The White Crow 3.0 stars

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Synopsis

For his third outing as a director, Ralph Fiennes gives the title, star billing, and great majority of screen time to Oleg Ivenko in his turn as famed Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who also famously defected from the Soviet Union in 1963. But he keeps the keys to the film and its meaning for himself, and turns them, quietly but deliberately, in his role as Pushkin, Nureyev’s teacher. At the outset, Pushkin attributes the dancer’s apolitical pursuit of political asylum to “an explosion of character.” So we know what happens. What remains is to determine the accuracy of Pushkin’s account. Or rather, its precise meaning. Does “explosion” mean a rupture, a violent break with what’s come before? Or is it closer to an eruption, the sudden manifestation of what’s been building under the surface all along? (The title, a term for unusual outsiders, serves as part of the answer here.) What follows is not exactly a warts-and-all artist biopic. It’s more an account of the way that the artistic spirit is a wart, a strange affliction that besets certain people even as it fascinates others. The film is painfully clear in its claim that what we love about talented people is not the person, but the talent. Even Nureyev himself is in thrall to his gift. That’s not why he dances, of course. He dances because…well, why does he? Mentor Pushkin argues that “unless you have a story to tell, you have no reason to dance.” And with that, he turns the key on this intelligent (if not always pleasant) examination.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Rated: R

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Showtimes

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ArcLight La Jolla

4425 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite H60, San Diego. 858-768-7770

  • Monday, May 27

    10:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 3:10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    10:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 3:10 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    10:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 3:10 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30

    10:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m.

Landmark Hillcrest

3965 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619-298-2904

  • Monday, May 27

    1:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    1:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    1:45 p.m., 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30

    1:45 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

  • Monday, May 27

    4:20 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    4:20 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    4:20 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30

    5:20 p.m.

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

  • Monday, May 27

    10:55 a.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    12:35 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    12:35 p.m.

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado. 619-437-6161

  • Monday, May 27

    2 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 28

    2 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 29

    2 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30

    2 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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