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Bill Murray stars as Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Hyde Park on Hudson.”
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Bill Murray stars as Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Hyde Park on Hudson.”

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½ The Central Park Five A scrupulous, singeing documentary by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah, and her husband David McMahon, that reconstructs the notorious series of events that occurred in the spring of 1989 after a young white investment banker was beaten and raped while running in Central Park. The film focuses on the five teenagers — four black, one Hispanic — who were rounded up, sentenced, and convicted after falsely confessing to the crime. (119 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding If you simply can’t wait for the third season of “Downton Abbey” to begin, and you need to experience English people all clenched up on the day of two people’s nuptials, try Julia Strachey’s novel about a bride-to-be (Felicity Jones) and her cold feet. This movie adaptation has a lot of nattering but little tension, wit, or heat. With the usually wonderful Elizabeth McGovern, so-so as the brides’s mother. (92 min., unrated) (Wesley Morris)

½ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Title notwithstanding, almost exactly as expected. More Middle-earth — the first third of Tolkien’s prequel story to “The Lord of the Rings” — Peter Jackson’s film has lots of sound and fury and not enough narrative momentum. Ian McKellan’s Gandalf and (joy) Andy Serkis’s Gollum return. The 48 fps digital version in theaters looks like high-end video. With Martin Freeman. In 3-D. (169 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)


½ Hyde Park on Hudson A work of historical embroidery about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s possible affair with his sixth cousin, Margaret Suckley, this paints the 32d president as both a creepy sexual predator and a heck of a guy. It’s as tone-deaf as movies get. Bill Murray is actually quite good as FDR, but Laura Linney gives a defeated performance in an impossible role. (94 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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Wagner & Me Beloved British personality and major Richard Wagner fanboy Stephen Fry goes to Bayreuth to marvel at the composer’s musical legacy and — much too gingerly — come to terms with its anti-Semitic dark side. Fry hears Wagner, but he doesn’t really see him. Opera fans will enjoy the backstage access. (89 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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