OPENING THIS WEEK
Not rated. 116 minutes. In Marathi, Hindi, English, and Gujarati with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 40.
Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 38.
LEARNING TO DRIVE
Wendy (Patricia Clarkson), a New York book critic in the midst of a failing marriage, takes driving lessons from Darwan, a Sikh Indian (Ben Kingsley). A professor in India who was imprisoned for his religious beliefs, Darwan is now a part-time cab driver in the U.S., where he has won political asylum. As she learns to drive, these two people from very different backgrounds bond over their problems and form a friendship. Based on a New Yorker essay by Katha Pollitt. Rated R. 90 minutes. Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
Based on the mega-selling, faith-based book, this movie tells the tale of Don Piper (Hayden Christensen), a Baptist minister who gets into a car accident, nearly dies, and returns to regale us with stories of seeing his grandmother and singing in choirs. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Regal Stadium 14. (Not reviewed)
THE PERFECT GUY
Fresh from a breakup in which her whole life came crashing down, Leah (Sanaa Lathan) rebounds with someone who seems like the ideal partner (Michael Ealy). Before long, however, he starts to creep her out. Is he truly dangerous? Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Dream Catcher. (Not reviewed)
PERFORMANCE AT THE SCREEN
The series of screenings continues with The Three Tenors in Concert — a recording of the 1990 performance by Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and José Carreras at Rome’s Terme di Caracalla. The repertoire is a mix of Italian arias and popular traditional songs. 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, only. Not rated. 86 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Not reviewed)
The latest film by M. Night Shyamalan centers on two children (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) who spend a week at their grandparents’ house. When they stay up past their strict bedtime, they learn that Nana (Deanna Dunagan) gets up to some pretty weird stuff at night. When Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) also starts acting strange, the question becomes whether or not they’ll survive the visit. Rated PG-13. 94 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Regal DeVargas; Dream Catcher. (Not reviewed)
WE COME AS FRIENDS
The Sudan is big, unruly, magnificent, chaotic, sometimes beautiful, often painful. This documentary is a lot like that too. It’s from Austrian-French filmmaker Hubert Sauper, who traveled in a homemade ultralight plane during and after the 2011 referendum that split South Sudan off into an independent nation. A Sudanese radio announcer describes the country as “at the epicenter of a collision between America and China.” The big powers are racing to exploit its natural resources, while mouthing platitudes of bringing cultural and economic enlightenment that can only be a boon to the country. The going in this movie can be rough, both emotionally and stylistically, but it’s a worthwhile, eyeopening journey. Not rated. 110 minutes. In English, French, Chinese, Arabic, Dinka, Nuer, Bari, and Zande, with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)
Don’t stay up too late: Deanna Dunagan in The Visit, at Regal Stadium 14, Regal DeVargas, and DreamCatcher in Española