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Neil Young Journeys (**1/2) Appreciation for this documentary from director Jonathan Demme may depend entirely on the viewer’s individual appreciation for the music of Neil Young. The director follows Young as he travels around his hometown of Omemee, Ontario, and then on into the big city of Toronto, where he gives a concert. Throughout the film are abundant clips of Young performing. Rated PG, 87 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas. — Boo Allen




The Amazing Spider-Man (***1/2) It's impossible to avoid the comparisons, so we may as well just get them out of the way early so we can move on. This reboot is pretty much different in every way from the staggeringly successful Marvel Comics-inspired trilogy that preceded it. Much of that has to do with the central performance from Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker as a misunderstood outsider, a rebel with a chip on his shoulder. That slightly arrogant attitude gives the whole movie a restless, reckless energy. Emma Stone is bright as ever as Peter's love interest, Gwen Stacy, with Rhys Ifans nicely underplaying his role as Spider-Man's nemesis. Directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Rated PG-13, 138 minutes. — The Associated Press

Brave Disney and Pixar teamed up to create the Little Princess Who Wouldn’t — wouldn’t consider marriage her destiny, that is. Meet Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), an expert archer known for her defiance and her explosion of screaming red curls. Neither pleases her father, King Fergus (voiced by the incomparable Billy Connolly), or her mum, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). While the queen is looking to land a good young man for her daughter, Merida is looking for a spell that will change her destiny. Rated PG, 93 minutes. — Lucinda Breeding

Ice Age: Continental Drift (**1/2) There’s considerably less drift in the latest in a long line of lucrative cartoons from Blue Sky Studios and their friends at Fox. It’s all sight gags and action beats, which tends to cover the shortcomings these assembly-line farces are infamous for. Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo, always funny) and Sid’s Granny (Wanda Sykes) are adrift on an iceberg. That’s when they meet the pirates. Rated PG, 94 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Katy Perry: Part of Me (***) This is not a concert film (although there is ample performance footage). It is not a chronicle of this Candy Land Gaga’s life (although you do learn a great deal about her pre-fame years). Part of Me is pop star Katy Perry’s visually spectacular testimonial to her own indomitable determination to follow her dreams. Rated PG, 97 minutes. — Philadelphia Inquirer

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (**) Halfway into the third animated tale about New York City zoo animals on their overseas adventures, Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller) tells some circus friends they were “just going through the motions out there.” So, too, for Madagascar 3. The result: A cute story about zoo animals running off to join the circus becomes overwhelmed by a blur of color and animated acrobatics. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — AP

Madea’s Witness Protection After being set up as the fall guy for a mob-backed Ponzi scheme, a mild-mannered investment banker enters the federal witness protection program with his family and heads to the South. With Eugene Levy, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold and Tyler Perry. Rated PG-13, 114 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Magic Mike (***1/2) Steven Soderbergh (Contagion, Ocean’s 11) makes movies about sexy subjects, then strips away the sexiness about them. Now he’s directed Magic Mike, about the cheesy world of male stripping in the cheesy setting of Tampa, Fla. Alex Pettyfer’s character, Adam, serves as our guide once the more established Mike (Channing Tatum) recruits him to be a dancer at the Club Xquisite male revue. With Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello. Rated R, 110 minutes. — AP

Moonrise Kingdom (**) In the latest piece of whimsy from director Wes Anderson, two children become lost on an isolated island in 1965. The scout master (Edward Norton) and sheriff (Bruce Willis) join parents (Francis McDormand and Bill Murray) in the search. Children talk like adults, and adults talk in arch passages. Overly contrived characters and situations wear thin. Rated PG-13, 94 minutes. — B.A.

Safety Not Guaranteed (***1/2) With a low-budget intimacy, Colin Trevorrow’s feature directing debut begins life as an oddball road-trip comedy, then turns unexpectedly romantic before becoming a genuinely paranoid sci-fi thriller. The clever premise finds Seattle magazine intern Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and two of her co-workers (Jake Johnson and Karan Soni) traveling to find the person who placed an intriguing classified ad. “Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke,” it reads in part. They track down a loner grocery store clerk (Mark Duplass), then try to infiltrate his life and get to the bottom of his bizarre story. Rated R, 85 minutes. — AP

Savages (***1/2) Oliver Stone’s latest is a lurid, pulpy film noir with a sexy, sometimes dreamlike California beach vibe. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson co-star as best friends and business partners Chon and Ben, who got rich quick growing a particularly strong strain of pot. Everything’s going great until the leader of a Mexican cartel (Salma Hayek) tries to expand her territory. With Blake Lively, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Emile Hirsch. Rated R, 129 minutes. — AP

Ted (***1/2) A teddy bear who smokes pot, parties with hookers, beds pop stars and spews profanity in a New England accent as thick as chowdah? Such a creature could only come from the blissfully twisted mind of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Mark Wahlberg stars as John, whose wish as a lonely kid in the ’80s turned his teddy bear into a walking, talking friend for life. Decades later, John and Ted are still best buddies. Rated R, 105 minutes. — AP