“Kingsman: The Secret Service” (R, 130 minutes, Fox): Colin Firth plays a dapper, James Bond-like super-agent in this spy thriller based on a graphic novel series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It’s both a sharp send-up of spy movies and a silly celebration of action movie clichés in the Quentin Tarantino mold. It even boasts Samuel L. Jackson as the villain Richmond Valentine, a billionaire Internet entrepreneur with a diabolical plan. The plot is at once ridiculous and smart. Contains violence, obscenity, brief nudity and suggestive dialogue.
“The DUFF” (PG-13, 104 minutes, Lionsgate): Based on Kody Keplinger’s young adult novel, this high school rom-com is tricked out in rhetoric of independence and self-discovery that give it a pseudo-feminist sheen. Contains crude and sexual material throughout, profanity and teen partying.
“Red Army” (PG, 85 minutes, in Russian with subtitles, Sony): In this swift, smart, often very funny documentary, Gabe Polsky takes an unprecedented look at the legendary Soviet-era hockey program and its life after glasnost.
“Serena” (R, 109 minutes, Magnolia Home Entertainment): Susanne Bier’s dark drama, an adaptation of Ron Rash’s 2008 novel, is set during the Great Depression around the Smoky Mountains, where George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) runs a timber enterprise with hopes of expanding his business to South America. But first he has to sort though some complications. In the midst of them, George weds the spitfire Serena (Jennifer Lawrence), whose late father also was a logging man.Contains violence and sexual situations.
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