Scott Marks 3:30 p.m., Dec. 24
Safety Not Guaranteed
A Proustian fairy tale for anyone old enough to have regrets, Safety Not Guaranteed is also good humanist sci-fi. The technology (whether or not it’s actually real) exists in the service of genuinely human problems. Disappointed young woman (Aubrey Plaza) sets out to write a story on disappointed older dude (Mark Duplass) and his plan to go back in time and set things right. It isn’t long before she realizes that whether or not he’s crazy, his calibrations are indeed pinpoint. The occasional uneven performance, sitcom-level joke, and horrific digital image aren’t enough to sour the fundamental sweetness. 2012.