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
"The Devil and Father Amorth" _ Director William Friedkin films an exorcism performed by the head exorcist for the Diocese of Rome and interviews priests, psychologists, neurosurgeons and nonbelievers in this documentary. (1:08) NR.
"Edge of Isolation" _ Cut off from civilization, a young couple meet a horrific family. With Michael Marcel, Marem Hassler, Alexandra Peters, Monte Markham, Judi Barton. Written and directed by Jeff Houkal. (1:29) NR.
"4/20 Massacre" _ Five women fight for their lives after stumbling into an illegal marijuana operation. With Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Justine Wachsberger. Written and directed by Dylan Reynolds. (1:24) NR.
"Ghost Stories" _ A television debunker of the paranormal receives three cases that test his skepticism. With Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Andy Nyman. Written and directed by Jeremy Dyson, Nyman. (1:37) NR.
"Godard Mon Amour" _ An actress falls in love and marries a New Wave filmmaker only to discover he is every bit as tempestuous as the turmoil of late 1960s France. With Stacy Martin, Louis Garrel, Berenice Bejo. Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius, based on a novel by Anne Wiazemsky. In French with English subtitles. (1:47) R.
"Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami" _ An in-depth profile of the convention-defying music and fashion icon blends public and personal footage. Directed by Sophie Fiennes. (1:55) NR.
"The Heart of Nuba" _ A surgeon and a small staff serve the Nuba people in the Sudan amid a humanitarian crisis in this documentary. Featuring Dr. Tom Catena, Sister Angelina Nyakuru, Dr. Corry Chapman. Directed by Kenneth A. Carlson. (1:25) NR.
"I Feel Pretty" _ An accident makes an insecure woman believe she's a supermodel. With Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Phillips, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell, Lauren Hutton. Written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. PG-13.
"In the Intense Now" _ Documentary includes footage from the 1960s Cultural Revolution in China, alongside scenes of the 1968 political uprisings in France, Czechoslovakia and Brazil. Directed by Joao Moreira Salles. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (2:07) NR.
"The Judge" _ Documentary on Palestinian Judge Kholoud al-Faqih, the first woman appointed to a sharia court in the Middle East. Directed by Erika Cohn. (1:16) NR.
"Keep the Change" _ A young high-functioning autistic man's court-appointed support group leads to unexpected romance. With Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Nicky Gottlieb, Will Deaver, Jessica Walter, Tibor Feldman. Written and directed by Rachel Israel. (1:33) NR.
"Kodachrome" _ A man drives his father across the country to have four rolls of film developed before the last lab closes. With Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood. Written by Jonathan Tropper, based upon an article by A.G. Sulzberger. Directed by Mark Raso. (1:40) NR.
"Let's Kill Grandpa This Christmas" _ A grandfather's family turns murderous to make their holiday wishes come true. With Diana Bologna, Courtney Desman, Robert John Kelber. Written and directed by Brian Gianci. (1:20) NR.
"Little Pink House" _ Coming out of a bad marriage, a small-town paramedic fights to save her working-class neighborhood. With Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Callum Keith Rennie. Written and directed by Courtney Moorhead Balaker, based on the book by Jeff Benedict. (1:40) NR.
"Lives Well Lived" _ Forty people ages 75 to 100 share their wit, wisdom and life experiences in this documentary. Directed by Sky Bergman. (1:12) NR.
"Pass Over" _ Spike Lee filmed Antoinette Nwandu's stage play, a contemporary urban riff on "Waiting for Godot." With John Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan and Blake DeLong. Directed for the stage by Danya Taymor. (1:14) NR.
"Quai des Orfevres" _ A French inspector's prime suspect in the murder of a movie mogul is a chanteuse's jealous husband in director Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1947 crime drama. With Louis Jouvet, Suzy Delair, Bernard Blier. Written by Clouzot, Jean Ferry. In French with English subtitles. (1:46) NR.
"Super Troopers 2" _ An international border dispute between the U.S. and Canada propels the team into action in this sequel to the 2001 comedy. Written by and starring Broken Lizard (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske). With Lynda Carter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Marisa Coughlan. Directed by Chandrasekhar. (1:39) R.
"Traffik" _ On a weekend mountain getaway, four friends run into a terrifying bike gang determined to keep their secret world secret. With Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, William Fichtner, Missi Pyle. Written, directed by Deon Taylor. (1:36) R.
"Wanderland" _ An office worker seeking refuge on Long Island finds himself on a whimsical music-infused journey. Written and directed by Josh Klausner. With Tate Ellington, Tara Summers, Victoria Clark. (1:30) NR.
"Western" _ Tension and distrust emerge when German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in rural Bulgaria mix with the locals. With Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Lefitov. Written and directed by Valeska Grisebach. In German, Bulgarian and English with English subtitles. (2:00) 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.
"Big Fish & Begonia" _ Visually dazzling and made very much in the mode of brilliant Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, but as co-directed by Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang, this surpassingly beautiful film marks a major step forward for Chinese feature animation. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"Love After Love" _ Russ Harbaugh's debut feature is rooted in the immediate, snatching snippets of life out of thin air, with Andie MacDowell luminous and raw as a woman grasping to put her life back together, while juggling her hapless, drunken and philandering sons. (Katie Walsh) NR.
"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 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.
"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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