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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 FRIDAY

Blended — These days, Adam Sandler is a bottle of beer that’s lost all its bubbles. Drew Barrymore, in her third pairing with Sandler, still brings energy and conviction to her performance as Lauren, a mother of two thrown together on an African vacation with this lump she met on the Blind Date from Hell. Wendi McClendon-Covey, playing her best friend Jen, delivers a comically furious turn. Terry Crews steals the movie as an MC and singer at the Sun City resort where Jim (Sandler), the sad sporting goods salesman, and Lauren, the professional closet organizer, and their five kids end up in an absurdly contrived joint vacation. In the middle of it all is Sandler, aimlessly going through the motions. Rated PG-13, 119 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Chef — Marking Jon Favreau’s return to indie filmmaking — he emerged in 1996 with SwingersChef is a refreshing passion project affording the writer-director the chance to scale down and get personal after directing the first two Iron Man blockbusters. Favreau plays Carl Casper, an out-of-work cook who experiences career rejuvenation serving Cuban entrees on a food truck. Grill chef Martin (John Leguizamo) joins Carl in Miami to help cook meals from their childhood as they embark on a cross-country trip — with Carl’s 11-year-old son Percy (Emjay Anthony) in tow — back to L.A. With Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and Bobby Cannavale. Rated R, 115 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

Godzilla — Godzilla, that tail-swinging menace from the deep, is back with a pair of friends. What’s particularly weird about this Godzilla is that for long stretches, all it shows is destruction. We get the obligatory context, followed by monster fights — just stuff getting smashed and knocked down. Brian Cranston plays a scientist in Japan, working in a nuclear plant, who notices something very wrong on his computer. A stony-faced Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Cranston’s son, a lieutenant, and Elizabeth Olsen is his wife. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to write either of them a personality. Rated PG-13, 123 minutes. — San Francisco Chronicle

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 (Aasif Mandvi) bring two young Indian men (Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma) to America in hopes of creating the next international baseball sensation. With Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton and Lake Bell. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Rated PG, 124 minutes. — AP

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


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