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
"Along Came the Devil" _ Sent to live with her aunt, a young woman unleashes an evil spirit when she tries to contact her dead mother. With Jessica Barth, Matt Dallas, Sydney Sweeney, Madison Lintz, Heather DeVan and Bruce Davison. Written by Jason DeVan, Heather DeVan, Dylan Matlock. Directed by Jason DeVan. (1:29) NR.
"Araby" _ A Brazilian factory worker's journal inspires a teenager to seek a better life. With Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Glaucia Vandeveld, Renato Novaes. Directed by Affonso Uchoa, Joao Dumans. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.
"The Atomic Cafe" _ Restored version of 1982 documentary on nuclear war composed entirely of civil defense and propaganda films created by the U.S. military and other agencies. Directed by Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty. (1:28) NR.
"BlackKkKlansman" _ Colorado Springs' first black policeman goes undercover with his partner to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. With John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace. Written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee; based on a book by Ron Stallworth. Directed by Lee. (2:15) R.
"BuyBust" _ An anti-narcotics squad must fight its way out of a Manila slum when a drug bust goes wrong and the locals turn on them. With Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera, Victor Neri. Written by Erik Matti and Anton Santamaria. Directed by Matti. In Filipino and Tagalog with English subtitles. (2:06) NR.
"The Captain" _ Near the end of World War II, a German army deserter discovers a Nazi uniform and undergoes a disturbing transformation. With Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau. Written and directed by Robert Schwentke. In German with English subtitles. (1:58) NR.
"Dog Days" _ L.A. canines lead their human companions on surprising journeys in this ensemble comedy. With Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Tone Bell, Jon Bass, Michael Cassidy, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, Finn Wolfhard, Ron Cephas Jones. Written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama. Directed by Ken Marino. (1:52) PG.
"Elizabeth Harvest" _ Newly married to a genius scientist and ensconced at his estate, a young woman discovers secrets that make her question what she knows abut herself. With Abbey Lee, Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Matthew Beard, Dylan Baker. Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. (1:45) NR.
"40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie" _ Filmmaker and fan Lee Aronsohn reunites the unsung Boulder, Colo., band for a reunion concert in this documentary. (1:39) NR.
"Gavagai" _ In Norway, a German businessman struggles to complete the work of his late wife translating the writing of a poet into Chinese. With Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Andreas Lust, Mikkel Gaup. Written by Kirk Kjeldsen. Directed by Rob Tregenza. In English and in Norwegian with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" _ Shortly after World War II, an English author encounters a group formed on the isle during the German occupation and decides to write a book about them. With Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay. Written by Thomas Bezucha, Don Roos; based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Directed by Mike Newell. (2:04) NR.
"Hope Springs Eternal" _ Famous online as "the girl dying of cancer," a teen hides the truth when tests reveal she's been cured. With Mia Rose Frampton, Stony Blyden, Juliette Angelo, Beau Brooks. Written by Stephanie Mickus. Directed by Jack C. Newell. (1:18) PG.
"The Island" _ A meteorite heading toward Earth doesn't dissuade a man from fantasizing about a colleague and winning the lottery until the impact leaves him shipwrecked with an unlikely group of co-workers. With Huang Bo, Shu Qi, Wang Baoqiang, Zhang Yixing. Directed by Huang Bo. In Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles. (2:14) NR.
"The Meg" _ A 75-foot-long prehistoric shark attacks a deep-sea submersible necessitating a rescue operation at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis. Written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, based on the novel by Steve Alten. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. (1:53) PG-13.
"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" _ Sent to a gay conversion therapy center, a young woman bonds with a stoner amputee and a Lakota Two-Spirit. With Chloe Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jr., Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle, Emily Skeggs, Owen Campbell. Written by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele, based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth. Directed by Akhavan. (1:30) NR.
"No Date, No Signature" _ A doctor in an Iranian medical examiner's office feels he may be responsible for one of the deceased. With Amir Agha'ee, Zakieh Behbahani, Sa'eed Dakh. Written by Vahid Jalilvand and Ali Zarnegar. Directed by Jalilvand. In Farsi with English subtitles. (1:44) NR.
"A Prayer Before Dawn" _ A young English boxer, imprisoned in Thailand, participates in brutal muay thai tournaments hoping to escape drugs and gangs. With Joe Cole. Written by Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese. Directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. (1:56) R.
"Pretty Bad Actress" _ A former child star is kidnapped by a stalker and must rely on her assistant to save her. With Stephanie Hodes, Heather McComb, Danny Woodburn, John Hensley, Jillian Bell. Written and directed by Nick Fituri Scown. (1:25) NR.
"Slender Man" _ Teens perform a rite in a small Massachusetts town hoping to disprove a terrifying local legend. With Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, Javier Botet. Written by David Birke, based on a character by Victor Surge. Directed by Sylvain White. PG-13.
"What Still Remains" _ In a post-apocalyptic world, a woman loses her family and must learn which survivors she can trust. With Lulu Antariksa, Colin O'Donoghue, Mimi Rogers, Dohn Norwood, Jeff Kober. Written and directed by Josh Mendoza. (1:31) NR.
"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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