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