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 .
Alphaville — Writer-director Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 pseudo science-fiction saga returns in a restored version. Dour, unsmiling Eddie Constantine plays American private investigator Lemmy Caution, who travels to futuristic Alphaville (i.e., Paris) to battle against a repressive dictator. Stylized and goofily absurd, even for Godard. The director’s favorite lady Anna Karina plays Natacha, the obligatory damsel in distress. Not rated, 99 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen
Ida — Spare, elegant, beautifully photographed Polish film set in 1962. A young woman, Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), about to take her vows and enter a convent, first goes on a trip to reconnect with her only relative, a cynical yet free-spirited aunt, Wanda (Agata Kulesza). She tells Anna that her parents were Jewish and died during World War II. This confession sets the pair on a revelatory journey that changes both their lives. Powerful, moving film. Rated PG-13, 80 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — B.A.
A Million Ways to Die in the West — Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) wants to be a movie star in the worst way. A Million Ways to Die in the West is result of this longing — a long comedy with long waits between jokes and longer waits between those that work. It’s essentially a dirty-mouthed Don Knotts comedy, a farce so lame it’s as if Blazing Saddles never happened or MacFarlane never saw it. He plays Albert, a timid sheep rancher in 1882 Arizona whose clumsiness and cowardice costs him his best girl (Amanda Seyfried). His pals Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and Ruth (Sarah Silverman) worry he’ll never get over that — until Anna (Charlize Theron), the moll of a desperado (Liam Neeson), ducks into town. Rated R, 116 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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. — B.A.
Blended — These days, Adam Sandler is a bottle of beer that’s lost all its bubbles. 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 (Drew Barrymore), the professional closet organizer, and their five kids end up in an absurdly contrived joint vacation. Rated PG-13, 119 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Chef — Marking Jon Favreau’s return to indie filmmaking, Chef allows 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. Rated R, 115 minutes. — The Associated Press
X-Men: Days of Future Past — In this latest episode of the mutant clan’s saga, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels back to 1973 to stop the plans of an evil scientist (Peter Dinklage). Director Bryan Singer ably juggles past and present, with his team facing off against a batch of robotic warriors with the help of the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). The young work with the old, integrating special effects along with the era’s bad hair and wide lapels. Rated PG-13, 131 minutes. — B.A.