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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 .

Carmike Hickory Creek 16 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.carmike.com .

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

OPENING THIS WEEK

Bears — Keenly following the scent of African Cats and Chimpanzees, Disneynature’s Bears combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect as it documents a year in the life of a mother Alaskan brown bear and her two cubs. Save for some particularly playful narration provided by John C. Reilly, the film adheres closely to the successful blueprint first laid out by 2007’s Earth, pitting a wildlife family unit against the not necessarily nurturing elements. Co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey (African Cats). Rated G, 77 minutes. Opens Friday. — The Hollywood Reporter

A Haunted House 2 — After moving on from his demonically possessed ex-girlfriend and starting over with a new love and her two kids, a man is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly and Gabriel Iglesias. Rated R, 87 minutes. Opens Friday. — Los Angeles Times

Heaven Is for Real — There’s little doubt the T.D. Jakes-produced adaptation of Todd Burpo’s Christian nonfiction best-seller will have a built-in audience, especially on Easter weekend. After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, 4-year-old Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey for his family: Angels carried him to heaven where he met Jesus (played by Mike Mohrhardt), as well as God, Colton’s great-grandfather and the miscarried sister he never knew he had. Such talk frightens his sister (Lane Styles) and worries his pastor father, Todd (Greg Kinnear), and mother, Sonja (Kelly Reilly). Though Todd sticks up for his son, his faith is also tested. As Colton, Corum does an excellent job of speaking softly, yet with conviction. But it’s the casting of Kinnear that offers the film’s strongest chance at transcending the faith-based demographic, as the actor never fails to embody the everyman. Rated PG, 100 minutes. Opened Wednesday. — The Associated Press

Transcendence — Wally Pfister’s Transcendence isn’t so much the “Him” to Spike Jonze’s Her as it’s a more dystopian vision of the meeting of human consciousness and computer intelligence. But whereas Her was playful and personal, Transcendence is clunky and lifeless. In the early scenes, Dr. Will Caster (a disappointingly sleepy Johnny Depp) speaks confidently to eager listeners about his potentially all-powerful invention: the Physically Independent Neural Network (PINN), an early artificial intelligence. Desperate to keep Caster’s mind alive after an assassination attempt, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and colleague Max (Paul Bettany, serving as narrator) upload Caster’s brain to a PC. Anti-tech activists (led by Kate Mara) descend, and Max begins to realize they’ve created a high-speed Frankenstein. Pfister, making his directorial debut after years as a cinematographer, doesn’t exhibit a sure hand with dialogue or a feel for the rhythm of his narrative. Rated PG-13, 119 minutes. Opens Friday. — AP

NOW PLAYING

Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers, who becomes Captain America, Marvel Comics superhero. He again joins Natasha, the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), to fight against another evil entity of corrupt government officials and corporate thugs who advocate their huge flying warships. Director-brothers Joe and Anthony Russo provide plenty of quick-cutting action scenes. Rated PG-13, 136 minutes. — Boo Allen

Draft Day Draft Day is a “ticking clock” thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled general manager (Kevin Costner) makes with his team’s first-round pick. It’s a reasonably interesting peek behind the curtains at the wheeling, dealing and overthinking that goes on, but for the casual fan and the casual filmgoer, it can be a bit of a melodramatic bore. Directed by Ivan Reitman. With Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Chi McBride and Frank Langella. Rated PG-13, 109 minutes. — MCT

God’s Not Dead — College freshman Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) finds his Christian faith challenged when Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) demands his philosophy students disavow, in writing, the existence of God, or face a failing grade. Josh must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence, then engage the professor in a head-to-head debate. Rated PG, 113 minutes.

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. Rated R, 99 minutes. — B.A.

Noah — Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly deliver impressively grounded, powerful performances. Rated PG-13, 131 minutes. — The Washington Post

OculusDoctor Who alumna Karen Gillan sheds her Scots accent as Kaylie, a young woman who went through something terrible and, she is convinced, something supernatural 11 years before. Now, she’s out to destroy an ornate, baroque mirror that seemed to possess her parents and put her brother into a mental institution. Rated R, 111 minutes. — MCT

The Raid 2 The Raid 2 begins in an unexpected venue for a 50-on-1 martial arts battle: a prison restroom stall. Director Gareth Evans and actor/choreographer Iko Uwais are operating on a different action movie level here, and it’s thrilling to watch. Uwais is Rama, an Indonesian cop who’s on a multi-year undercover assignment to take down a crime ring. As two rival factions encroach on the turf, Rama must fight to keep the case, and himself, alive. Rated R, 150 minutes. — San Francisco Chronicle

Rio 2 — A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, Rio 2 is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas. After mating in Brazil in 2011’s Rio, rare macaws Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) now have three lively kids. The family heads off to the Amazon rainforest when they get wind that a tribe of blue macaws may live there and are being pursued by Blu’s past owner (Leslie Mann). Rated G, 101 minutes. — AP


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