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GHOSTLAND: THE VIEW OF THE JU’/HOANSI

The no­madic Ju’/hoansi tribes­men of Namibia are con­sid­ered one of the old­est indige­nous cul­tures in the world; they still prac­tice their cen­turies-old hunter-gath­erer cus­toms. This doc­u­men­tary, which ex­plores their life­style, brings some of them to Europe, and shows Western au­di­ences how our mod­ern cul­ture ap­pears. Not rated. 84 min­utes. In English and Ju’/hoan with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Not re­viewed)

HID­DEN FIG­URES

Rated PG. 127 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. See re­view, Page 33.

MI­FUNE: THE LAST SA­MU­RAI

Not rated. 80 min­utes. In English and Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. See re­view, Page 34.

A MON­STER CALLS

Lonely, hol­low-eyed twelve-year-old Conor O’Mal­ley (Lewis MacDougall) is “too old to be a kid, too young to be a man.” The same co­nun­drum holds true for this haunted, im­pres­sively crafted tale from di­rec­tor J.A. Bay­ona, told in fan­tas­tic CGI spe­cial ef­fects, an­i­ma­tion, and live drama. Who is it for? Conor is bul­lied at school, but his life’s real tragedy is the can­cer that is killing his beloved mother (Felic­ity Jones) and throw­ing him to­gether with his au­thor­i­tar­ian grand­mother (Sigour­ney Weaver). His ab­sen­tee fa­ther (Toby Kebbell) shows up to help, but he has a new fam­ily in LA. The mon­ster, a gi­ant an­i­mated tree (voiced by Liam Nee­son) man­i­fests it­self to Conor in night­mar­ish ap­pear­ances and growls three Dick­en­sian sto­ries de­signed to help him un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing in his life. In re­turn, Conor must tell the mon­ster his own story — about his dark­est fears. The screen­play by Pa­trick Ness, who cre­ated a prizewin­ning novel from an idea be­gun by a dy­ing friend, is com­plex and mov­ing, with in­sights about mor­tal­ity and sur­vival, and the vi­su­als are strik­ing. But this one is not for the Frozen crowd. Rated PG-13. 108 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas; Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

OLD STONE

Not rated. 80 min­utes. In Man­darin with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 35.

UN­DER­WORLD: BLOOD WARS

The Un­der­world film se­ries, about an eter­nal war be­tween vam­pires and a race of were­wolves known as the Ly­cans, is some­how now up to its fifth in­stall­ment since de­but­ing way back in 2003. This time, the gun-tot­ing, vam­pire “death dealer” Selene (Kate Beck­in­sale once more) strives to end the war once and for all. Rated R. 91 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at Dream­Catcher. (Not re­viewed)

Branch man­ager: Conor O’Mal­ley in A Mon­ster Calls, at Re­gal DeVar­gas and Vi­o­let Crown

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