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CENTS

Ju­nior high can be a bat­tle be­tween pop­u­lar girls and ev­ery­one else. In Cents, Sammy Baca (Ju­lia Flores), a sev­enth-grade out­cast math whiz, de­vises a plan to raise mil­lions of dol­lars for a char­ity drive that rock­ets her to lo­cal fame, si­mul­ta­ne­ously rop­ing in and alien­at­ing the queen bees of the school. It’s a com­plex tale sim­ply told about trust, in­tel­li­gence, goals, ethics, and the re­la­tion­ships be­tween moth­ers and daugh­ters. Shot in Al­bu­querque, Cents was writ­ten, di­rected, and pro­duced by Al­bu­querque res­i­dent Christo­pher Boone. 11 a.m. Sun­day, Aug. 9, only. Not rated. 90 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Jen­nifer Levin)

DARK PLACES Rated R. 113 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 50.

DO I SOUND GAY? This witty doc­u­men­tary by David Thorpe ex­plores the “gay voice,” or what it means to “sound gay.” Ge­orge Takei and Dan Sav­age are among the peo­ple he in­ter­views. Not rated.

77 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Not re­viewed)

FAN­TAS­TIC FOUR

Just 10 years ago, the “first fam­ily” of Marvel comics hit the big screen and quickly fiz­zled out. Af­ter one se­quel, it was sur­passed in qual­ity by the likes of The Dark Knight and Iron Man. This re­boot by Josh Trank (Chron­i­cle) in­tro­duces a darker tone and doesn’t prom­ise to be much bet­ter (the stu­dio is re­fus­ing to let crit­ics run re­views un­til af­ter the movie has opened — an honor typ­i­cally re­served for D-grade hor­ror). Miles Teller, Michael B. Jor­dan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell play the quar­tet. Rated PG-13. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE GIFT

Jason Bate­man (Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment) takes a break from hu­mor for a Fa­tal At­trac­tion kind of tale, about bro­mance rather than ro­mance. He plays Si­mon, a man who moves into a new home, and an old friend named Gordo (Joel Edger­ton) worms his way back into his life. When Si­mon cuts off the friend­ship and past se­crets are ex­posed, things take a dark turn. Rated R. 108 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas; Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

IR­RA­TIONAL MAN Rated R. 96 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. See re­view, Page 52.

JEL­LY­FISH EYES

An­i­ma­tion and live ac­tion blend to­gether in weird ways in this de­but fea­ture by vis­ual artist Takashi Mu­rakami. The film cen­ters on chil­dren in a small town who are able to sum­mon up strange crea­tures. Not rated. 101 min­utes. In Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Not re­viewed)

PAOLO COELHO’S BEST STORY

It’s his life story, and it re­in­forces the belief that a writer’s best work is not his life but the sto­ries he puts on pa­per. Daniel Au­gusto’s messy biopic sam­ples three pe­ri­ods of the Brazil­ian au­thor Paolo Coelho’s ca­reer, and flits about be­tween them like a writer with adult ADD, with­out pro­vid­ing much in­sight. We get the re­bel­lious ado­les­cent Paolo in the ‘60s, flirt­ing with sui­cide, pas­sion­ate to be­come a writer, and gen­er­ally be­hav­ing like a jerk; we get the adult Paolo in the ‘80s, a suc­cess­ful rock song­writer and tor­tured soul still dream­ing of be­com­ing a se­ri­ous writer; and we get the old Paolo in 2013, now a literary su­per­star, “the only liv­ing au­thor more trans­lated than Shake­speare,” re­vis­it­ing a life-chang­ing pil­grim­age in Spain to celebrate the 25th an­niver­sary of The

Al­chemist, though he’s still a bit of a jerk. Julio An­drade plays the older Pao­los, and his younger brother Ravel plays the teen edi­tion. The most af­fect­ing per­for­mances come from En­rique Diaz as Paolo’s much-de­spised fa­ther, and Fabiana Gugli as his sunny, sup­port­ive wife. Not rated. 112 min­utes. In Por­tuguese and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Jonathan Richards)

PER­FOR­MANCE AT THE SCREEN

The se­ries of high-def­i­ni­tion screen­ings con­tin­ues with a dou­ble fea­ture of fla­menco per­for­mances with the chore­og­ra­phy of the leg­endary An­to­nio Gades, both from Madrid’s Teatro Real: Gades’ 1974 Bo­das de San­gre and his 1963

Suite Fla­menca. 11:15 a.m. Sun­day, Aug. 8, only. Not rated. 111 min­utes. The Screen. (Not re­viewed)

RICKI AND THE FLASH

Ev­ery once in a while, Meryl Streep takes a break from high drama and lets her hair down In this com­edy, writ­ten by Di­ablo Cody and di­rected by Jonathan Demme, she plays a mu­si­cian who didn’t make it as a rock star, and re­turns home to her fam­ily. Kevin Kline co-stars. Rated PG-13. 102 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

THE RUN­NER

Ni­co­las Cage con­tin­ues to zigzag through his ca­reer, this time ton­ing down the bug-eyed, wild-haired ma­niac to give a re­strained per­for­mance about a well-mean­ing politi­cian who strug­gles to han­dle a sex scan­dal dur­ing the af­ter­math of the 2010 BP oil spill. Sarah Paul­son, Peter Fonda, and Wen­dell Pierce co-star. Rated R. 85 min­utes. The Screen.

(Not re­viewed)

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

Aard­man An­i­ma­tions cre­ated Shaun the Sheep as a foil for its beloved Wal­lace and Gromit in the 1995 short film A Close Shave. Shaun, who is equal parts cute and crafty, proved so pop­u­lar that he spun off into his own de­light­ful TV show, and now his first movie. The tom­fool­ery cen­ters around Shaun and his flock

head­ing to the big city, try­ing to blend in, and avoid­ing their farmer. Rated PG. 85 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

SLING­SHOT

Dean Ka­men, best known as the in­ven­tor of the Seg­way Hu­man Trans­porter, says his “va­por com­pres­sion dis­tiller” can wipe out 50 per­cent of all hu­man dis­ease. Us­ing the same amount of elec­tric­ity as a hair dryer, the ma­chine can pro­duce a thou­sand liters of pure wa­ter ev­ery day — from any kind of pol­luted wa­ter. The big chal­lenge is get­ting the ma­chines to the peo­ple who need them around the world. This is a fas­ci­nat­ing, mul­ti­di­men­sional pro­file of Ka­men, who holds more than 440 patents, in­clud­ing those for the iBot stair­climb­ing wheel­chair and a por­ta­ble dial­y­sis ma­chine. Di­rec­tor Paul Lazarus hosts aQ & A ses­sion at all week­end screen­ings. Not rated. 88 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Paul Wei­de­man)

The flock takes flight: Shaun the Sheep Movie, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 and Vi­o­let Crown

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