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
"Beach House" _ A college student's interest is piqued by the arrival of a photographer from her mother's past. With Willa Fitzgerald, Murray Bartlett, Orlagh Cassidy and Tom Hammond. Written by Matt Simon and Jason Saltiel. Directed by Saltiel. (1:26) NR.
"Boundaries" _ A reluctantly embarked-upon road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles offers a woman the opportunity to bond with her roguish octogenarian father and 12-year-old son. With Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Dolly Wells, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda. Written and directed by Shana Feste. (1:44) R.
"The Catcher Was a Spy" _ Major League Baseball veteran Moe Berg embarks on shadowing German physicist Werner Heisenberg for the OSS during World War II. With Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Paul Giamatti, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce. Written by Robert Rodat, based on the book by Nicholas Dawidoff. Directed by Ben Lewin. (1:38) R.
"Christian Audigier the VIF" _ Documentary on the French fashion designer after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer. Directed by Didier Beringuer. (1:38) NR.
"Damsel" _ Accompanied by a drunk, a wealthy man crosses the wilds of the Western frontier to wed his beloved. With Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Joseph Biligiere. Written and directed by David and Nathan Zellner. (1:53) R.
"Distorted" _ A young woman teams with a reporter to investigate strange happenings at her high tech luxury condo building. With Christina Ricci, Brendan Fletcher, Vicellous Shannon, John Cusack. Written by Arne Olsen. Directed by Rob King. R.
"Eating Animals" _ Natalie Portman narrates this documentary on factory farming and the foods we choose. Written and directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. (1:34) NR.
"Half the Picture" _ Documentary profiles groundbreaking female filmmakers and the systemic biases they face. Featuring Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham. Written and directed by Amy Adrion. (1:34) NR.
"The Icarus Line Must Die" _ An L.A. punk rocker fights to keep his band together as they pursue a major label deal. With Joe Cardamone, Ariel Pink, Keith Morris. Written by Michael Grodner and Cardamone. Directed by Grodner. (1:23) NR.
"Izzy Gets the F Across Town" _ Mackenzie Davis stars as a young woman intent on crossing Los Angeles to break up the engagement party of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend. With Carrie Coon, Haley Joel Osment, Alia Shawkat, Lakeith Stanfield, Annie Potts. Written and directed by Christian Papierniak. (1:26) NR.
"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" _ Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard return to Isla Nublar to rescue the remaining dinosaurs four years later after a volcano becomes active. With BD Wong, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Isabella Sermon and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Directed by J.A. Bayona. (2:08) PG-13.
"Racing Colt" _ A difficult, fading movie star relies on his former assistant to help him through a movie shoot. With Tobi Meoli, Amy Landers, Joseph Sicari. Written by Scott Damian. Directed by Damian and Heather R. Provost. (1:39) NR.
"6 Dynamic Laws for Success (in Life, Love & Money)" _ A hidden message in a self-help book sends a former car salesman and others after a multi-million-dollar treasure. With Travis Swartz, Jennifer Lafleur, Ross Partridge. Written and directed by Gregory Bayne. (1:32) NR.
"Spiral" _ Documentary on the rise of anti-Semitism and verbal and physical assaults on Jews in Europe. Directed by Laura Fairrie. (1:19) NR.
"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
"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
"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
"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.
"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.
"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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