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.)
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"Alpha" _ During the last Ice Age, a young man teams with a lone wolf in this epic tale of survival. With Kodi Smit-McPhee, Johannes Haukur Johannesson. Written by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt; story by Albert Hughes. Directed by Hughes. PG-13.
"Benched" _ Youth baseball coaches clash over their vastly different styles. With Garret Dillahunt, John C. McGinley. Written by Richard Dresser. Directed by Richard Deaton, George Flanigen. NR.
"Breaking & Exiting" _ A botched burglary leads to an unlikely romance. With Milo Gibson, Jordan Hinson, Adam Huber. Written by Hinson. Directed by Peter Facinelli. (1:18) NR.
"Cocote" _ A young Dominican gardener and devout Christian realizes he's been brought home to avenge his father's killing. With Vicente Santos, Judith Rodriguez, Yuberbi de la Rosa. Directed by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:46) NR.
"Crazy Rich Asians" _ An Asian-American New Yorker's first trip to Asia is complicated by her longtime boyfriend's status as one of Singapore's most desirable bachelors and his judgy mother. With Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Henry Golding, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh. Written by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. Directed by Jon M. Chu. PG-13.
"Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks" _ The death of their physician parents brings together estranged siblings, who prefer to celebrate the family's dysfunction rather than grieve. With Scott Rodgers, Kristin Slaysman. Written by Josh Crockett, Jonathan Pappas. Directed by Crockett. (1:26) NR.
"Down a Dark Hall" _ A troubled adolescent sent to a boarding school for girls discovers the institution holds ancient paranormal secrets. With AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day, Uma Thurman. Written by Mike Goldbach and Chris Sparling. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes. (1:36) PG-13.
"Good Manners" _ A nurse from outer Sao Paulo bonds with a wealthy woman who hires her to care for her yet-to-be-born son, a child with horrific provenance. With Isabel Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira. Written and directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (2:15) NR.
"Juliet, Naked" _ Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd and Ethan Hawke form an unlikely triangle brought together by inertia, pop culture obsessiveness and heartache. Written by Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, Evgenia Peretz; based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Directed by Jesse Peretz. (1:45) R.
"The Little Mermaid" _ An intriguing tale leads a young reporter, his sick niece and a mysterious young woman to a remote circus in Mississippi. With Poppy Drayton, William Moseley, Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon, Armando Gutierrez. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale; written and directed by Blake Harris; co-directed by Chris Bouchard. (1:25) PG-13.
"Luis and the Aliens" _ A young boy befriends three beings from outer space. Voices by Will Forte, Lea Thompson, Franciska Friede, Orlando Leyba, Joey Guila. Written by Wolfgang Lauenstein, Christoph Lauenstein, Joe Vitale, Jeffrey Hylton. Directed by Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack (1:24) PG.
"Madeline's Madeline" _ Real life and performance blur when a girl is cast in a theater piece by an experimental director. With Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July. Written and directed by Josephine Decker. (1:30) NR.
"Mile 22" _ Mark Wahlberg stars as the leader of a secret mission to sneak an enigmatic law enforcement official to safety. With Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich. Written by Graham Roland, Lea Carpenter. Directed by Peter Berg. R.
"Minding the Gap" _ Documentary by Bing Liu focusing on his skateboard pals in Rockford, Ill., as they deal with the complexity of adulthood and being men. (1:33) NR.
"93Queen" _ Documentary on a group of Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish women in New York who, despite the patriarchy of their community, formed a volunteer ambulance corps. Featuring Rachel "Ruchie" Freier and the Women of Ezras Nashim. Directed by Paula Eiselt. (1:30) NR.
"Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich" _ Recovering from a divorce, a comic book store employee's attempt to sell a scary puppet at a convention inadvertently unleashes the forces of evil. With Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Michael Pare, Barbara Crampton, Udo Kier. Written by S. Craig Zahler. Directed by Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund. (1:30) NR.
"Skate Kitchen" _ Moving to New York City from Long Island proves challenging for a teen, who falls in with an all-female crew and a difficult relationship with an enigmatic guy. With Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Jaden Smith.Written by Crystal Moselle, Jen Silverman, Aslihan Unaldi. Directed by Moselle. (1:45) NR.
"We the Animals" _ Three brothers grow up in a volatile household. With Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel, Sheila Vand, Raul Castillo. Written by Dan Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar, based on a novel by Justin Torres. Directed by Zagar. (1:30) NR.
"The Wife" _ A woman stands by her husband as he receives the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 and recalls the ups, downs and sacrifices of their 30 years together. With Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, Elizabeth McGovern. Written by Jane Anderson; based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Directed by Bjorn Runge. (1:40) R.
"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
"Hereditary" _ Anchored by a bravura performance from Toni Collette, writer-director Ari Aster's devastating, implacably terrifying film depicts an American family coming apart in the wake of tragedy. (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
"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.
"RBG" _ One of the great services that this clear-eyed and admiring documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides is to emphasize not just her work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there. (K.Tu.) NR.
"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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