OPENING THIS WEEK
Rated R. 90 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 32.
An American nanny (Lauren Cohan) is hired for a job in a remote English village and finds that her charge is actually a life-size doll. At first, this seems like an easy, if extremely weird, assignment. It becomes more challenging when she suspects that the boy is alive — and evil. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Regal DeVargas; Regal Stadium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
BOY AND THE WORLD
Rated PG. 80 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 30.
Spike Lee’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, set against the gang violence of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, is written entirely in rhyming verse. It’s an effective conceit that makes this artful but flawed unapologetic polemic not only watchable, but riveting. Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) organizes a neighborhood sex strike to stop gang violence and drive-by shootings that decimate families. Performances are strong, although Chicago serves more as a stage set than a living city. Rated R. 127 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Jennifer Levin)
Robert De Niro plays Dick Kelly, a smirking old-timer who makes inappropriate comments to women who are a fraction of his age. After his wife passes away, Dick tricks his grandson (Zac Efron) into taking him to Florida for spring break. Rated R. 102 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
THE 5TH WAVE
In this film adaptation of the young-adult novel of the same title, Earth has been hit by four waves of alien attacks, which have left the planet nearly entirely destroyed. With the fifth one looming, young Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) — one of the few remaining survivors — attempts to rescue her five-year-old brother (Zackary Arthur) from an alien camp. She meets a boy her age (Alex Roe), and together they set out to save her brother, and perhaps the world. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
IP MAN 3
This series focuses on the life of Ip Man, the man who popularized the Wing Chun version of kung fu and even taught Bruce Lee. Perhaps because of legal complications that prevent the filmmakers from telling Lee’s part of the story (Chan Kwok Kwan does play Lee in a small role), the movies spin a fable that is partly biographical and mostly fantasy. This time around, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) defends his son’s school from gangsters and faces a rival (Zhang Jin) who wants to be known as the Wing Chun master. Ip Man 3 pops with color and some vibrant fight sequences, but is blandly goofy — the fight scene with Mike Tyson is not even the silliest moment — and awkwardly staged. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. In English and Cantonese with subtitles. Regal DeVargas. (Robert Ker)
Rated R. 107 minutes. The Screen. See review, Page 30.
11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, only, presented by
the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. Not rated. 83 minutes. In Hebrew with subtitles. Center of Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 33.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
This staging of Les Liaisons Dangereuses — Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel — is broadcast from London’s Donmar Warehouse. Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer, and Dominic West star in the celebrated story of lust, seduction, and revenge. Josie Rourke directs. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Lensic Performing Arts Center. (Not reviewed)
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Screens with Red Carpet Burn, 5 and 7:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, only. Q & As with filmmaker Mark Steven Shepherd follow screenings. Rated R. 108 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See story, Page 28.
ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
Not rated. 86 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See Terrell’s Tune-Up, Page 14.
RED CARPET BURN
Mark Steven Shepherd wrote and directed this offbeat documentary about the commodification of celebrity and its manifestation in the tradition of — and public obsession with — the red carpet at awards shows and film festivals. The first-person film is clever and cynical in its depiction of fame worshippers who pay for seminars on how to get their faces in the public eye by crashing red carpets with no credentials, just trying to get their picture taken. Shepherd’s ultimate goal is to use the advice he gathers to get comely unknown teenagers onto the red carpet, first at the Academy Awards and then at Cannes, and to get the press to pay attention, using the right combination of youthful feminine appeal, a unique and fantastic evening gown, and basic hubris. No one escapes his droll ridicule — not even the red carpets themselves, which range from plush and blocks-long to crimson bathmats from discount stores. Screens with Nothing but the Truth , 5 and 7:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, only. Q & As with Shepherd follow screenings. Not rated. 61 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Jennifer Levin) See story, Page 28.
Rated R. 101 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See review, Page 31.
THE WINDING STREAM
Not rated. 90 minutes. The Screen. See Terrell’s Tune-Up, Page 14.
Brush up your Aristophanes: Teyonah Harris, center, in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, at Center for Contemporary Arts