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Draft Day Draft Day is a “ticking clock” thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled general manager (Kevin Costner) makes with his team’s first round pick. It’s a reasonably interesting — to NFL fans, anyway — peek behind the curtains at the wheeling, dealing and overthinking that goes on, but for the casual fan and the casual filmgoer, it can be a bit of a melodramatic bore. Directed by Ivan Reitman. With Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Chi McBride and Frank Langella. Rated PG-13, 109 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Oculus — The women do the heavy lifting in Oculus, a complex and chilling big-screen ghost story with serious movie-date potential. Doctor Who alumna Karen Gillan sheds her Scots accent as Kaylie, a young woman who went through something terrible and, she is convinced, something supernatural 11 years before. Now, she’s out to destroy an ornate, baroque mirror that seemed to possess her parents and put her brother into a mental institution. The effects are modest and effecting, the pacing not quite as brisk as you’d like and the finale entirely too predictable. But Oculus earns its frights the old fashioned way — with convincingly traumatized characters, with smoke and with mirrors. With Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Garrett Ryan. Directed by Mike Flanagan. Rated R, 111 minutes. — MCT

The Raid 2 The Raid 2 begins in an unexpected venue for a 50-on-1 martial arts battle: a prison restroom stall. Director Gareth Evans and actor/choreographer Iko Uwais are operating on a different action movie level here, and it’s thrilling to watch. The follow-up to the low budget The Raid: Redemption — basically one big fight in a dingy high-rise — is much more ambitious, but no less meticulously crafted. Uwais is Rama, an Indonesian cop who’s on a multi-year undercover assignment to take down a crime ring. He becomes an enforcer for Uco, the frustrated son of Jakarta’s biggest crime boss. As two rival factions encroach on the turf, Rama must fight to keep the case, and himself, alive. Rated R, 150 minutes. — San Francisco Chronicle

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. After mating in Brazil in 2011’s Rio, rare macaws Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) now have three lively kids. The family heads off to the Amazon rainforest when they get wind that a tribe of blue macaws may live there and are being pursued by Blu’s past owner (Leslie Mann) and her husband (Rodrigo Santoro). Supervised by composer John Powell, more emphasis has been placed on the music of this film, which benefits from numbers by artists like Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae and celebrated Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown. Rated G, 101 minutes. — The Associated Press


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. — Boo Allen

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, Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd. Rated PG-13, 135 minutes. — MCT

50-1 — Producer-director Jim Wilson’s film tells the improbable journey of Mine That Bird, a little horse with an unsightly gait, from southern New Mexico to the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle. With Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, Todd Lowe, William Devane, Madelyn Deutch and real-life jockey Calvin Borel. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes. — AP

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. 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.

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Ralph Fiennes takes the lead role in this latest slice of odd humor and great whimsy from writer-director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore). Fiennes plays Monsieur Gustave, the proprietor of the titular hotel in 1932 in a fictional European country. An Anderson-like narrative unfolds about Gustave’s being left a valuable painting and the hurdles he faces in obtaining it. Filled with trademark Anderson sets, cinematography and oddball characters. With Tony Revolori, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and F. Murray Abraham. Rated R, 99 minutes. — B.A.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman — Dreamworks Animation’s winning, witty and warm cartoon captures the flavor, the tone and some of snappy pace of the TV shorts about Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), a Nobel Prize-winning pooch who adopted Sherman (Max Charles), a 7-year-old boy. Rated PG, 88 minutes. — MCT

Muppets Most Wanted — The Muppets (2011) may have been an earnest and largely successful relaunch for Jim Henson’s troupe, but it also had a hangdog melancholy. Muppets Most Wanted sets things on a more madcap course: a European caper, not unlike 1981’s (alas superior) The Great Muppet Caper. With Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais and a parade of celebrity cameos. Rated PG, 106 minutes. — AP

Noah — Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters. The result is a movie that is clearly deeply respectful of its source material but also at times startlingly revisionist, a go-for-broke throwback to Hollywood biblical epics of yore that combines grandeur and grace, as well as a generous dollop of goofy overstatement. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly deliver impressively grounded, powerful performances. Rated PG-13, 131 minutes. — The Washington Post