapsed and been replaced by Panem, in which every year two teenagers from each of the country's 12 districts are summoned to the corrupt Capitol to participate in the deadly “Hunger Games,” a spectacle televised throughout the land. (Intense violent thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens) LB

‘The Lucky One'

PG-131:41 2 stars

Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, this romantic drama follows a U.S. Marine (Zac Efron) who seeks out an unknown woman (Taylor Schilling) whose photograph he believes was the lucky charm that enabled him to survive three tours of duty in Iraq. (Some sexuality and violence) GL

‘Mirror Mirror'

PG1:46 2 stars

Oscar winner Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Sean Bean put an adventure-comedy twist on a famed fairy tale. Directed by visual visionary Tarsem Singh (“The Fall”), the colorful fantasy is the first of two films this year to take on the legend of Snow White. (Some fantasy action and mild rude humor) WIRE

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