— 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
— 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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