‘Spider Man’ weaves its way to weekend box office

By From page A7 | April 30, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Peter Parker’s promise of protection for his sweetheart Gwen Stacy is put to the test when an old friend returns and a new villain surfaces in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

The PG-13 movie opens Friday and features Andrew Garfield in the title role and Emma Stone portraying his girlfriend. Sally Field, Martin Sheen and Jamie Foxx are also featured.

Elizabeth Banks stars in “Walk of Shame,” which also opens Friday. The plot centers on an aspiring TV news anchor who loses an audition for her dream job and tries to drown her sorrows. The next morning she wakes up in a stranger’s bed and a phone message from her agent telling her the job is hers, if she can make it across town by 5 p.m. The trouble is she, doesn’t know where she is, has no money, and no car. It’s rated R.

Opening in limited release are:

“Belle,” rated PG, which features Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral who is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife. She falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son, bent on ending slavery in England.

“The Protector 2,” a martial arts movie complete with murder and manhunt for the suspect. It’s rated R.

“Mr. Jones,” rated PG-13, which centers on a couple who set up house in a remote cabin to breathe new life into their art. Their neighbor isn’t too happy and plunges them into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and terror.

“Beneath the Harvest Sky,” not rated, which revolves around a friendship put to the test when one of them is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father.

“Bad Johnson,” a comedy about a suave ladies’ man who won’t take responsibility for his inability to maintain a lasting relationship. He awakens one morning to find his wish has been granted and his penis has taken on a human form. It’s not rated.

“Decoding Annie Parker,” which features Helen Hunt and Rashida Jones in the story of a breast-cancer patient convinced her illness has a genetic component. Research proves her right as the BRCA 1, associated with breast and ovarian cancer, is discovered. It’s not rated.

‘Whitewash,” which has Thomas Haden Church as a down-on-his luck snowplow operator who accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. It’s not rated.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit http://www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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