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Rio 2

The gist: Nebbish macaw Blu returns with his wild wife, Jewel, and three kids on an adventure to meet other macaws in the Amazon that turns into a full-on family reunion. There are 10 other concurrent plots we won't list, and you probably wouldn't remember anyway. But it's pretty, so that counts for something, right? G

The cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg,, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann

The buzz: Fans can't help walking away with Brazil fever, critics say. "This sequel to the 2011 animated feature presents such a relentlessly upbeat vision of Brazil that you guess it must have been made in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism," the Irish Independent says.

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Draft Day

The gist: It's finally happened, fantasy football fans. Someone paid money to make a laugher about the comedy of errors that is the Cleveland Browns' front office. Kevin Costner stars as the new general manager who started his tenure by firing his legendary coach/dad. Now he has to score big at the draft or hit the bricks.PG-13

The cast: Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Sean Combs, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette

The buzz: How can you go wrong with Costner in a sports flick? "To the credit of (director Ivan) Reitman and screenwriters Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, Draft Day is a football film with enough inside references to satisfy football fans and enough laughs, polish and story depth to appeal to nonfootball fans," the San Jose Mercury News says.

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The gist: A brother and sister go back to the house where their parents died to prove it was the antique mirror's doing, they swear. Writers never give a reason for our magic mirror's malevolent misdeeds, so let's just assume it used to be nicer until they started using off-brand paper towels during cleanings. R

The cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan Ewald

The buzz: Scary enough without being a campfest, according to critics. "Oculus succeeds in keeping the viewer's bearings unsettled as the helmer's effective building of dread curdles into a series of narrative twists as dislocating as an Escher-drawn staircase," Variety says.

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April 18: Transcendence; Bears; A Haunted House 2