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
"Adventures in Public School" _ Coming-of-age comedy about a formerly home-schooled teen's awkward entry to the mainstream. With Judy Greer, Daniel Doheny, Siobhan Williams. Written by Kyle Rideout, Josh Epstein. Directed by Rideout. NR.
"Avengers: Infinity War" _ Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet _ the evil Thanos _ who's on a mission to collect the Infinity Stones. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johannson, Chadwick Boseman star. Written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on Marvel comics characters. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. (2:36) PG-13.
"Backstabbing for Beginners" _ A young U.N. employee stumbles onto an international conspiracy. With Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset. Written by Per Fly & Daniel Pyne based on the book by Michael Soussan. Directed by Fly. (1:48) R.
"Disobedience" _ Rachel Weisz stars as a New York photographer who, after her father's death, returns to the London Orthodox Jewish community that ostracized her. With Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola. Written by Sebastian Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on the novel by Naomi Alderman. Directed by Lelio. (1:54) R.
"Duck Butter" _ Two young women embark on an intensely intimate 24-hour romantic experiment. With Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa. Written by Miguel Arteta and Shawkat. Directed by Arteta. (1:33) NR.
"The Escape of Prisoner 614" _ Two ex-deputies trying to regain their jobs discover the corrupt sheriff to be an even more formidable adversary than the convict they are pursuing. With Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman, George Sample III. Written and directed by Zach Golden. (1:35) NR.
"The Great Silence" _ Restoration of director Sergio Corbucci's 1968 Euro-western about a band of ruthless bounty hunters and the nonverbal gunfighter who opposes them. With Klaus Kinski, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Written by Vittoriano Petrilli, Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci, Sergio Corbucci. In English and Italian with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
"The House of Tomorrow" _ Raised in a geodesic dome on the teachings of Buckminster Fuller, a teen rebels and starts a punk band. With Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins. Written and directed by Peter Livolsi, based on the novel by Peter Bognanni. (1:25) NR.
"Jet Trash" _ The carefree hedonism of two British ex-pats in India comes to an end when an old foe from London tracks them down. With Robert Sheehan, Osy Ikhile, Sofia Boutella. Written by Dan M Brown and Simon Lewis, based on a novel by Lewis. Directed by Charles Henri Belleville. (1:25) NR.
"Let the Sunshine In" _ Juliette Binoche stars as a divorced Parisian painter who tires of the disappointing men she dates. With Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko. Written by Christine Argot, Claire Denis. Directed by Denis. In French with English subtitles. (1:34) NR.
"Lou Andreas-Salome: The Audacity to Be" _ The 19th century novelist, poet, essayist and psychoanalyst rejects social norms and interacts with Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, Rainer Maria Rilke and Sigmund Freud. With Katharina Lorenz, Alexander Scheer, Harold Schrott. Written and directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post. In German, Italian and Russian with English subtitles. (1:53) NR.
"Modern Life is Rubbish" _ A couple decide to split after 10 years, but dividing their shared music collection is a sticking point. With Freya Mayor, Josh Whitehouse, Tom Riley, Ian Hart, Jessie Cave. Written by Philip Gawthorne. Directed by Daniel Jerome Gill. (1:45) NR.
"The Rachel Divide" _ Documentary on self-described "trans racial" activist Rachel Dolezal. Directed by Laura Brownson. NR.
"Shock and Awe" _ Journalists question President George W. Bush's claims surrounding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. With Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden, Rob Reiner, Richard Schiff. Written by Joey Hartstone. Directed by Reiner. (1:30) NR.
"Supercon" _ A former child actor, an animation voice-over actor, a comic book artist and an '80s TV star team for revenge when they get banned from a comics convention. With Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Clancy Brown, Russell Peters, Mike Epps, Brooks Braselman, John Malkovich. Written by Zak Knutson, Andy Sipes, Dana Snyder. Directed by Knutson. R.
"This is Our Land" _ Populism arises in the north of France when a single, working-class mom is drafted to run for mayor of a town. With Emilie Dequenne, Andre Dussolier, Guillaume Gouix, Catherine Jacob. Written by Lucas Belvaux and Jerome Leroy. Directed by Belvaux. In French with English subtitles. (1:54) NR.
"Zama" _ An 18th century South American-born Spanish military officer submits to a parade of governors as he waits years and years for a letter from the king that would grant him a long-desired transfer. With Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lola Duenas, Matheus Nachtergaele. Written and directed by Lucretia Martel, based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR.
"Annihilation" _ Natalie Portman plays a biologist who joins an all-female expedition into the heart of an environmental disaster zone in this eerily beautiful and hypnotically unsettling mind-bender from "Ex Machina" writer-director Alex Garland. (J.C.) R.
"A Quiet Place" _ A family faces terror in the woods. With Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds. Written by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and Krasinski. Directed by Krasinski. (1:30) PG-13.
"The Rider" _ Brady Jandreau, a Lakota cowboy from South Dakota, enacts a version of his own harrowing story of loss and recovery in writer-director Chloe Zhao's stunningly lyrical Western, a seamless and deeply moving blend of narrative and documentary film techniques. (J.C.) R.
"The Shape of Water" _ Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical "Beauty and the Beast" tale with moral overtones, Guillermo del Toro's film plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon. (K.Tu.) R.
"Where Is Kyra?" _ Michelle Pfeiffer gives one of her most finely chiseled performances as a divorced, unemployed New Yorker who descends into despair and petty criminality in Andrew Dosunmu's bleakly compelling psychological portrait, beautifully shot by cinematographer Bradford Young. (J.C.) NR.
"You Were Never Really Here" _ This grim, artful New York crime thriller about a tormented thug-for-hire (a rivetingly contained Joaquin Phoenix) confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") as one of the most exciting and exacting film stylists of her generation. (J.C.)
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