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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

Koch -- Neil Barsky directed this engaging documentary on Ed Koch, New York City mayor from 1978 to 1989. But the film also serves as a history of the city itself during a time of intense turmoil and financial difficulties. The film chronicles why Koch, who died in February, remains controversial and left a mixed legacy. Not rated, 100 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen

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. Written and directed by Justin Zackham. Rated R, 90 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

The Croods -- The animated caveman adventure features a strong, star-studded cast and dazzles visually in wondrously colorful, vibrant 3-D, although the script doesn’t pop off the screen quite so effectively. With the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — The Associated Press

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. With Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie and Christopher Meloni. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Rated PG-13, 128 minutes. — LAT

The Great Gatsby -- Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful and often frantic rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cherished 1925 novel. Carey Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan, cousin to narrator Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who tells the story of the tragic love between Gatsby and Daisy. Fast moving and respectful to the novel, but with a personality of its own. Rated PG-13, 143 minutes. — B.A.

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. With Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson and Ray McKinnon. Rated PG-13, 130 minutes. — B.A.

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

Peeples -- Craig Robinson (The Office) shows 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 — doesn’t approve. Screenwriter and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism crafts a predictable Meet the Parents riff. Produced by Tyler Perry. Rated PG-13, 95 minutes. — AP

The Place Beyond the Pines When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he’s thrust into a conflict with a police officer that has far-reaching consequences for both their families. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Rated R, 140 minutes. — LAT

 


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