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star is film­maker Ge­orge Miller. (K.Tu., May 15) In 3-D. (2 hrs.) R.

When Marnie Was There This story of two lonely girls and the strange bond be­tween them, the lat­est an­i­mated fea­ture from Ja­pan’s Stu­dio Ghi­bli does not fall neatly into any con­ven­tional nar­ra­tive cat­e­gory. But that doesn’t get in the way of it be­ing vis­ually spec­tac­u­lar. (K.Tu., May 22) (1:43) PG.

Also in The­aters

5 Flights Up That “5 Flights Up” ex­ists and stars act­ing trea­sures Diane Keaton and Mor­gan Free­man feels like a mi­nor mir­a­cle. What a plea­sure to see a sim­ple, finely tuned dram­edy about real adults with real emo­tions in a real-life sit­u­a­tion. (Gary Gold­stein, May 8) (1:32) PG-13. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Win­dow and Dis­ap­peared Echoes of the hi­lar­i­ous in­ep­ti­tude of Woody Allen’s “Take the Money and Run” and the his­toric kook­i­ness of “For­rest Gump” turn up through­out this film star­ring Swe­den’s beloved comic ac­tor Robert Gustafs­son. It’s a hoot and a half. (B.S., May 8) In English, Span­ish, French, Ger­man, Swedish, Ital­ian and Rus­sian, with English sub­ti­tles. (1:54) R.

Aloha Per­ceived as strug­gling and dam­aged, “Aloha” de­serves bet­ter than all that. Even with its off-bal­ance, over­stuffed sto­ry­telling, the films main­tains a charm and en­ergy that never flags, with brisk pac­ing and gen­er­ally en­gag­ing per­for­mances from its deep-bench cast. (May 29, M.O.) (1:45) PG-13.

The Apu Tril­ogy New 4K restora­tions of “Pather Pan­chali,” “Apara­jito” and “The World of Apu,” which to­gether fol­low a boy in ru­ral In­dia through his man­hood to his mar­riage and move to the city. Writ­ten and di­rected by Satya­jit Ray. In Ben­gali with English sub­ti­tles. (2:05 / 1:49 / 1:45) NR.

Avengers: Age of Ul­tron It would be silly to pre­tend that this lat­est Marvel su­per­hero epic isn’t good at what it does, or that the evil Ul­tron isn’t a fine vil­lain. How­ever, as the ideal ve­hi­cle for our age of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, it dis­ap­pears with­out a trace al­most as soon as it’s con­sumed. (K.Tu., April 30) In 3-D and Imax. (2:21) PG-13.

Be­yond the Mask Af­ter be­ing dou­ble­crossed, a mer­ce­nary for the Bri­tish East In­dia Com­pany goes on the run in the Amer­i­can colonies to clear his name and win back the woman he loves. With An­drew Cheney, Kara Killmer and John Rhys-Davies. Writ­ten by Stephen Ken­drick and Paul McCusker. Di­rected by Chad Burns. (1:43) PG.

Club Life A young pro­moter in the New York City club scene rises through the ranks and risks ev­ery­thing to cover his fam­ily’s fi­nan­cial trou­bles. With Jerry Fer­rara, Jessica Szohr and Robert Davi. Writ­ten by Danny A. Abeck­aser, Ryan O’Nan and Ryan Val­lan. Di­rected by Fabrizio Conte. (1:30) NR.

Dawn Pa­trol When his brother is mur­dered, a small-town surfer seeks vengeance and for­give­ness. With Scott East­wood, Rita Wil­son and Jeff Fa­hey. Writ­ten by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. Di­rected by Daniel Petrie Jr. (1:27) NR.

En­tourage Whether cre­ated be­cause of fan ser­vice or con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion, the “En­tourage” movie has none of the fizz of the HBO se­ries’ ear­li­est sea­sons, and watch­ing it sum­mons that vague blank fa­mil­iar­ity of dis­cov­er­ing a show you used to watch is un­ex­pect­edly still on the air. (M.O., June 3) With Adrian Gre­nier, Kevin Con­nolly, Kevin Dil­lon and Jerry Fer­rara. Writ­ten and di­rected by Doug Ellin. (1:44) R.

