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
"Affairs of State" _ An ambitious young Capitol Hill insider uses sex and blackmail to rise within a U.S. senator's presidential campaign. With David Corenswet, Thora Birch, David James Elliott, Grace Victoria Cox, Mimi Rogers, Adrian Grenier. Written by Tom Cudworth. Directed by Eric Bross. (1:37) R.
"Believer" _ Documentary on the LGBTQ community in the Mormon Church and the creation of the music and spoken-word festival LoveLoud. Featuring singers Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees. Directed by Don Argott. (1:41) NR.
"Billy Boy" _ A young man tries to move on after his girlfriend's death. With Blake Jenner, Melissa Benoist, Grant Harvey, Nick Eversman, Nathaniel Stroud, Melissa Bolona, Greg Germann, Jim Beaver, Brenda Bakke, Brad Hunt, Derek Mio, Andre Royo. Written by Blake Jenner. Directed by Bradley Buecker. (1:27) NR.
"China Salesman" _ Mike Tyson squares off against Steven Seagal in this actioner about an Asian telecom rep entangled in civil strife in North Africa. With Dong-xue Li, Janicke Askevold, Eriq Ebouaney. Written by Tan Bing, Scott Salter. Directed by Tan Bing. (1:50) NR.
"Counterfeiters" _ To save his dying mother, a young man discovers a creative means of making money. Written and directed by and starring Bryce Hirschberg. With Annie Newton, Julie Simone, Bridget Avildsen. (1:13) NR.
"En el Septimo Dia (On the Seventh Day) _ A week in the lives of undocumented immigrants in Brooklyn who work long hours as they look forward to their Sunday futbol match. With Fernando Cardona, Gilberto Jimenez, Abel Perez. Written and directed by Jim McKay. In Spanish and English with English and Spanish subtitles. (1:32) NR.
"Gabriel and the Mountain" _ A young Brazilian travels the world before attending a U.S. university. With Joao Pedro Zappa, Caroline Abras. Written by Fellipe Barbosa, Kirill Mikhanovsky, Lucas Paraizo. Directed by Barbosa. In English, Portuguese, Swahili, Chichewa and French with English subtitles. (1:31) NR.
"Gotti" _ John Travolta stars as the New York crime boss. With Spencer Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach. Written by Lem Dobbs, Leo Rossi. Directed by Kevin Connolly. (1:45) R.
"Incredibles 2" _ Mr. Incredible stays home with the kids while Elastigirl is pressed into hero action to save the day. Voice cast includes Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Huck Miner, Sarah Vowell. Written and directed by Brad Bird. (1:58) PG.
"Set It Up" _ Two overtaxed executive assistants scheme to distract their bosses with a fake romance. With Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu, Pete Davidson, Tituss Burgess. Written by Katie Silberman. Directed by Claire Scanlon. NR.
"A Skin So Soft" _ Documentary on six Canadian bodybuilders looks at their dedication to training and challenges traditional views of masculinity. Directed by Denis Cote. (1:34) NR.
"Superfly" _ Director X reimagines the blaxploitation classic about a stylish enterprising criminal, set in present-day Atlanta. With Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis. Written by Alex Tse. (1:50) R.
"Tag" _ Five friends gather at the wedding of the only undefeated player in a game they've played since childhood. With Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner. Written by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen, screen story by Steilen, based on a newspaper article by Russell Adams. Directed by Jeff Tomsic. R.
"Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist" _ An intimate documentary on the life and four-decade career of designer and provocateur Vivienne Westwood. Directed by Lorna Tucker. (1:20) NR.
"The Year of Spectacular Men" _ A new college graduate holds together her fragile life by moving in with her movie star sister and embarking on a series of complex romances. With Madelyn Deutch, Zoey Deutch and their mother, Lea Thompson. Written by Madelyn Deutch. Thompson directed. (1:42) NR.
"The Yellow Birds" _ Tragedy strikes a close-knit platoon during the Iraq War and a soldier must face the aftermath when he returns stateside. With Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, Tye Sheridan, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston. Written by David Lowery, R.F.I. Porto. Directed by Alexandre Moors. (1:40) R.
"American Animals" _ This based-on-fact story of how a quartet of bored college kids looking for kicks and meaning in their lives plan a rare book robbery is one of the summer's freshest, most entertaining films. (K.Tu.) R
"First Reformed" _ A conflicted reverend (a superb Ethan Hawke) undergoes a profound crisis of faith in Paul Schrader's soul-searching, career-resurrecting drama, a tribute to the contemplative cinema of Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu that nonetheless moves to the pulse of a thriller. (J.C.) R
"Let the Sunshine In" _ Juliette Binoche gives a marvelous performance as a middle-aged divorced woman looking for love in all the wrong places, but Claire Denis' exquisite and soulful romantic comedy defies every expectation of that premise. (J.C.) NR
"On Chesil Beach" _ A beautifully made film about the fraught honeymoon of a young couple who are very much in love and very much at sea, it reunites novelist Ian McEwan ("Atonement") and luminous star Saoirse Ronan, under the able and discreet direction of Dominic Cooke. (K.Tu.) R
"A Quiet Place" _ A family faces terror in the woods. With Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds. Written by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and Krasinski. Directed by Krasinski. (1:30) PG-13.
"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.
"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.
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