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OPENING FRIDAY

Million Dollar Arm — There’s something about a baseball movie that just invites corniness. And so it is with Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, yet somehow, this flaw doesn’t feel like the biggest crime — especially when you have a high-quality cast at work. Real-life sports agent JB Bernstein (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm) and his partner Ash (the always entertaining Aasif Mandvi) bring two young Indian men (Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma) to America in hopes of creating the next international baseball sensation. Will the two players overcome their lack of training, their nervousness and the cynical baseball press corps to have their moment of glory? Will Bernstein realize that there’s something more important than making money? Uh, have you ever seen a baseball movie? With Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton and Lake Bell. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Rated PG, 124 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

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, 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.

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

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return — Harmless but almost charmless animated adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum’s grandson. 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 — Young parents Mac (the reliably funny Seth 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. Rated R, 96 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. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. 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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