OPENING THIS WEEK
Part travelogue, part existential journey, part ugly duckling fable, and part Harlequin romance, this tale of two people by Uruguayan-born director Juan Feldman is the kind of guilty pleasure that satisfies even as you scoff. Marcia Gay Harden is touching as a numbed-by-life librarian who takes a last holiday (as in the 1950 Alec Guinness gem,
Last Holiday) in Costa Rica with plans to end it all there. The real delight of this picture is Spanish star Óscar Jaenada (Cantinflas), as the tour guide who shows lonely American women a good time. The postcard-perfect cinematography by Salvador Vallo sets it all off in gorgeous hues. There are no surprises, but none are promised, and the three stars — Harden, Jaenada, and Costa Rica — show us a good time. Not rated. 91 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Jonathan Richards)
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
Rated R. 102 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 40.
DIGGING FOR FIRE
Rated R. 85 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 38.
KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET
Rated PG. 84 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 36.
KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK
It’s been more than 20 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide, and the mystique surrounding him remains as large as ever. This documentary by Brett Morgen, the first to be authorized by Cobain’s immediate family, attempts to humanize him. The film includes never-before-seen footage from both the stage and his personal life. The 7:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Brett Morgan. Not rated. 145 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Not reviewed)
Rated R. 90 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 34.
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN
The series of high-definition screenings continues with a showing of Bellini’s Norma from Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory Kunde star. 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, only. Not rated. 182 minutes, plus one intermission. The Screen. (Not reviewed)
A WALK IN THE WOODS
In 1998, Bill Bryson published a humorous and insightful bestselling book about his attempt at a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail at a relatively advanced age, with Stephen Katz, an overweight, recovering-alcoholic friend. Robert Redford soon snapped up the film rights and now, the movie is here, with Redford as Bryson and Nick Nolte as Katz. Opens Wednesday, Sept. 2. Rated R. 104 minutes. Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS
It’s possible that there has never been a movie that targets millennials as blatantly as this one. Zac Efron plays a twentysomething who is somehow both broke and living a life of leisure and glamour in California, and who just wants to get his DJ career going. He and his friends host parties, hang out with women in bikinis, talk about developing apps, and just try to live while they’re young. Rated R. 96 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Patrick Wilson plays a prosecutor with a career on the rise, until he books an evening with a escort — and finds himself hooked on the experience. Soon, he struggles to handle and hide this addiction alongside a family life and a potential congressional bid. Rated R. 103 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema.
All apologies: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, at Center for Contemporary Arts