Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.
(Critics’ Choices capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust.)
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
“Almost Friends” — Conflicts pile up on a twentysomething slacker when he takes a romantic interest in a barista. With Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Haley Joel Osment. Written and directed by Jake Goldberger. (1:41) NR.
“Angelica” — Sexual repression leads to paranormal phenomena in Victorian London. With Jena Malone, Janet McTeer, Ed Stoppard and Tovah Feldshuh. Written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. (1:38) NR.
“Attack of the Killer Donuts” — Three friends band together to save their town after a chemical accident turns the tasty treats into monsters. With C. Thomas Howell, Justin Ray, Kayla Compton. Written by Nathan Dalton. Directed by Scott Wheeler. (1:26) NR.
“The Breadwinner” — Animated adventure about a girl who dresses as a boy to support her family and find her father in 2001 Afghanistan under the Taliban. Written by Anita Doron, based on the novel by Deborah Ellis. Directed by Nora Twomey. (1:34) PG-13.
“Cook Off!” — Contestants compete for a million-dollar cooking prize in this mockumentary. With Cathryn Michon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Gary Anthony Williams, Niecy Nash. Written by Michon & McLendon-Covey and W. Bruce Cameron; based on a book by Michon. Directed by Guy Shalem and Michon. (1:38) R.
“Destined” — A young man’s life plays out in parallel worlds — one as a drug dealer, the other an architect — different paths dictated by a single moment. With Cory Hardrict, Hill Harper, La La Anthony, Jesse Metcalfe. Directed and written by Qasim Basir . (1:32) NR.
“The Divine Order” — A housewife leads the women in her town to strike for the right to vote in 1971 Switzerland. With Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig. Written and directed by Petra Volpe. In Swiss-German with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.
“A Dying King: The Shah of Iran” — The mysterious 19-month medical odyssey of the deposed shah and its global political impact are examined in this documentary. Written and directed by filmmaker Bobak Kalhor. NR.
“A Fantastic Woman” — A Chilean trans woman fights for her rights after the death of her older lover. With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco. Written by Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. Directed by Lelio. Qualifying run. Opens Feb. 2. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:44) R.
“Holy Air” — A Christian Arab in Nazareth, Israel, goes into the religion business to support his growing family. With Shady Srour, Laetitia Eido, Samuel Calderon. Written and directed by Srour. In Arabic, Hebrew, English, Italian and French with English subtitles. (1:21) NR.
“I Remember You” — Strangers connect with dark forces, unleashing ancient mysteries in the form of supernatural events. With Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Thor Kristjansson, Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir. Directed by Axelsson. Written by Oskar Thor Axelsson, Otto Geir Borg, Yrsa Siguroardottir. In Icelandic with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
“Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special Contractually Obligatory Mention of Tony Clifton” — Documentary probes Jim Carrey’s performance as Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film “Man on the Moon.” Directed by Chris Smith. (1:34) NR.
“Justice League” — Batman and Wonder Woman recruit a team of superheroes to defend the planet against a new threat. With Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Raymond Fisher, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. Written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon; story by Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC Entertainment, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Directed by Snyder. (2:01) PG-13.
“Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992” — Rerelease of writer-director John Ridley’s documentary on the decade preceding the citywide violence that erupted after the announcement of the verdict in the Rodney King case. (2:25) NR.
“The Light of the Moon” — A Latina architect copes with the aftermath of being sexually assaulted in Brooklyn. With Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, Catherine Curtin. Written and directed by Jessica M. Thompson. (1:34) NR.
“Mr. Roosevelt” — An ex-boyfriend and his upgrade girlfriend are the last people a struggling comedian wants to spend time with when she returns to her hometown. With Noel Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Danielle Pineda. Andre Hyland. Written and directed by Wells. (1:30) NR.
“Mudbound” — Two families — one black, one white — struggle to farm the Mississippi Delta under Jim Crow laws during World War II. With Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke, Rob Morgan. Written by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, based on a novel by Hillary Jordan. Directed by Rees. (2:14) R.