Far From the Madding Crowd This adap­ta­tion of the Thomas Hardy novel star­ring an ex­cel­lent Carey Mul­li­gan is a far lighter ex­am­i­na­tion of the emo­tional cross­cur­rents of love and de­sire that the au­thor dove into so deeply. Less angst, less heart. And like un­re­quited love, one can’t help but lament what might have been. (B.S., May 1) (1:58) PG-13.

The Farewell Party Friends at a Jerusalem re­tire­ment home build a ma­chine for self-eu­thana­sia to help a ter­mi­nally ill friend, and ru­mors of the ma­chine be­gin to at­tract in­ter­est. With Ze’ev Re­vach, Le­vana Finkelshtein and Al­iza Rozen. Writ­ten and di­rected by Sharon May­mon and Tal Granit. In He­brew with English sub­ti­tles. (1:30) NR.

The Fourth Noble Truth An A-list movie star busted for road rage is told by his wily lawyer to take med­i­ta­tion classes to im­press the judge, but he in­stead fo­cuses on se­duc­ing his new in­struc­tor. With Harry Ham­lin, Kris­ten Kerr and Richard Port­now. Writ­ten and di­rected by Gary T. McDon­ald. (1:28) NR.

Free­dom A slave and his fam­ily es­cape from Virginia and head to Canada via the Un­der­ground Rail­road in a jour­ney that par­al­lels his great grand­fa­ther’s own strug­gle to sur­vive a cen­tury ear­lier. With Cuba Good­ing Jr., Wil­liam Sadler and Sharon Leal. Writ­ten by Ti­mothy A. Chey. Di­rected by Peter Cousens. (1:35) R.

Gemma Bovery As a bored baker with an overactive imag­i­na­tion, the won­der­ful French ac­tor Fabrice Lu­chini is the only rea­son to see “Gemma Bovery,” a mildly amus­ing riff on Flaubert. His char­ac­ter’s baguettes, brioches and crois­sants have far more sub­stance than this Gal­lic pif­fle’s day-old satire. (Sheri Lin­den, May 29) (1:39) R.

Hot Pur­suit This new fe­male buddy com­edy star­ring Reese Wither­spoon and Sofia Ver­gara is so bad even diehard misog­y­nists would be of­fended. It’s so bad it will go dow­nas Acade­myaward win­ning Wither­spoon’s worst movie, at least for the fore­see­able fu­ture. It’s so bad it will keep “Mod­ern Fam­ily” star Ver­gara locked up tight in her sexy over-the-top Colom­bian co­me­dian cliche box. It’s an equal-op­por­tu­nity fi­asco. (B.S., May 8) (1:27) PG-13.

I’ll See You in My Dreams There is some­thing about Blythe Dan­ner’s on­screen essence that is per­fect for the gen­tly aged widow she plays in her first lead­ing role in years. The 72-yearold ac­tress uses her mix of flinty, flighty and frag­ile to draw us into a story and a life shaken and stirred by a death. It is a film that gets to the heart of things like loss and love with­out pa­tron­iz­ing or par­ody. (B.S., May 15) (1:35) PG-13.

In the Name of My Daugh­ter Though it’s set within the French Riviera’s casino wars of the 1970s, it might be some­thing of a spoiler to say Catherine Deneuve’s sev­enth fea­ture with di­rec­tor An­dre Te­chine is a true-crime story. For most of its run­ning time, it’s a tri­par­tite char­ac­ter study, dry but oddly al­lur­ing. Then the di­rec­tor switches gears and takes a 30-year leap to a mur­der trial. None of it is quite sat­is­fy­ing, but strik­ing mo­ments de­velop along the way. (Sheri Lin­den, May 15) In French with English sub­ti­tles. (1:56) R.

