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; ® 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 and Matt Cooper.)
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
"The Amityville Murders" _ A man is driven by voices to kill his whole family in this movie based on the real-life murders that inspired the 1979 horror film. With John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin. Written and directed by Daniel Farrands. (1:37) NR.
"Beneath the Leaves" _ An imprisoned child-murderer escapes and attempts to resume his dark vocation. With Doug Jones, Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino. Written by Naman Barsoom, Daniel Wallner, Mark Andrew Wilson; story by Adam Marino. Directed by Marino. (1:30) NR.
"Berlin, I Love You" _ Romantic-comedy anthology features 10 tales set in the German capital. With Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Jim Sturgess, Diego Luna, Luke Wilson, Jenna Dewan, Mickey Rourke, Hayden Panettiere, Dianna Agron. Various writers and directors. (2:00) R.
"Chokehold" _ A woman enters the world of underground fighting to find the Russian mobsters who killed her father. With Casper Van Dien, Locklyn Munro, Melissa Croden. Written by Brian Skiba, Craig Michael Hall. Directed by Skiba. (1:38) NR
"Cold Pursuit" _ Liam Neeson plays a snowplow driver seeking revenge against the criminals responsible for his son's death. With Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum. Written by Frank Baldwin; based on a screenplay by Kim Fupz Aakeson. Directed by Hans Petter Moland. (1:58) R.
"The Divorce Party" _ A newly single 20-something seeks a fresh start. With Thomas Cocquerel, Matilda Lutz, Claire Holt, Katrina Bowden. Written by Mark Famiglietti, Lane Garrison. Directed by Hughes William Thompson. (1:33) NR.
"Everybody Knows" _ Penelope Cruz stars as a woman who returns home to Spain for her sister's wedding, only to have her daughter abducted. With Javier Bardem. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. In Spanish, Catalan and English with English subtitles. (2:12) R.
"Farinelli" _ Re-release of the 1994 period drama about the famed 18th century castrati singer. With Stefano Dionisi. Written by Andree Corbiau, Gerard Corbiau, Marcel Beaulieu. Directed by Gerard Corbiau. (1:51) R.
"High Flying Bird" _ A sports agent tries to shake up the system during a basketball lockout in director Steven Soderbergh's drama. With Andre Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. (1:30) NR.
"The Isle" _ Shipwreck survivors in 19th century Scotland encounter the supernatural. With Conleth Hill, Alex Hassell. Written by Matthew Butler-Hart, Tori Butler-Hart. Directed by Matthew Butler-Hart. (1:36) NR.
"The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" _ Aliens from outer space attack in this sequel to the computer-animated 2014 comedy. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish. Written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Matthew Fogel, Raphael Bob-Waksberg; story by Michelle Morgan, Dominic Russo. Directed by Mike Mitchell. (1:46) PG.
"The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot" _ A WWII veteran with a colorful history is tasked with taking out a Sasquatch. Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Ron Livingston, Caitlin FitzGerald, Larry Miller, Ellar Coltrane. Written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. (1:38) NR.
"Never Look Away" _ A young artist who fled East Germany is haunted by memories of his life under the Nazi and Communist regimes. With Tom Schilling, Paula Beer. Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. In German and Russian with English subtitles. (3:08) R.
"One Million American Dreams" _ Documentary about Hart Island, a massive cemetery for unclaimed bodies in New York City. Narrated by Sam Rockwell. Directed by Brendan Byrne. (1:30) NR.
"Pinsky" _ Setbacks force a young woman to move in with her overbearing Russian Jewish grandmother. With Rebecca Karpovsky, Alan Blumenfield. Written by Karpovsky, Amanda Lundquist. Directed by Lundquist. (1:13) NR.
"The Prodigy" _ A woman fears her young son may be possessed by dark forces. With Taylor Schilling, Colm Feore. Written by Jeff Buhler. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy. (1:40) R.
"St. Agatha" _ A pregnant young woman finds horrors in a convent in 1950s Georgia. With Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy. Written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, Clint Sears. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. (1:30) NR.
