"Captain America: The Winter Soldier": Why is this latest superhero adventure with a perfectly cast Chris Evans reprising the role of a now thawed-out Steve Rogers so superior to other recent comic-book offerings? Because it tells a meaty and smart story that boldly advances the Marvel Universe, uses special effects effectively and stars an outstanding cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford. H * * ½ -- (Randy Myers, Staff) PG-13, 2:16

"Cesar Chavez": An important story about the "other" civil rights struggle in the United States during the 1960s. While the story of how Cesar Chavez went from farmworker himself to the leader of a workers' movement is adequately told, it's a fairly one-sided story as presented in this big screen version and lacks the polish to be a hit. * * ½ -- (Tony Hicks, Staff) PG-13, 1:41

"Divergent": Despite the impressive work of a fine cast, Veronica Roth's best-selling young adult novel series gets off to a tepid cinematic start. The versatile Shailene Woodley stars as a teen in a futuristic dystopia who doesn't fit into any specific societal type, a distinction that puts her in jeopardy. Also stellar in this violent tale are Theo James and Kate Winslet. * * ½ -- (Randy Myers, Staff) PG-13, 2:20

"Dom Hemingway": Jude Law shows his dangerous side in this violent British comedy about a brutish thief whose 12 years in prison have not mellowed him. It's a "Sexy Beast" turn -- ugly, loud and menacing. And funny. * * * -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy) R, 1:33

"Draft Day": Kevin Costner is the general manager trying to rebuild the NFL's Cleveland Browns, on draft day. Despite some issues with accuracy, the movie will pump up football fans and interest others, too. * * * -- (Tony Hicks, Staff) PG-13, 1:50

"The Grand Budapest Hotel": Wes Anderson's latest fanciful, colorful romp is one of his finest yet. Ralph Fiennes is terrific as a dandy concierge who gets entangled in an art theft, murder and family greed when a countess (Tilda Swinton) is found dead. Anderson's tale is filled with the Anderson trademarks: surreal production sets, animated sequences and quirky characters. But this outing is darker, and the results are magnificent. * * * ½ -- (Randy Myers, Staff) R, 1:40

"Joe": Nicolas Cage turns in a strong performance as a blue-collar ex-con in Texas trying to find redemption while looking out for a teenage boy who pulls into town with his family of drifters, including a violent and abusive alcoholic father. * * * -- (Tony Hicks, Staff) R, 1:57

"Noah": Darren Aronofsky's big-budget take on the biblical figure, played by Russell Crowe, is audacious and avoids literalist retellings of Sunday school stories. The result is a movie deeply respectful of source material but also at times startlingly revisionist, a go-for-broke throwback to Hollywood biblical epics of yore that combine grandeur and grace, as well as a generous dollop of goofy overstatement. * * * -- (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post) PG-13, 1:31

"Oculus": This complex and chilling ghost story conjures up "Insidious." The women in the cast -- Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff -- stand out in a two-layered storyline about a murder in the past and the scary aftereffects lingering in the present. * * ½ -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy) R, 1:41

"The Raid 2": This action-packed martial arts sequel is more brutal and an hour longer than its predecessor, but it's also far more complex, spinning out over several years and allowing for some interesting character development that was missing in the first. The film goes for overkill, and follows rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) as he takes on a new name, Yuda, and a criminal identity to infiltrate Jakarta's most dangerous mob family. * * ½ -- (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times) R, 2:28

"Rio 2": The animation is terrific, but the same can't be said about the comedy in this sequel that finds a family of birds winging it to the Amazon. This sequel adds new villains and complications, making it an overstuffed mess of too many personalities and plot points. * * -- (Stephanie Merry, Washington Post) G, 1:41

"Sabotage": After making two good cop thrillers -- "Training Day" and "End of Watch" -- director David Ayer strikes out with this numbingly violent film about someone picking off members of a DEA team. Arnold Schwarzenegger stands out, in a bad way, in a rather interesting cast that includes Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello and Terrence Howard. * ½ -- (Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) R, 1:49

"Under the Skin": Quiet, cryptic and never less than creepy, "Under the Skin" is sci-fi that doesn't do the work for you. Scarlett Johansson, driving a utility van around Edinburgh and other points Scottish, stars in this very unconventional film. * * * -- (Roger Moore, McClatchy) R, 1:48

"The Unknown Known": Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris offers up an engaging but ultimately infuriating portrait of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Seemingly unable to engage in self-reflection, let alone self-criticism, Rumsfeld is given full control of the narrative by Morris, who seems either uninterested or unwilling to probe further than his subject's own version of himself and his life. * * ½ -- (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post) PG-13, 1:43

"Veronica Mars": Funded with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, this free-standing film continues the adventures of the whip-smart TV detective (Kristen Bell). Veronica is now a Stanford grad ready to accept a New York job but returns to Neptune when her ex-flame's (Jason Dohring) rock-star girlfriend is killed. The transition from small to big screen works smoothly, resulting in a brisk film that will surely satisfy the show's numerous fans, even if it occasionally panders to them. * * * -- (Chuck Barney, Staff) PG-13, 1:47