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Tilda Swinton as Eve and Tom Hiddleston as Adam in “Only Lovers Left Alive.’’
Tilda Swinton as Eve and Tom Hiddleston as Adam in “Only Lovers Left Alive.’’Gordon A Timpen/Sony Pictures Classics/Sony Pictures Classics

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★ ★ ★ Alan Partridge The fatuous local radio DJ created by comic actor Steve Coogan has been bouncing around England since 1991 in various formats, but this is the character’s first big-screen iteration. It’s refreshingly small, rude, and funny — the cinematic equivalent of Marmite, but try some, you might like it. With Colm Meaney. (90 min., R) (Ty Burr)

★ ★ Brick Mansions Luc Besson riffed on “Escape From New York” a decade ago with District B13,” a dystopian look at a walled-off Paris ghetto. Now comes the Besson-scripted Americanized remake, featuring the late Paul Walker in one of his final roles. An equal draw is parkour pioneer David Belle, who reprises his “B13” role. Belle’s act hasn’t gotten old, but there could be more of it. (89 min., PG-13) (Tom Russo)


★ ★ Dancing in Jaffa Hilla Medalia’s uplifting documentary about ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine’s attempt to bring together Palestinian and Jewish schoolchildren in his native Jaffa by teaching them to dance rushes through the messy process. The laborious practicing, conflicts, and disappointments barely register, but his success is impressive enough without the step-by-step details. In English, Arab,ic and Hebrew, with subtitles. (100 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

★ ★ ½ On My Way Emmanuelle Bercot’s amusingly rambling drama adds some wrinkles to the geriatric road-movie formula: It’s from France, the main character is a woman rather than a man, and she’s played by the ageless, elegant Catherine Deneuve, doing her level best to look like a wreck. The film hits the expected rest stops with a Gallic shrug and a lot of Gauloises. In French, with subtitles. (116 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

★ ★ ★ Only Lovers Left Alive Writer-director Jim Jarmusch turns one of his silliest notions — a pair of pale late-night hipsters (Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) are actually centuries-old vampires — into one of the more affecting movies of his career. Swinton has rarely been so tender; Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Anton Yelchin play along nicely. (123 min., R) (Ty Burr)


★ The Other Woman One of those female-empowerment comedies that feels like it was made by people who hate women. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton are three-timed by a generic cad (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and enact slapstick revenge. “The First Wives Club” for even less demanding audiences, it’s humiliating for all concerned. (109 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

★ ★ ★ ½ The Zigzag Kid A delightful kids’ film from Europe, about a 13-year-old budding criminologist (Thomas Simon), his police inspector dad, and the twinkly old burglar (Burghart Klaussner) who may be part of the family. Isabella Rossellini figures in here as well, playing an aging chanteuse. Think “Hugo” meets “Emil and the Detectives.” In English, Dutch, and French, with subtitles. (95 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)

★ ★ Walking With the Enemy When it comes to depictions of the Holocaust, good taste is the most tasteless approach of all. Or that’s the lesson to be drawn from this dramatization of the the real-life heroics of Pinchas Rosenbaum, who rescued hundreds of his fellow Hungarian Jews during World War II. (123 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

Previously released

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Captain America: The Winter Soldier The makers of this latest “Avengers” chapter have added a new wrinkle, and it’s right there on the hero’s forehead. The Cap (Chris Evans) contends with super-sized drone warfare and doubts about his mission; the movie’s a hard-edged thrill ride that’s not for little kids. With Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and -- surprise -- Robert Redford. (136 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)


★ ★ ½ Heaven Is for Real Todd Burpo’s best-selling book about his young son’s encounter with the afterlife makes for a surprisingly nuanced entry in the Christian film genre, one that asks a lot of questions while holding onto all the answers. The faithful should welcome it; others, not so much. Good performances by Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly. (100 min., PG)
(Ty Burr)

★ ★ ★ ½ In Bloom The chaos following the independence of Georgia serves as the setting for this splendidly acted and subtly told coming of age story. In 1992 Tbilisi (vividly evoked by the great Romanian cinematographer Oleg Mutu) two 14-year-old girls find their friendship challenged by political turmoil, family dysfunction, and an oppressively macho culture. In Georgian, with subtitles. (102 min., unrated) (Peter Keough)

★ ★ ★ Mr. Peabody & Sherman There was a pretty clear blueprint for this update of the sly ’60s cartoon about time-traveling brainiac dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) and his adopted human son, Sherman (Max Charles). Don’t dumb things down, stick to character, give the duo’s WABAC machine a flashy, 3-D animated rebuild, and you’ve got your movie. The filmmakers do this, but also add some uneven emotional elements. (92 min., PG) (Tom Russo)

★ ★ ★ Muppets Most Wanted The Muppets embark on a European theatrical tour at the urging of their smug new manager (Ricky Gervais), unaware that he and Kermit’s evil doppelganger are exploiting them as a criminal cover. Tina Fey plays matron in the Siberian gulag where Kermit winds up, and Ty Burrell is an Interpol inspector in Clouseau mode. (113 min., PG) (Tom Russo)


★ ★ ½ Noah Equal parts ridiculous and magnificent, Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic elaborates on the Book of Genesis with subplots, additional characters, Russell Crowe as a fearsome patriarch, and computer-generated effects that would have Cecil B. DeMille drooling. (138 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

★ ★ ★ Under the Skin A pretty good “Twilight Zone” idea — a beautiful alien (Scarlett Johansson) stalks Scotland searching for male prey — is given a visionary midnight movie treatment by director Jonathan Glazer. The movie’s a cinematic puzzle that snaps together surprisingly easily yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach. (108 min., R) (Ty Burr)

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