Don't turn away The Immigrant; Belle remains for another week 

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By the time you read this, you probably have one last day to catch James Gray's drama The Immigrant at Green Hills. You should. A burnished period piece with an epic emotional heft and a chamber drama's intimacy, it boasts two fierce and fascinating lead performances: by Marion Cotillard as a destitute European refugee in 1921 New York desperate to save her sister, and by Joaquin Phoenix as the sheepishly predatory pimp she awakens to shame, and hence the possibility of redemption. Cotillard makes the character's calculation riveting and immediate, while Phoenix seems absolutely immune to vanity. Here's hoping they're seen by more than the solitary moviegoer the film played to at one show Friday night.

Held over at The Belcourt: the hugely popular period drama Belle, boosted by a push from Oprah Winfrey; Gia Coppola's Palo Alto, with Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and James Franco; and the indefatigable romantic comedy-drama Le Week-end, with Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Opening Friday at Green Hills: For No Good Reason, director Charlie Paul's documentary tribute to gonzo cartoonist Ralph Steadman, with Johnny Depp as onscreen host. Opening wide Friday: Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie as a revisionist wicked queen who does everything but sing "Let It Go" in 3D; and Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West. (Evidently one is hosting the Oscars — zing!)

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