Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon in "The Spy Who Dumped Me" (Lionsgate/Hopper Stone/SMPSP)

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.)


"Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days" _ Fantasy epic about a dead man trying to achieve reincarnation with the help of his three afterlife guardians. With Ha Jung-Woo, Ju Ji-Hoon, Kim Hyang-Gi. Written and directed by Kim Yong-Hwa. In Korean with English subtitles. (2:21) NR

"Brotherly Love" _ A Catholic brother is torn between his spirituality and his sexuality when he falls in love with another man. With Anthony J. Caruso, Derek Babb, Chance McKee, David Blackwell. Written and directed by Caruso. (1:58) NR

"The Darkest Minds" _ Teens with strange powers unite to resist the government that has turned on them. With Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford. Written by Chad Hodge, based upon the novel by Alexandra Bracken. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. (1:45) PG-13

"Devil's Cove" _ Lesbian lovers go on the lam after killing a jealous husband. With Chloe Traicos, Christelle Baguidy, Cameron Barnes. Written by Traicos. Directed by Erik Lundmark. NR

"Christopher Robin" _ Winnie the Pooh's friend, now grown, is stressed-out and overwhelmed by life, but his childhood stuffed animals band together to help him find his way. With Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss and voices by Jim Cummings, Chris O'Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo. Written by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder, story by Perry, based on characters created by A.A. Milne. Directed by Marc Forster. (1:44) PG

"Forest of Lost Souls" _ An old man and a young woman, one of whom is a psychopath, bond when they meet in a wooded area known for suicides. With Daniela Love, Jorge Mota, Mafalda Banquart. Written and directed by Jose Pedro Lopes. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (1:11) NR

"Never Goin' Back" _ A pair of suburban Dallas waitresses scheme to flee their diner existence. With Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith. Written and directed by Augustine Frizzell.(1:33) R

"Nico, 1988" _ The erstwhile Velvet Underground singer and musician tours Europe and attempts to forge a relationship with her estranged son. With Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Sandor Funtek. Written and directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli. (1:33) R

"Night Comes On" _ On the brink of turning 18, a young woman seeks revenge for her mother's death. With Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Lovie Marie Allen, Max Casella. Written by Angelica Nwandu, Jordana Spiro. Directed by Spiro. (1:27) NR

"The Spy Who Dumped Me" _ Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play best friends unexpectedly plunged into the world of international espionage. With Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhaj, Ivanna Sakhno, Sam Heughan. Written by Susanna Fogel, David Iserson. Directed by Fogel. (1:56) R

"The Third Murder" _ A Japanese defense attorney suspects a dark plot is behind his client's self-confessed murder of a wealthy industrialist. With Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose. Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2:04) NR

"What Will People Say" _ Raised in Norway, a teenage girl is sent to live in Pakistan by her parents and must adapt to the strict culture of her extended family. With Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain. Written and directed by Iram Haq. In Norwegian and Urdu with English subtitles. (1:46) 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

"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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