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.T.) and Justin Chang (J.C.). In general release unless otherwise noted. Openings compiled by Matt Cooper.
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"The Aeronauts" Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") reunite as a daring balloon pilot and a meteorologist conducting high-altitude research in the 1860s. With Vincent Perez, Tom Courtenay. Written by Jack Thorne; story by Tom Harper, Thorne. Directed by Harper. (1:40) PG-13.
"After Class" A campus controversy shadows an NYC professor as he spends a week reconnecting with his family. With Justin Long, Kate Berlant, Fran Drescher, Richard Schiff. Written and directed by Daniel Schechter. (1:33) NR.
"Beyond the Law" A former cop seeks vengeance for his son's murder. With Steven Seagal, DMX, Johnny Messner. Written by Chad Law, Johnny Martin Walters. Directed by James Cullen Bressack. (1:30) NR.
"Broken Dreams" A documentary about two talented Jewish sisters in Poland during the Nazi occupation. Written and directed by Tomasz Magierski. In English and Polish with English subtitles. (1:10) NR.
"Code 8" A young man with super powers joins a criminal syndicate to pay for his mother's medical care. With Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell, Kari Matchett, Sung Kang. Written by Chris Pare. Directed by Jeff Chan. (1:38) NR.
"Daniel Isn't Real" A traumatized college student summons his dangerous imaginary friend from childhood. With Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Mary Stuart Masterson. Written by Brian DeLeeuw, Adam Egypt Mortimer; based on the novel by DeLeeuw. Directed by Mortimer. (1:36) NR.
"Downtown 81" Revival of 1981 film about the New Wave music scene in NYC. With Jean Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks. Written by Glenn O'Brien. Directed by Edo Bertoglio. (1:12) NR.
"Grand Isle" A young man is charged with murder after seeking shelter with a twisted married couple during a hurricane. With Nicolas Cage, Kelsey Grammer, Luke Benward, KaDee Strickland. Written by Iver William Jallah, Rich Ronat. Directed by Stephen S. Campanelli. (1:37) NR.
"I See You" A small town detective and his family are plagued by supernatural occurrences as he probes the disappearance of a young boy. With Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague. Written by Devon Graye. Directed by Adam Randall. (1:36) NR.
"In Fabric" A cursed dress brings misfortune to those who wear it. With Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Sidse Babett Knudsen. Written and directed by Peter Strickland. (1:58) R.
"Knives and Skin" The disappearance of a teenage girl impacts the residents of a small Midwestern town in profound and unusual ways. With Marika Engelhardt, Audrey Francis, Tim Hopper. Written and directed by Jennifer Reeder. (1:51) NR.
"Little Joe" A plant breeder brings a special flower with healing powers home to her son, unaware of its potential dangers. With Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox. Written by Geraldine Bajard, Jessica Hausner. Directed by Hausner. (1:45) NR.
"The Mandela Effect" A man begins to question reality when he realizes he can recall facts and events that others can't. With Charlie Hofheimer, Aleksa Palladino, Robin Lord Taylor, Clarke Peters. Written by David Guy Levy, Steffen Schlachtenhaufen. Directed by Levy. (1:20) NR.
"A Million Little Pieces" A young man battling addiction checks himself into rehab in this adaptation of James Frey's controversial novel. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young, Giovanni Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, Charlie Hunnam, Ryan Hurst. Written by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. (1:53) R.
"Most Likely to Succeed" This documentary follows four high school seniors from disparate backgrounds over the next decade of their lives. Directed by Pamela Littky. (1:37) NR.
"My Home India" A documentary on Kira Banasinska, the wife of Poland's consul general for India, who helped settle 5,000 Polish refugees in India during and after WWII. Directed by Anjali Bhushan. (0:45) NR.
"A New Christmas" An aspiring filmmaker from Kenya helps a lonely med student in NYC rediscover the joy of the holiday season. With Prashantt Guptha, Preeti Gupta, Grace Wacuka. Written by Travis Hodgkins. Directed by Dani Tenenbaum. (1:19) NR.
