THE ACT OF KILLING Director Joshua Oppenheimer terms this 2012 film starring Indonesian black-market theater ticket salesmen-turned-mass murderers "a documentary of the imagination." In the early '00s, while trying to shoot a movie about survivors of the anti-communist massacres in Indonesia in 1965-66, which left over half a million people dead, Oppenheimer was prevented by the boastful perpetrators of the killings, vaunted as victors in their country, never made to account for their crimes. These criminal "heroes" (as they cast themselves) enthusiastically agreed to reenact their crimes, acting out the roles of the killers and the victims. As they do so, their perceptions of their actions begin to morph. At the Charles Theatre Aug. 31 at 11:30 a.m. , Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. , and Sept. 5 at 9 p.m.
CLOSED CIRCUIT Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, and Julia Stiles, this British thriller cashes in on surveillance anxiety plus terrorism. Bana plays a barrister paired up with a colleague/secret ex-lover (Hall) on an London terrorist case. From the producers of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Opens at the Charles Theatre Aug. 28
GETAWAY Ethan Hawke's been working overtime lately: Since June he's appeared in the acclaimed Before Midnight, the middling thriller The Purge, and now Getaway, in which the wife of Hawke's character, a retired race car driver, is abducted and the kidnapper instructs Hawke to steal a Mustang, precipitating lots of police chases. Opens Aug. 30
ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US We are fortunate enough to occupy a boy band-free space in the universe, but we have heard of this British group, composed of five young men with copious, meticulously styled hair who succeeded on the British TV singing competition The X Factor. To milk every last creative outlet for its earning potential, they (and director Morgan Spurlock) present this documentary, which includes childhood photos, ongoing pranks, and various heartfelt moments. Opens Aug. 30