★★★ Bad Words — Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of “Bad Words,” starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense. I had wondered where Bateman’s angry itch would take him next. As an actor, Bateman always brings an edge to his work. The comic sensibility of his films is more biting for it. The script is a good match of man and material. At times “Bad Words” has a tendency to over bite, but Bateman seems to sense it and pulls back before patience runs out. 89 min. (R) for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity. Cinemark Paradise 24, Davie; Cinemark Palace 20, Boca Raton. — Betsy Sharkey, Tribune Newspapers ★★ Divergent — In Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy of best-selling futuristic hellholes, being a “divergent” means you avoid easy categorization and defy the crushing dictates of your overseers. The movie version of “Divergent” is no divergent. It goes along to get along. It’s tame, formulaic and strictly by the book in every sense. Certainly you can do worse in this genre. The recent screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” was a lot worse. But you can do better, courtesy of “The Hunger Games,” to which “Divergent” bears a more-than-passing resemblance. 143 min. (PG-13) for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality. — Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers ★★ Enemy — Jake Gyllenhaal does tour de force double duty in this intimate thriller, a cryptic essay on identity. “Enemy” is a fever-dream fantasy about a rumpled college professor with perhaps a taste for the kinky who discovers that he has an exact double. While it’s an idea on the tip of the zeitgeist and this film is layered in creepy, calamitous dread, it’s hard to say that director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Javier Gullon’s adaptation of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese writer Jose Saramago got a handle on anything resembling a point. On a single viewing we have Gyllenhaal’s simple but immaculate separation of the characters, and the time to wonder if it’s all just one man’s nightmare about the life he’s settled into. 90 min. (R) for some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language. Classic Gateway Theatre, Fort Lauderdale. — Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers ★★★ ½ The Grand Budapest Hotel — Writer-director Wes Anderson’s newest film is one of his cleverest and most gorgeous movies, dipping just enough of a toe in the real world — and in the melancholy works of its acknowledged inspiration, the late Austrian writer Stefan Zweig — to prevent the whole thing from floating off into the ether of minor whimsy. I would call it major whimsy, with Anderson treating the ravages of the 20th century as a series of echoes through time. His made-up land of Zubrowka draws upon the sort of Mittel-European never-never-land atmospherics favored by the early Ernst Lubitsch. Throughout Anderson revels in the mechanics and the delightful fakery of moviemaking illusions gone by. It’s a mirage of what was. 100 min. (R) for language, some sexual content and violence. — Michael Philips, Tribune Newspapers ★★ Muppets Most Wanted — High spirits and good times are hard to come by in “Muppets Most Wanted,” the anxious follow-up to the commercially successful 2011reboot “The Muppets” and the seventh Muppet sequel to follow in the animal tracks of “The Muppet Movie” back in 1979. I’m not sure what young newcomers will make of this sardonic take on the felt-covered universe, created by the late Jim Henson long before Disney got ahold of it. But if you’ve come to this point in a “Muppets Most Wanted” review and haven’t mentioned a single Muppet, something’s wrong. The movie throws a misjudged majority of the material to the villains and lets the unfashionably sincere and sweet-natured Muppets fend for themselves. 112 min. (PG) for some mild action. — Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers ★★★ Nymphomaniac: Vol. I — For all its credited sex doubles (eight) and digitally attached stunt genitalia, the new Lars von Trier lark is a weirdly old-fashioned affair. Much of the film’s running time consists of a hushed two-person play set in an apartment. One night, in an alley, a bruised and battered woman named Joe is discovered by an older man, Seligman. He soon realizes he has before him a compulsively sexual character with a juicy set of life experiences to share. Is the whole thing a joke? The filmmaker’s so crafty in his technique, so brazen in his provocations, you can’t rightly say this film’s about anything other than its author’s wormy fantasies. 117 min. (U) Sex, nudity, violence, gore, profanity, frightening/intense scenes. Classic Gateway Theatre, Fort Lauderdale. — Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers ★★ ½ On MyWay— Facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, a woman hits the road for a trip with her grandson. Starring Catherine Deneuve. In French. 116 min. (U) — Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers
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