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April 14, 2013

In theaters this week


Dark Horse

Todd Solondz’ latest suburban chamber of horrors is a wonderfully realized and surprisingly understated dark satire, an odd — and, at times, oddly endearing — love story between rude, obese, unlikable Abe and narcissistic, depressive Miranda. 1 hr. 24 No MPAA rating (mature themes, profanity)

Dead Man Down


Colin Farrell stars in this unwitting gangland noir parody, about a hitman, his boss, a moody moll and a mess of badness and betrayal. Noomi Rapace is the emotionally and physically scarred femme fatale, and Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper and F. Murray Abraham also star. 1 hr. 50 R (violence, profanity, sex, adult themes)


A general working with Douglas MacArthur tries to assess Hirohito’s complicity in attacking the U.S. — but also tries to find the Japanese exchange student he fell in love with before the war — in this historically interesting (but perhaps historically suspect) mix of romantic shmaltz and post-war angst and intrigue. Matthew Fox stars. 1 hr. 46 PG-13 (violence, war, adult themes)

EVIL DEAD 3 stars. This remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 demonic gorefest doesn’t surpass the original, but it measures up well enough to give fans of the genre what they crave. 1 hr. 32 R (ultra-violence, extreme gore, demonic slapstick, drug use, profanity)

THE GATEKEEPERS 4 stars. Dror Moreh’s Oscar-nominated documentary finds six former heads of Israel’s counterterrorism agency speaking with striking candor, and with no little regret, about the decisions that backfired, the iron-fisted policies that brought about more violence, more bloodshed, not less. If there’s a way out of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, these men may have the answer. 1 hr. 37 PG-13 (violence, adult themes)

GIMME THE LOOT 3 stars. Adam Leon’s scruffy, scrappy thrift store-budget indie follows a pair of teen taggers around the Bronx and Manhattan as they try to find $500 to pull off a graffiti coup: tagging the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple. Trouble — and the impossible charms of the two leads — ensue. 1 hr. 21 No MPAA rating (profanity, drugs, adult themes)

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