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    ½ Closed Curtain Somehow Jafar Panahi has made two features since he was sentenced in 2010 to six years imprisonment and a 20-year ban from filmmaking for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic.” Like his previous film, this is an allegory about the filmmaker’s loss, and the world’s loss because of it. In Farsi, with subtitles. (106 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

    The Dog If it hadn’t been based on a true story, “Dog Day Afternoon” might have been dismissed as Hollywood contrivance. But as this documentary reveals, the truth is much stranger than the fiction. Real life robber John Wojtowicz tells a fascinating tale, but it would have been more convincing if the filmmakers were less credulous. (100 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

    ½ The Expendables 3 Sylvester Stallone teams with a cast more sprawling than ever as his mercenary crew goes up against an arms dealer and onetime compadre played by Mel Gibson. Even Harrison Ford gets in on the act. It’s an overstuffed strategy that, go figure, not only works but even cures a thing or two that ailed the previous movies. With Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, and Kelsey Grammer. (126 min., PG-13) (Tom Russo)


    Finding Fela! A fine documentary about Fela Kuti, the outrageously charismatic Nigerian pop star who lived a life of high drama until his 1997 death. Alex Gibney starts with the recent Broadway musical “Fela!” and moves backward from there; the result is a necessarily messy portrait that ends up short-shrifting some incredible music. So buy the CDs. (120 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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    The Giver A late-to-the-fair film version of Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel, the first in the Young Adult Dystopia genre later colonized by “The Hunger Games” et al. Market-driven retrofitting almost but doesn’t quite kill what makes the story special: Its hero’s inner journey to understand the truth about his world and act on it. With Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep. (94 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

    ½ Land Ho! A marvelous lo-fi fable about two duffers (Paul Eenhoorn and the irrepressible Earl Lynn Nelson) who travel from Kentucky to Iceland. Why? Because life’s short and getting shorter. A hot spring of a movie: It fizzes a lot, and you come out feeling better than you went in. Written and directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens. (95 min., R) (Ty Burr)

    Let’s Be Cops You hear that Jake Johnson and his “New Girl” castmate Damon Wayans Jr. are starring as lovable losers mistaken for LAPD officers, and you’re hopeful. Maybe that sitcom-honed screwiness is just the thing to give the decent-sounding buddy cops riff some added punch. But while the pair might be shooting for outrageous, their aim seems handcuffed to the script, and the script just isn’t all that funny. (104 min., R) (Tom Russo)

    ½ Rich Hill A non-fiction portrait, set in a tiny Missouri town, that picks three random boys from the pigpile of impoverished youth and follows them for a few years, fretting at their chances. It doesn’t sound like much, but the filmmakers have chosen their subjects heartbreakingly well. The result might almost be called “Boyhood: The Documentary.” (91 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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    ½ Calvary The biblical theme of a messiah dying for our sins gets a ripped-from-the-headlines workout in John Michael McDonagh’s Irish indie, which casts Brendan Gleeson as a sage priest threatened with murder. The provocative Church discourse frequently elevates the movie above what’s ultimately a familiar pedigree — arthouse import showing us around a picturesque British Isles outpost exaggeratedly populated by characters who are odd, if not flat-out messed-up. (100 min., R) (Tom Russo)

    Guardians of the Galaxy In Marvel’s latest, Chris Pratt is a roguish space adventurer who teams up with a green-skinned assassin (Zoe Saldana), a cybernetic raccoon (Bradley Cooper), a walking tree (Vin Diesel), and a vengeful hardcase (wrestler Dave Bautista). The motley crew’s repartee makes for comedy that’s surprisingly consistent. (121 min., PG-13) (Tom Russo)

    ½ Into the Storm Giant CGI tornados wreak havoc with Midwestern towns and stock characters. The movie’s straight-up weather porn, a throwback to the disaster movies of the ’70s and epic back-lot cataclysms of Hollywood’s Golden Age. A great movie? Hardly. Visceral guilty-pleasure fun? You betcha. (89 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

    Tammy The new Melissa McCarthy comedy is something unusual: A congenially terrible movie. A road film that pairs the star’s small-town screw-up with her whiskey-soaked grandma (Susan Sarandon), it’s a scattershot mess. But it’s also a female-centric slapstick comedy set in the American underclass, and everyone here seems to appreciate the difference. With Kathy Bates, Mark Duplass, and Gary Cole. (97 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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