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Mex­i­can com­edy star Eu­ge­nio Der­bez gets his big­gest shot to cross over into the United States yet. He plays Máx­imo, a man who has cre­ated a pam­pered life for him­self by se­duc­ing wealthy older women. When he is hum­bled and must move in with his sis­ter (Salma Hayek), he learns lessons about what is re­ally im­por­tant in life. Rob Lowe also stars. Rated PG-13. 115 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)

KEDI

Di­rec­tor Ceyda Torun grew up sur­rounded by the street cats of Is­tan­bul. “They were my friends and con­fi­dants,“she wrote, “and I missed their pres­ence in all the other cities I ever lived in.” This warm­hearted film, shot partly from hu­man per­spec­tive and partly from cat height, is a love let­ter to the fe­lines and the peo­ple who share her na­tive city. “Peo­ple who don’t love an­i­mals can’t love peo­ple ei­ther — I know that much,” ob­serves one mat­ter-of-fact fish­mon­ger. Yet the film is not sappy, just gen­er­ous and wise. By the end, you’ll feel as if a cat has been purring on your lap for 80 min­utes. Not rated. 80 min­utes. In Turk­ish with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (James Keller)

KING ARTHUR: LEG­END OF THE SWORD

In 2009, di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie reimag­ined the Sher­lock Holmes sto­ries as a ki­netic ac­tion flick. Now, he at­tempts to give an­other British myth a sim­i­lar trans­for­ma­tion by ap­ply­ing his vis­ual style to King Arthur. This story fo­cuses on the years sur­round­ing Arthur’s (Char­lie Hun­nam) pulling the sword from the stone and be­com­ing a some­what re­luc­tant king. Astrid Bergès-Fris­bey, Jude Law, Dji­mon Houn­sou, and Eric Bana also star. Rated PG-13. 126 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

LOWRID­ERS

Set in East LA, this drama fo­cuses on Danny (Gabriel Chavar­ria), a teenage graf­fiti artist who is en­cour­aged by his fa­ther (Demián Bichir) to be­come a me­chanic and join the fam­ily busi­ness. When his no-good brother (Theo Rossi) re­turns from prison and seeks to com­pete with their fa­ther at a lowrider com­pe­ti­tion, Danny must choose his al­le­giances. Rated PG-13. 99 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

NEI­THER WOLF NOR DOG

In the 1990s, au­thor Kent Ner­burn was con­tacted by a Na­tive Amer­i­can el­der named Dan to help him write a book that con­veyed Dan’s wis­dom, po­lit­i­cal opin­ions, and so­cial com­men­tary. That col­lab­o­ra­tion be­came the 1995 book Nei­ther Wolf Nor Dog, and now Ner­burn has adapted the book into a screen­play about the jour­ney the two men un­der­took. Christo­pher Sweeney plays Ner­burn, and Dave Bald Ea­gle plays Dan, in this telling of how Ner­burn ac­cepted this re­spon­si­bil­ity while travers­ing Lakota coun­try. 2 p.m. Satur­day, May 27, only. Not rated. 110 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Not re­viewed)

NOR­MAN: THE MOD­ER­ATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER

Richard Gere plays Nor­man, the epony­mous hero of this char­ac­ter study of a flim­flam man who sud­denly finds him­self op­er­at­ing at an un­ac­cus­tomed al­ti­tude and gasp­ing for breath. Gere is gar­ner­ing fine re­views, and one’s tol­er­ance for the ac­tor’s idio­syn­cra­sies will pro­vide a pretty ac­cu­rate gauge of one’s re­ac­tion to this quirky New York tale. In the movie’s key setup, Nor­man in­sin­u­ates him­self into the com­pany of a mi­dlevel Is­raeli politi­cian named Micha Eshel (a su­perb Lior Ashke­nazi) by buy­ing him a pair of shoes. It’s an in­vest­ment that pays off three years later, when Eshel re­turns to New York as his coun­try’s prime min­is­ter. The po­lit­i­cal in­tri­ca­cies of this story, by the Is­raeli-Amer­i­can writer-di­rec­tor Joseph Cedar (Foot­note), keep things in­ter­est­ing, and a solid sup­port­ing cast helps us to over­look some of the story’s weak points. Even­tu­ally, as the threads tan­gle around Nor­man and threaten to bring him and his pre­car­i­ous house of cards to grief, there is only one av­enue that leads to re­demp­tion. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)

SNATCHED

In the lat­est Amy Schumer com­edy, she plays Emily, a woman who is dumped by her boyfriend just be­fore they are sched­uled to em­bark on a trip to South Amer­ica. In­stead she coaxes her home­body mother (Goldie Hawn, in her first film role since 2002) to join her for a lit­tle bond­ing in par­adise. Their ad­ven­ture goes awry when they are kid­napped and must work to­gether to get away from their cap­tors. Rated R. 91 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THEIR FINEST

By turns funny, ro­man­tic, mov­ing, and har­row­ing, this movie about movies, war, and fe­male em­pow­er­ment hits ev­ery note with the ex­quis­ite ping of a fork struck to fine crys­tal. Gemma Arter­ton is Ca­trin Cole, a young woman who in blitz-rav­aged Lon­don un­ex­pect­edly finds her­self hired by the British Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion’s film di­vi­sion as a screen­writer to han­dle the “slop” (women’s di­a­logue) for pro­pa­ganda movies. The as­sign­ment is to find real wartime hu­man in­ter­est sto­ries and turn them into morale-rais­ing pot­boil­ers. The per­fect cast­ing in­cludes Sam Claflin as her writ­ing part­ner and per­haps more, Bill Nighy as an ag­ing star, Ed­die Mars­den as his agent, plus He­len McCrory, Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Irons, and many more. To see Nighy raise an eye­brow, or sing an Ir­ish air in a pub, is pure cin­ema magic. Im­pec­ca­bly di­rected by Dan­ish film­maker Lone Sher­fig and adapted by Gaby Chi­appe from Lissa Evans’s 2009 novel Their Finest Hour

and a Half (a ti­tle they should have kept), this is cer­tainly one of the year’s finest to date. Rated R. 117 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

Mus­cle beach party: Dwayne John­son and Zac Efron in Bay­watch, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and DreamCatcher

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