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
"And Then There Was Eve" A grieving widow learns to love again. With Tania Nolan, Rachel Crow. Written by Colette Freedman, Savannah Bloch. Directed by Bloch. (1:36) NR.
"Captain Marvel" A female superhero leaps into action when Earth faces an intergalactic threat in this Marvel movie set in the 1990s. With Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou. Written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck; story by Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve, Robertson-Dworet, Boden, Fleck. Directed by Boden, Fleck. (2:04) PG-13.
"Giant Little Ones" The lives of two popular teenage boys take a surprising turn on one's 17th birthday. With Taylor Hickson, Josh Wiggins, Maria Bello, Kyle MacLachlan. Written and directed by Keith Behrman. (1:33) R.
"Gloria Bell" Julianne Moore plays a divorcee who finds romance on the L.A. dance-club scene. With John Turturro, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, Holland Taylor. Written and directed by Sebastian Lelio. (1:42) R.
"Gospel of Eureka" Documentary about a small Arkansas town where drag queens and evangelical Christians peacefully coexist. Directed by Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri. (1:15) NR.
"The Heiresses" Two woman from wealthy Paraguayan families face financial difficulties. With Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova. Written and directed by Marcelo Martinessi. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:38) NR.
"Hotel by the River" An aging poet seeking to reconnect with his estranged sons meets two young women while staying at a hotel in wintertime. With Ki Joobong. Written and directed by Hong Sangsoo. In Korean with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.
"I'm Not Here" A sad, lonely man looks back on the turning points in his life. With J.K. Simmons, Sebastian Stan, Mandy Moore, Max Greenfield, Iain Armitage, Harold Perrineau. Written by Tony Cummings, Michelle Schumacher. Directed by Schumacher. (1:21) NR.
"Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People" Documentary about the crusading 20th century newspaper publisher. Directed by Oren Rudavsky. (1:24) NR.
"The Kid" A young boy encounters the famous lawman Pat Garrett and the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid. With Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, Leila George, Adam Baldwin, Chris Pratt, Jake Schur. Written by Andrew Lanham; story by Lanham, Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by D'Onofrio. (1:39) R.
"Police Story" Re-release of Jackie Chan's stunt-filled 1985 action comedy. With Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin. Written by Chan, Edward Tang. Directed by Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (1:41) PG-13.
"Police Story 2" Re-release of the 1988 sequel to Jackie Chan's 1985 action comedy. With Maggie Cheung. Written by Chan, Paul B. Clay, Edward Tang. Directed by Chan. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (1:41) PG-13.
"Transit" Complications arise when a man assumes another's identity while fleeing the Nazis. With Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer. Written by Christian Petzold; based on a novel by Anna Seghers. Directed by Petzold. In French, German and French Sign Language with English subtitles. (1:41) NR.
"Triple Frontier" Former special forces operatives plan a heist in a remote border region in South America. With Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal. Written by J.C. Chandor, Mark Boal. Directed by Chandor. (2:05) R.
"We Are Boats" A woman touches the lives of others while searching for a long-lost love in this fantasy tale. With Luke Hemsworth, Angela Sarafyan, Gaia Weiss, Amanda Plummer, Graham Greene, Uzo Aduba. Written and directed by James Bird. (1:48) 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 Kid Who Would Be King" A 12-year-old boy (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) gets pulled into a grand Arthurian adventure in this endearing, winningly offbeat comic fantasy from writer-director Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"). (J. C.) PG
"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 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. Encore version with 12 extra minutes now in theaters.