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Viggo Mortensen, right, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are shown in a scene from “The Road.” The Weinstein Company (The Weinstein Company)
Viggo Mortensen, right, and Kodi Smit-McPhee are shown in a scene from “The Road.” The Weinstein Company (The Weinstein Company)

Father, son take ‘The Road’

“The Road”: Taut and haunting adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son trudging across a postapocalyptic America, struggling desperately to survive. (1:53; R for violence, gore, profanity, menace, dread, adult themes) •••

“Dear John”: A young couple’s relationship is tested when a college student’s soldier boyfriend returns to duty. With Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried. (1:48; PG-13 for some sensuality and violence) ••

“Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman”: Dustin Hoffman narrates this portrait of the architectural photographer. (1:23; not rated) •••

“Owl and the Sparrow”: In Saigon, a quirky family is created by a 10-year-old runaway playing matchmaker. With Cat Ly, The Lu Le, Han Thi Pham, Trong Hai. (1:37; PG for thematic elements and some smoking)

“All My Friends Are Funeral Singers”: A fortune teller is tormented by the spirits that she once resided with peacefully. With Angela Bettis, Emily Candini, Reid Coker, Kevin Ford. (1:24; not rated)



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