Aardman Animations star Nick Park, the brilliant mind behind the adventures of "Wallace & Gromit," tries to outdo the Flintstones in his latest comedy "Early Man."

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.)


"Being Black Enough" A young African-American from a white neighborhood gets a look at the reality of urban life. Written, directed by and starring Devin Rice. (1:31) NR.

"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.

"Double Lover" A troubled young woman starts a complicated affair with her analyst. Written and directed by Francois Ozon. With Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset. In French with English subtitles. (1:47) NR.

"Early Man" A caveman unites his tribe in this animated comedy directed by Nick Park. Voices by Eddie RedMayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall. (1:29) PG.

"Golden Exits" Two Brooklyn households are upended by an Australian visitor. With Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny, Analeigh Tipton. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. (1:34) NR.

"Hidden Light" A mobster-turned-priest is drawn back to his old life. With Jack Jovcic. Written and directed by Aaron Kamp. (1:33) NR.

"Honor Up" Damon Dash directed and stars in this crime drama about an OG trying to protect his family after a shootout in Harlem. Written by Stuart Acher, James Dubose; story by Damon Dash, Kevin Bennett. (1:24) R.

"Irreplaceable You" A sudden diagnosis causes a young woman to seek a new love for her longtime sweetheart. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Steve Coogan, Christopher Walken, Kate McKinnon, Jacki Weaver. Written by Bess Wohl. Directed by Stephanie Laing. NR.

"Looking Glass" The motel a couple buy after a tragedy is not what it appears. With Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney, Marc Blucas. Written by Jerry Rapp. Directed by Tim Hunter. R.

"Loveless" The sudden disappearance of their son shakes a divorced Moscow couple. With Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov. Written by Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev. Directed by Zvyagintsev. In Russian with English subtitles. (2:07) R.

"The Monkey King 3" The fantasy action-adventure continues as the simian monarch is captured in all-female land. With Aaron Kwok. Directed by Soi Cheang. In Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. NR.

"Nostalgia" Love, loss and memories are explored in this ensemble drama. With Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, John Ortiz, Nick Offerman, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn. Written by Alex Ross Perry. Directed by Mark Pellington. (1:54) R.

"The Party" A get-together at the home of a London politician unravels in this dark comedy. With Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall. Written and directed by Sally Potter. (1:11) R.

"Poop Talk" Scatological documentary. Featuring Eric Stonestreet, Kumail Nanjiani, Dr. Drew Pinsky. Directed by Aaron N. Feldman. (1:15) NR.

"Samson" The biblical hero battles the Philistines. With Taylor James, Billy Zane. PG-13.

"Surfer" A teenager faces his fears after a serious wipeout. With Sage Burke. Written and directed by Douglas Burke. (1:38) PG.


"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.

"The Disaster Artist" James Franco's shrewd, affectionate and frequently hilarious comedy re-creates and deconstructs the making of Tommy Wiseau's cult landmark, "The Room," with Franco giving a fully committed, even haunted performance as Wiseau himself. (J.C.) R.

"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.

"Have a Nice Day" A stolen bag of loot sets off a whirlwind of violence in Liu Jian's acrid, accomplished feature-length animation, notable less for its B-thriller plotting than for its richly textured images of urban decay in contemporary China. (J.C.) NR.

"Hostiles" Written and directed by Scott Cooper and powered by a dynamic trio of interwoven performances by Christian Bale, Wes Studi and Rosamund Pike, this latest example of the Western revival grabs you by the throat and holds on for the duration. (K.Tu.) 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.

"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.

(c)2018 Los Angeles Times

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