Movie capsules: Short reviews of what’s in theaters

From left: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, Melvin Van Peebles, and David Alan Grier in Tina Gordon Chism’s “Peeples.”
From left: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, Melvin Van Peebles, and David Alan Grier in Tina Gordon Chism’s “Peeples.” Nicole Rivelli/Lionsgate

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Capsule reviews of new and recently released movies, including:

Aftershock Eli Roth of “Hostel” fame takes some of his own medicine as he stars in, as well as co-writes, this cross between “torture porn” and a disaster movie set in an earthquake-ravaged Valparaiso, Chile. (90 min., R) (Peter Keough)

½ The Great Gatsby At its best — which, sadly, isn’t often enough — Baz Luhrmann’s version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a scandal. It’s also, in event and emotion, the most faithful movie version of the book to date. The two are not unconnected. Leonardo DiCaprio gives us the full Gatsby and he’s magnificent, but overlength, over-romanticism, and a badly misused Tobey Maguire as Nick bring it low. In 3-D. (143 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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