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BOBBI JENE

In this doc­u­men­tary set in the world of mod­ern dance, film­maker Elvira Lind trains her cam­era on dancer Bobbi Jene Smith dur­ing a tran­si­tional time in her life. Af­ter per­form­ing in cel­e­brated chore­og­ra­pher Ohad Na­harin’s com­pany for many years, Smith de­cides to break off on her own. This movie cen­ters on her de­ci­sion, her prepa­ra­tion for her first solo show, and her longdis­tance re­la­tion­ship with her boyfriend. Not rated. 95 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

THE BROAD­WAY MELODY

Not rated. 100 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. See Screen Gems, Page 46.

BUGS

In­sects are the lat­est taste sen­sa­tion for the brave foodie in this al­ter­nately funny, oc­ca­sion­ally cringein­duc­ing, but ul­ti­mately thought-pro­vok­ing look at in­sects as a food com­mod­ity. The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Ben Reade and Josh Evans of the Nordic Food Lab’s Ed­i­ble In­sects Project on a tour around the world to places where eat­ing bugs is de rigueur. Along the way, their epi­curean de­light is sparked by fried cater­pil­lars, worms, ter­mites, grubs, and dan­ger­ous wasps. But

Bugs also takes on some larger is­sues, such as pro­vid­ing a non­flat­ter­ing look at the food in­dus­try and how it steam­rolls over more sus­tain­able food prac­tices. Ul­ti­mately, the idea of whether in­sects can pro­vide an­swers to how we’ll feed an es­ti­mated 9 bil­lion peo­ple by mid­cen­tury — and whether the in­dus­try will use in­sects purely for profit — is left wide open. Bugs leaves us with more ques­tions than an­swers, while rel­ish­ing the chance to show the food choices Western au­di­ences mostly over­look. Not rated. 73 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Michael Abatemarco)

THE FOR­EIGNER

Kung-fu su­per­star Jackie Chan, now sixty-three, aims to en­ter a new phase in his ca­reer with this ac­tion pic­ture helmed by Martin Camp­bell (Casino Royale). He plays a Lon­don busi­ness­man who loses his daugh­ter in a ter­ror­ist at­tack. He sets off on a re­venge mis­sion, hop­ing to get the names of the bombers from a re­luc­tant govern­ment of­fi­cial (Pierce Bros­nan) with a shady past in the IRA. A deadly cat-and-mouse game between the two men en­sues. Rated R. 114 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

HAPPY DEATH DAY

It’s Ground­hog Day meets the se­rial-killer genre in this scare flick about a col­lege stu­dent (Jes­sica Rothe) who wakes up on her birth­day and has a good day un­til she is mur­dered by an at­tacker in a car­toon­ish pig mask. Then, she wakes up again. She must re­live this day re­peat­edly un­til she fig­ures out how to stop this seem­ingly in­vin­ci­ble foe. Rated PG-13. 96 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)

THE LAST DALAI LAMA?

The be­atific smile, twin­kling eyes, and wise, purs­edlipped ob­ser­va­tions of the 14th (and pos­si­bly last) Dalai Lama make this doc­u­men­tary a warmly com­fort­ing and thought­ful, if not an es­pe­cially riv­et­ing or in­for­ma­tive, ex­pe­ri­ence. Di­rec­tor Mickey Lemle uses some footage from his 1993 por­trait (Com­pas­sion in Ex­ile) of the Ti­betan leader to see how his ideas have been af­fected by the events of the en­su­ing quar­ter cen­tury. The movie as­sumes its au­di­ence’s fa­mil­iar­ity with the po­si­tion of Dalai Lama, no doubt cor­rectly, and gives lit­tle his­tor­i­cal or spir­i­tual con­text to the role. It does, how­ever, dust off archival footage of His Ho­li­ness as a child, and spends qual­ity time with him as he dis­cusses com­pas­sion, al­tru­ism, and the work­ings of the mind. As to the ques­tion in the ti­tle, the Dalai Lama, now eighty-two, sug­gests that, given the cir­cum­stances, he may not be rein­car­nated; and if he is, it will not be in a Ti­bet in the grip of a Chi­nese govern­ment that has vowed to pick his suc­ces­sor. Not rated. 82 min­utes. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)

MARSHALL

Chad­wick Bose­man plays Thur­good Marshall in one of the judge’s ca­reer-mak­ing cases, years be­fore he be­came the first African Amer­i­can on the Supreme Court. The year is 1940 and the case is Con­necti­cut v. Joseph Spell, which finds Marshall defending a black chauf­feur (Ster­ling K. Brown) who is ac­cused of the rape and at­tempted mur­der of his white em­ployer (Kate Hud­son). Rated PG-13. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)

PRO­FES­SOR MARSTON AND THE WON­DER WOMEN

Af­ter Won­der Wo­man’s block­buster this past spring and be­fore her next ap­pear­ance in the up­com­ing Jus­tice League film, this movie lets you learn more about the su­per­heroine’s cre­ator, Wil­liam Marston (Luke Evans). In an era when comic books were thought by many to be cor­rupt­ing youth, Won­der Wo­man was known for its de­pic­tions of sado­masochism and bondage (there’s a rea­son she car­ries a lasso). This movie cen­ters Marston’s cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion in his per­sonal life with re­gard to what the film­mak­ers sup­pose was a polyamorous re­la­tion­ship between him, his wife (Re­becca Hall), and an­other wo­man (Bella Heathcote). Rated R. 108 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

THE SANTA FE IN­DE­PEN­DENT FILM FES­TI­VAL

Es­tab­lished in 2009, the an­nual five-day fes­ti­val that is fo­cused on in­de­pen­dent cin­ema re­turns for its ninth year, be­gin­ning with a screen­ing of The Square and an open­ing night party at Vi­o­let Crown on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 18, and con­tin­u­ing through Sun­day, Oct. 22. Screen­ings take place at venues through­out town; the Thurs­day, Oct. 19, pro­gram in­cludes a screen­ing of

Three’s com­pany: Re­becca Hall, Luke Evans, and Bella Heathcote in Pro­fes­sor Marston and the Won­der Women, at Vi­o­let Crown

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