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January 19, 2014

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‘BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR’: 4 stars. Yes, there is a lot of sex. Graphic sex between two young women. But that’s only part of what this extraordinary film is about. This three-hour portrait of a French high school student (an amazing Adèle Exarchopoulos) is shot with a close-up intensity that brings the character out from the screen and into your heart. It’s emotional 3-D! 2 hrs. 59 NC-17 (graphic sex, nudity, profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea

‘BLUE JASMINE’: 3 stars. Cate Blanchett storms her way through the title role of Woody Allen’s pastiche-y melodrama, about a fallen socialite seeking refuge in her sister’s San Francisco flat. Lifted in chunks from “A Streetcar Named Desire, and offering wincing blue-collar-type caricatures, the film is nonetheless a wonder — thanks to its star. With Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, and Bobby Cannavale, looking on in awe. 1 hr. 38 PG-13 (adult themes) — “S.R.

‘THE BOOK THIEF’ 2 1/2 stars. World War II melodrama about a German girl who learns to treasure words through her friendship with a Jewish refugee hiding in the basement. Adapted from the bestselling young adult novel, and compromised by production design that is too beautiful by half — the Holocaust has never looked so good. With Sophie Nélisse in the title role, and Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as the foster parents she comes to love. 2 hrs. 11 PG-13 (violence, adult themes) — Steven Rea

‘THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN’ 3 1/2 stars. The Belgian entry in the Academy Awards foreign language competition offers a time-hopping portrait of a couple’s romance and relationship. He’s a hipster bluegrass-obsessed musician, she’s a tattoo artist, and together they make music, literally — and then make a child. A child who, at 6, is diagnosed with cancer. A surprisingly moving, and musical, film. 1 hr. 51 R (sex, nudity, profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea

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