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CLOSER TO THE MOON Writer-di­rec­tor Nae Caran­fil gives us a retro-style caper movie that’s set in 1959 and feels like a ’60s pro­duc­tion. Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga lead a good cast in this based-on-a-true-story ac­count of a group of Ro­ma­nian Jews who, see­ing their sta­tus erod­ing un­der an in­creas­ingly anti-Semitic Com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment, pull off a bank rob­bery un­der cover of pre­tend­ing to be shoot­ing a movie. They’re caught, con­victed, and or­dered to make a pro­pa­ganda movie reen­act­ing their crime. A Ro­ma­nian cast would have given the movie more depth and cred­i­bil­ity, but these stars, ably sup­ported by some fine char­ac­ter ac­tors, keep it danc­ing against a melan­choly un­der­cur­rent. Not rated.

110 min­utes. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)

ES­CO­BAR: PAR­ADISE LOST Rated R. 120 min­utes. English and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 40.

FOR­BID­DEN GAMES Réné Clé­ment’s 1952 re­flec­tion on war and its con­se­quences is a cel­e­brated mon­u­ment of French cin­ema, and even won a spe­cial Academy Award for For­eign Lan­guage film. While it re­tains an un­flinch­ing emo­tional qual­ity that is rare in mod­ern cin­ema, the story, about two chil­dren who cre­ate a pet ceme­tery af­ter the 1940 Bat­tle of France, is ma­nip­u­la­tive in its use of kids and an­i­mals in a way that has not aged well. Not rated. 86 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Robert Ker)

FRESH DRESSED Di­rec­tor Sacha Jenk­ins fun, mu­sic-steeped doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cles hip-hop fash­ion from its roots in the 19th-cen­tury tra­di­tion of wear­ing one’s “Sun­day best,” through ’70s era gang life in the South Bronx, the trends set by fash­ion icon Dap­per Dan and rap­pers LL Cool J and Run-DMC in the 1980s, to per­me­at­ing main­stream Amer­ica at ev­ery level. Fresh Dressed draws on archival ma­te­rial and in­ter­views with Phar­rell Wil­liams, Nasir Jones, and other artists to tell the story of the looks that go handin-hand with one of mu­sic’s most in­flu­en­tial gen­res. Not rated. 90 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Michael Abatemarco)

LIVE FROM NEW YORK! If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with the many ar­ti­cles and tele­vi­sion spe­cials that de­tail the history of Satur­day Night Live, then Live From New York! could serve as an en­ter­tain­ing-enough in­tro­duc­tion to the topic. But di­rec­tor Bao Nguyen’s star-stud­ded doc­u­men­tary reads more as an homage to the show’s cre­ator Lorne Michaels than a true ex­plo­ration of how the com­edy-sketch show be­came a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non. Amy Poehler, Les­lie Jones, and Chris Rock pro­vide some of the most in­ter­est­ing com­men­tary, but true — or even ca­sual — fans of the show will un­doubt­edly al­ready know far more SNL lore than this film of­fers. Not rated. 90 min­utes. The Screen. (Jen­nifer Levin)

MAGIC MIKE XXL Di­rec­tor Steven Soder­bergh’s 2012 Magic Mike was a left-field hit that de­lighted view­ers of both gen­ders and helped re­vi­tal­ize Matthew McConaughey’s ca­reer. Nei­ther Soder­bergh nor McConaughey is back for the se­quel, but star Chan­ning Ta­tum is, and there should be enough beef­cake and hu­mor to en­joy an encore. Opens Wed­nes­day, July 1. Rated R. 115 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14 (with a Tues­day, June 30, sneak preview); Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

MAX This movie looks at the un­sung he­roes of Amer­ica’s war on terror abroad: the dogs. The ti­tle char­ac­ter is one such ca­nine, who re­turns from Afghanistan trau­ma­tized by his han­dler’s death. He is adopted by mem­bers of the fallen Marine’s fam­ily, and they all help each other heal. Thomas Haden Church is the lead hu­man. A word of ad­vice: Bring tis­sues. Rated PG. 111 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

ME AND EARL AND THE DY­ING GIRL With the suc­cess of The Fault in Our Stars barely a year be­hind us, the time seems ripe for a quirky, in­die, teenage com­edy about can­cer. Thomas Mann plays Greg, a self-ab­sorbed boy who is made to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a girl with leukemia. As time passes, they be­come friends and he be­gins to truly care for her. Opens Wed­nes­day, July 1. Rated PG-13. 105 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas.

(Not re­viewed)

SET FIRE TO THE STARS Not rated. 97 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. See re­view, Page 44.

TED 2 The foul-mouthed teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFar­lane) and his dopey owner (Mark Wahlberg) are back for another go-around. This time, Ted aims to get mar­ried and have kids, but be­fore he does the for­mer he must legally prove he’s a per­son, and to do the lat­ter, he must find a sur­ro­gate. If you are hop­ing to watch a stuffed an­i­mal make many jokes about mas­tur­ba­tion and bod­ily flu­ids, then you’ll get your money’s worth here. Rated R. 115 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE TER­MI­NA­TOR As coun­ter­pro­gram­ming to the big Ter­mi­na­tor movie open­ing this week, the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema of­fers the orig­i­nal 1984 Ter­mi­na­tor film. Be­fore Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger ever promised he’d be back, he was here: chas­ing down Linda Hamil­ton with the fate of hu­mankind in the bal­ance. It’s vi­o­lent by to­day’s stan­dards and not as good as the se­quel, but this film by James Cameron is still an iconic mo­ment in 1980s block­buster cin­ema.

Rated R. 107 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Robert Ker)

TER­MI­NA­TOR GENISYS The year is 2029 and John Con­nor (Jason Clarke) is fight­ing a los­ing war against the robots. Con­nor sends a lieu­tenant named Kyle (Jai Court­ney) back to 1984 to pre­vent the robots from stop­ping the hu­man re­sis­tance be­fore it be­gins. Alas, the 1984 Kyle re­turns to is not the one we know, and is some kind of al­ter­nate re­al­ity. But who cares about this non­sense? Arnie’s back! Old man Sch­warzeneg­ger faces off against a CGI-ren­dered young Sch­warzeneg­ger, and that’s all that mat­ters. Opens Wed­nes­day, July 1. Rated PG-13. 125 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 (with a Tues­day, June 30, sneak preview); Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

TOUCH OF EVIL Just a touch? Why so mod­est? Or­son Welles is pure evil in this clas­sic noir thriller, which show­cases him as screen­writer, di­rec­tor, and star of a bor­der tale drenched in sleaze, cor­rup­tion, be­trayal, and mur­der. Re­leased in 1958 in a bas­tardized stu­dio cut that Welles dis­owned, it was re­stored 30 years later, in con­form­ity with a re­dis­cov­ered 58-page memo of Welles’ in­struc­tions, with 18 min­utes of footage added and key edit­ing changes. The film opens with a bril­liant three-minute sus­pense­filled track­ing-shot se­quence, and never lets up. Screens as part of the Auteurs se­ries. Rated PG-13. 111 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)

THE WOLF­PACK Rated R. 80 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 42.

Bad news bear: Mark Wahlberg in Ted 2, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and DreamCatcher

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