ALAN PARTRIDGE 2 1/2 stars. Steve Coogan imports his long-running stock comic character to the U.S. Partridge, a small-town British DJ, is a vainglorious twit. In this thin feature he gets caught up in a siege at his station that goes on far, far too long. 1 hr. 30 R (profanity, violence, nudity) David Hiltbrand

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 2 1/2 stars. Schematic sequel to 2012's reboot of the Marvel Comics franchise starring a kid (Andrew Garfield) who morphs into a webslinging superhero is driven by adolescent heartache and indecision, and by gigantic, effects-driven fight scenes against super-foes including Jamie Foxx's Electro and Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin. And through it all: Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy, a lash-batting cartoon of brainy cute-osity. 2 hrs. 22 PG-13 (intense action, violence, adult themes) Steven Rea

BELLE 3 stars. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy officer and an African slave, raised alongside her white cousin in the world of 18th-century English aristocracy. Rooted in history, and also in the traditions of Jane Austen, this handsome period piece combines heady romance and pointed issues about race. With Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sam Reid. 1 hr. 45 PG (adult themes) Steven Rea

BETHLEHEM 3 1/2 stars. Former Israeli intelligence officer and philosophy scholar Yuval Adler delivers a veritable masterpiece with his feature debut, a taut, edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict co-written by noted Muslim Palestinian journalist Ali Waked. At once a deeply moving, violent tragedy, a rich character study, and a lacerating critique of both sides in the armed struggle, the film centers on the ambivalent relationship between an Israeli Secret Service and a Palestinian teen he cultivates as an informant. It's sure to haunt you. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. 1 hr. 39 No MPAA rating (intense battle scenes, violence, profanity, smoking) Tirdad Derakhshani

BLENDED 1 star. In this rom-com, the comedy is strictly middle-cheek standard and the romance is nonexistent. Blame the listless leads, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who play antagonistic single parents taking their kids to the same South African resort. 1 hr. 57 PG-13 (Profanity, crude and sexual content) David Hiltbrand

BLOOD TIES 2 stars. Celebrated for his extraordinary directorial debut, the lightning-paced Hitchcockian thriller "Ne Le Dis A Personne" ("Tell No One"), director Guillaume Canet's first English language film is a derivative somnolescent character study set in Brooklyn about two warring brothers on opposite sides of the law. Remade from an equally uneven 2008 French thriller, the film stars Clive Owen as a violent career criminal who returns to his old ways after a 12-year stretch in prison. Billy Crudup plays his baby brother, a timid, cerebral police detective unsure whether he should help his brother or hunt him down. A disappointing work despite a great cast that includes James Caan, Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich and Lili Taylor. 2 hrs. 07 R (violence, profanity, some sexual content, drug use, smoking) Tirdad Derakhshani

BLUE RUIN 3 1/2 stars. A barbed-wire sharp and altogether surprising thriller, with Macon Blair as a bearded drifter looking to revenge a double murder. Along the way, writer/ director Jeremy Saulnier finds time to explore a whole substratal world of homelessness, of a solitary soul scrounging for food, for shelter. This spare American indie examines how violence defines our lives in ways that feel jolting, and true. 1 hr. 52 R (violence, profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

BREATHE IN 2 1/2 stars. Felicity Jones is the homewrecker from across the pond in this graceful, muted, but ultimately unsatisfying tale of a piano prodigy who moves in with a family (Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, a daughter played by Mackenzie Davis). Moral of the story: beware the pretty, pouty foreign exchange student, unless you want your whole life busted up. 1 hr. 38 R (profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

BRICK MANSIONS 2 stars. Luc Besson produced this tediously felicitous remake of his thrilling 2004 action film "District 13" starring the late Paul Walker as a Detroit cop who teams up with an anarchic civilian crime fighter (French parkour maestro David Belle) to take down a drug lord (RZA) who has hijacked a ticking nuclear bomb. See it if you must, but you'll have a better, happier, more fulfilled life if you rent the original. 1 hr. 30 PG-13 (profanity, violence, drug use, drug selling, guns, sexuality) Tirdad Derakhshani

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 2 1/2 stars. The ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings Steve "Cap" Rogers (Chris Evans, sporting Popeye biceps) to modern-day Washington, D.C., where the old school "super soldier" struggles to come to terms with a preemptive, paranoid government mindset. With Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Robert Redford in a sinister supporting role. 2 hrs. 16 PG-13 (action, violence, adult themes) Steven Rea

CESAR CHAVEZ 2 stars. This biopic looks at the labor leader's personal life and professional commitment in gaining rights for farmworkers. 1 hr. 41 PG-13 (violence, profanity, smoking) Tirdad Derakhshani

CHEF 3 stars. Jon Favreau stars in and wrote and directs this bouncy paean to the culinary arts, about a top cook who gets a career-killing bad review, rebounding, and bonding with his son, in a feel-good food truck ride across the states. Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson and John Leguizamo join the fun which feels forced-fed at times. 1 hr. 55 R (profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

A COFFEE IN BERLIN 3 1/2 stars. Jan Ole Gerster's sly and melancholy day-in-the-life tale is shot in black-and-white and moves to a retro jazz score. Its scruffy protagonist is out of work, and increasingly out of luck, as he ricochets around the German city, meeting people, offending people, and maybe helping one or two as well. 1 hr. 28 No MPAA rating (adult themes) Steven Rea

COLD IN JULY 3 stars. After shooting and killing a home invader, a man fears for his family's safety when the dead man's ex-con father shows up. 1 hr. 49 R (extreme bloody violence, sexuality, profanity) Tirdad Derakhshani

DECODING ANNIE PARKER 2 1/2 stars. A story of medical science and personal tragedy and perseverence with Samantha Morton as a woman obsessed by the breast cancer that runs through her family. This earnest "based on actual events" endeavor tracks the title character from her childhood in the early '60s to the 1990s, and the landmark genetic mapping discovery that the film concludes with. Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul co-star. 1 hr. 31 R (nudity, profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

DEVIL'S KNOT 2 stars. Only a lawyer going through his own personal turmoil (Colin Firth) believes in the innocence of three teens accused of the ritualistic killing of three younger children. Reese Witherspoon costars as the mother of one of the victims. 1 hr. 54 No MPAA rating (violence, disturbing images, profanity, nudity, smoking) Tirdad Derakhshani

THE DISCOVERERS 3 stars. Griffin Dunne stars as a recently separated father who leads his dysfunctional family across the country on a reenactment of the Lewis and Clark trek. They find not only the Pacific in this comedy, but each other. 1 hr. 44 No MPAA rating (adult subjects, sexuality, profanity, some drug use) Tirdad Derakhshani

DOM HEMINGWAY 3 stars. Jude Law, with mutton chop sideburns and a fierce swagger, chews up the scenery in this testosterone-fueled talkfest about a safecracker who's done his time in prison rather than rat out his boss. Twelve years later, Dom emerges from the slammer, looking for his reward. With Richard E. Grant and Demian Bichir. 1 hr. 33 R (violence, profanity, sex, nudity, drugs, adult themes) Steven Rea

THE DOUBLE 3 stars. An amiable surrealist joke, with Jesse Eisenberg as a shy, bumbling office drone who becomes more than a little flustered when a new employee shows up looking pretty much exactly like Jesse Eisenberg, too. An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's doppelganger novella, realized in brownish shades of noir. 1 hr. 33 R (profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea