OPENING THIS WEEK
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)
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.
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