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May 27, 2010

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Daddy Longlegs In this alternately engaging and maddening character study, Ronald Bronstein’s Lenny looks like an elongated Ben Stiller and acts like no one’s idea of a dad. Ben and Joshua Safdie, the young writer-directors, are like anti-Coens. Their debut feature is all jangly looseness. There’s also real emotion in it. Just look at the frequently anxious faces of Lenny’s two boys (Sage and Frey Ranaldo). (99 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)

Looking for Eric A change of pace for the fierce British social realist Ken Loach (“The Wind That Shakes the Barley’’): a shaggy-dog comedy with a dollop of magic realism. Steve Evets plays a Manchester loser whose life turns around when he starts talking to his poster of football great Eric Cantona and it starts talking back. Featuring Cantona as himself. (117 min., PG) (Ty Burr)

OSS 117: Lost in Rio It’s 1968, and OSS 117 (Jean Dujardin) is France’s top secret agent. Less annoying than Austin Powers, he’s even dumber than Maxwell Smart. This sequel to a 2008 French spy spoof is dopey, but not entirely stupid. In French, with subtitles. (99 min., unrated) (Mark Feeney)

Princess Kaiulani The story of the young Hawaiian royal who campaigned against her country’s annexation by the US in the 1890s. Under Marc Forby’s direction, it’s a banal waxworks parade that wastes a raw but compelling performance by Q’orianka Kilcher (“The New World’’). (98 min., PG) (Ty Burr)

Shrek Forever After The fourth and supposedly final installment of the series brings back all your favorites for another round of medieval adventure filled with twisted pop-culture references. Even in 3-D, the franchise is as tired as its slime-green star (Mike Myers), who ditches fatherhood to regain his ogre mojo for a day. (95 min., PG) (Janice Page)

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