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Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www.cinemark.com .

Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). www.movietavern.com .

Rave Cinemas 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.ravemotionpictures.com .

Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-387-1957. www.silvercinemasinc.com .

OPENING FRIDAY

At Any Price -- Ramin Bahrani co-wrote and directed this loosely knit film filled with an excess of subplots and diversions. Dennis Quaid plays an Iowa farmer and seed salesman who may have broken an obscure law about selling tainted seeds. His son (Zac Efron) wants to race cars, until he doesn’t want to anymore. A save-the-farm, race-the-cars melodrama fails to grip at all, leaving a viewer only to ponder the countless plot holes. Rated R, 105 minutes. At the Magnolia in Dallas. — Boo Allen

Midnight’s Children -- For this epic tale that covers almost the entire 20th century, Salman Rushdie wrote the screenplay from his sprawling novel about two boys born at midnight Aug. 15, 1947, when India gained its independence. A well-meaning nurse switches the boys, letting the rich one grow up in poverty while the other enjoys great benefits. Director Deepa Mehta keeps the film moving and mostly engaging. Not rated, 146 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — B.A.

No Place on Earth -- Janet Tobias directed this documentary, or docudrama, about a Jewish group in Ukraine who escaped the Holocaust by hiding in caves. When a local man discovers the caves’ entrance, it sets off a chain of events leading to the film as well as to an eventual reunion at the caves of the few remaining survivors. Touching human interest story that uses re-enactments. Rated PG-13, 84 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — B.A.

Peeples -- The people of Peeples make a better impression than most collections of oddballs in the weary mold of comedies centered on meeting the prospective in-laws. This is broad comedy, but nowhere near as boorish and shrill as producer Tyler Perry’s own family adventures (there are screechy relations here, but Perry’s Madea isn’t among them). Craig Robinson moves up from caustic supporting player on The Office to show himself an engaging romantic lead, while Kerry Washington lightens up from heavier drama as the love of his life, a daddy’s girl whose daddy — a stern federal judge played by David Alan Grier — naturally doesn’t approve. Screenwriter and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism crafts a predictable Meet the Parents riff. Rated PG-13, 95 minutes. — The Associated Press

NOW PLAYING

The Big Wedding A long-divorced couple are forced to pretend otherwise for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding when his ultra-conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway around the world to attend. With Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. Rated R, 90 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

42 A biopic about the legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Rated PG-13, 128 minutes. — LAT

Home Run After a DUI arrest and a team suspension, a pro baseball player is sent to his hometown in the sticks, where he is forced to coach a local youth team and enter a recovery program. With Scott Elrod, Vivica A. Fox and Dorian Brown. Rated PG-13, 113 minutes. — LAT

Iron Man 3 -- Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark and his alter ego Iron Man in this jumbled piece of candy by director and co-writer Shane Black. When not trading quips and trying to be cuddly, Stark faces off against another industrialist/inventor (Guy Pearce) and his genetically enhanced superhuman army. Loud, often incoherent narrative unaided by routine special effects and jumbled action sequences. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Mud -- Matthew McConaughey stars as the title character, Mud, in this third film from Austin-based writer-director Jeff Nichols. Mud hides on a deserted island from the police when two local boys help him escape and also find his lost girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Before long, the hunt becomes violent and frighteningly intense. Moody and atmospheric, with plenty of surprises. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

Oblivion After humans have evacuated a decimated Earth, one of the last drone repairmen on the planet has a startling encounter that causes him to question the past. With Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko. Rated PG-13, 124 minutes. — LAT

Pain & Gain -- Michael Bay’s comedic drama is based on real-life events involving 1990s Miami bodybuilders who stole from rich clients in an escalating scheme that involved kidnapping and torture. This might have been a hopeless mess if not for the talented cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and the reliable Tony Shalhoub. Rated R, 130 minutes. — San Francisco Chronicle

 


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