Movie stars: capsule reviews

★★ ½The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye For this documentary, Marie Losier spent seven years documenting the performance artist Genesis P-Orridge who, along with his late wife, Lady Jaye, wanted to create a third gender. The movie is a manic, overmedicated, and remembered elegy. It’s also private and personal, more fit for a small, chairless room in a museum than an evening out at the movies. (70 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)

★★ ½Delicacy A charming but shapeless tale of amour lost and refound that’s mostly about the joys of being in love with Audrey Tautou. Every man in the film falls for her character, and at times even the camera swoons. It’s assumed you will feel the same, which may depend on how many times you’ve seen “Amelie.’’ In French, with English subtitles. (108 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

★★ ½Footnote Joseph Cedar’s foreign-language Oscar nominee is set in the world of Israeli academia and focuses on a father-son rivalry. When the father wins a prestigious prize meant for the son, he must make a difficult choice. The film has power and drama but so much flab and whimsy in the first hour that the rest of the film feels almost like a different movie. In Hebrew, with English subtitles. (107 min., PG-13) (Wesley Morris)


★★Free Men A story, loosely based on fact, about Algerians fighting for the Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. Serious and well-intentioned, the film is also slow and pedestrian. Writer-director Ismaël Ferroukhi is no Jean-Pierre Melville, and his film is no “Army of Shadows.’’ Michael Lonsdale is appealingly imperturbable as rector of Paris’s Great Mosque. (99 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)

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★★★The Hunger Games The millions who devoured Suzanne Collins’s futuristic thriller will be satisfied, on balance, by the compromises Hollywood has made while keeping the story true to itself. The millions more who haven’t read the books will be entertained while wondering what the fuss was all about. It’s not a movie on fire, and it should have been. With Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. (142 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

★★★ ½21 Jump Street We have lots of terminology for what happens when two male stars appear to have the platonic hots for each other. What Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have in this very funny, unusually perceptive action-comedy scrambles, transcends, and explodes all of that. They play nincompoop narcs undercover at a high school. The movie may not be consciously exploiting the evolution of male buddydom in Hollywood, but it has redrawn the boundaries. (106 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

★★Being Flynn Filmmaker Paul Weitz relocates Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir from Boston to New York, but that isn’t the reason the film feels directionless. Paul Dano is wanly reactive as Nick, a struggling writer working at a homeless shelter and confronting his father there. As the latter, Robert De Niro gives a real performance in a movie that isn’t equipped to deal with it. (102 min., R) (Ty Burr)

★ ½Casa de mi Padre A genial but awfully thin goof on cheap Mexican telenovelas, with star Will Ferrell leading a Latin American cast that includes Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, the bad boys from “Y Tu Mama Tambien.’’ It’s extra mild salsa - a “Funny or Die’’ Web-sketch that somehow escaped the corral. In Spanish, with subtitles. (84 min., R) (Ty Burr)


★ ½Jeff Who Lives at Home Praising this comedy requires great charity. Two adult brothers (Jason Segel and Ed Helms) seek one brother’s wife (Judy Greer), who could be having an affair, while the brothers’ mother (Susan Sarandon) deciphers romantic messages from a co-worker. This is a sad, shabby world. The filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass have chosen it because they think they can laugh at it without making it funny. (88 min., R) (Wesley Morris)

★★ ½The Salt of Life A quietly insistent parable of male menopause, Gianni Di Gregorio’s second feature (after 2008’s “Mid-August Lunch’’) ambles along the line between comedy and melancholy, rarely making a misstep but rarely looking up. The filmmaker stars as an aging married man confronting the waning of desire. In Italian, with subtitles. (90 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)