"Playmobil: The Movie" A sister and brother join a British secret agent to help stop a global conspiracy in this computer-animated action comedy based on the kids toy line. With the voices of Daniel Radcliffe, Anya Taylor Joy, Meghan Trainor, Kenan Thompson, Adam Lambert, Jim Gaffigan. Written by Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb, Jason Oremland; story by Lino DiSalvo. Directed by DiSalvo. (1:39) PG.
"Portrait of a Lady on Fire" A painter and her subject, an unhappy bride-to-be, fall in love in 18th-century Brittany. With Adele Haenel, Noemie Merlant, Valeria Golino. Written and directed by Celine Sciamma. In French and Italian with English subtitles. (2:01) R.
"63 Up" The latest installment of Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series that began with a cohort of British schoolchildren starting in 1964 and continued to check in with them every seven years. (3:00) NR.
"Temblores" A husband and father from a conservative Christian family in Guatemala comes out as a gay man. With Juan Pablo Olyslager, Diane Bathen. Written and directed by Jayro Bustamante. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:47) NR.
"Trauma Center" A veteran cop tries to protect a hospitalized young woman from a pair of killers. With Bruce Willis, Nicky Whelan, Steven Guttenberg, Tito Ortiz. Written by Paul Da Silva. Directed by Matt Eskandari. (1:27) R.
"Varda by Agnes" In her final film, the beloved director looks back on her 60-year career. In French and English with English subtitles. (2:00) NR.
"The Wolf Hour" A former counterculture celebrity grows increasingly paranoid as she hunkers down in a stifling apartment in the Bronx in summer 1977. With Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen. Written and directed by Alistair Banks Griffin. (1:39) R.
"American Factory" A complicated, multifaceted story that deals with very different cultures in combination and collision, a story that both understands global economic issues and has the sensitivity to involve us intimately in the daily lives of the people involved. (K.T.) NR (Netflix).
"Atlantics" Worthy winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, this feature directing debut from the French Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop tells a hypnotic story of migration and abandonment, romance and ghosts. ( J.C.) NR. Limited; Nov. 29 on Netflix.
"Dolemite Is My Name" Eddie Murphy is back, and both his old gifts and some new ones are on engaging display in the rowdy, raunchy, inescapably funny film, a gleefully profane biopic and a passion project the star has been nurturing for years. (K.T.) R. (Netflix).
"Ford v Ferrari" A barnburner of a motion picture that mainlines heart-in-mouth excitement and tug-at-the-heart emotion in a career-defining effort by director James Mangold, this glorious throwback combines a smart, modern sensibility with the best of traditional storytelling, plus sterling acting by Matt Damon and Christian Bale and a tiptop supporting cast. (K.T.) PG-13.
"The Irishman" A possibly-true story of the life and crimes of a Mafia hit man, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, is a revelation, as intoxicating a film as the year has seen, allowing director Martin Scorsese to use his expected mastery of all elements of filmmaking to ends we did not see coming. (K.T.) R. (Limited).
"I Lost My Body" As inventive a piece of animation as you're likely to see, the extraordinary film is about a hand with a mind of its own, and if that sounds a little crazy, this dark, strange and altogether wonderful feature will make you believe. Directed by France's Jeremy Clapin. (K.T.) NR. Limited; Nov. 29 on Netflix.
"The Lighthouse" Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe give towering performances as a pair of feuding 19th century lightkeepers in this mad, magnificently crafted New England gothic from "The Witch" writer-director Robert Eggers. (J.C.) R. (Limited).
"Marriage Story" An emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, both in peak form; and writer-director Noah Baumbach, a peerless observer of domestic pettiness and passive-aggressive behavior, puts every unflattering detail under his dramatic microscope. (J.C.) R. (Limited)
"Parasite" Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Bong Joon Ho's deviously entertaining thriller about two very different families is an ingenious weave of domestic dark comedy, class allegory and ultimately devastating tragedy. (J.C.) R. (Limited).
"Waves" Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown and Renee Elise Goldsberry play a South Florida family weathering tragedy in this emotionally turbulent, formally astonishing drama from writer-director Trey Edward Shults ("Krisha"). J.C.) R. Limited.
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