Film, Times & Events: Week of April 3

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EFFIE GRAY Emma Thompson contributes to the screenplay for this historical drama exploring the Victorian-era marriage of teenage Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) to the learned, wealthy, influential (and secretly gay) art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, and Derek Jacobi co-star for director Richard Laxton. (PG-13) 108 minutes. Starts Friday.

FURIOUS 7 The untimely death of co-star Paul Walker midway through filming this installment was a blow to the series, but the action franchise roars on with this tale of a vendetta sworn against team leader Vin Diesel and his crew. Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Walker are featured. Jason Statham and Kurt Russell also join the cast. (PG-13) 137 minutes. Starts Friday.

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER This offbeat film festival favorite concerns a young Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) in a mundane job in Tokyo who finds an old VHS copy of the movie Fargo, and journeys to North Dakota to find the buried treasure depicted therein. David Zellner directs. (Not rated) 105 minutes. Starts Friday.

WOMAN IN GOLD Helen Mirren stars in this fact-based story as an elderly Jewish woman who will stop at nothing to recover priceless artwork she believes was stolen from her family by the Nazis.Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, and Tatiana Maslany co-star. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) directs. (PG-13) 109 minutes. Starts Wednesday, April 1.)

THE WRECKING CREW Reviewed this issue. (PG) 95 minutes. (***)—Lisa Jensen. Starts Friday

Film Events

CONTINUING SERIES: MIDNIGHTS @ THE DEL MAR Eclectic movies for wild and crazy tastes plus great prizes and buckets of fun for only $6.50. This week: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO Japanese anime for kids in Hayao Miyazaki’s sunny 1988 story of two children exploring the worlds of nature and fantasy during a summer in the country. (PG) 86 minutes. In Japanese with English subtitles. At the Del Mar, Fri-Sat midnight only.

CONTINUING EVENT: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES Film buffs are invited to join us Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in downtown Santa Cruz, where each week we discuss a different current release. For our location and discussion topic, please visit our Google Groups webpage:

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GET HARD Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart star in this comedy as a millionaire about to go to prison for fraud and the streetwise guy he hires to teach him how to be tough on the inside. Alison Brie co-stars for director Ethan Cohen. (R) 100 minutes.

HOME A lovable purple alien from another world and a hip earth girl with a souped-up car become friends and allies in this family adventure comedy from DreamWorks Animation. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez provide voices. Tim Johnson (Antz; Over the Hedge) directs. (PG) 94 minutes.

IT FOLLOWS It’s back to ’50s-era morality in this indie horror thriller, in which a 19-year-old girl dares to have sex, which unleashes something nasty into her life. Maika Monroe stars for director David Robert Mitchell. (R) 100 minutes.

MERCHANTS OF DOUBT The so-called “experts” paraded into the public arena to denounce everything from climate change to the dangers of toxic chemicals and tobacco are the subject of this documentary. It’s a small group of nonprofessional, lobby-funded opinionators-for-hire, exposed by filmmaker Robert Kenner (based on the nonfiction book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway). (PG-13) 96 minutes.

SERENA Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper team up again for this drama of passion and ambition from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (After the Wedding; In A Better World). Set in the mountain country of North Carolina in the 1920s, it’s the story of young newlyweds carving out a timber and logging empire whose past comes back to haunt them. (R) 109 minutes.

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