In­sid­i­ous Chap­ter 3 A gifted psy­chic reluc­tantly agrees to con­tact the dead to help a teenage girl tar­geted by a su­per­nat­u­ral en­tity in this hor­ror pre­quel. With Der­mot Mul­roney, Stefanie Scott and An­gus Samp­son. Writ­ten and di­rected by Leigh Whan­nell. (1:37) PG-13.

Love & Mercy A bi­o­graph­i­cal drama about Brian Wil­son, the mer­cu­rial singer, song­writer and leader of the Beach Boys. With Paul Dano, John Cu­sack and El­iz­a­beth Banks. (2 hrs.) PG-13.

The Night­mare A documentary ex­plor­ing the phe­nom­e­non of sleep paral­y­sis through the eyes of eight peo­ple. Di­rected by Rodney Ascher. (1:31) NR.

Pitch Per­fect 2 The com­edy choir wars are more in­tense, more ab­surd and more low-brow fun than ever in this se­quel, still se­curely an­chored by Anna Ken­drick, Rebel Wil­son and Brit­tany Snow as the defin­ing mem­bers of a top-ranked col­lege a cap­pella group. Hailee Ste­in­feld proves a very good ad­di­tion to the cho­rus line; her Emily is key to fresh­en­ing up a fairly pre­dictable plot. And El­iz­a­beth Banks is im­pres­sive in her fea­ture di­rect­ing de­but. (B.S., May 15) (1:56) PG-13.

Po­lice Story: Lock­down A po­lice cap­tain sees his daugh­ter for the first time in years tomeet her fi­ance, a club owner who has his own plans for the evening. With Jackie Chan, Jing Tian and Liu Ye. Writ­ten and di­rected by Ding Sheng. In Man­darin with English sub­ti­tles. (1:48) NR.

Poltergeist Di­rected by Gil Ke­nan, this re­make is a dis­con­cert­ingly un­even out­ing, not quite con­nect­ing in the man­ner of the 1982 orig­i­nal while also never stand­ing firmly on its own two feet. The new “Poltergeist” is a pleas­ant enough di­ver­sion, bet­ter as a low-sim­mer sus­pense story than a full-blown ef­fects ex­trav­a­ganza. (M.O., May 23) In 3-D. (1:31) PG-13.

Re­sults A re­cent di­vorcee who is newly rich but ut­terly mis­er­able gets mixed up with a self-styled gym guru and an acer­bic trainer. With Guy Pearce, Co­bie Smul­ders and Kevin Cor­ri­gan. Writ­ten and di­rected by An­drew Bu­jal­ski. (1:45) R.

San Andreas Woe­fully by-the-num­bers from a dra­matic point of view, this story of a mas­sive quake flat­ten­ing Cal­i­for­nia knows how tomake the most of its 1,300 vis­ual-ef­fects shots. (K.Tu., May 29). In 3-D. (1:54) PG-13.

Some­thing Bet­ter to Come A documentary about an 11-year-old girl grow­ing up on a mas­sive junk­yard out­side Moscow. Di­rected by Hanna Po­lak. In Rus­sian with English sub­ti­tles. (1:44) NR.

Spy When her part­ner falls off the grid and another top agent is com­pro­mised, a deskbound CIA an­a­lyst is sent into the field to in­fil­trate the world of a deadly arms dealer. With Melissa McCarthy, Ja­son Statham and Rose Byrne. Writ­ten and di­rected by Paul Feig. (2 hrs.) R.

Tes­ta­ment of Youth A young English­woman comes of age dur­ing WWI and ex­pe­ri­ences the hor­rors of war first­hand as a mil­i­tary nurse. With Ali­cia Vikan­der, Kit Har­ing­ton and Taron Eger­ton. Writ­ten by Juliette Towhidi. Di­rected by James Kent. (2:09) PG-13.

To­mor­row­land As­much as you wish it were oth­er­wise, the Ge­orge Clooney star­ring fu­tur­is­tic tale di­rected by Brad Bird only works in fits and starts. Sum­mer tent­poles are rarely guilty of over­reach­ing, but this one is fi­nally more am­bi­tious than ac­com­plished. (K.Tu., May 22) In Imax. (2:10) PG.