"To Dust" _ A Hasidic cantor seeks solace in science following his wife's untimely demise. With Geza Rohrig, Matthew Broderick. Written by Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder. Directed by Snyder. (1:45) R.
"Under the Eiffel Tower" _ A man having a midlife crisis joins his best friend's family on a vacation to France. With Matt Walsh, Judith Godreche, Reid Scott, Michaela Watkins, David Wain, Gary Cole. Written by Godreche, Archie Borders, David Henry. Directed by Borders. (1:27) NR.
"Untogether" _ Two sisters face different challenges in life and love in Los Angeles. With Jemima Kirke, Lola Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Billy Crystal, Scott Caan, Alice Eve, Jennifer Grey. Written and directed by Emma Forrest. (1:38) R.
"A Violent Man" _ An MMA fighter is accused of murdering a woman with whom he had a one-night stand. With Thomas Q. Jones, Isaach De Bankole, Chuck Liddell, Bruce Davison, Denise Richards. Written by Matthew Berkowitz, Justin Steele. Directed by Berkowitz. (1:47) NR.
"What Men Want" _ Taraji P. Henson plays a sports agent who can hear men's thoughts in this gender-switched take on the Mel Gibson comedy. With Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tracy Morgan, Max Greenfield, Kellan Lutz, Shaquille O'Neal, Richard Roundtree, Erykah Badu. Written by Tina Gordon Chism, Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory; story by Jas Waters, Tina Gordon Chism; based on the screenplay for "What Women Want" by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake. Directed by Adam Shankman. (1:57) R.
"The Wild Pear Tree" _ An aspiring writer returns to his home village hoping to get his career started. With Aydin Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir. In Turkish with English subtitles. Written by Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. (3:08) NR.
"Black Panther" _ A superhero movie whose characters have integrity and dramatic heft, filled with engaging exploits and crises grounded in a vibrant, convincing reality, laced with socially conscious commentary and wicked laughs, this is the model of what involving popular entertainment should be. (K. Tu.) PG-13.
"The Favourite" _ This viciously entertaining period comedy-drama from director Yorgos Lanthimos ("The Lobster") returns us to the 18th century court of Queen Anne (a magnificent Olivia Colman) and the intrigue swirling around two women (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) vying for her favor. (J. C.) R Limited
"Happy as Lazzaro" _ Alice Rohrwacher's enchanting, time-bending third feature, about a group of sharecroppers on an Italian tobacco farm, is a deceptively plain-looking portrait of downtrodden lives that by the end all but glows with wonderment and surprise. (J. C.) PG-13 Netflix
"If Beale Street Could Talk" _ Barry Jenkins' follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Moonlight" is a visually and musically gorgeous adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, a 1970s Harlem love story that beautifully mixes past and present, the personal and the political. (J. C.) R Limited
"The Kid Who Would Be King" _ A 12-year-old boy (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) gets pulled into a grand Arthurian adventure in this endearing, winningly offbeat comic fantasy from writer-director Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"). (J. C.) PG
"The Other Side of the Wind" _ Shot between 1970 and 1976 and then left unfinished for decades, Orson Welles' long-awaited final feature is a cracked, corrosive vision, a cinematic hall of mirrors that fascinatingly reflects the fraught circumstances of its making. (J. C.) R Netflix
"Roma" _ An extremely quiet, even meditative picture played at the softer pitch of reality, rather than the higher frequency of drama by writer-director-producer Alfonso Cuaron, whose childhood experiences are the bedrock of this family story. (K. Tu.) R Limited/Netflix
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" _ The creative brain trust of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller has thoroughly rejuvenated the Spider-Man myth in this quick-witted, formula-busting and visually gorgeous animated feature, which places a new kid named Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) behind the mask. (J.C.) PG
"A Star Is Born" _ No matter how many previous versions of "A Star Is Born" you've seen, the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga extravaganza about a star on the rise falling for a star on the way down should not be missed. (K. Tu.) R
"Widows" _ Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez give superb performances as three very different, very desperate women executing a daring heist in this unusually gripping, meaty and politically charged thriller from director Steve McQueen. (J.C.) R
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