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.)
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
"Blindspotting" _ Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this comedy-drama about Oakland men whose lifelong friendship is tested after one witnesses a police shooting. With Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin. Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada. (1:35) R.
"Broken Star" _ Alone, with her career in freefall, an actress finds herself a captive in a duplex. With Analeigh Tipton, Tyler Labine, Lauren Bowles. Written by David Lee Brant. Directed by Dave Schwep. (1:30) NR.
"Citizen Clark ... A Life of Principle" _ Documentary on human rights activist and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Featuring Ralph Nader, Frank Serpico. Written and directed by Joseph Stillman. (1:25) NR.
"Damascus Cover" _ A grieving father tasked by the Mossad to deliver a chemical weapons scientist from Syria finds himself trapped in a much larger scheme. With Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt. Written by Daniel Zelik Berk and Samantha Newton. Directed by Berk. R.
"The Equalizer 2" _ Denzel Washington is back as the former CIA black ops agent delivering vigilante justice for those in need. With Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo. Written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. R.
"Generation Wealth" _ Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield explores an out-of-control global economy and the high cost of capitalism in this documentary. (1:46) NR.
"Heels" _ Trying to save their gay father's BBQ restaurant, a pair of adopted brothers join a local wrestling circuit. With Britt George, Stacey Scowley, Richard Riehl, Chip Joslin. Written and directed by Ryan Bottiglieri. (1:29) NR.
"Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story" _ The late pioneering makeup artist is profiled in this documentary. Featuring Brooke Shields, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Tori Amos, Isaac Mizrahi. Directed by Tiffany Bartok. (1:42) NR.
"Love, Cecil" _ Documentary on celebrated photographer, designer, artist and tastemaker Cecil Beaton. Narrated by Rupert Everett. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. (1:38) NR.
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" _ The cast returns to revisit their younger selves in this sequel to the Abba-fueled musical comedy. With Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Lily James. Written and directed by Ol Parker, story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis, Parker. PG-13.
"Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms" _ After her idyllic community is invaded, a lonely girl finds an orphaned baby, changing her life in unexpected ways. Anime. Written and directed by Mari Okada. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:55) NR.
"McQueen" _ Documentary on the tragic life and extraordinary career of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Directed by Ian Bonhote and co-directed/written by Peter Ettedgui. (1:51) NR.
"Occupation" _ Townspeople battle aliens intent on invading Earth. With Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Stephany Jacobsen. Written and directed by Luke Sparke. R.
"Path of Blood" _ Mining footage shot by jihadists and captured by Saudi security services, documentary filmmaker Jonathan Hacker explores a world where Muslim terrorists targeting Muslim civilians are tracked by Muslim law enforcement personnel. In Arabic and English with English subtitles. (1:31) NR.
"Pin Cushion" _ Life in a new town for a mother and daughter is complicated by mean girls and prickly neighbors. With Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, Loris Scarpa, Sacha Cordy-Nice. Written and directed by Deborah Haywood. (1:32) NR.
"Unfriended: Dark Web" _ A young man and his friends are exposed to the scariest parts of the internet via files on a found laptop. With Colin Woodell, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden. Written and directed by Stephen Susco. (1:28) R.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" _ A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015's "Ant-Man" reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low stakes and enormous charm. (J.C.) PG-13
"The Cakemaker" _ A provocative, unexpected and very moving German/Israeli co-production that is as unusual a love story as you are likely to find. (K.Tu.) NR
"Hearts Beat Loud" _ A musical in everything but name, this joining of stars Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons features some terrific songs and proof that sometimes wearing your heart on your sleeve is the only way to go. (K.Tu.) PG-13
"Incredbles 2" _ There is good news in the world tonight: Writer-director Brad Bird has brought everyone's favorite superhero family back to the big screen, and we are all better off for it. (K.Tu.) PG
"Hereditary" _ Anchored by a bravura performance from Toni Collette, writer-director Ari Aster's devastating, implacably terrifying film depicts an American family coming apart in the wake of tragedy. (J.C.) R
"RBG" _ One of the great services that this clear-eyed and admiring documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides is to emphasize not just her work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there. (K.Tu.) NR.
"Sorry to Bother You" _ Rapper-activist Boots Riley's joyous dystopian cackle of a directing debut stars a superb Lakeith Stanfield as an Oakland telemarketer who stumbles into that arrestingly surreal zone where racial identity, class rage and corporate malfeasance intersect. (J.C.) R
"Three Identical Strangers" _A scientific and philosophical inquiry by way of a detective story, Tim Wardle's intensely compelling documentary tells the twistier-by-the-minute story of identical triplet boys who discovered one another 19 years after having been separated at birth. (J.C.) PG-13
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" _ The goal of this exemplary documentary is not to tell the story of TV host Fred Rogers' life, but to show the way someone whose formidable task was, in his own words, "to make goodness attractive," and made it happen. (K.Tu.) PG-13
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