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Ruksana’s story is one of the vignettes in “Girl Rising’’ about the treatment of girls in the developing world.

Kiran Reddy

Ruksana’s story is one of the vignettes in “Girl Rising’’ about the treatment of girls in the developing world.

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½ “Blancanieves” Spanish director Pablo Berger applies the silent treatment of “The Artist” to the trend of modernized fairy tales such as “Mirror, Mirror” in this adaptation of “Snow White.” Here she’s an amnesiac bullfighter in a troupe of dwarf toreadors in 1920s Spain. Though it features a photogenic Macarena Garcia, in the title role, and a wicked Maribel Verdú, as the stepmother, Berger’s silent doesn’t have much to say. (104 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

½ A Fierce Green Fire Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell (“Berkeley in the Sixties”) offers an overview of more than five decades of environmental activism. Inspired by Philip Shabecoff’s book of the same name, the documentary keeps things loose and lively. It focuses on the birth of the environmental movement, toxic dumping at Love Canal, the emergence of “accidental” activists, the quest for alternative energy, and climate change. (101 min., unrated) (Loren King)

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Girl Rising This documentary offers nine real-life vignettes and many statistics about the ill treatment of girls in the developing world. It’s so well-intentioned you want to give it a hug. The price of good intentions is that it looks and feels like an extended public-service announcement. The vocal talent is rather astounding: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson (the one male voice). (104 min., PG-13) (Mark Feeney)

The Lords of Salem Rob Zombie injects his brand of trippy horror with some dark local color in a portrait of vengeful occult torment. Salem radio DJ Sheri Moon Zombie, the director’s wife, falls under the satanic influence of modern-day witches. There are echoes of “Rosemary’s Baby, ” and the movie grows visually and tonally crazier. There comes a point where inaccessibility breaks even the most potent genre spell. (101 min., R) (Tom Russo)

½ Oblivion It’s 2077, and Earth’s in tough shape. Tom Cruise patrols the devastation, fighting off Scavs, short for Scavengers, led by Morgan Freeman. Andrea Riseborough is his communications officer/lover. When Olga Kurylenko’s NASA spaceship crash-lands, things get complicated. Like its star, the movie is clean, cold, efficient, increasingly overblown, and not a little inexplicable. (126 min., PG-13) (Mark Feeney)

½ Room 237 Rodney Ascher’s deadpan documentary is a consideration of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and what it means to a handful of people who have watched it a lot. A lecture on the Holocaust? A confession that Kubrick faked the moon landings? The film laughs at other people’s nonsense while marveling at the certainty of their faith. (102 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

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½ 42 Writer-director Brian Helgeland’s ambitious biopic about Jackie Robinson is well acted, handsomely made, and as shallow as a kid’s True Heroes picture book. As Robinson, newcomer Chadwick Boseman hits the script’s slow floaters and Harrison Ford is an enjoyable cartoon as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. It’s slick Hollywood pageantry, crowd-pleasing but hollow. (128 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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The Gatekeepers In Dror Moreh’s stunning documentary — one of this year’s Oscar nominees in the category — a handful of grizzled old men talk openly about their experiences running Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. It plays a little like “Zero Dark Thirty” as directed by Errol Morris. In Hebrew, with subtitles. (95 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

Jurassic Park It’s a testament to Steven Spielberg’s storytelling virtuosity that this 20th-anniversary reissue still feels so intense. The movie’s 3-D conversion can make moments like a raptor leaping at the ceiling feel processed, but overall it’s a nice enhancement. Still, the crazily veering mix of terror and family-friendly wonderment continues to make this one of Spielberg’s more curious works, as imperfectly spliced as those frog-laced strands of dino DNA. (127 min., PG-13) (Tom Russo)

½ No A sly true-life drama about the 1988 vote that threw out Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, focusing on an ad-man (Gael Garcia Bernal) who sold democracy like it was Coca-Cola. The movie has a cool intelligence that ripples up the years to where we live. A 2013 best foreign language Oscar nominee. In Spanish, with subtitles. (118 min., R) (Ty Burr)

The Place Beyond the Pines Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s “Blue Valentine” is an ambitious triptych about men and sin and forgiveness, but it gradually caves in to over-plotting and pretensions. Ryan Gosling makes the first third into something very special and Bradley Cooper does what he can with the midsection. With Eva Mendes. (140 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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