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
"Bent" _ Searching for his partner's killer leads a disgraced police officer into a government conspiracy. With Karl Urban, Andy Garcia, Sofia Vergara. Written and directed by Bobby Moresco. R.
"Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine" _ Documentary looks at the people's perspective as Ukrainians strive for independence from Russia. Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris and Oles Sanin. (1:38) NR.
"The Death of Stalin" _ Dark comedy set in the 1950s Soviet Union as various minsters jostle for power. With Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor. Written by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin. Directed by Iannucci. (1:47) R.
"The Forgiven" _ Dramatic thriller with Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Eric Bana as a killer seeking clemency. Written by Michael Ashton. Directed by Roland Joffe. (1:55) NR.
"Girls Vs. Gangsters" _ A wild bachelorette party leaves three women naked on a beach, two of them handcuffed to a suitcase, with no memory of how they got there. With Ivy Chen, Fiona Sit, Ning Chang. Directed by Barbara Wong. In Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. (2:00) NR.
"Goldstone" _ An indiginous detective seeks justice in the Australian outback. With Aaron Pederson, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, Cheng Pei-Pei, David Wenham. Written and directed by Ivan Sen. (1:50) R.
"Gringo" _ Disloyal business partners, a drug cartel and a mercenary push an easygoing man over the edge in Mexico. With Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton. Written by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone. Directed by Nash Edgerton. (1:50) R.
"Hannah" _ Life closes in on an older woman after her husband is arrested. Charlotte Rampling stars. With Andre Wilms, Stephanie Van Vyve. Written by Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado. Directed by Pallaoro. In French with English subtitles. (1:33) NR.
"The Homeless Chorus Speaks" _ Documentary looks at the epidemic of homelessness through the stories of members of the Voices of Our City Choir. Directed by Susan Polis Schutz. (1:00) NR.
"Juggernaut" _ Brothers square off after the death of their mother in this tale of revenge. With Jack Kesy, Amanda Crew, David Cubitt, Ty Olsson. Written and directed by Daniel DiMarco. (1:45) NR.
"King of Hearts" _ Alan Bates stars as a soldier assigned to disarm a bomb in a French town overrun by inmates from an insane asylum in this 4k restoration of the 1966 film. With Genevieve Bujold, Adolfo Celi. Written by Daniel Boulanger. Directed by Philippe De Broca. In French with English subtitles. (1:42) NR.
"Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy" _ German director Thomas Riedelsheimer's second documentary on British land artist Andy Goldsworthy, following 2001's "River and Tides." (1:33) NR.
"The Leisure Seeker" _ An aging couple escape the smothering effects of doctors and children with a road trip from Boston to Key West. With Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Kirsty Mitchell. Written by Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzi and Francesco Piccolo, based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian. Directed by Virzi. (1:52) R.
"Los Angeles Overnight" _ A struggling actress/waitress enlists a mechanic to help her track down a hidden bounty. With Arielle Brachfeld, Lin Shaye, Sally Kirkland, Peter Bogdanovich. Written by Guy J. Jackson. Directed by Michael Chrisoulakis. (1:33) NR.
"1:54" _ A high school runner challenges his nemesis for the 800-meter championship. With Antoine Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nelisse. Written and directed by Yan England. In French with English subtitles. (1:46) NR.
"Our Blood is Wine" _ The resurgence of winemaking in the Republic of Georgia is the subject of this documentary. Featuring sommelier Jeremy Quinn. Directed by Emily Railsback. In English and Georgian with English subtitles. (1:18) NR.
"Return to Nuke 'Em High a.k.a. Vol.2" _ A pair of innocent lesbians and a duck named Kevin are all that stands between mutants, monsters and the end of the world. With Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran. Written by Travis Campbell, Derek Dressler, Lloyd Kaufman, Gabriel Friedman. Directed by Kaufman. (1:12) NR.
"The Strangers: Prey at Night" _ A trio of psychopaths terrorize a family at a secluded mobile home park. With Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman. Written by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. Directed by Johannes Roberts. R.
"Submission" _ A talented new student invigorates a bored writing professor. With Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Addison Timlin. Written and directed by Richard Levine, based on a novel by Francine Prose. (1:37) NR.
"They Remain" _ A pair of scientists investigate mysterious happenings at a remote cult encampment. With William Jackson Harper and Rebecca Henderson. Written and directed by Phillip Gelatt, based on a short story by Laird Barron. (1:42) NR.
"Thoroughbreds" _ Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut reconnect and bring out the worst in one another. With Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks. Written and directed by Cory Finley. (1:30) NYR.
"Viva Kino!" _ Italian-made documentary on 17th century priest Father Eusebio Kino, whose work in Sonora, Mexico, and what is present-day southern Arizona still resonates. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:11) NR.
"Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio?" _ Documentary follows a television writer as he revisits his stand-up comedy roots. Featuring Larry David, Colin Quinn, Suzie Essman. Directed by Brad Kuhlman. (1:15) NR.
"A Wrinkle in Time" _ Three spiritual guides lead a young girl on a journey of empowerment. With Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine. Written by Jennifer Lee, based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Directed by Ava DuVernay. PG.
"Annihilation" _ Natalie Portman plays a biologist who joins an all-female expedition into the heart of an environmental disaster zone in this eerily beautiful and hypnotically unsettling mind-bender from "Ex Machina" writer-director Alex Garland. (J.C.) R.
"Black Panther" _ Chadwick Boseman stars as the King of Wakanda faces external threats to his peaceful home. With Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman. Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole. Directed by Coogler. (2:14) PG-13.
"Call Me By Your Name" _ Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (J.C.) R.
"Double Lover" _ A Parisian woman (Marine Vacth) begins seeing identical twin psychiatrists (Jeremie Renier) in Francois Ozon's delirious cracked mirror of an erotic thriller, which plays like the kinky love-child of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma. (J.C.) NR.
"Early Man" _ Four-time Oscar-winning director Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, is back with a droll romp through prehistoric times that will put a smile on your face. (K.Tu.) PG.
"A Fantastic Woman" _ Chilean writer-director Sebastian Lelio's follow-up to "Gloria" is a compassionate and captivating portrait of a young transgender woman (a superb Daniela Vega) dealing with hostility and intolerance in the wake of her lover's death. (J.C.) R.
"Lady Bird" _ As warm as it is smart, and it is very smart, this portrait of a high school senior year marks actor-screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan. (K.Tu.) R.
"Loveless" _ A story about a broken marriage and a missing child becomes a withering snapshot of Russian social malaise in this bleak and beautifully shot drama from the gifted Andrey Zvyagintsev ("Leviathan"). (J.C.) R.
"Paddington 2" _ Everyone's favorite Peruvian-born, London-based bear is back, this time facing off against a nefarious stage actor (Hugh Grant) in this beautifully structured and executed comedy from director/co-writer Paul King. (J.C.) PG.
"The Post" _ Director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks combine for a thriller cum civics lesson showing the value of newspapers hanging together and holding government accountable for deception. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"The Shape of Water" _ Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical "Beauty and the Beast" tale with moral overtones, Guillermo del Toro's film plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon. (K.Tu.) R.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" _ Uncommon writer-director Martin McDonagh and a splendid cast top-lined by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell present a savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time. (K.Tu.) R.
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