Movie list­ings

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Want to catch some­thing on the big screen this week­end? Here’s what’s in the­aters from block­busters to in­de­pen­dent films. ex­cel­lent;

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fair; Blaze Di­rec­tor Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze” paints a sweetly melan­choly por­trait of a singer-song­writer, the gifted, self-de­struc­tive Texas-based Blaze Fo­ley (born Michael David Fuller). Ben Dickey plays him in Hawke’s film. “Blaze” comes closer than most to an hon­est look at this sort of trou­ba­dour and this kind of life. Hawke’s fas­ci­nated by the tug of war be­tween artis­tic free­dom and do­mes­tic re­spon­si­bil­ity, and he’s found clever ways to deal with that theme while zigzag­ging through Fo­ley’s life of mu­sic, al­co­hol, co­caine and women. “Blaze” wouldn’t ben­e­fit much, if any, from a few ex­tra mil­lion in the bud­get. It feels right as is. —

Phillips Michael

The Chil­dren Act Emma Thomp­son plays God with con­vinc­ing aplomb in “The Chil­dren Act,” an adap­ta­tion of Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel that fairly bursts with ideas about right and wrong, head and heart, and sense and sen­si­bil­ity. As Lon­don judge Fiona Maye, Thomp­son is all crisp ra­tio­nal­ity and swift, no-non­sense alacrity. Fiona hears a case re­gard­ing a 17-year-old leukemia pa­tient whose Je­ho­vah’s Wit­ness par­ents are re­fus­ing a blood trans­fu­sion that he will prob­a­bly die with­out. When Fiona goes to visit the boy, she dis­cov­ers a bright, se­duc­tively ro­man­tic ado­les­cent who in­stantly bonds with her. The le­gal pa­ram­e­ters of Fiona’s de­ci­sion are rel­a­tively straight­for­ward; the ti­tle of “The Chil­dren Act” refers to the court’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­sider the wel­fare of mi­nors its paramount con­cern. But Fiona’s de­ci­sion forms only one strand of the story’s provoca­tive tan­gle of mo­tives and mis­giv­ings. Once she de­liv­ers her ver­dict, its im­pli­ca­tions make them­selves felt in in­creas­ingly un­set­tling en­coun­ters. “The Chil­dren Act” is an un­mit­i­gated plea­sure to watch and lis­ten to, pri­mar­ily as a show­case for Thomp­son’s in­com­pa­ra­ble gifts as an ac­tress.

Post — Ann Hornaday, The Wash­ing­ton

Crazy Rich Asians Sweet, guile­less Rachel Chu (Con­stance Wu), a New York eco­nomics pro­fes­sor, has been dat­ing hand­some Nick (Henry Gold­ing). Due back in Sin­ga­pore for the sum­mer wed­ding of his best friend, Colin (Chris Pang), Nick is se­ri­ous enough about Rachel that he in­vites her to come and meet his fam­ily, whom he’s been fairly tight-lipped about un­til now. It’s not un­til she finds her­self fly­ing first class that Rachel be­gins to guess why that might be the case. Di­rected with an ex­u­ber­antly per­sonal touch by Jon M. Chu from a spir­ited if un­even script by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, this adap­ta­tion of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 in­ter­na­tional best­seller is a tour de force of life­style pornog­ra­phy, a slick, en­joy­able di­ver­tisse­ment and a sur­pris­ingly tren­chant study of

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