OPENING THIS WEEK
AFERIM! Not rated. 108 minutes. In Romanian, Turkish, and Romany with subtitles. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See review, Page 36.
BUSCO NOVIO PARA MI MUJER This comedy from Mexico, adapted from a 2008 Argentine film, stars Arath de la Torre as Paco, a man who is tired of his nagging wife (Sandra Echeverría), and hires a professional ladies’ man (Jesús Ochoa) to seduce her away. Rated PG-13. 92 minutes. In Spanish without subtitles. Regal Stadium 14. (Not reviewed)
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO Peter Greenaway, the British vieillard terrible who made his mark in the ’ 80s with elegant tastebenders like The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, returns to dazzle and shock with this account of the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein ( Battleship Potemkin), set loose in 1931 in Mexico to make a movie. Que Viva Mexico, his Mexican epic, never made it out of the can, but as Greenaway tells it, Eisenstein found erotic fulfillment and lost his virginity to his handsome, impressively equipped Mexican guide (Luis Alberti). Elmer Bäck plays the Soviet director as a cross between
Amadeus’ Mozart and Larry of the Three Stooges. The visuals are extravagantly beautiful, the directorial flourishes are incessant and intrusive, and the story, which starts out bright with promise, flounders, except for that startling rear deflowering scene. Not rated. 105 minutes. In English and Spanish with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)
THE LADY IN THE VAN Rated PG-13. 104 minutes. Violet Crown. See review, Page 37.
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: AS YOU LIKE IT Generally agreed to be the play that opened London’s Globe Theatre in 1599, As You Like It receives its first staging at the National Theatre more than 30 years. Rosalie Craig plays Rosalind, who is banished from court and finds refuge in the Forest of Arden. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. Lensic Performing Arts Center. (Not reviewed)
RACE There’s a double meaning to the title of this movie about Jesse Owens (Stephan James). The plot centers on Owens’ appearance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where he defied Adolf Hitler’s assertions of Aryan physical and mental superiority. Carice van Houten plays renowned filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, who documented the games in Olympia. Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, and William Hurt also star. Rated PG-13. 134 minutes. Regal DeVargas; Regal Stadium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
RAMS Rated R. 93 minutes. The Screen. See review, Page 34.
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM Not rated. 75 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 35. Joseph Fiennes plays Clavius, a Roman centurion tasked with finding out what happened to the body of Jesus of Nazareth after the crucifixion, and whether its disappearance has anything to do with rumors of a risen Messiah. Peter Firth is Pilate. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
ROLLING PAPERS Not rated. 89 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See review, Page 38.
SON OF SAUL Rated R. 107 minutes. In German, Russian, Polish, Yiddish, and Hungarian with subtitles. Regal DeVargas. See review, Page 32.
THE WITCH Rated R. 90 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. See review, Page 39.
Mexican holiday: Elmer Bäck in Eisenstein in Guanajuato, at Center for Contemporary Arts