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
"Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies" _ Undead hordes terrorize Charleston, Miss. With Miles Doleac, Michael Emery, Jeremy Sande. Written by Mark Newton, Christian Hokenson, Stephan Stromer, Daniel Wood. Directed by Newton. NR.
"Bag of Marbles" _ Young brothers in occupied France use their wiles to find their family. With Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial Palmieri, Patrick Breuel, Elsa Zylberstein. Written by Alexandra Geismar, Jonathan Allouche, with Aurent Zeitoun, based on the novel by Jospeh Joffo. Directed by Christian Diguay. In French, German, Yiddish, Russian with English subtitles. (1:50) NR.
"Beauty and the Dogs" _ Sexually assaulted by police officers after leaving a party, a young Tunisian woman fights for her rights in an unjust society. With Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomane Hamda, Mohamed Akkari. Written and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania. In Arabic with English subtitles. (1:40) NR
"Barren Trees" _ Two hit men track down a man in the witness protection program. With Ryan Eatherton, Acel Martin, Faith Kelly. Written and directed by Eatherton and Lel Zhenchuan. (1:39) NR.
"Dead on Arrival" _ Poisoned with no antidote, a man finds himself on the run from detectives and gangsters. With Billy Flynn, Christa B. Allen, D.B. Sweeney, Chris Mulkey, Lillo Brancato. Written and directed by Stephen Sepher. NR.
"Final Portrait" _ American writer James Lord is asked to sit for a painting by Italian artist Alberto Giacometti in 1964 Paris, only to be subjected to the man's excruciating creative process. With Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud, Clemence Poesy. Written and directed by Stanley Tucci. (1:30) R.
"Game Over, Man!" _ Three video gamers are tested when the hotel where they work is seized by terrorists. With Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson. Written by Holm. Directed by Kyle Newacheck. NR.
"Gone Are the Days" _ An aging outlaw seeks redemption and faces his past in this Western. With Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo. Written by Gregory M. Tucker. Directed by Mark Landre Gould. R.
"I Kill Giants" _ Battling evil in a fantasy world is a teenage girl's method of dealing with school and a troubled home. With Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe, Sydney Wade. Written by Joe Kelly. Directed by Anders Walter. (1:46) NR.
"Isle of Dogs" _ When all canines are exiled to a garbage dump island, a 12-year-old boy sets out to find his bodyguard dog in this animated film. Voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Kunichi Nomura, Bill Murray. Written and Directed by Wes Anderson. (1:41) PG-13.
"Madame" _ A deception by a wealthy American woman in Paris involving her loyal maid and a British art dealer leads to a comedy of errors. With Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley. Written and directed by Amanda Sthers. (1:31) NR.
"Midnight Sun" _ Teen love is threatened by a 17-year-old girl's life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. With Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle, Quinn Shephard. Written by Kenji Bando. Directed by Scott Speer. (1:30) PG-13
"A Normal Life" _ A young college-bound man grapples with the reality of leaving behind his teenage brother, who has Down syndrome. With Sam O'Byrne, Trevor Barella, Bettina Devin. Written and directed by Alex Herz. (1:14) NR.
"Pacific Rim Uprising" _ A new generation of the gigantic, human-piloted fighting machines must vanquish monstrous beasts to save humanity. With John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Charlie Day. Written by Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and Steven S. DeKnight and T.S. Nowlin; story by DeKnight and Nowlin; based on characters created by Travis Beacham. Directed by DeKnight. PG-13.
"Paul, Apostle of Christ" _ Luke struggles to spread the Gospel as Paul is held captive during the reign of Roman emperor Nero. With Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, John Lynch, Joanne Whalley. Written and directed by Andrew Hyatt. (1:47) PG-13.
"The Peacemaker" _ Irish author and University of Massachusetts, Boston, professor Padraig O'Malley seeks peaceful resolutions for divided societies around the world in this documentary. Directed by James Demo. (1:30) NR.
"Pyewacket" _ Dabbling in the occult leads a teenage girl to inadvertently summon a malevolent force in the woods. With Nicole Munoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose. Written and directed by Adam MacDonald. (1:30) NR.
"Roxanne Roxanne" _ Teenager Lolita "Roxanne Shante" Gooden rises up from the NYC projects to become the city's fiercest battle DJ in early 1980s Queens. With Chante Adams, Nia Long, Mahershala Ali, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds, Adam Horovitz. Written and directed by Michael Larnell. (1:40) NR.
"Sherlock Gnomes" _ Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet and their family and friends return, aided by the famous detective in this animated sequel. Voices by James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Johnny Depp. Directed by John Stevenson. PG.
"Shifting Gears" _ A father and son enter the Dirt Track Grand National in a bid to save their family-run garage. With R. Keith Harris, Brooke Langton, M.C. Gainey, M. Emmet Walsh, John Ratzenberger, C. Thomas Howell. Written by Harris. Directed by Jason Winn. (1:42) NR.
"The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth" _ Documentary on the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. Featuring Tia-Clair Toomey, Mat Fraser, Kara Webb. Written and directed by Heber Cannon, Marston Sawyers, Ian Wittenber. (1:44) NR.
"Then There Was Joe" _ A law student struggles to keep his hoodlum brother out of trouble. Starring, written and directed by Justin Warren. With Ray Grady. (1:43) NR.
"Triumph: The Untold Story of Percy Wallace" _ Documentary on Perry Wallace, who became the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference in 1966. Featuring Andrew Young, Dr. Harry Edwards. Narrated by Forest Whitaker. Directed by Rich Gentile. NR.
"Unsane" _ Inside a mental institution, a young woman confronts her greatest fear. With Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving. Written by Jonathan Bernstein & James Greer. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. (1:38) R.
"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.
"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.
"Foxtrot" _ An intricate, dazzling cinematic dance starring top Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, Samuel Moaz's drama is profound and moving and wild and crazy at the same time, telling a specific story and offering an emotional snapshot of the toll war can take on a nation's psyche. (K.Tu.) 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.
"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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