Arts

Gay playwright Alan Bennett’s “The Lady in the Van,” opening Jan. 29 at the Ritz Five, recounts his experiences with the homeless woman who lived in his driveway starting back in the mid-1970s. The “mostly true” story, which has been a radio play, a memoir and a stage play, has now become an oddly touching film directed by out director Nicholas Hytner, who also helmed the stage and screen versions of Bennett’s hit “The History Boys.”

With “45 Years,” which opens at Ritz Theatres Feb. 12, out writer/director Andrew Haigh (“Weekend” and HBO’s “Looking”) has created another indelible film about the power and nature of personal relationships. Adapted from David Constantine’s short story “In Another Country,” this taut British drama depicts a week in the life of Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay), a couple who is forced to reevaluate their relationship as they approach a milestone wedding anniversary.

Bridget Everett is a giant. This is in no way a reference to her big, beautiful frame of which she’s proud to show off, but of her lustrous, booming singing voice and raucously bawdy comic talent. Known for riotous routines (“At Least It’s Pink”), avarice-filled albums (“Pound It!”) and rude, lewd Comedy Central programs (her own “Gynecological Wonder,” appearances on pal Amy Schumer’s “Inside”), Everett and her band — led by Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz — hit the Trocadero hard Jan. 15.

The past year may be remembered for the United States implementing marriage equality, and Caitlyn Jenner becoming the most famous trans woman in the world. On movie screens, however, 2015 will likely be remembered for films that were elegant, characters that were abrasively funny, some unforgettable nude scenes and a particularly wrongheaded disaster.

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