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THE CO­ME­DIAN

Robert De Niro plays Jackie Burke, a washed-up in­sult comic who can’t es­cape the shadow of a char­ac­ter he once played on TV. While try­ing to re­vive his ca­reer, he gets in trou­ble for in­sult­ing an au­di­ence mem­ber and is sen­tenced to per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice. There, he meets a woman (Les­lie Mann) and a re­la­tion­ship blos­soms. Danny DeVito and Edie Falco also star. Tay­lor Hack­ford (Ray) directs. Rated R. 119 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

HU­MAN

Not rated. 143 min­utes. In mul­ti­ple lan­guages with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 32.

JULI­ETA

Rated R. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 31.

KIKI, LOVE TO LOVE

Shot in a pas­tel color pal­ette in the fash­ion of fel­low Span­ish di­rec­tor Pe­dro Almod­ó­var, Paco León’s bed­room com­edy fol­lows sev­eral Madrid cou­ples as they ex­plore their sex­ual fan­tasies. With so many pro­tag­o­nists, it’s hard to feel any­thing for any of them, and the use of vis­ual sym­bols for erotic acts is gen­er­ally sopho­moric. The tone is light to the point of be­ing weight­less, which makes some of the cru­eler mo­ments seem out of place and un­war­ranted. Even with that bag­gage, how­ever, the film’s big­gest crime is that it’s a sex com­edy that is nei­ther sexy nor very funny. Not rated. 102 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Robert Ker)

RINGS

In 2002, di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski re­made the 1998 Ja­panese hor­ror film Ringu as The Ring, scor­ing a big hit that helped bring J-hor­ror con­cepts to the Amer­i­can main­stream. In this at­tempt to re­vive the franchise more than a decade after it dis­ap­peared from screens, the orig­i­nal movie’s ghostly girl is mad­der than ever about her body be­ing dumped in a well. Matilda Lutz plays Ju­lia, a young woman who discovers a se­cret video within the haunted video of the first film, thereby un­leash­ing the dark spirit once more. Rated PG-13. 102 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE SALES­MAN

Not rated. 125 min­utes. In Per­sian with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 33.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US

This sci-fi love story cen­ters on a teenage boy named Gard­ner (Asa But­ter­field) who was raised on Mars but falls in love with a girl on Earth (Britt Robert­son), and nur­tures the long­est of long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ships with her. When he gets a chance to go to Earth, he re­al­izes his body can’t phys­i­cally han­dle the at­mos­phere, and the cou­ple at­tempt to en­joy their brief time to­gether. This movie was shot through­out New Mex­ico, and was the first film to be shot at Space­port Amer­ica. Rated PG-13. 121 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

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