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film, which will please kids more than adults, and at­tempts

to muster up fresh en­ergy never quite take off. Rated PG. 103 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. Screens in 2-D only at DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)

GE­NIUS

Jude Law plays Thomas Wolfe in this movie about the writ­ing of his 1929 novel Look Home­ward, An­gel, and fo­cuses on his re­la­tion­ship with his ed­i­tor, Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth). Perkins, the famed Scrib­ner’s ed­i­tor who over­saw work by Ernest Hem­ing­way and F. Scott Fitzger­ald, among oth­ers, at­tempts to coax a great novel from Wolfe. Laura Lin­ney and Ni­cole Kid­man also star. Rated PG-13. 104 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)

THE JUNGLE BOOK

This ad­ven­ture film is not so much an adap­ta­tion of Rud­yard Ki­pling’s 1894 orig­i­nal as it is a live-ac­tion take on Dis­ney’s 1967 an­i­mated ver­sion of the story — with a darker tone and more ac­tion. Neel Sethi (a lit­tle hit and miss) plays young Mowgli, the hu­man raised by wolves who must es­cape the deadly tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba). On his jour­ney, Mowgli is guided by the pan­ther Bagheera (Ben Kings­ley), be­friends the bear Baloo (Bill Mur­ray), and faces off against both the mon­key King Louie (Christo­pher Walken) and the snake Kaa (Scar­lett Jo­hans­son). Some themes get repet­i­tive, and the tiger is too scary for the lit­tlest ones, but Jon Favreau di­rects with a sure hand; the film is gor­geous, and the an­i­mals are won­der­fully an­i­mated and voiced. Rated PG. 105 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Robert Ker)

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)

LOVE & FRIEND­SHIP

This de­li­cious com­edy of man­ners has the ex­quis­ite fla­vor of a scrump­tious high tea at Har­rods. It’s based on Lady Su­san, a lit­tle-known comic novella that Jane Austen wrote when she was about eigh­teen. At the cen­ter of it all is Lady Su­san, played to con­niv­ing per­fec­tion by Kate Beck­in­sale. She is a beau­ti­ful widow de­scribed as “the most ac­com­plished flirt in all Eng­land,” who has lit­tle trou­ble wrap­ping men around her lit­tle fin­ger as she be­gins shop­ping in earnest for a rich hus­band for her­self and one for her daugh­ter Fred­er­ica (Morfydd Clark). Wit is of­ten present in Jane Austen adap­ta­tions, but it gen­er­ally plays a sup­port­ing role to ro­mance. Here, it’s front and cen­ter. Amer­i­can di­rec­tor Whit Still­man and his mar­velous cast have more fun than should be le­gal with this ma­te­rial. Rated PG. 92 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

MAG­GIE’S PLAN

Peo­ple keep try­ing to hand the screw­ball com­edy ba­ton to Greta Ger­wig, and it has never seemed a com­fort­able fit. Writer-di­rec­tor Re­becca Miller has built her movie around Mag­gie (Ger­wig), a thir­ty­ish New York col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tor who plans and plans, and dis­cov­ers that the best laid plans, and vice versa, can oft go astray. Just when she’s on the verge of ar­ti­fi­cially in­sem­i­nat­ing her­self, ro­mance in­trudes in the form of John (Ethan Hawke), a col­lege pro­fes­sor and as­pir­ing nov­el­ist. John is mar­ried to high-pow­ered Danish au­thor Ge­or­gette (Ju­lianne Moore), but she doesn’t un­der­stand him, at least in the way Mag­gie claims to. They marry and have a daugh­ter. But the mar­riage doesn’t work out. So Mag­gie makes an­other plan: She will get her hus­band back to­gether with Ge­or­gette. This plan doesn’t work out much bet­ter than the first. Mag­gie is a con­trol freak with poor con­trol. “I’ve made a big mess,” she con­fesses to her best friend Tony (Bill Hader), and it’s no over­state­ment. Mag­gie’s Plan is pitched in the Woody Allen vein, but it doesn’t rise to that level. Rated R. 98 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

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. (Not re­viewed)

THE NICE GUYS

The 1970s is the set­ting for this crime film, but it is also an ex­cuse to tell an R-rated story with the hard-boiled cin­e­matic aes­thet­ics of that time. Writer and di­rec­tor Shane Black has had a hand in buddy-crime films from

Lethal Weapon to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and he’s so smart that he can’t help but sat­isfy. Ryan Gosling (never fun­nier) and Rus­sell Crowe play a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor and thug-for-hire, re­spec­tively, who re­luc­tantly team up to puz­zle out the ap­par­ent sui­cide of a porn star and un­cover a plot much deeper than they were ex­pect­ing. Their ca­ma­raderie is en­dear­ing, the jokes land, the plot twists are oc­ca­sion­ally shock­ing, and ex­pec­ta­tions are turned on their head when the smartest per­son in every room is a teenage girl (An­gourie Rice). Rated R. 116 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Robert Ker)

NOW YOU SEE ME 2

In 2013, Now You See Me — a rel­a­tively un­her­alded movie about four ma­gi­cians who are framed for theft, pull off a se­ries of un­be­liev­able tricks, and fool a mas­ter (Mor­gan Free­man) — broke through the block­busters of sum­mer and found an au­di­ence. Those il­lu­sion­ists (Jesse Eisen­berg, Woody Har­rel­son, Dave Franco, and now Lizzy Ca­plan) are back, and this time are forced to pull off their great­est heist yet by a crooked tech­ge­nius mas­ter­mind (Daniel Rad­cliffe). Free­man, Mark Ruf­falo, and Michael Caine also re­turn from the first film. Rated PG-13. 129 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

PATHS OF THE SOUL

This movie has many of the same el­e­ments as an An­drei Tarkovsky film: rav­ish­ing nat­u­ral land­scapes, life­like rhythms, mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters, and spir­i­tual clar­ity. A group of peo­ple from the vil­lage of My­ima de­cides to un­der­take the Bud­dhist “bowing pil­grim­age” to the holy Ti­betan cap­i­tal, Lhasa. Chi­nese film­maker Yang Zhang di­rects this sen­si­tive film about the spir­i­tual life of Ti­betans. Cross-cul­tural pol­li­na­tion be­tween the Chi­nese and the Ti­betans is still rare, and the film is a light­house that shows how il­lu­mi­nat­ing such col­lab­o­ra­tions can be, not only for those in the re­gion, but also for the rest of us. Not rated. 115 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Priyanka Ku­mar)

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 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

VITA AC­TIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HAN­NAH ARENDT

A movie about Han­nah Arendt is a movie about the power of thought. One of the out­stand­ing philo­soph­i­cal and crit­i­cal minds of the 20th cen­tury, she achieved her great­est pop­u­lar (or un­pop­u­lar) fame with her cov­er­age for The New Yorker mag­a­zine of the 1961 war-crimes trial of Adolf Eich­mann. And she came up with the tag “the ba­nal­ity of evil.” But this doc­u­men­tary from Ada Ush­piz cov­ers a lot more ground than the Eich­mann trial. It has footage of

A con­fed­er­acy of dudes: Matthew McConaughey in Free State of Jones, at Re­gal DeVar­gas, Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and DreamCatcher

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