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Movie Stars: Capsule reviews of new films

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½ The Comedy Rick Alverson continues the movies’ long tradition of funny fat guys, except that his putative star, Tim Heidecker, is merely fattish and funny only to himself. Heidecker plays a rich 35-year-old whose boredom leaves him only leisure-class provocation. The movie, which is set mostly in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a critique of white-guy privilege, of hipsterism, of how men conduct themselves in comedies. It’s apt and smart. But it’s small. (94 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)

½ Deadfall An A-list cast fights a B-movie script and goes down hard. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play armed incestuous siblings on the run in wintry northern Michigan; Charlie Hunnam is a young boxer who comes between them. With Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek, both looking embarrassed. Not quite awful enough to be fun. (95 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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½ My Worst Nightmare Isabelle Huppert plays an icy museum director who falls in love with the Belgian sleaze bag — played by Benoit Poelvoorde — who’s done repair work on her palatial Paris apartment. A movie like this needs almost no further explanation since, as movie-comedy love goes, this is old-testament ancient. But the movie has more writing than you’d get in an American version of similar material. In French, with subtitles. (99 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)

Neighboring Sounds A slice-of-life drama set in a high-rise neighborhood in Recife, Brazil, this observant, eerie film unfolds like a casual nightmare in the light of day. Writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho graduates from short films as a talent to watch; somewhere, Luis Bunuel is smiling. With Gustavo Jahn and Maeve Jinkings. In Portuguese, with subtitles. (131 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

½ Playing for Keeps A lousy, mis-prioritized romantic comedy with Gerard Butler as a washed-up Scottish sports star who drives mothers crazy when he begins coaching his son’s soccer team. All he wants is another shot at his ex (Jessica Biel), who’s not nearly as lively as Judy Greer, Uma Thurman, or Catherine Zeta-Jones, who play the lusty moms. (95 min., PG-13) (Wesley Morris)

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