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AF­TER WORDS

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)

MERU

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)

ZIPPER

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.

(Not re­viewed)

All apolo­gies: Kurt Cobain: Mon­tage of Heck, at Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts

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