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Short reviews of what’s in theaters

New releases

Cousin Jules Dominique Benicheti’s documentary about an elderly farmer, Jules Guiteaux, won the top prize at the 1973 Locarno Film Festival and promptly dropped from sight. It’s one of those rare experiences that’s rooted in the past yet feels very much of the moment; on top of that, it’s timeless. In French, with subtitles. (91 min., unrated)
(Ty Burr)

If You Build It Young architects Matthew Miller and Emily Pilloton head a high school program in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. Director Patrick Creadon’s engaging documentary, about innovation inside and outside the classroom and the transformative power of good teaching, takes us through the school year with 10 students learning to design and build structures, including a pavilion for a farmer’s market. (85 min., unrated) (Loren King)

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½ Non-Stop Is there an actor who has ever looked more miserable about kicking butt than Liam Neeson? In his latest effort as the thinking man’s Chuck Norris, he plays a US Marshal trying to identify a nutcase on a trans-Atlantic flight. Good dumb fun until it tries to make sense in the final 10 minutes. With Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery. (105 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

Son of God Christ has been mostly absent from the big screen since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” but the popularity of the 2013 History Channel miniseries “The Bible” seemed worth cashing in, and so the best Jesus bits were condensed into a feature. Though occasionally moving, this version of the greatest story ever told proves bland and uninspired. (138 min., PG-13)
(Peter Keough)

Stalingrad This Russian-made, IMAX 3-D war drama’s depiction of the bloody Soviet-German clash certainly features some brutal bits of screen poetry. Still, they’re matched too infrequently by the aching human stories director Fedor Bondarchuk is so anxious to tell. Mariya Smolnikova plays a quiet teenage girl who ends up in the care of Russian soldiers. In Russian and German, with subtitles. (131 min., R) (Tom Russo)

An archive of reviews is at www.boston.com/movies.
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