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BAT­MAN V SU­PER­MAN: DAWN OF JUS­TICE

Di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der re­turns for the se­quel to his 2013 Su­per­man movie Man of Steel. Things get a lit­tle crowded this time out, as Sny­der in­tro­duces Su­per­man (Henry Cav­ill) to Bat­man (Ben Af­fleck), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisen­berg), Won­der Woman (Gal Gadot), and Aqua­man (Ja­son Mo­moa), among oth­ers. The plot is an old comic-book standby: The two heroes of the ti­tle per­ceive each other as great threats, fight, and ul­ti­mately team up against a com­mon foe. Rated PG-13. 153 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

EM­BRACE OF THE SER­PENT

Colom­bian di­rec­tor Ciro Guerra’s f ilm is a mes­mer­iz­ing tale set in the Ama­zon rain­for­est, with out­stand­ing black-and-white cine­matog­ra­phy by David Gal­lego. The story fol­lows two nar­ra­tives, one set in the early 1900s and the other in the 1940s, and moves back and forth be­tween them to fol­low the ad­ven­tures of two men on par­al­lel jour­neys, each search­ing for the rare yakruna, a flower with valu­able heal­ing prop­er­ties. Through the movie’s non­lin­ear struc­ture, we see im­pe­ri­al­ism’s last­ing ef­fects on the rain­for­est, and howthe rise of in­dus­try has led to loss of habi­tat and vi­o­lence due to the rub­ber trade. Em­brace of the Ser­pent calls at­ten­tion to the tremen­dous loss of knowl­edge and cul­ture in the Ama­zon but does so with­out be­ing di­dac­tic. Not rated. 125 min­utes. In Span­ish, Ger­man, Cata­lan, and Por­tuguese with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Michael Abatemarco)

THE GREAT SAN­TINI

Blythe Dan­ner, Michael O’Keefe, and Robert Du­vall star in this 1979 char­ac­ter- driven drama di­rected by Lewis John Car­lino from Pat Con­roy’s novel. Du­vall plays Wil­bur “Bull” Meechum, a lieu­tenant colonel and pi­lot also known as “The Great San­tini,” who moves his fam­ily to a mil­i­tary base town in South Carolina in the early 1960s. Meechum is a tem­per­a­men­tal man and a drinker who tries to run his house like an of­fi­cer rules his en­listed men. His son Ben (O’Ke­effe) is of a more sen­si­tive na­ture. He’s a ris­ing bas­ket­ball star but is ha­rassed at school. Meechum’s com­pet­i­tive streak pre­vents him from con­nect­ing with his son, lead­ing to a con­fronta­tion. The

Great San­tini is a grat­i­fy­ing drama with strong per­for­mances, full of lit­tle mo­ments of au­then­tic­ity. It’s a poignant film that never strays into sen­ti­men­tal­ity. Rated PG. 115 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Michael Abatemarco)

MOUN­TAIN MEN

Chace Craw­ford and Tyler Labine play two brothers who travel to their fam­ily’s cabin to kick out a squat­ter. When they be­come stranded in the wilder­ness, they re­al­ize they must put aside their dif­fer­ences in or­der to sur­vive, air­ing out years of griev­ances and find­ing them­selves in a va­ri­ety of comic sit­u­a­tions as they do so. Not rated. 85 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Not re­viewed)

MY BIG FAT GREEK WED­DING 2

It’s been years since Toula (Nia Varda­los) and Ian (John Cor­bett) tied the knot in the in­die smash My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding. Their mar­riage is on the rocks, as their daugh­ter (Elena Kam­pouris) pre­pares for col­lege. Mean­while, Toula’s par­ents (Lainie Kazan and Michael Con­stan­tine) dis­cover they’ve never legally been hitched, lead­ing to an­other big fat Greek wed­ding. Rated PG-13. 94 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

A SPACE PRO­GRAM

Not rated. 72 min­utes. The Screen. See re­view, Page 38.

TRAPPED

Panel dis­cus­sion at 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, March 25, screen­ing. Not rated. 90 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 40.

Bat prob­lems: Ben Af­fleck in Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, in 3- D and 2- D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and Dream­Catcher

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