Un­cer­tain Terms A 30-year-old man es­capes his crum­bling mar­riage by re­treat­ing to his aunt’s coun­try­side home for preg­nant teens. With David Dahlbom, In­dia Menuez and Caitlin Mehner. Writ­ten by Nathan Sil­ver, Chloe Domont and Cody Stokes. Di­rected by Sil­ver. (1:14) NR.

United Pas­sions A biopic about the founders of FIFA, the in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ing body for soc­cer and the World Cup. With Tim Roth, Sam Neill and Gerard Depar­dieu. Writ­ten by Fred­eric Auburtin and Jean-Paul Delfino. Di­rected by Auburtin. (1:50) NR.

We Are Still Here Fol­low­ing the death of their col­lege-age son, a cou­ple re­lo­cate to a sleepy New Eng­land town where all is not as it seems. With Bar­bara Cramp­ton, An­drew Sensenig and Lisa Marie. Writ­ten and di­rected by Ted Geoghe­gan. (1:24) NR.

Wild Horses A Texas ranger re­opens a 15-year-old miss­ing-per­sons cases af­ter un­cov­er­ing clues link­ing a lo­cal boy’s death to a wealthy fam­ily man. With Robert Duvall, James Franco and Josh Hart­nett. Writ­ten and di­rected by Duvall. (1:40) NR. All movies are in gen­eral re­lease un­less noted. Also in­cluded: the film’s run­ning time and rat­ings. MPAA cat­e­gories: (G) for gen­eral au­di­ences; (PG) parental guid­ance urged be­cause of ma­te­rial pos­si­bly un­suit­able for chil­dren; (PG-13) par­ents are strongly cau­tioned to give guid­ance for at­ten­dance of chil­dren younger than 13; (R) re­stricted, younger than 17 ad­mit­ted only with par­ent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger ad­mit­ted.

Events & Re­vivals

Aero The­atre, 1328 Mon­tana Ave., Santa Mon­ica. (310) 260-1528. The

Gold­enAge of 3-D This cel­e­bra­tion of mid­cen­tury 3-D movies in­cludes a pro­gram of rare shorts as well as fea­ture films in­clud­ing “The Bub­ble,”

“House of Wax” and “Kiss Me Kate.” Through June 14. Thu., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.

Bing The­ater at LACMA, 5905 Wil­shire Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (323) 8576010. Tues­day Mati­nees Charles Vi­dor’s 1941 film noir “Ladies in Re­tire­ment,” star­ring Ida Lupino as a house­keeper who tries to bal­ance look­ing af­ter a wealthy re­tiree and her own emo­tion­ally dis­turbed sis­ters. Tue., 1 p.m. Cine­fam­ily at the Silent Movie The­atre, 611 N. Fair­fax Ave., Los An­ge­les. (323) 655-2510. The Silent Treat­ment A monthly se­ries high­light­ing films from the silent and early sound era. This month’s se­lec­tion is Josef Von Stern­berg’s 1928 silent drama “The

Docks of New York,” star­ring Ge­orge Ban­croft and Betty Comp­son. Sat., 2 p.m.

Egyp­tian The­atre, 6712 Hol­ly­wood Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (323) 461-2020.

The Atomo-Vi­sion of Joe Dante The Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque show­cases the work of hor­ror-com­edy mae­stro Joe Dante, in­clud­ing “Grem­lins,” “Grem­lins 2,” “Bury­ing

the Ex,” “The Burbs” and “Mati­nee.” Through June. 14. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.

Hol­ly­wood For­ever Ceme­tery, 6000 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (323) 221-3343. Cine­spia The al­fresco screen­ing se­ries con­tin­ues with a dou­ble bill of “Fan­ta­sia” and “Fan­ta­sia 2000” and a screen­ing of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” To­day, 7:30 p.m., Sat., 9 p.m.

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“WHEN MARNIE Was There,” about an un­usual friend­ship, is di­rected by Hiro­masa Yonebayashi.

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