Movies Opening Friday, April 24


Desert Dancer (PG-13), 3 stars

Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran’s politically volatile climate and the nation’s ban on dancing.

Director: Richard Raymond

Actors: Nazanin Boniadi, Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen


Ex Machina (R), 3.5 stars

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

Director: Alex Garland

Actors: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac



Little Boy (PG-13), not reviewed

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

Director: Alejandro Monteverde

Actors: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie


The Water Diviner (R), 2.5 stars

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Director: Russell Crowe

Actors: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney


The Age of Adaline (PG-13), 3 stars

A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for.

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Actors: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford


Next Week:

— Avengers: Age of Ultron

— Clouds of Sils Maria

— Dior and I

— Merchants of Doubt


Best bet for the week:

— for teens, the first TiltSHIFT Festival, a film and media arts festival organized and programmed by teens. Starts tonight with a short-film program at The Leonardo, and has feature-length films and workshops at the City Library downtown.

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