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OPENING FRIDAY

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return — Harmless but almost charmless animated adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum’s grandson. It’s a derivative hash of grandpa’s story, set in the present day, given forgettable new tunes by pop songsmiths. And it’s in 3-D, of course. Dorothy (Lea Michele), Toto, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry survive a tornado, and an unscrupulous real estate hustler (Martin Short) is ready to buy out their shattered town. But Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd) summons Dorothy to Oz to save the land, which is under the thumb of the Jester (Short, again), the evil brother of the Wicked Witch of the West. Rated PG, 88 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Moms’ Night Out — A group of mothers who want to enjoy a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation enlist their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours, but things don’t go quite according to plan. With Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton. Rated PG, 98 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Neighbors — If ever two genres of film were inextricably intertwined, it would seem to be the frat house movie and the gross-out comedy. Neighbors, starring (and produced by) Seth Rogen and directed by Nicholas Stoller, proudly straddles these two genres and boldly tosses in a third: the “We’ve just become parents, NOW what?” movie. Young parents Mac (the reliably funny Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are doing pretty well in their new suburban digs. Until Delta Psi moves in. Right next door. At first, Mac and Kelly try to make nice with the frat’s leader, Teddy (Zac Efron), and end up partying all night, just to show how cool they are. But soon, the noise is too much, and the war is on. Neighbors is noisy, crude, profane, gross and sometimes mean. Luckily, it’s also extremely funny, and you’ll realize by the end that it has some heart, too. Rated R, 96 minutes. — The Associated Press

NOW PLAYING

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker and his alter ego, Spider-Man. This time, he addresses his issues with his father (Campbell Scott), learning things about him while dealing with an estranged girlfriend (Emma Stone) and two new villains, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Marc Webb returns as director and delivers the action with help from a hardworking special-effects team. Rated PG-13, 142 minutes. — Boo Allen

Bears — 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. Co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey (African Cats). Rated G, 77 minutes. — The Hollywood Reporter

Brick Mansions — An undercover cop in dystopian Detroit teams with a local hood on a mission to stop a gang with access to a weapon of mass destruction. With Paul Walker, David Belle and Rza. Written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri. Directed by Camille Delamarre. Rated PG-13, 89 minutes. — LAT

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. With Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Emily VanCamp, Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell. Rated PG-13, 136 minutes. — B.A.

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. When Josh refuses, he and Radisson come to a compromise: Josh must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence, then engage the professor in a head-to-head debate. With David A.R. White, Dean Cain and Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson. Rated PG, 113 minutes.

Divergent — Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a postwar future in the semi-ruined city of Chicago, where society still functions thanks to “factions.” When teens hit a certain age, they go through “The Test” and are told where their strengths lie. Based on Veronica Roth’s book series. Directed by Neil Burger. With Theo James, Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd. Rated PG-13, 135 minutes. — MCT

Heaven Is for Real — After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, 4-year-old Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey to heaven, worrying 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, while Kinnear never fails to embody the everyman. Based on Todd Burpo’s Christian nonfiction best-seller. Rated PG, 100 minutes. — AP

The Other Woman — After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman strikes up an unlikely friendship with the man’s wife, and the two plot their revenge — with help from yet another of his mistresses. With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton. Rated R, 110 minutes. — LAT

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. Rare macaws Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three lively kids head off to the Amazon rainforest when they get wind that a tribe of blue macaws may live there. Rated G, 101 minutes. — AP


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