ALIVE INSIDE 3 1/2 stars. An extraordinary documentary captures the startling impact music can have on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. This is an all-too-rare light in the nursing home tunnel. 1 hr. 18 No MPAA rating David Hiltbrand

AND SO IT GOES 1 1/2 stars. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton team for the first time in a wincingly sappy three-quarter-life rom-com about a Scrooge-like widower and a wifty lounge-singing widow and the unexpected appearance of a cute-as-a-button grandchild, readymade to melt hearts. Rob Reiner directs, and shouldn't have. 1 hr. 34 PG-13 (profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

BEGIN AGAIN 2 1/2 stars. Keira Knightley, bringing those daunting cheekbones to bear on a mawkish music-biz screenplay, is the best thing about John ("Once") Carney's New York City melodrama. Mark Ruffalo is the down-on-his-luck industry veteran who thinks he can turn the heartbroken English songstress into a star. With Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, and Hailee Steinfeld. 1 hr. 44 R (profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

BOYHOOD 4 stars. Richard Linklater's unassuming masterpiece follows a Texas kid (newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from grade school to college dorm, reconvening cast and crew (including Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents) a few weeks every year for twelve years, and its carefully observed series of small moments take on quiet, metaphoric power. The faces and features of the actors children and adults change, and good stuff, bad stuff, the funny, the sad, the transformative, the banal, all happen in real time. Because, for once, in the movies, time is real. 2 hrs. 46 R (profanity, sex, adult themes) Steven Rea

CABIN FEVER: POINT ZERO 1 1/2 stars. Nicely timed to cash in on the latest ebola panic, this prequel to the gross-out franchise about a lethal flesh-eating virus and its unfortunate hosts is mostly set on a remote Caribbean isle, where four bachelor party pals go swimming in some seriously contaminated water. Blood, vomit, skin rashes and icky sound effects ensue. 1 hr. 52 R (violence, gore, sex, nudity, profanity, drugs, adult themes) Steven Rea

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

CODE BLACK 3 1/2 stars. A riveting, you-are-there documentary about life and death in the underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed ER of Los Angeles County/USC Hospital, from the point of view of a group of passionate resident physicians. A must-see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country right now. Which should be all of us. 1 hr. 22 No MPAA rating (graphic surgical scenes, adult themes) Steven Rea

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2 1/2 stars. Unnecessarily slow and somber sequel to the 2011 reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise from another century. The apes are dominant, living a life of peace in the misty woods north of San Francisco, but then the humans come asking favors armed with guns. With Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis' performance-capture turn as Caesar, leader of the highly evolved monkeys. PG-13 (violence, action, adult themes) Steven Rea

DELIVER US FROM EVIL 2 stars. A New York City cop (Eric Bana) and an unorthodox priest (Edgar Ramirez) who specializes in exorcisms join forces to investigate a series of possessions that are terrorizing the city. 1 hr. 58 R (bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, profanity) 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

EARTH TO ECHO 3 stars. Any similarities to "E.T." are strictly intentional in this thoroughly winning kiddie sci-fi caper, as boys help a stranded little alien escape first the authorities and then the atmosphere. 1 hr. 31 PG (action sequences) David Hiltbrand

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS 3 stars. A sweet, bittersweet tale of cancer stricken lovebirds played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort facing love, and death, head-on. An adaptation of John Green's YA megaseller, from the writing team behind "The Spectacular Now" (also with Woodley) and "(500) Days of Summer." PG-13 (sex, profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER 4 stars. A fascinating puzzle-piece mystery and a revelatory portrait of an eccentic figure who worked as a nanny in Chicago, from the '50s through the '90s and who dragged her charges through the city, taking pictures. The heretofore unknown street photographs are nothing less than brilliant; the documentary about this curious figure is a find in more ways than one. 1 hr. 23 No MPAA rating (adult themes) Steven Rea

GET ON UP 2 1/2 stars. Chadwick Boseman, having played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42, tries on a different kind of legend: the Godfather of Soul. With that unmistakable rasp, unmistakable pompadour, and unmistakable dance moves, a biopic of James Brown. From Tate Taylor, director of The Help. 2 hrs. 18 PG-13 (sexual content, drug use, profanity, violent situations) Dan DeLuca

GODZILLA 2 stars. Giant Japanese monster reappears in this narratively muddled, effects-driven reboot. Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are among the noble thespians who tear around, screaming as if the world was collapsing around them. It is, thanks to a 350-foot-tall pile of dinosauric scales and dentition. 2 hrs. 3 PG-13 (intense action, carnage, adult themes) Steven Rea

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 stars. Chris Pratt rounds up a team of outer-space misfits. Their mission: Does it matter? This breezy comic book adaptation is the first sci-fi movie to spoof itself. 2 hrs. 2. PG-13 (violence, profanity) David Hiltbrand

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2 stars. Joe Swanberg explores the quotidian dramas of a couple with a small child and a feckless houseguest in this low-key, improvisatory affair from the maker of "Drinking Buddies" and "Hannah Takes the Stairs." Swanberg, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham star. 1 hr. 18 R (profanity, sex, drugs, adult themes) Steven Rea

HERCULES 2 1/2 stars. Dwayne Johnson supplies the muscle in this large-scale, entertaining adventure. The plot is pedestrian but that's why Herc rides a chariot. With Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and John Hurt. 1 hr. 38 PG-13 (Violence, profanity, partial nudity) David Hiltbrand

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 3 1/2 stars. One of the most delightful surprises of the year, this DreamWorks Animation sequel is an intelligent, sensitive and beautifully realized morality play that will fascinate children and parents alike. Five years after he ended the war between dragons and Vikings, young hero Hiccup and his fellow dragon-riders face off against a dreaded enemy named Draco, who subjugates dragons, using fear and torture to make them do his bidding. 1 hr. 42 PG (adventure action and some mild rude humor) Tirdad Derakhshani