OPENING THIS WEEK
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette on TV’s The Big Bang Theory) plays Hope, a young woman who won the bronze medal in gymnastics in the 2004 Olympics and has since parlayed that honor into celebrity status in her hometown, refusing to let go of her glory days and living with her dad. When a young gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) comes through town, Hope becomes a reluctant mentor. Rated R. 108 minutes. Regal Stadium 14. (Not reviewed)
In Brooklyn, sometime in the near future, David (Benjamin Dickinson) loves Juliette (Nora Zehetner), but they don’t get along. The situation worsens when David must test some new augmented-reality glasses and uses them to conjure up an obedient avatar based on another woman he lusts after. Even in the dystopian reality of urban techie-druggies, his addictive immersions stand out. It doesn’t look like David has the psychological stamina for all of this. Dickinson also directs. Rated R. 97 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Paul Weideman)
THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT — PART 1
The Divergent film series, based on Veronica Roth’s book trilogy, hasn’t been a massive success, but it’s done well enough that the final book is split into two films, much like the Harry Potter and The Hunger Games adaptations were. In the first of the two parts, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four ( Theo James) must use their special gifts to escape the walls that surround Chicago and save humanity. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS
This comedy flips the script on Hollywood’s usual gender formula and centers on a quirky accountant named Doris (Sally Field) who falls for her young new manager (Max Greenfield). He takes a shine to her sense of style and overall presence, and as they grow closer, complications arise. The comic actor and writer Michael Showalter directs. Rated R. 95 minutes.
Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN
Philippe Garrel, associated with the French New Wave, began making movies in the ’60s; his latest has so much of the flavor of that era that you could easily imagine Jean- Pierre Léaud as Pierre, the documentary filmmaker at the center of this drama of love and infidelity. But it’s Stanislas Merhar, and his wife and partner Manon is played by the lovely Clotilde Courau. They’re shooting a film about an old Resistance fighter. Pierre is that annoying French type who is too cool for his shoes, and you may feel, as Manon’s mother does, that she’s too good for him. The story is familiar and full of gaps, but it seduces with its timeless feel of Paris and l’amour. Shot in crisp and beautiful black and white, it could be today, or 60 years ago, or any time in between. Not rated. 73 minutes. In French with subtitles. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)
KNIGHT OF CUPS
The latest drama by Terrence Malick ( Tree of Life) tells the story of Rick (Christian Bale), an aimless writer in Los Angeles who tries to find his place in the world through a series of affairs with six different women (Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman among them). The experimental, spiritually minded film is split into eight parts; each is named for a tarot card — like the title.
Rated R. 118 minutes. Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
Presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival at 11 a. m. Sunday, March 20, only. Not rated. 105 minutes. In French with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 54.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
This adaptation of the faith-based memoir by Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) examines an event in the life of Christy’s daughter, Anna (Kylie Rogers). Anna suffers from a digestive disorder that forces her to use feeding tubes. When she falls down the hollow of a cottonwood tree and survives a neardeath experience, the disorder disappears from her body. Rated PG. 109 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
Not rated. 131 minutes. In Mandarin with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 52.
This 1991 animated feature by Isao Takahata ( The Tale of the
Princess Kaguya) was nearly lost to time but is now back with a new English voice cast that includes Daisy Ridley ( Star Wars:
The Force Awakens) in the starring role. She voices Taeko, a restless young woman who recalls her childhood while traveling and wonders if she’s lost the joy of her youth. Rated PG. 118 minutes. Dubbed in English. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Not reviewed)
RIVER OF FUNDAMENT
Not rated. 350 minutes. Screens in three parts. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 50.
It’s in the cards: Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett in Knight of Cups, at Regal DeVargas