Movies: April 11, 2014 |


Movies: April 11, 2014

Capsule reviews of ''Divergent,'' ''The Grand Budapest Hotel,'' and more

Alan Partridge
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Steve Coogan’s hilariously acidic creation, the buffoonish radio host Alan Partridge, is finally back. And like so many reunions, this one starts off all smiles and quickly grows tiresome. Coogan’s alter ego is as deliciously petty as ever. But the plot swirling around him — a fired co-worker (Colm Meaney) takes the station hostage — is unimaginative and endless. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) B-Chris Nashawaty

Not Rated, 1 Hr., 17 Mins.
Freida Mock’s documentary about Anita Hill is an important reminder of a shameful chapter in American politics — when blame-the-victim sexism turned the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas into a national disgrace. The film itself feels a bit padded and clunky. But Hill, now a professor at Brandeis, looks back on the events of 1991 with courage and grace. BChris Nashawaty

PG-13, 2 Hrs., 20 Mins.
The heroine, Tris, learns to leap and toss knives like a badass. She’s a market-tested YA role model — but, as played by Shailene Woodley, a highly relatable character. B+Owen Gleiberman

Frankie & Alice
R, 1 Hr., 41 Mins.
A hokey old-school drama of multiple personality disorder based on a real case study. Halle Berry plays Frankie, a wised-up stripper on the 1970s L.A. scene whose blackouts and violent personality shifts while bumping and grinding lead her to Dr. Oz (Stellan Skarsgård). Something awful happened to her back in 1950s Georgia to make her so broken. C+Lisa Schwarzbaum

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
Not Rated, 2 Hrs.
Imagine Robinson Crusoe penned by Agatha Christie and you’ll get a sense of the true-crime mystery in this fascinating doc reenacted with the voice of Cate Blanchett, among others. In 1929, an eccentric German couple moved to a remote Pacific island only to be followed by other Eden seekers (including a pistol-packing Viennese baroness with two lovers) and a death toll. A stranger-than-fiction gem. B+Chris Nashawaty

The Grand Budapest Hotel
R, 1 Hr., 40 Mins.
Wes Anderson’s thrilling wartime chase movie, with Ralph Fiennes as a florid scoundrel. A-Owen Gleiberman