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.)
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"But Deliver Us From Evil" _ The traditional mystical character Lilith terrorizes present-day Atlanta. With Eric Roberts, Grant Harvey, Pooch Hall, Torrei Hart, Thorsten Kaye. Written and directed by Joshua Coates. (1:59) NR.
"Death Wish" _ Bruce Willis stars in this remake as a surgeon seeking revenge after his family is brutally attacked. With Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise. Written by Joe Carnahan, based on the 1974 screenplay by Wendell Mayes from novel by Brian Garfield. Directed by Eli Roth. (1:48) R.
"Don't Talk to Irene" _ A lonely outcast recruits unexpected help to pursue her dream of becoming a cheerleader. With Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Anastasia Phillips, Geena Davis. Written and directed by Pat Mills. (1:30) NR.
"Foxtrot" _ The parents of a young soldier reel after learning of his death. With Sarah Adler, Lior Ashkenazi and Yonatan Shiray. Written and directed by Samuel Maoz. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (1:53) R.
"Hondros" _ Documentary on conflict photographer Chris Hondros, from his coverage of Kosovo in 1999 to his 2011 death in Libya. Directed by Greg Campbell. (1:29) NR.
"Midnighters" _ Thriller about a couple struggling to cover up a crime in rural New England. With Alex Essoe, Perla Haney-Jardine, Dylan McTee. Written by Alston Ramsay. Directed by Julius Ramsay. (1:34) NR.
"Mohawk" _ Three young Native Americans and a small group of soldiers exchange rounds of gruesome retaliation during the War of 1812. Written by Ted Geoghegan and Grady Hendrix. With Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Eamon Farren. Directed by Geoghegan. (1:32) NR.
"November" _ A peasant girl longs for a village boy whose attentions tend toward a visiting German baroness in Gothic 19th century Estonia. With Rea Lest, Jorgen Liik, Arvo Kukumagi. Written and directed by Rainer Sarnet; based on a novel by Andrus Kivirahk. In Estonian with English subtitles. (1:55) NR.
"Oh Lucy!" _ A Japanese woman creates a blond alter ego, learns English and falls for her American instructor. With Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Shioli Kutsuna. Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. (1:35) NR.
"Pickings" _ A single mom and bar owner faces her violent past in this neo-noir. With Elyse Price, Joel Bernard, Katie Vincent. Written and directed by Usher Morgan. (1:42) R.
"Red Sparrow" _ Jennifer Lawrence stars as a former Russian ballet dancer recruited to be a seductive and deadly spy. With Joel Edgerton, Matthias Shoenearts, Jeremy Irons, Mary-Louise Parker, Charlotte Rampling. Written by Justin Haythe, based on a novel by Jason Matthews. Directed by Francis Lawrence. (2:19) R.
"The Vanishing of Sidney Hall" _ A detective investigates the decade-old disappearance of an contentious young writer. With Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Lane, Kyle Chandler. Written by Shawn Christensen & Jason Dolan. Directed by Christensen. (2:00) R.
"Black Panther" _ Chadwick Boseman stars as the King of Wakanda faces external threats to his peaceful home. With Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman. Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole. Directed by Coogler. (2:14) PG-13.
"Call Me By Your Name" _ Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (J.C.) R.
"Double Lover" _ A Parisian woman (Marine Vacth) begins seeing identical twin psychiatrists (Jeremie Renier) in Francois Ozon's delirious cracked mirror of an erotic thriller, which plays like the kinky love-child of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma. (J.C.) NR.
"Early Man" _ Four-time Oscar-winning director Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, is back with a droll romp through prehistoric times that will put a smile on your face. (K.Tu.) PG.
"A Fantastic Woman" _ Chilean writer-director Sebastian Lelio's follow-up to "Gloria" is a compassionate and captivating portrait of a young transgender woman (a superb Daniela Vega) dealing with hostility and intolerance in the wake of her lover's death. (J.C.) R.
"Lady Bird" _ As warm as it is smart, and it is very smart, this portrait of a high school senior year marks actor-screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan. (K.Tu.) R.
"Loveless" _ A story about a broken marriage and a missing child becomes a withering snapshot of Russian social malaise in this bleak and beautifully shot drama from the gifted Andrey Zvyagintsev ("Leviathan"). (J.C.) R.
"Paddington 2" _ Everyone's favorite Peruvian-born, London-based bear is back, this time facing off against a nefarious stage actor (Hugh Grant) in this beautifully structured and executed comedy from director/co-writer Paul King. (J.C.) PG.
"The Post" _ Director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks combine for a thriller cum civics lesson showing the value of newspapers hanging together and holding government accountable for deception. (K.Tu.) 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.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" _ Building and improving on "The Force Awakens," writer-director Rian Johnson's grand space opera is the first flat-out terrific "Star Wars" movie since "The Empire Strikes Back," full of dramatic echoes of George Lucas' original trilogy but also rich in surprise and imagination. (J.C.) PG-13.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" _ Uncommon writer-director Martin McDonagh and a splendid cast top-lined by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell present a savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time. (K.Tu.) R.
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