The rating system: ☆☆☆☆, excellent; ☆☆☆, good; ☆☆, so-so; ☆, poor; zero stars, terrible. Unless noted otherwise, reviews are by Bee critic Rick Bentley. Check movie times: http://calendar.fresnobee.com/
Ambarsariya: Insurance agent tries to renew his community’s faith.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice: Batman takes on Superman.
Hello, My Name Is Doris: An older woman (Sally Field) falls for a younger man.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: It’s wedding bells again in the sequel to the romantic comedy hit.
10 Cloverfield Lane: Group goes underground to escape a major disaster. John Goodman stars. Not reviewed.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: Six elite ex-military operators must protect members of the CIA. Not reviewed.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: A misunderstanding leaves the Chipmunks worried about their future. Not reviewed.
Ardass: Life in the dark dungeons of rural Punjabi households. Not reviewed.
The Boy: Woman hired to take care of a family’s child discovers the boy is actually a life-size doll. Not reviewed.
The Bronze (1/2): Former Olympian continues to live off her fame. The makers of “The Bronze” were so lazy, their solution to every weak character, stupid plot point or uninspired camera shot was to toss out more obscenities. Granted, it’s a little shocking to hear Melissa Rauch, best known for playing Bernadette on “The Big Bang Theory,” toss out the F word with every other breath. That quickly becomes annoying and then incredibly painful. Rated R (language, nudity). 100 minutes.
The Choice (☆☆1/2): Couple discovers that life is a series of big and small choices. The best thing to keep in mind is that movies based on a Nicholas Sparks book are going to embrace the gooey side of romance. There are always some variations, but the author doesn’t hide the fact he’s a pure romantic. Rated PG-13 (sexual content). 109 minutes.
Deadpool (☆☆☆): Superhero with an attitude starring Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool is a foul-mouthed jerk who would rather put a bullet in a bad guy’s head than to take him off to jail. He loves to talk about sex, violence, sex, sex, sex and more sex. And, just like he does in the comics, Deadpool has no problem breaking the fourth wall. Rated R (violence, sexual content, language, drug use). 117 minutes.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (☆☆): Tris and Four face a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. Even the big finale comes across as being the best of a long list of bad ideas. All of this is a product of the decision to extend this franchise into a fourth film. That can work if the material is strong enough, such as in the “Harry Potter” series. But “Allegiant” suffers the same problems as the expanded “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” movies: Stretching thin material only exposes the flaws. Rated PG-13 (violence, partial nudity). 139 minutes.
Eddie the Eagle: Eddie is an underdog in ski jumping but won’t back down. Hugh Jackman stars. Not reviewed.
The Forest: Woman goes in search of her missing sister. Not reviewed.
Gods of Egypt (1/2): “Gods of Egypt” looks at the battle between Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to be the king of Egypt. Their battle is staged with such clunky special effects, hackneyed dialogue and amateurish acting that instead of being a battle royal, it’s purely “Ra”-tten. Rated PG-13 (violence, language). 127 minutes.
The Good Dinosaur (☆☆): In a world where dinosaurs have progressed more than humans, a young dinosaur must learn how to face his fears. It is weighed down by a flawed concept, unappealing characters and a soundtrack that lacks anything close to a memorable tune. The only aspect worthy of high praise is the background work, which is so stunning it keeps the movie from heading for a tar pit. Even Mother Nature can’t make a landscape this amazing. Rated PG (peril, action, thematic elements). 100 minutes.
Kappor and Sons: Rahul and Arjun return home after their grandfather has a heart attack. Not reviewed.
Kung Fu Panda 3 (☆☆☆): It is time for the student to become the teacher. Much of the appeal of the “Panda” films is he starry cast of voices. Rated PG (martial arts action, mild rude humor). 95 minutes. (Jocelyn Noveck, AP)
London Has Fallen (☆☆☆ 1/2 ): Plot to kill world leaders leaves London in ruins. Gerard Butler stars. If there were a hall of fame for action movie heroes, Butler would make a strong case with “London Has Fallen.” He has the wicked wit of Bruce Willis, the grit of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the mumbled dialogue delivery of Sylvester Stallone. Rated R (violence, language). 100 minutes.
Love Punjab: Couple visits Punjab to teach their children about cultural values. Not reviewed.
Miracles From Heaven (☆☆☆): 10-year-old is cured of a chronic illness after surviving an accident. The approach for “Miracles From Heaven” leaves the movie less a sermon and more a deeply moving story about family and faith. This gives the production a potentially broader appeal that should get it more attention than just from the choir. Rated PG (thematic material). 109 minutes.
The Perfect Match: A charming playboy (Terrence J) who doesn’t believe in serious relationships runs into Eva (Cassie Ventura). Not reviewed.
Risen (☆☆ 1/2 ): Roman tribune (Joseph Fiennes) investigates events following the Crucifixion. “Risen” is more “The Last Temptation of Christ” than “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It’s a film that comes wrapped in the theological teachings of the Bible but is really a procedural drama that looks to fill in the gaps left between the Crucifixion and the Ascension. Rated PG-13 (Biblical violence, disturbing images). 107 minutes.
The Ride Along 2 (☆☆ 1/2 ): Ice Cube and Kevin Hart hit the road to dish out their comedic style of justice. Watching the “Ride Along” films is an exercise in succumbing to Hart’s unique, manic charms. Rated PG-13 (violence, sexual content, language). 101 minutes. (Katie Walsh, Tribune)
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (☆☆☆☆): Han Solo and General Leia are pulled into a new battle between light and dark forces. The strengths George Lucas brought to his films were the examination of family, the importance of friendship, the fight between good and evil, and the necessity of finding your own place in the galaxy. Abrams took those elements and presented them through a structure that combined characters from the 1977 offering with an entertaining and engaging group of new players. Rated PG-13 (peril, action scenes). 136 minutes.
Zootopia (☆☆☆): Fox and rabbit must work together to uncover a kidnapping conspiracy. When the new animated movie focuses on the critters, it’s a funny trip through the animal kingdom. What slows the ark (oops, make that arc) of the film is a crime story that’s in need of a few more monkeyshines. Rated PG (rude humor, scary images). 108 minutes.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
I Saw the Light: Tom Hiddleston stars in this biopic on the life of Hank Williams.