In this week’s new releases, animated film "The Wind Rises" tells a fictionalized story of Jiro Horikoshi, a World War II fighter plane designer. The film receives three stars. In "3 Days to Kill," Kevin Costner stars as a terminally ill ex-CIA operative who, in addition to making peace with his estranged daughter, must complete one last mission.
★★★ “The Wind Rises” (PG-13) “Of Miyazaki’s many gifts as a filmmaker, perhaps the most subtle is the way he honors time and silence and stillness, values that are in lamentably short supply in most modern-day productions. ‘The Wind Rises’ possesses an almost courtly sense of innocence, even as Horikoshi’s purity of purpose gives way to historical forces outside his control, and beautiful dreams give way to nightmares.” – Ann Hornaday
★1/2 “Pompeii” (PG-13) “The similarities between ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Pompeii’ are hard to overstate. In both cases you have a warrior who’s enslaved after his family is murdered. In both cases he turns out to have an exceptional talent for killing people, he befriends an African gladiator and he falls in love with a woman leagues above his social standing.” – Stephanie Merry
★1/2 “3 Days to Kill” (R) “Best known as the director of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and the producer of numerous TV shows, including ‘The O.C.’ and ‘Chuck,’ the filmmaker born Joseph McGinty Nichol attempts to negotiate a middle path between the loud action thriller that this film’s trailer makes you think you’re buying a ticket to and the sappy drama of father-daughter bonding that the movie really is.” – Michael O’Sullivan
★★1/2 “Omar” (Unrated) “Palestinian life may not always be ‘planting hope and social responsibility,’ as one optimistic billboard proclaims in the background of one scene, but we’re long past due for a film that doesn’t turn in on itself with bitterness, revenge and reflexive violence.” – Ann Hornaday
★★★ “If You Build It” (Unrated) “Filmmaker Patrick Creadon (‘Wordplay,’ ‘I.O.U.S.A.’) gracefully threads viewers through a story that commences with bright-eyed optimism, then inevitably runs afoul of entrenched local bureaucracies. (One of the film’s subtle themes has to do with the political work that’s just as crucial to the design process as the marriage of form and function.)” – Ann Hornaday
★★ “In Secret” (R) “If you go in with the right attitude, there’s a fair amount of fun to be had from ‘In Secret,’ considering it’s a musty French costume drama done in plummy English accents, as these things almost always are. That’s thanks mainly to our enduring fascination with the themes of lust, infidelity and murder. ” – Michael O’Sullivan
★1/2 “The Pretty One” (R) “The film’s one bright spot is Johnson, who’s turning into an unlikely leading man. From ‘The New Girl’ to ‘Drinking Buddies,’ he always seems to be playing an aspiring curmudgeon, and yet there’s something endearing and natural about him. For all its intimations about finding one’s true self and the complicated setups for a big misidentification, ‘The Pretty One’ is just another romantic dramedy.” – Stephanie Merry