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
"An Acceptable Loss" _ A former government security official's knowledge poses a threat to those in power. With Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis. Written and directed by Joe Chappelle. (1:42) R.
"Animas" _ Horror thriller from Spain. With Angela Molina, Luis Bermejo. Written and directed by Laura Alvea, Jose F. Ortuno. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:23) NR.
"The Bounty Killer" _ A hired gun must rescue a Mexican landowner's kidnapped daughter in this Western. With Crispian Belfrage, Ethan McDowell. Written by Chip Baker, Danny Garcia, Jose L. Villanueva, Nick Reynolds. Directed by Baker. (1:27) NR.
"Dead Ant" _ Peyote-addled rockers battle giant ants in the California desert. With Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Jake Busey. Written by Ron Carlson; story by Carlson, Dan Sinclair, Hank Braxtan. Directed by Carlson. (1:37) NR.
"The Final Wish" _ Horror ensues when a young man finds a mysterious object among his recently deceased father's possessions. With Lin Shaye, Michael Welch. Written by Jeffrey Reddick, William Halfon, Jonathan Doyle; story by Reddick. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (1:35) NR.
"Goodnight, Charlene" _ A West Texas mechanic's unfaithful wife plots to have him murdered. With Daniel Ross Owens. Written and directed by Chris Zuhdi. (1:20) NR.
"Heartlock" _ A prison inmate seduces a female guard as part of his escape plan. With Alexander Dreymon, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Erik LaRay Harvey. Written by Jon Kauffman, Chris Cummings. Directed by Kauffman. (1:36) NR.
"The Invisibles" _ Historical drama about Jews hiding in plain sight in WWII Berlin. With Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer. Written by Claus Rafle, Alejandra Lopez. Directed by Rafle. (1:50) NR.
"The Kid Who Would Be King" _ Modern-day kids have an Arthurian adventure. With Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart. Written and directed by Joe Cornish. (2:00) PG.
"King of Beasts" _ Documentary about hunting lions for sport in Africa. Directed by Tomer Almagor, Nadav Harel. (1:26) NR.
"King of Thieves" _ Retired crooks in London plan one last big score. With Michael Caine, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone. Written by Joe Penhall; based on an article by Mark Seal. Directed by James Marsh. (1:48) R.
"Polar" _ A retired assassin battles hired killers sent by his former boss. With Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick. Written by Jayson Rothwell; based on a graphic novel by Victor Santos. Directed by Jonas Akerlund. (1:58) NR.
"Serenity" _ The sudden reappearance of his ex-wife plunges a fishing boat captain with a dark past into dangerous moral waters. With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, Diane Lane. Written and directed by Steven Knight. (1:46) R.
"Shiraz: A Romance of India" _ Restoration of 1928 silent historical drama set during the Mughal Empire. With Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau. Written by William A. Burton; based on a play by Niranjan Pal. Directed by Franz Osten. (1:37) NR.
"West of Sunshine" _ A father forced to look after his young son tries to come up with cash to pay off a loan shark. With Damian Hill. Written and directed by Jason Raftopoulos. (1:18) NR.
"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
"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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