Critics' Choices capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.T.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust and Matt Cooper.


"The Chambermaid" _ A young woman dreams of a better life while working at a luxury hotel in Mexico City. With Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sanchez. Written by Juan Carlos Marquez, Lila Aviles. Directed by Aviles. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:42) NR.

"Cocaine Condor" _ Documentary explores how U.S. government policy in Latin America in the 1980s set the stage for the crack cocaine epidemic. Directed by Alan Bradley. (1:12) NR.

"Cold Blood" _ A hitman helps an injured woman who shows up at his remote cabin. With Jean Reno, Sarah Lind. Written and directed by Frederic Petitjean. In French and English with English subtitles. (1:31) NR.

"Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love" _ Documentary about singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, his onetime muse and longtime friend. Directed by Nick Broomfield. (1:37) R.

"Midsommar" _ A young American tourist couple are drawn into the darker aspects of a pagan festival in rural Sweden. With Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgran. Written and directed by Ari Aster. In English and Swedish with English subtitles. (1:40) R.


A scene from "Paris is Burning" 

"Paris Is Burning" _ Re-release of 1990 documentary about the drag scene in 1980s New York City. Directed by Jennie Livingston. (1:11) R.

"Phil" _ Greg Kinnear directs and stars in this comedy-drama about a depressed dentist who goes to absurd lengths to learn why one of his patients committed suicide. With Emily Mortimer, Jay Duplass, Taylor Schilling, Kurt Fuller, Luke Wilson, Bradley Whitford. Written by Stephen Mazur. (1:46) R.

"The Return of Martin Guerre" _ Reissue of the 1982 period drama starring Gerard Depardieu as a former soldier greeted with suspicion when he returns to his village in medieval France. With Nathalie Baye. Written by Jean-Claude Carriere, Natalie Zemon Davis, Daniel Vigne; based on a novel by Janet Lewis. Directed by Vigne. In French with English subtitles. (2:02) NR.

"Silent Panic" _ Three friends disagree on what to do next after discovering a dead body in the trunk of their car. With Helene Udy, Constance Brenneman, Jeff Dowd, Al Burke, Juliet Frew. Written and directed by Kyle Schadt. (1:36) NR.

"Spider-Man: Far from Home" _ The young web slinger's trip to Europe with his school friends is interrupted by Nick Fury and some elemental creatures. With Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal. Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers; based on the comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Directed by Jon Watts. (2:08) PG-13.


"Avengers: Endgame" _ After 11 years and 21 previous films, this opening chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a mighty finish with this thrilling, exhausting and inevitably moving adventure featuring Iron Man, Captain America and all the others we've met along the way. (J.C.) PG-13

"Captain Marvel" _ It's not only heroes who can have superpowers; movies can have them too, and you can add this to the small list of those that do, thanks to a luminous and powerful Brie Larson, co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Jude Law, and directors and co-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. (K.T.) PG-13

"Knock Down the House" _ By being there at the start of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's already legendary career, filmmaker Rachel Lears captured lightning in a bottle in this documentary on four different and compelling women, each of whom mounted a grassroots primary challenge to an entrenched incumbent. (K.T.) NR Netflix

"The Last Black Man in San Francisco" _ Jimmie Fails plays a fictionalized version of himself in director Joe Talbot's gorgeous Sundance prize-winning debut feature, which tells a deeply personal story of friendship, community and the yearning for home. (J.C.) R

"Late Night" _ A swell romantic comedy of a very particular sort, a film that details the delightful attachment two women _ played by Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in tip-top form _ have not to any man (or even each other) but to the profession they're completely devoted to. (K.T.) R

"The Reports on Sarah and Saleem" _ A taut and compelling Jerusalem-set melodrama directed by Muayad Alayan, it snaps, crackles and pops as it effectively intertwines the personal with the political in a way that is only enhanced by that city's fraught atmosphere and cultural dynamics. (K.T.) NR.

"Toy Story 4" _ As directed by Josh Cooley and written by Stephany Folsom and the veteran Andrew Stanton, the film surprises with the amount of genuine emotion it generates with its focus on love, loyalty and what matters most in life, to humans as well as toys. (K.T.) G


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