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Movie Stars

From left: Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, and Dane DeHaan  in “Kill Your Darlings.”
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From left: Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, and Dane DeHaan in “Kill Your Darlings.”

Newest releases

About Time Director Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”) spins the tale of a frequently tongue-tied everyguy (Domhnall Gleeson) whose ability to revisit moments in his own life is
about getting things right, especially with his new crush (Rachel McAdams), not inadvertently throwing things off. Oh, the possibilities the story imagines — and oh, the heartache that inevitably arises just the same. With Bill Nighy. (124 min., R) (Tom Russo)

½ Birth of the Living Dead This documentary about the making of the granddaddy of all zombie films spends too much time with a motley selection of talking heads and their uninspired analyses and not enough with the filmmaker himself, the irrepressible, shrewd, and entertaining 73-year-old George Romero. Despite its lapses, it offers enough meat to satisfy fans of the filmmaker and the genre. (76 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

Blue Is the Warmest Color This year’s Cannes winner, Abdellatif Kechiche’s epic coming of age drama has remarkable performances (by Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux), “scandalous” lesbian sex scenes, rapturous cinematography, and a partial blindness to its own voyeuristic tendencies. In French, with subtitles. (179 min., NC-17) (Ty Burr)


½ Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli Known for their spare, sleek work, the Vignellis, a married couple, are among the most important and influential designers of the past half century. They’ve done work for everyone from American Airlines and Bloomingdale’s to the National Parks Service and New York subway system. Kathy Brew and Robert Guerra’s documentary is lively and informative, though it does tend to fawn. (86 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)

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½ Diana A gooey true-romance comic book trying to pass itself off as a historical drama. Naomi Watts plays Princess Diana in the last two years of her life, rapturously in love with an elegant London heart surgeon (Naveen Andrews of “Lost”). Between the purple dialogue and gossip-magazine sentimentality, the movie has no relationship to reality — as if anyone cared. (113 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

Diego Star This impressive debut follows the fortunes of an Ivory Coast crewman on the vessel of the title who finds himself stranded in a Canadian port when the ship breaks down. There he fights loneliness and the system with mixed results. The minimal style and nuanced performances turn this simple scenario into a moving drama and a compelling plea for justice. (Peter Keough) (91 min., unrated)

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card has been called out for his anti-gay views, but they are irrelevant in his novel about alienation, empathy, and loss of innocence. Unfortunately, those themes aren’t relevant to Gavin Hood in his adaptation of this story about a child recruited to combat an alien invasion. He turns a tragedy into a big video game. (114 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

Free Birds Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson are cartoon turkeys who go time traveling back to the first Thanksgiving to get their species off the menu. Sounds fun, right? Of course, if the movie could have given us a little story development beyond just the premise, that would have been nice, too. With Amy Poehler. (91 min., PG) (Tom Russo)


Kill Your Darlings An engrossing portrait of the Beat writers in their youth that centers on poet Allen Ginsberg, played in a smart, sympathetic performance by Daniel Radcliffe. With Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac, a devilish Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, and Michael C. Hall as the doomed David Kammerer, whose murder landed them all on the front page. (104 min., R) (Ty Burr)

Last Vegas Five aging stars — Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen — tarnish their résumés with this boorish buddy movie about pals who go to Las Vegas to celebrate when one of them announces his upcoming nuptials. The mawkishness and phony platitudes don’t make the flat jokes about flagging faculties, prostate problems, and saggy physiques any funnier. (104 min., PG-13) (Peter Keough)

½ Let the Fire Burn Consisting solely of primary sources such as official videos of depositions and committee investigations and the reports of TV news crews, first-time director Jason Osder’s brilliant documentary about the destruction of the MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia, in 1985, builds slowly and methodically to a jolting conclusion. A shocking record of an almost-forgotten incident that resonates disturbingly with similar issues today. (95 min. unrated) (Peter Keough)

½ Man of Tai Chi Except for one key casting choice — himself as the bad guy — Keanu Reeves does not embarrass himself in his directorial debut. In Beijing a young tai chi expert is tempted to violate the sacredness of his discipline to beat up people and make money in illegal bouts. Slow and erratic, but the brutal bouts and self-reflexive imagery almost make up for the clumsy narrative. (105 min., R) (Peter Keough)

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