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Pan (trailer above)
12-year-old orphan Peter (Levi Miller) is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he meets the pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and Hook (Garrett Hedlund).  He ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. An absolute mess of a movie, director Joe Wright can’t stick to one tone or mood as the film vacillates from whimsy to woe while the action is far too muddled to follow and far too dark to distinguish. If anyone can tell me why Hook and the Lost Boys sing Nirvana’s “Smell’s Like Teen Spirit,” I’d appreciate it. 1 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG. 111 minutes. AMC, CAR, HAR, SAV.

He Named Me Malala
Davis Guggenheim’s documentary examines the life of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani who was thrust into the international spotlight when she was targeted and shot by members of the Taliban for protesting the closing of schools in her town.  Charting her transformation from martyr to advocate for women’s rights around the world, the film provides an intimate portrait of her private life as well as her time on the global stage.  Undeniably moving, it’s hard not to be won over by the film’s subject.  However, though we see her at ease, there’s a nagging feeling that we aren’t getting the whole story where this remarkable young woman is concerned. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 87 minutes. ART.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Tobe Hooper’s horror classic is not simply a seminal work of the genre but a masterfully made film that endures because of the craftsmanship that was applied during its making.  Loosely based on the life of serial killer Ed Gein, the movie contains what are now considered horror film tropes; a group of young people get lost, stumble upon a remote house looking for help, only to find a deranged maniac intent on killing them. Hopper’s gritty, cheap aesthetic contributes to the sordid nightmarish tone, while unexpected moments of macabre humor keep the audience on edge.  The clash between urban and rural ideals comes to the fore, as does the economic plight of the family of killers who can be seen as acting out of necessity rather than being compelled by insanity. Not as gory as you might expect, this is a masterful example of sharp editing and suggestion used to imply violence rather than wallow in it.  4 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 83 minutes. ART.

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