Jodie Whittaker and Ozzy Myers in "Adult Life Skills." (Screen Media Films)

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.)


"Adult Life Skills" _ A 20-something British woman has a hard time growing up. With "Doctor Who's" Jodie Whittaker. Written and directed by Rachel Tunnard. (1:36) NR.

"All These Small Moments" _ A teen is infatuated with a woman he sees on the bus. With Molly Ringwald, Brian D'Arcy James, Brendan Meyer, Jemima Kirke. Written and directed by Melissa B. Miller Constanzo. (1:40) NR.

"The Brawler" _ A boxer in 1970s New Jersey gets a title shot. With Zach McGowan, Amy Smart, Taryn Manning. Written by Robert Dibella, Ken Kushner; story by Kushner. Directed by Kushner. (1:35) NR.

"Close" _ A counterterrorism expert is tasked with protecting a young heiress. With Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nelisse, Indira Varma, Eoin Macken. Written by Vicky Jewson, Rupert Whitaker. Directed by Jewson. NR.

"Don't Come Back From the Moon" _ Youngsters abandoned by their fathers run amok in a California desert town. With James Franco, Rashida Jones. Written by Dean Bakopoulos. Directed by Bruce Thierry Cheung. (1:38) NR.

"Dragon Ball Super: Broly" _ Intergalactic warriors face off in this new entry in the anime franchise. Written by Akira Toriyama. Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine. (1:40) PG.

"Egg" _ Comedy about the personal and political implications of motherhood. With Alysia Reiner, Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp, David Alan Basche, Gbenga Akinnagbe. Written by Risa Mickenberg. Directed by Marianna Palka. (1:30) NR.

"Fyre" _ Documentary about the ill-fated music festival on an island in the Bahamas in 2017. Directed by Chris Smith. NR.

"Genesis 2.0" _ Documentary about scientists' efforts to clone the extinct wooly mammoth using DNA recovered from below the frozen tundra. Directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev. (1:52) NR.

"Glass" _ Bruce Willis' character from "Unbreakable" pursues "Split's" James McAvoy in writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's converging-narratives sequel. With Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson. (2:09) PG-13.

"The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution" _ Documentary about seven female chefs. Written and directed by Maya Gallus. (1:15) NR.

"I Hate Kids" _ An author and former ladies man learns he has a teenage son. With Tom Everett Scott, Tituss Burgess, Julian Feder, Rachel Boston. (1:29) PG-13.

"La Religieuse" _ 4K restoration of director Jacques Rivette's classic New Wave fable from 1966 about a young nun in 18th century France. With Anna Karina. Written by Rivette, Jean Gruault; based on a novel by Denis Diderot. In French with English subtitles. (2:20) GP.

"The Last Man" _ A veteran with PTSD prepares for a prophesied apocalypse. With Hayden Christensen, Harvey Keitel. Written by Rodrigo H. Vila with Gustavo Lencina, Dan Bush. Directed by Vila. (1:40) R.

"Pledge" _ Three fraternity rejects join a secret off-campus society with horrifying results. With Phillip Andre Botello, Zachery Byrd, Zack Weiner. Written by Weiner. Directed by Daniel Robbins. (1:18) NR.

"Split Lip" _ A contract killer fights for her life against her former mentor and his minions. With Doree Seay. Written and directed by Christopher Sheffield. (1:40) NR.

"St. Bernard Syndicate" _ Two Danish men try to launch a business selling St. Bernard dogs in China. With Frederik Cilius Jørgensen, Rasmus Bruun. Written by Laerke Sanderhoff. Directed by Mads Brugger. In Danish and English with English subtitles. (1:40) NR.

"The Standoff at Sparrow Creek" _ A ex-cop tries to find the fellow militiaman responsible for a mass shooting at a policeman's funeral. With James Badge Dale, Happy Anderson, Patrick Fischler, Brian Geraghty, Chris Mulkey. Written and directed by Henry Dunham. (1:28) NR.

"Unbridled" _ An abused girl is paired with a mistreated horse as part of an equine therapy program. With Sarah Miller, Eric Roberts, T.C. Stallings. Written by Bonne Bartron; story by Christy McGlothlin. Directed by John David Ware. (1:55) 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 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

"The Rider" _ Brady Jandreau, a Lakota cowboy from South Dakota, enacts a version of his own harrowing story of loss and recovery in writer-director Chloe Zhao's stunningly lyrical Western, a seamless and deeply moving blend of narrative and documentary film techniques. (J. C.) R.

"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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