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Opening in Orlando: Good Time, Leap! and more

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All Saints Normally in this column, the opening of a faith-based film is an automatic occasion for some snarky-ass ridicule. It’s like shooting the sign of the fish in a barrel, if I may be so bold. But I’m kind of conflicted when it comes to a movie like All Saints, which dramatizes the plight of a real-life pastor who was ordered to close his tiny church but made it a haven for Myanmar refugees instead. If this were the 1970s and I were George Carlin, I’d probably launch into a whole screed against missionary zeal, arguing that requiring furreners to be saved before you can love them is no favor at all. But these are weird times – times in which the intellectual aptitude of would-be immigrants is considered a fit topic for discussion by guys who couldn’t get into DeVry as a legacy. So yeah, I’m going to be extra careful in criticizing a flick that preaches the welcoming of refugees from anywhere. As long as I don’t find out that church made them take the LSAT first. (PG)

Good Time Critics say Robert Pattinson has really and finally shed his Twilight image with his portrayal of a desperate crook trying to rescue his addled brother from the consequences of a failed bank robbery. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart is still trying to shed her image as somebody who tried to shed her image with The Runaways. (R)

In This Corner of the World A popular Japanese manga was the source material for this animated feature that interweaves the destinies of a young bride and the doomed city of Hiroshima. In a surprise happy ending, everything turns out okay, because Bono gets an album out of it! (PG-13)

Leap! An 11-year-old girl strives for success as part of the Paris Opera Ballet in an animated feature that was released several months ago in international markets, but which had to undergo several changes before the Weinstein Company could open it here. For one thing, the title was changed from Ballerina, because we Americans know any word that ends in a vowel probably comes straight from the original MooseLamb. Also, voice performances were added by Kate McKinnon and Mel Brooks, wisely following the commercial dictum that today’s tots will really warm up to a movie that exploits their fond memories of Spaceballs. But some people apparently think the picture should have gone further: The Guardian says this cartoon empowerment parable could have used “a shade more Black SwanJesus Christ, guys! (PG)

Also playing:

Brigsby Bear Kyle Mooney and his SNL segment director, Dave McCary, bring their man-child aesthetic to the story of a guy who spent his formative years watching a fake TV show produced exclusively for him by “parents” who were actually kidnappers. A little Wolfpack, a little Truman Show, a little … seltzer down your pants? Screw that, what this thing really needs is more Black Swan. (PG-13)

Lost in Paris Married slapstick duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel pile on the Chaplin-esque whimsy with their portrayal of the romance between a Canadian librarian and a Parisian homeless dude. The Hollywood Reporter predicted that “a real effort should at last be made to at least put these idiosyncratic artists on the North American cultural map.” So of course the movie was dumped in our market with no advance word. Talk about paying homage to the silents. (NR)

Step A documentary crew follows the strivings of a dance team at a Baltimore girls’ school. At press time, Step had raked in a respectable half million at the box office. But think what it could have done if it had Mel Brooks. (NR)

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