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Simon Pegg stars in the comedy “The World’s End.’’

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Simon Pegg stars in the comedy “The World’s End.’’

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½ Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play a Depression-era outlaw couple; Ben Foster is the sad-eyed deputy who loves Mara. Writer-director David Lowery has made a precise, often staggeringly beautiful emulation of the ’70s work of Robert Altman and Terence Malick, specifically the former’s “Thieves Like Us” (1974) and the latter’s “Days of Heaven” (1978). But the characters are too ordinary to care for deeply and the story doesn’t add up to much. (105 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

Cutie and the Boxer A marriage between two artists doesn’t always lead to domestic tranquility, as is demonstrated in Zachary Heinzerling’s impressionistic documentary about Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Despite hard times, the Japanese-born couple has stayed together for 40 years, still pursuing their art and squabbling in their garret-like Brooklyn loft. This portrait of the artists is all the more inspiring because of its harsh honesty. (82 min., R) (Peter Keough)

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½ The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones In an attempt to become the next big teenage fantasy franchise (think “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” “The Hunger Games”), this adaptation of the first in Cassandra Clare’s series of books steals from all of them. A teenaged girl glimpses an underworld of supernatural good and evil that soon descends into the realm of self-parody. (120 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

Spark: A Burning Man Story Located in the desert of Nevada, the annual Burning Man festival is a Disneyland for Occupy Movement believers. But this documentary only gives us a one-sided picture through the eyes of the bohemian San Francisco founders. Their growing pains are discussed at length, but what is missing is accounts from festival-goers. (90 min., unrated) (Steve Morse)

½ The World’s End The third and weakest in the “Shaun of the Dead”/“Hot Fuzz” series from director-writer Edgar Wright, writer-star Simon Pegg, and costar Nick Frost, this juggles an epic pub crawl, male middle-age crises, and an attack of alien cyborgs. It’s more frantic than funny, but it’s still funny enough — just. With Rosamund Pike. (109 min., R) (Ty Burr)

You’re Next In this taut, twisted, and gratifying exercise in the home invasion scenario, Adam Wingard plays with stereotypes and subverts them. A dysfunctional family gathers for an anniversary, and unknown assailants put them out of their misery. But all is not as it seems, and Wingard reverses expectations in what proves to be a perverse parable of family values. (94 min., R) (Peter Keough)

An archive of reviews is at www.boston.com/movies.
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