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OPENING FRIDAY

Bethlehem — This Israeli entry for the Academy Awards’ best foreign-language film is a tense, foreboding examination of life in Israel and nearby territories. An Israeli secret service agent, Razi (Tsahi Halevi), recruits a young Palestinian man to help spy on his own brother, a known terrorist. The younger brother dangerously weaves his way between two worlds, eventually losing the trust of each side. Co-writer and director Yuval Adler takes his drama to an unexpected finish. Not rated, 99 minutes. At the Angelika Plano and Dallas. — Boo Allen

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Ralph Fiennes takes the lead role in this latest slice of odd humor and great whimsy from writer-director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore). Fiennes plays Monsieur Gustave, the proprietor of the titular hotel in 1932 in a fictional European country. An Anderson-like narrative unfolds about Gustave’s being left a valuable painting and the hurdles he faces in obtaining it. Filled with trademark Anderson sets, cinematography and oddball characters. With Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, F. Murray Abraham. Opens wider March 21. Rated R, 99 minutes. — B.A.

The Single Moms Club — Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond and form a support group to help one another overcome their personal challenges. With Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown and Terry Crews. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. Rated PG-13, 111 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

NOW PLAYING

Endless Love — A privileged young woman and a charismatic young man spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Directed and co-written by Shana Feste (Country Strong). PG-13, 105 minutes. — LAT

Frozen — Disney’s new movie, very roughly based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” follows two princesses: rambunctious young Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has the secret, magical ability to chill whatever she touches. Also available in a sing-along version. Rated PG, 85 minutes. — Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Lego Movie — There are so many things to like about The Lego Movie: a great voice cast, clever dialogue and a handsome blend of stop-motion and CGI animation that feels lovingly retro, while still looking sharp in 21st-century 3-D. Set in a world built entirely of Legos, the story revolves around construction worker Emmet Brickowski (voice of Chris Pratt), who must join forces with a group of rebels to stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). With the voices of Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Rated PG, 94 minutes. — The Washington Post

Lone Survivor — Mark Wahlberg stars in this true story of four Navy SEALS in Afghanistan in 2005 on a mission to find and eliminate a Taliban leader. When the squad is reduced to one (hence the title), he finds refuge in an unlikely place. The standard action flick accentuates the bravery of the squad, but co-writer and director Peter Berg never raises his film beyond routine adventure material. With Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch. Rated R, 121 minutes. — B.A.

The Monuments Men — George Clooney stars in this World War II drama that he also directed and co-wrote, with Grant Heslov, from Robert Edsel and Bret Witter’s nonfiction book. Clooney heads a team of aging art experts who identify and then attempt to recover art treasures stolen by the Nazis. Segmented film never gathers momentum but plods along with little building dramatic engagement. The fine cast includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — B.A.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman — Dreamworks Animation sets its “Wayback Machine” to the early 1960s and charmingly revives one of the most popular features of the old Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. This winning, witty and warm cartoon captures the flavor, the tone and some of the snappy pace of the TV shorts about Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), a Nobel Prize-winning pooch who adopted Sherman (Max Charles), a 7-year-old boy. The animated details are a 3-D feast for the eyes. With Patrick Warburton, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann and Stanley Tucci. Rated PG, 88 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Non-Stop — U.S. air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a drinker and a smoker, a sad-eyed man who doesn’t like to fly, in this solid, workmanlike action picture that builds slowly. Somebody is threatening the 150 passengers and crew on Marks’ cellphone, and framing Marks with the dirty work to his superiors back on the ground. In the wee hours of this red eye from New York to London, that first text arrives on his “secure” phone: “In exactly 20 minutes, I’m going to kill someone on this plane.” Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan). With Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery and Linus Roache. Rated PG-13, 104 minutes. — MCT

Pompeii — In the year 79 A.D., a slave turned unstoppable gladiator races against time to save his true love from a corrupt Roman senator and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Rated PG-13, 105 minutes. — LAT

Ride Along — A little Kevin Hart goes a long way in this dull buddy picture. Ice Cube is cranky cop James, whose pursuit of a mysterious villain is interrupted by his sister’s fiance, Ben (Hart), a video game-addicted school security guard who longs to bring his wise-cracking, voice-cracking banter to the Atlanta P.D. Rated PG-13, 100 minutes. — MCT

RoboCop — Director Jose Padilha’s remake of the 1987 film of the same name delivers plenty of mayhem and action. Joel Kinnaman stars as a Detroit detective blown up by a car bomb only to be reincarnated as the titular crime-fighting robotic cop. Abbie Cornish plays his wife, and Michael Keaton goes over the top as a corporate villain. With Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — B.A.

Son of God — A film portraying the life of Jesus, from birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks and Adrian Schiller. Directed by Christopher Spencer. Rated PG-13, 138 minutes. — LAT

3 Days to Kill — Kevin Costner and director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Luc Besson’s script in 3 Days to Kill, a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood. Costner is Ethan, a veteran CIA agent diagnosed with cancer. But his new control agent, a vamp named ViVi (Amber Heard), wants him to finish one last massacre — taking out a nuclear arms dealer and his associates in Paris. — MCT

300: Rise of an Empire — A more visually stunning but less thrilling epic with bloodier slow-motion sword fights, this time at sea. It lacks the heroic proportions and poetry of 2006’s 300, mainly thanks to a less impressive cast and murky, forgettable script. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Directed by Noam Murro (Smart People). — MCT


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