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Thomas Doret in “The Kid With a Bike.”

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Boy A Maori kid (the charming James Rolleston) copes with a wayward jailbird dad (writer-director Taika Waititi). The movie rollicks along with style and energy, but the visual exuberance feels defensive, a way to address anxieties that are too hard to look in the eye. An art-house crowd pleaser, nonetheless. (87 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

The Deep Blue Sea Terence Davies’s elegant, swelling adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s 50-year-old play about an adulterous English woman (Rachel Weisz) forgoes moral judgement to focus on the sadness of being existentially stuck. The surprise of the Davies’s version is how all this talk of lust and its repression doesn’t feel remembered at all. It feels current, and part of the reason for that is Weisz’s immediacy. (98 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

Intruders Two children from different countries — Spain and England – are both tormented by a faceless boogeyman that seems evoked by their scribblings. Their parents, including Clive Owen, are hapless to help them. Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Intacto”) does his best with a muddled premise that, while neatly wrapped up, is neither a satisfying exploration of the supernatural nor a thoughtful look at parental responsibility. In English and Spanish, with subtitles. (100 min., R) (Ethan Gilsdorf)


The Kid With a Bike A young boy (Thomas Doret) is abandoned by his father. It sounds tragic in outline, and Belgium’s Dardenne brothers film it in their usual minimalist style, but this Cannes prizewinner is, remarkably, about hope -- about the connections people forge when the ones they’ve been given desert them. With Cécile de France. In French, with English subtitles. (87 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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½ The Raid: Redemption An amazing Indonesian action-movie mash-up in which a group of cops have to conquer a crime lord’s apartment building one floor at a time. Choreographed with jaw-dropping style by the Welsh-born writer-director Gareth Evans, it’s poised at the midway point between an ultraviolent video game and a neo-classic dance musical. In Indonesian, with English subtitles. (100 min., R) (Ty Burr)

Wrath of the Titans Sam Worthington returns as “Clash of the Titans” demigod Perseus, recruited in the gods’ struggle to keep molten, monolithic Kronos imprisoned. Trouble is, Perseus is complacent Rocky here, when “Wrath” needs Eye-of-the-Tiger Rocky. The high point: frenetically shot, u-r-there combat sequences that match director Jonathan Liebesman’s work on “Battle: Los Angeles.” (99 min., PG-13) (Tom Russo)