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Movies opening this weekend - May 2
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Photo by NIKO TAVERNISE/COLUMBIA PICTURES
Jamie Foxx, left, and Andrew Garfield star in Columbia Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Garfield returns as everyone's favorite webslinger in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following film opening in wide release.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and B.J. Novak
Director: Marc Webb
Rated: PG-13

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man.

In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: Only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

The Bachelor Weekend
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Andrew Scott, Hugh O'Conor, Peter McDonald, Brian Gleeson, Michael Legge, Andrew Bennet and Amy Huberman
Director: John Butler
Not rated

A bachelor party weekend takes some unexpected detours in this hilarious and heartfelt Irish comedy, about a foppish groom-to-be (Hugh O'Conor) who reluctantly agrees to go on a camping trip before his nuptials.

When his fiancée's alpha-male brother, nicknamed "The Machine," unexpectedly turns up, all concepts of masculinity are challenged - and a leisurely weekend in the great outdoors takes a turn for the worse.

Belle
Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton and Matthew Goode
Director: Amma Asante
Rated: PG

"Belle" is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode).

Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Beneath the Harvest Sky
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe, Zoe Levin, Aidan Gillen, Carla Callo and Sarah Sutherland
Director: Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
Not rated

Casper (Emory Cohen) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood.

Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen) to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. A standout narrative debut from Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, "Beneath the Harvest Sky" is a gripping coming-of-age thriller set against a layered and authentic portrait of small-town American life.

Blood Glacier
Genre: Action, adventure and horror
Cast: Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hiller Beseler and Peter Knaack
Director: Marvin Kren
Not rated

Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the German Alps, one of a team of scientists preparing their outpost for visit from the Environment Minister.

Their routine is interrupted by a strange discovery; a red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust that is shrinking with climate change. When the "glacier blood" comes in contact with the local wildlife, it causes changes that are at first curious, then horrifying.

Soon Janek and his team have their hands full defending themselves and the station against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Using every tool at their disposal they must learn to work together to survive the onslaught.

Harking back to classic creature features, director Marvin Kren combines classical filmmaking techniques with imaginative practical effects to produce a rollercoaster ride of laughs and jolts.

Ida
Genre: Drama
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska and Dawid Ogrodnik
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Rated: PG-13

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes "Ida," a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

18-year old Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation.

This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

The Protector 2
Genre: Action
Cast: Tony Jaa, RZA, Mum Jokmok, Marrese Crump, Jija Yanin Wismitanan, Teerada Kittisiriprasert, Ratha Pho-ngam, Kazu Patric Tang, Kalp Hongratanaporn and David Ismalone
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Not rated

Boss Suchart is the influential owner of a major elephant camp.

When he was murdered in his own home, the killer delivered three fatal blows on his body - and all evidence points to Kham (Tony Jaa), who was present at the crime scene and was seen with the victim the moment before he died. Kham is forced to run as the police launch a pursuit.

Meanwhile, the twin nieces of Boss Suchart (Jija Yanin Wismitanan and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) are out for revenge. But luck is on Kham's side when he runs into Sergeant Mark (Mum Jokmok), an Interpol agent sent to Thailand on a secret mission.

As Kham is hunted by several parties, he's also desperately searching for Khon, his elephant, whose disappearance is involved with Boss Suchart's death. In another twist, Kham is drawn into an underground fighting ring run by LC (RZA), a crime lord who's obsessed with collecting top-class martial artists from around the world. LC's fighters are branded only by numbers, such as the lethal, beautiful Twenty (Ratha Pho-ngam) and the diabolical No. 2 (Marrese Crump).

These fighters are ordered to defeat and capture Kham for a special mission that LC has in mind.
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