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Chris Evans And The Mathematically Gifted Girl

Chris Evans, best known to moviegoers as Captain America, branches out yet again with a tale of a single father trying to retain custody of a young mathematical genius.

But the big film that just opened this weekend does not star Chris Evans or even his voice. It’s an anime blockbuster about two teenagers who deal with body-switching issues.

Those seeking something more cinematically substantial, if less straightforward, should turn to a film about two 20-something Polish students diving into bacchanalia to find themselves.

All These Sleepless Nights

Kris and Michal are two 20-ish Warsaw students who are determined to live life to the limit. Open to whatever chance might bring them, they make forays into the Warsaw night to find parties, drinking, and sex. Director Michal Marczak’s documentary/narrative hybrid follows his subjects across two Warsaw summers as they seek the experiences that allow them to invent themselves.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Extraordinary Mission

An undercover cop has been tasked with bringing down a drug trafficking ring from the inside. However, he’s going through some bumpy patches in his life. While he’s under investigation for bribery, his mother passes away. The cop also covers up a hit-and-run he committed. Unfortunately for the cop, the criminal he’s chasing happens to be the same one he hit with his car.

Now at the AMC Metreon 16

Gifted

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is raising his seven-year-old child prodigy niece Mary in a small Florida coastal town. His plans to give Mary a normal school life gets blocked by his mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan). She’s learned of the child’s advance mathematical gifts and decides to sue for custody of Mary.

Now at the Albany Twin, the AMC Metreon 16, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

The Void

In this modern take on a John Carpenter movie, policeman Carter rescues an injured man he finds on the road. The nearest hospital has a skeleton staff as it’s about to be decommissioned. At the hospital, things suddenly go seriously pear-shaped. A pair of violent criminals are pursuing the injured man. A large group of robed figures surround the hospital to prevent escape. Finally, monsters arrive via the hospital basement’s portal to Hell. Gore hounds will love the film’s reliance on practical effects.

Now at the 4-Star Theatre

Your Name

Director Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star) helms this tale of time, fate, and two young souls. When the stars fell, two young lives were changed forever. Mitsuha and Taki are two high school students who are strangers to each other. But one night, the two teenagers find that their personalities have switched bodies. Despite these random switches, the boy and the girl build their lives around each other and even form a connection. But when they decide to try meeting each other in person, they discover an unexpected barrier thwarting their desires.

Now showing at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the California Theatre, the Century 20 Daly City, the Century at Tanforan, the Cinearts at the Empire, the Embarcadero Center Cinema, the Piedmont Theatre, the Redwood Downtown 20, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

About the Author

I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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