For, Friday, April 3, 2015

Only one major-studio film is opening this week and it’s also the only one going into wide release. That would be the sixth sequel to “The Fast and the Furious.” Nobody wants to compete with that big dog — except for our fearless art houses, of course.

“Furious 7” (PG-13). Vin Diesel heads the cast for what will likely be the final film in the franchise after the untimely death of Paul Walker when the picture was in production in November 2013. This time out the gang is under attack by Jason Statham, as the brother of the previous film’s villain. In addition to Diesel, Statham and Walker, the cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black and Kurt Russell.

“Seymour: An Introduction” (not rated). Ethan Hawke directed this documentary and interviews its subject, classical pianist Seymour Bernstein, now in his late 80s, who, at age 50, abandoned the spotlight for a more introspective, quiet life as a music teacher and composer. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

“The Hunting Ground” (not rated). Disturbing documentary about campus rapes at U.S. colleges and how often campus administrations try to cover them up. The focus is on two rape victims from the University of North Carolina, with support from various experts whose testimony offers shocking evidence of what many consider to be an epidemic. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (not rated, b/w, in Persian with English subtitles). Offbeat to say the least, this horror yarn in black and white is billed as the first Iranian vampire Western. A U.S. production, it was shot in Southern California by Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour and is set in an Iranian ghost town where a young female vampire stalks her victims.