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By Karen Martin

This article was published June 15, 2018 at 1:44 a.m.

An Ordinary Man, directed by Brad Silberling

An Ordinary Man,

directed by Brad Silberling

(R, 1 hour, 30 minutes)

This character-focused, thoughtful drama moves at a stately pace. It concerns an arrogant, isolated Bosnian Serb criminal accused of genocide in the former Yugoslavia (played with mastery by Ben Kingsley), who's hiding out from international authorities. Despite his crimes, there are those who wish to protect him, among them former state agent Milo (Peter Serafinowicz). Milo relocates the man known only as the General into a quiet apartment in Belgrade where he settles in with the help of the a maid named Tanja (Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar).

After assorted arguments about domestic matters, they form a sort of equally matched friendship based on the nuanced exchange of ideas. Then it gets complicated.

I Can Only Imagine (PG, 1 hour, 50 minutes) An earnest if predicable faith-based drama that plays well to its base. After 18-year-old Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) loses his dad to cancer, he writes one of the most beloved Christian songs of all time. Based on a true story. With Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman; directed by Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin.

Love, Simon (PG-13, 1 hour, 50 minutes) A funny, touching, and effervescent romantic mystery about 17-year-old high school senior (Nick Robinson), who hasn't yet revealed his homosexuality, struggles to understand and explore relationship opportunities, including a curious online encounter with an unknown classmate. With Josh Duhamel, Logan Miller, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner; directed by Greg Berlanti.

Tomb Raider (PG-13, 1 hour, 58 minutes) The latest in a franchise that started in 2001 with the cartoonlike title character played by Angelina Jolie concerns a very physical Lara Croft at 21 (Alicia Vikander), who goes in search of her missing wealthy dad (Dominic West), who disappeared seven years earlier while prowling around his secret island off the coast of Japan. With Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Walton Goggins; directed by Roar Uthaug.

Loveless (R, 2 hours, 9 minutes) A realistic, coldly honest modern-life drama reveals how the brutally vicious divorce proceedings between Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) take a terrible toll on their 12-year-old son Alyosha (Matvey Novikov) who, after enduring yet another of their cruelty-laden fights, disappears. With Marina Vasileva; directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan). In Russian with subtitles.

The Humanity Bureau (R, 1 hour, 35 minutes) Some of us remember when the presence of Nicolas Cage in a film meant it would be worth seeing in a spectacular way. Remember Leaving Las Vegas, for which he won a best actor Oscar in 1995. Not so much anymore. Here he is again, in a so-so dystopian sci-fi drama in which a government agency called the Humanity Bureau exiles unproductive members of society to a colony known as New Eden. Cage plays a dedicated caseworker who is investigating the deportation of single mother Rachel Weller (Sarah Lind) and her son Lucas (Jakob Davies). CGI is kept to a minimum. With Mel Tuck, Hugh Dillon; Directed by Rob W. King.

MovieStyle on 06/15/2018

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