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  • Drive Angry 3D / ** (R)
    “Drive Angry 3D” (R, 104 minutes). Opens with a muscle car racing across a burning bridge out of Hell, while we hear a famous 12-letter word. Right away you know where we’re at. An exercise in deliberate vulgarity, gross excess, and the pornography of violence, not to forget garden variety pornography. But it’s well made. You get your money’s worth. Nic Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke. Two stars
  • Hall Pass / **1/2 (R)
    “Hall Pass” (R, 105 minutes). Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play guys whose roving eyes get them in constant hot water with their spouses. So their wives, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, issue “Hall passes” granting them on week of freedom, guilt-free, to do what they want. This leads to tiresome quasi-slapstick of the guys and their posse demonstrating cluelessness about women and many other things, while the wives sail through cheerfully. Not many laughs unless you’re amused by 40-something adolescents. Two and a half stars
  • Poetry / ***1/2 (Unrated)
    “Poetry” (Unrated, 139 minutes) Miji is a South Korean grandmother told she is losing her memory, and faced with the tragedy of a grandson implicated in a rape and murder. Yet she continues with a poetry class she is taking at a local senior center, and mysteriously seems to sublimate some of her depressing reality. The actress Yun Jung-hee provides a delicate central performance, refusing to go for easy effects or to reveal too much, so that we become involved in trying to peer into her. Writer-director Lee Chang-dong won for Best Screenplay at Cannes 2010. Three and a half stars
  • Even the Rain / *** (Unrated)
    “Even the Rain” (Unrated, 104 minutes). The genre of movies about movies coils back on itself here. The film involves the making of a film about Columbus and his discovery of America. That story shows how his arrival began centuries of exploitation of the native Americans he found. “Even the Rain” is about how the filming of this story begins yet another cycle of exploitation. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a wimpy director and Luis Tosar as a penny-pinching producer. Three stars
  • Hidden Love / ** (Unrated)
    “Hidden Love” (Unrated, 95 minutes). Isabelle Huppert provides a powerful performance in a film that makes insufficient use of it. She plays a suicidal mother who has felt antipathy toward her daughter for 23 years. A psychiatrist (Greta Scacchi) is frustrated by her walled-off personality, and so are we. With Melanie Laurent as the daughter. Two stars
  • Great Movie: Senso (1954)
    Visconti’s “Senso” (1954) opens in an opera house and in a way never leaves it. This is a passionate and melodramatic romance, with doomed lovers, posturing soldiers, secret meetings at midnight , bold adultery and dramatic deaths. That it mostly takes place is Venice appropriate–Venice, that city where every view is a backdrop for an aria.
 

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