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AL­MOST HOLY

Rated R. 100 min­utes. In English and Ukrainian with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 40.

CINEFESTA ITALIA

This four-day film fes­ti­val, which runs through Satur­day, June 4, fo­cuses on con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian films from the last few years, more than half of which fea­ture first-time and/or fe­male di­rec­tors. High­lights for the re­main­der of the fest in­clude movies that fo­cus on Ital­ian cui­sine: Barolo Boys: The Story of a

Revo­lu­tion at Jean Cocteau Cinema at 2 p.m. on June 4, and Terra Madre (Mother Earth), also at Jean Cocteau at 4 p.m. the same day. For a com­plete sched­ule, visit www.cine­fes­taitalia.com.

DHEEPAN

Not rated. 115 min­utes. In Tamil and French with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 38.

EL­STREE 1976

Jon Spira’s ode to in­con­se­quence takes us back to the movie stu­dios at El­stree, in a Lon­don sub­urb 40 years ago and far, far away. He’s rounded up a num­ber of the bit play­ers from the orig­i­nal Star Wars (parts of which were filmed at El­stree), some of whom had a line or two, oth­ers merely glimpsed in the back­ground. One, David Prowse, a 6-foot, 7-inch for­mer Mr. Uni­verse hope­ful, played the ma­jor role of Darth Vader, be­hind that hel­met, but his voice was over­dubbed by James Earl Jones. An­other re­mem­bers ask­ing some­one to get him a cup of cof­fee and later dis­cov­er­ing that the guy was Ge­orge Lu­cas. None of them ex­pected much from this low-bud­get sci-fi movie, but they’re all im­mor­tal­ized now in plas­tic ac­tion fig­ures, and they make a tidy bit of change sign­ing au­to­graphs at Star Wars con­ven­tions. The movie con­sists mostly of in­ter­views, fill­ing us in on ev­ery­thing from the ac­tors’ child­hoods to their grand­chil­dren. It’s an amus­ing bit of trivia and a re­minder that some are born great, some achieve great­ness, and some set­tle for its dust as it zooms by. Rated R. 101 min­utes. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)

THE LOB­STER

Gor­geous cin­e­matog­ra­phy and a fas­ci­nat­ing premise an­chor this dystopian film about love and ro­mance. David (Colin Far­rell) has lost his wife, so he is sent to a ho­tel, where he has 45 days to find a new part­ner or be turned into an an­i­mal. Res­i­dents of the ho­tel hunt a tribe of lon­ers who live in the nearby woods, where cou­pling is pun­ish­able by maim­ing. Many high-level ac­tors — in­clud­ing Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly — con­trib­ute in­tensely con­trolled per­for­mances, but there is more style than sub­stance to this story. Rated R. 119 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Jen­nifer Levin)

ME BE­FORE YOU

Emilia Clarke plays Lou, a young woman who takes a job as a care­giver for a re­cently par­a­lyzed man (Sam Claflin). As their time to­gether passes, she be­comes the source of in­spi­ra­tion through his hard times, and a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship blos­soms. Screen­writer Jojo Moyes adapted the script from her own novel. Rated PG-13. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

It’s the time of the Cru­sades, and King Arthur (Gra­ham Chap­man) leads his knights of the Round Ta­ble in a quest to find the Holy Grail. The Bri­tish com­edy group’s ir­rev­er­ent and still-hi­lar­i­ous 1975 homage to me­dieval swash­buck­lers fea­tures cat­a­pulted live­stock, tap-danc­ing knights, nympho nuns (they want to be spanked), and a fly­ing rab­bit who bites. This doesn’t have to make sense — it just makes you laugh. In one scene, Sir Lancelot (John Cleese) slices his way through a wed­ding party, in which a fey groom in­sists on telling his story as if he’s in a movie mu­si­cal. It plays as part of the film’s 40th-an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, with sin­ga­long screen­ings at 11:20 p.m. Fri­day, June 3, and 10 p.m. Satur­day, June 4. Rated PG. 92 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Robert Nott)

POP­STAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOP­PING

The com­edy trio Lonely Is­land (Andy Sam­berg, Akiva Schaf­fer, and Jorma Tac­cone), best known for their SNL shorts, bring their

tal­ents to the big screen in this mock­u­men­tary about a for­mer boy-band mem­ber named Con­ner Friel (that’s Con­ner4Real to you) who must cope with the flop of his sec­ond solo al­bum. His ex­tended en­tourage in­cludes char­ac­ters played by Will Ar­nett, Maya Ru­dolph, Tim Mead­ows, Sarah Sil­ver­man, and many oth­ers. Rated R. 86 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

PRE­SENT­ING PRINCESS SHAW

Not rated. 83 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See re­view, Page 41.

TEENAGE MU­TANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHAD­OWS

The 2014 Michael Bay-pro­duced re­boot of the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Turtles fran­chise gets a se­quel, as the four he­roes must once more save New York City and chow down on pizza, dude. This time, the CGI ef­fects that an­i­mated the turtles are ap­plied to a wider ar­ray of their vil­lains, in­clud­ing the warthog Be­bop (Gary An­thony Wil­liams), the rhi­noc­eros Rock­steady (Stephen Far­relly), and the alien Krang (Brad Gar­rett). Me­gan Fox reprises her role as April O’Neil, the turtles’ hu­man friend. Rated PG-13. 112 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

The most dangerous game: Colin Far­rell and Rachel Weisz in The Lob­ster, at Re­gal DeVar­gas

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