“No Stone Unturned” — Documentary on the 1994 Loughinisland Massacre in Northern Island. Directed by Alex Gibney. (1:51) NR.
“Oasis” — Old friends embark on a tropical adventure and face dark secrets. With Cesar DeFuentes, Matthew Lynn, Katia Semacaritt. Written and directed by Jorge Ameer. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. (1:11) NR.
“Revolt” — An American soldier and a French aid worker battle aliens in a war-torn African country. With Lee Pace, Berenice Marlohe, Jason Flemyng. Written by Rowan Athale and Joe Miale. Directed by Miale. (1:27) NR.
“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — Denzel Washington stars as a principled L.A. attorney battling in the criminal courts system who gets recruited by a high-end law firm after the death of his mentor, a civil rights icon. With Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy. R.
“Soufra” — Women from all over the Middle East start a catering business in a Lebanese refugee camp. Directed by Thomas Morgan. (1:13) NR.
“The Star” — A tenacious little donkey and his newfound friends follow a bright light in the sky and become part of the first Christmas in this animated fable. Voices of Steven Yeun, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey. Written by Carlos Kotkin; story by Simon Moore and Kotkin. Directed by Timothy Reckart. (1:26) NR.
“Sweet Virginia” — A drifter and an ex-rodeo champ form a fraught alliance in an Alaskan town. With Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt. Written by Benjamin China, Paul China. Directed by Jamie M. Dagg. (1:33) R.
“Wait for Your Laugh” — Documentary on the life and career of veteran comedic actress Rose Marie, from vaudeville to Vegas, “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Hollywood Squares” and beyond. Directed by Jason Wise. (1:25) NR.
“Wonder” — The facial differences that a fifth-grader was born with present challenges during entry into a mainstream school. With Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs. Written by Jack Thorne and Steven Conrad and Stephen Chbosky; based on the novel by R. J. Palacio. Directed by Chbosky. (1:53) PG.
“Battle of the Sexes” — This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, is most involving when it deals not with sports or society, but with the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to their 1973 tennis match. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
“Blade Runner 2049” — You can quibble with aspects of it, but as shaped by Denis Villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this high-end sequel puts you firmly and unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no small thing. (K.Tu.) R.
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” — France's foreign-language film Oscar submission is a sprawling flashback to the early days of the AIDS activist group ACT UP Paris, passionately realized by the writer-director Robin Campillo with a riveting focus on tactics and procedures. (J.C.) NR.
“Faces Places” — A participatory art project takes director Agnes Varda and photographer-artist JR on a tour of the French countryside in this wonderful documentary, which, like Varda’s other personal essays, becomes an exquisite trip down memory lane. (J.C.) PG.
“The Florida Project” — Absorbing us in the day-to-day rhythms of life at a dumpy Florida motel complex, home to a wildly spirited 6-year-old girl named Moonee (the startling Brooklynn Prince), Sean Baker (“Tangerine”) goes to a place few of us know and emerges with a masterpiece of empathy and imagination. (J.C.) R.
“Lady Bird” — As warm as it is smart, and it is very smart, this portrait of a high school senior year marks actor-screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan. (K.Tu.) R.
“Last Flag Flying” — Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell give richly felt performances as Vietnam veterans reuniting 30 years later in Richard Linklater's warm, ribald and elegiac quasi-sequel to Hal Ashby's 1973 classic, "The Last Detail." (J.C.) R.
“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” — Funny, moving and psychologically complex, this is writer-director Noah Baumbach’s latest foray into the intricate paradoxes of dysfunctional family dynamics, and, starring Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, it ranks with his best. (K.Tu.) NR.
“Novitiate” — A hit at Sundance and already nominated for a Gotham breakthrough director award, this drama about the emotional content of nuns’ lives in the mid-1960s sure-handedly takes us inside the world of belief with care, concern and a piercing, discerning eye. (K.Tu.) R.
“The Square” — A Stockholm museum curator (Claes Bang) undergoes a crisis of conscience in Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund’s sprawling, virtuoso satire of the modern art world, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. (J.C.) R.
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