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In Melissa McCarthy’s lat­est com­edy, she plays a Martha Ste­wart-like mogul who is re­cently re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing a sen­tence for in­sider trad­ing. Ea­ger to mend her im­age while con­tend­ing with a lot of an­gry friends and as­so­ci­ates, she moves in with an em­ployee named Claire (Kris­ten Bell) and finds a way back to the top through Claire’s daugh­ter (Ella An­der­son). Peter Din­klage and Kathy Bates also star. Rated R. 99 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)


Rated R. 96 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 40.


Di­rec­tor Phil Grab­sky may be one of cinema’s hard­est-work­ing doc­u­men­tar­i­ans. His “In Search Of” se­ries on the great com­posers and “Exhibition on Screen” se­ries about ma­jor art ex­hibits en­gage the au­di­ence with sto­ries set in the present that il­lu­mi­nate and of­fer in­sight on the past.

Con­certo: A Beethoven Jour­ney is no dif­fer­ent. Four years in the mak­ing, the doc­u­men­tary fol­lows renowned Nor­we­gian pi­anist Leif Ove And­snes who per­forms Beethoven’s five pi­ano con­cer­tos at more than 100 in­ter­na­tional venues. Ove And­snes’ nar­ra­tive is the back­drop for an ex­am­i­na­tion of Beethoven’s re­la­tion­ship to the con­cer­tos. Ex­clu­sive ac­cess to Ove And­snes on tour means there’s no skimp­ing on the music. When it comes to Beethoven, Grab­sky’s film is au­thor­i­ta­tive but not de­fin­i­tive. He finds an un­com­mon an­gle to pro­vide a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse of the sub­ject of a con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cian and his source in­spi­ra­tion. Ove And­snes’ un­der­stand­ing of the com­poser chal­lenges the no­tion that Beethoven was a reclu­sive, an­ti­so­cial artist. The pi­anist finds the pas­sion in the music and mar­ries it to his own pas­sion for play­ing. The re­sult is of­ten beau­ti­ful and stir­ring.

Not rated. 93 min­utes. The Screen. (Michael Abatemarco)


Jake Gyl­len­haal stars as Davis, a banker who loses his wife in a car crash and re­sponds to the tragedy by tak­ing apart his house­hold ap­pli­ances and writ­ing let­ters to the cus­tomer ser­vice de­part­ment of a vend­ing ma­chine com­pany. When one of the com­pany’s reps (Naomi Watts) gets back to him, the two form a friend­ship and Davis be­comes a men­tor of sorts to her son (Ju­dah Lewis). Di­rected by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dal­las Buy­ers

Club). Rated R. 100 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)


The first-per­son per­spec­tive has been very com­mon in ac­tion­based video games for some time now, and this ex­per­i­men­tal movie at­tempts to bring that ex­pe­ri­ence to the big screen. Au­di­ences will see the story through the eyes of Henry, an or­di­nary man who must do ex­tra­or­di­nary things when his wife (Ha­ley Ben­nett) is kid­napped by a group of mer­ce­nar­ies. Tim Roth plays Henry’s fa­ther. Rated R. 96 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema; Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)


French movie star Cather­ine Frot finds many di­men­sions in the ti­tle char­ac­ter, a wealthy baroness with a laugh­ably aw­ful voice who nur­tures her delu­sion that she is a for­mi­da­ble con­cert singer. Egged on by syco­phants, she sets her sights ever higher and achieves a sort of tran­scen­dence that over­laps with derange­ment. In­spired, at some dis­tance, by the life of the Amer­i­can singer Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins, the film is hand­some to be­hold, and the scenes are con­sis­tently in­ter­est­ing in their de­tails. Rated R. 129 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (James M. Keller) See Lis­ten Up, Page 34.


Film­maker Jeff Ni­chols and ac­tor Michael Shan­non have col­lab­o­rated nu­mer­ous times, per­haps most no­tably on 2011’s

Take Shel­ter. Their lat­est film is sim­i­lar to that one in that it tells a fa­ther-son tale with a sci­ence-fic­tion twist. This time, the fa­ther (Shan­non) learns that his son (Jae­den Lieber­her) has dan­ger­ous pow­ers and to­gether, they go on the run. Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver also star. Rated PG-13. 111 min­utes.

Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)


Rated R. 120 min­utes. The Screen. In French with sub­ti­tles. See re­view, Page 38.

Cus­tomer ser­vice: Naomi Watts and Jake Gyl­len­haal in De­mo­li­tion, at Vi­o­let Crown

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