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
"Active Measures" _ Documentary on Vladimir Putin and Russia's 30-year history of covert political warfare. Directed by Jack Bryan. (1:52) PG-13.
"An Actor Prepares" _ Jeremy Irons stars as a hard-living thespian who goes on a road trip with his alienated son after suffering a heart attack. With Matthew Modine, Jack Huston, Mamie Gummer, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ben Schwartz, Will Patton. NR.
"Blood Fest" _ An event celebrating horror films turns into a deadly survival test for three fans. With Tate Donovan, Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabrie, Jacob Batalon, Zachary Levi. Written and directed by Owen Egerton. (1:30) NR.
"Boarding School" _ A 12-year-old misfit enters a private educational facility housed in a terrifying mansion. With Will Patton, Samantha Mathis, Luke Prael, Sterling Jerins, Nadia Alexander, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Walters. Written and directed by Boaz Yakin. R.
"Chasing the Win" _ An unlikely racehorse garners international attention in this documentary. Featuring Carl O'Callaghan. Written and directed by Chris Ghelfi and Laura Sheehy. (1:22) NR.
"Cynthia" _ A young couple's obsession with having the perfect baby quickly turns to horror. With Scout Taylor-Compton, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Robert LaSardo, Rebecca Marshall, James Karen. Directed by Kenny Gage and Devon Downs. NR.
"Destination Wedding" _ Mutual hatred brings together a pair of misanthropes. With Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves. Written and directed by Victor Levin. (1:30) R.
"John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" _ Documentary focuses on the tempestuous left-handed American tennis star at the 1984 French Open. Narrated by Mathieu Amalric. Written and directed by Julien Faraut. (1:35) NR.
"Kin" _ An ex-con and his adopted brother, possessing a strange weapon of unknown origin, are pursued by a ruthless criminal, federal agents and otherworldly soldiers. With Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, James Franco, Myles Truitt. Written by Daniel Casey. Directed by Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker. (1:42) PG-13.
"Let the Corpses Tan" _ Following a gold heist, the thieves retreat to a hideout overlooking the Mediterranean where they engage in a bloody battle with police. With Elina Lowensohn, Stephane Ferrara, Herve Sogne, Bernie Bonvoisin, Pierre Nisse, Marc Barbe, Michelangelo Marchese. Written and directed by Helene Cattet, Bruno Forzani, based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. In French with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.
"The Little Stranger" _ In 1947, a country doctor is called to the home of a wealthy family where his mother once worked and discovers a terrifying connection to his own life. With Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling. Written by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel by Sarah Waters. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. (1:51) R.
"Operation Finale" _ Oscar Isaac plays an Israeli agent tasked with spiriting Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) out of Argentina 15 years after World War II. With Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, Joe Alwyn, Haley Lu Richardson, Greta Scacchi. Written by Matthew Orton. Directed by Chris Weitz. (1:58) PG-13.
"Peppermint Soda" _ A 40th-anniversary rerelease of director Diane Kurys' coming-of-age film about two sisters with divorced parents in 1963 France. With Eleonore Klarwein, Odile Michel. Written by Kurys, Alain Le Henry. In French with English subtitles (1:41) PG.
"Pick of the Litter" _ Documentary on five puppies as they are raised to be guide dogs for the blind. Directed by Dana Nachman, Don Hardy. (1:21) NR.
"Reprisal" _ A bank manager and a former police officer join forces to bring down the man responsible for a deadly heist. With Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis, Olivia Culpo, Johnathon Schaech. Written by Bryce Hammons. Directed by Brian Miller. (1:29) R.
"S.M.A.R.T. Chase" _ An ambush derails a has-been security agent on his mission to whisk a rare antique out of Shanghai. With Orlando Bloom, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Hannah Quinlivan, Lei Wu. Written by Kevin Bernhardt. Directed By Charles Martin. (1:35) NR.
"Ya Veremos" _ A divorced couple comes together to help their preteen son fulfill his dreams. With Fernanda Castillo, Mauricio Ochmann, Emiliano AraMayo. Directed by Pitipol Ybarra. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:21) PG-13.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" _ A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low stakes and enormous charm. (J.C.) PG-13
"The Cakemaker" _ A provocative, unexpected and very moving German/Israeli co-production that is as unusual a love story as you are likely to find. (K.Tu.) NR
"Eighth Grade" _ Starring a superb Elsie Fisher as a girl about to graduate from the eighth grade, writer-director Bo Burnham's debut feature paints a beautifully, painfully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood. (J.C.) R
"Incredibles 2" _ There is good news in the world tonight: Writer-director Brad Bird has brought everyone's favorite superhero family back to the big screen, and we are all better off for it. (K.Tu.) PG
"Juliet, Naked" _ A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is impressively directed by Jesse Peretz, and acted with verve, passion and great skill by Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O'Dowd. (K.Tu.) R
"Madeline's Madeline" _ Josephine Decker's gorgeous third feature turns the story of a 16-year-old aspiring actress named Madeline (astonishing newcomer Helena Howard) into a creative rumination on art, acting, identity and the awesomeness of cats. (J.C.) NR
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" _ Led by a vivacious star turn from Lily James, Ol Parker's sequel to "Mamma Mia!" is a thoroughly unexpected delight, an ABBA jukebox musical that improves on its dreadful 2008 predecessor in every respect. (J.C.) PG-13
"Puzzle" _ Kelly Macdonald, one of the best actors out there and a perennial co-star ("Trainspotting," "No Country for Old Men"), steps out and shows us what she can do on a bigger stage. Working with Indian star Irrfan Khan, she is a knockout as a suburban housewife who discovers herself through an unexpected mastery of jigsaw puzzles. (K.Tu.) R.
"Skate Kitchen" _ A Long Island teenager (Rachelle Vinberg) falls in with an all-female skateboarding collective in this lyrical, visceral and exhilarating ode to female friendship. (J.C.) R
"Sorry to Bother You" _ Rapper-activist Boots Riley's joyous dystopian cackle of a directing debut stars a superb Lakeith Stanfield as an Oakland telemarketer who stumbles into that arrestingly surreal zone where racial identity, class rage and corporate malfeasance intersect. (J.C.) R
"Three Identical Strangers" _A scientific and philosophical inquiry by way of a detective story, Tim Wardle's intensely compelling documentary tells the twistier-by-the-minute story of identical triplet boys who discovered one another 19 years after having been separated at birth. (J.C.) PG-13
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" _ The goal of this exemplary documentary is not to tell the story of TV host Fred Rogers' life, but to show the way someone whose formidable task was, in his own words, "to make goodness attractive," and made it happen. (K.Tu.) PG-13
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