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AL­LIED

In this World War II thriller by di­rec­tor Robert Ze­meckis, Brad Pitt plays a Cana­dian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer in 1942 North Africa who falls in love with a French re­sis­tance fighter (Mar­ion Cotil­lard). Af­ter they are mar­ried in Lon­don, he is told that she is sus­pected of be­ing a Ger­man spy. If proof is found, he is charged with the task of killing her. As his sus­pi­cions grow, the global con­flict spills into their happy do­mes­tic life. Opens Wednes­day, Nov. 23. Rated R. 124 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALF­TIME WALK

Di­rec­tor Ang Lee tells a con­tem­po­rary war story about young pri­vate Billy Lynn (Joe Al­wyn), who took part in a suc­cess­ful cam­paign in the Iraq War and is tem­po­rar­ily sent back home for a vic­tory tour. Dur­ing the half­time per­for­mance of a Thanks­giv­ing Day foot­ball game, Lynn flashes back to the ex­pe­ri­ence, which is more har­row­ing than glo­ri­ous. Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, and Kris­ten Ste­wart also star. Rated R. 110 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

BLEED FOR THIS

To date, Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spec­tac­u­lar Now) has pri­mar­ily played the types of roles that don’t ex­actly re­quire him to be mus­cle-bound. This time out, he hits the gym to em­body former world cham­pion boxer Vinny Pazienza, who in the early 1990s suf­fered a bro­ken neck in a car ac­ci­dent and was told he might never walk again. This film re­counts the story of his come­back from that in­jury to re­claim his box­ing ca­reer. Aaron Eck­hart also stars. Rated R. 116 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)

THE EDGE OF SEVEN­TEEN

As if high school weren’t hard enough for Na­dine (Hailee Ste­in­feld), she sud­denly be­comes even more iso­lated when her big brother (Blake Jen­ner) starts dat­ing her best friend (Ha­ley Lu Richard­son). Her for­tunes turn, how­ever, when she strikes up a friend­ship with a boy (Hay­den Szeto) who, like her, is a bit of a so­cial out­cast. Woody Har­rel­son plays the sar­cas­tic his­tory teacher who serves as Na­dine’s men­tor in this foul-mouthed com­ing-of-age film. Rated R. 104 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

FAN­TAS­TIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Rated PG-13. 133 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D in Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. See re­view, Page 39.

THE LOVE WITCH

In­de­pen­dent film­maker Anna Biller’s glo­ri­ously col­ored homage to 1970s hor­ror films and 1950s Dou­glas Sirk women’s dra­mas de­tails the down­ward spi­ral of a seem­ingly in­no­cent witch (Sa­man­tha Robin­son) who loves men so much that, well, she loves them to death. Biller’s films pay trib­ute to 1960s Tech­ni­color thrillers, but The Love Witch — which she di­rected, wrote, pro­duced, and edited — fails in the edit­ing process. It drags on way too long, and it doesn’t help that the lead char­ac­ter doesn’t seem to un­der­stand the ef­fect she has on men (though you could ar­gue that’s a re­al­is­tic touch). The per­for­mances are all solid, how­ever, and the film some­times dis­plays a wry, dark sense of hu­mor. Not rated. 120 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Robert Nott)

MOANA LOV­ING

Opens Wednes­day, Nov. 23. Rated PG-13. 123 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 37. Dis­ney’s hol­i­day-sea­son an­i­mated of­fer­ing is this col­or­ful fa­ble of a young Poly­ne­sian girl (Auli’i Cravalho) who is cho­sen to save her peo­ple. She seeks out the demigod named Maui (Dwayne John­son), and to­gether they set sail for a mys­ti­cal is­land, where ad­ven­ture awaits. Opens Wednes­day, Nov. 23. Rated PG. 113 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

MOON­LIGHT

Rated R. 110 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 41.

RULES DON’T AP­PLY

Writer-di­rec­tor War­ren Beatty re­turns with this en­sem­ble ro­man­tic comedy set in 1950s Hol­ly­wood. The story cen­ters on an as­pir­ing ac­tress (Lily Collins) and her am­bi­tious driver (Alden Ehren­re­ich), who are both in the em­ploy of the bil­lion­aire film­maker and avi­a­tor Howard Hughes (Beatty). Both new to Hol­ly­wood, they find them­selves slip­ping into a strictly for­bid­den ro­mance while also ne­go­ti­at­ing the ec­cen­tric­i­ties of their boss. An­nette Ben­ing, Alec Bald­win, Matthew Brod­er­ick, Martin Sheen, Ed Har­ris, and Oliver Platt also star. Opens Wednes­day, Nov. 23. Rated PG-13. 126 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

In 2007, James Bowen was a re­cov­er­ing ad­dict and for­merly home­less man in Lon­don, busk­ing on the streets for a small

“I spy a spy with my lit­tle eye”: Brad Pitt and Mar­ion Cotil­lard in Al­lied, open­ing Wednes­day, Nov. 23, at Vi­o­let Crown

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