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
"Always at the Carlyle" _ Documentary looks behind the scenes at the New York City hotel. Featuring George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Coppola. Directed by Matthew Miele. (1:32) PG-13.
"Angels Wear White" _ While working the graveyard shift at the reception desk of a quiet seaside motel, a Chinese teenager witnesses a man assaulting two schoolgirls. With Vicky Chen, Meijun Zhou, Ke Shi. Written and directed by Vivian Qu. In Chinese with English subtitles. (1:47) NR.
"Book Club" _ Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen star as lifelong friends whose book club tackles "Fifty Shades of Grey," triggering new romances and rekindling old flames. Written by Bill Holderman, Erin Simms. Directed by Holderman. PG-13.
"Cargo" _ In post-pandemic Australia, a father fights to find a safe haven for his baby daughter. With Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter. Written by Yolanda Ramke. Directed by Ben Howling, Ramke. (1:45) NR.
"Carter & June" _ Heist comedy featuring blackmail, mobsters, politics, greed, evangelicals and sex. With Michael Raymond-James, Samaire Armstrong & Timothy Omundson. Written and directed by Nicholas Kalikow. (1:27) NR.
"Champion" _ An American-raised elite arm wrestler returns to his native South Korea for a comeback. With Don Lee, Kwon Yul, Han Ye-ri. Directed by Kim Yong-wan. In Korean with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.
"Cold Water" _ A restored version of French writer-director Olivier Assayas' semi-autobiographical 1994 drama about two rebellious teens in the Paris suburbs. With Virginie Ledoyen and Cyprien Fouquet. In French with English subtitles. (1:32) NR.
"Dark Crimes" _ Jim Carrey plays a police officer who connects an unsolved crime to the writing of a famous author. With Marton Csokas, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Written by Jeremy Brock. Directed by Alexandros Avranas. (1:32) R.
"The Day After" _ A bookseller deals with a new assistant and the fallout with his wife after an affair with his previous assistant. With Kwon Haehyo, Kim Minhee. Written and directed by Hong Sangsoo. In Korean with English subtitles. (1:32) NR.
"Deadpool 2" _ Ryan Reynolds is back as the crazy assassin and sometime X-Man, joined on his murderous adventures by Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin). Directed by David Leitch. (1:59) R.
"Filmworker" _ Actor and assistant Leon Vitali recounts his decades-long experiences working with Stanley Kubrick in this documentary. Featuring Ryan O'Neal, Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Stellan Skarsgard. Directed by Tony Zierra. (1:34) NR.
"First Reformed" _ A middle-aged pastor with a declining congregation in upstate New York struggles with his tortured history and bleak future. With Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer. Written and directed by Paul Schrader. (1:48) R.
"The Gardener" _ Documentary on the meaning of growing and cultivating plants with horticulturist Francis H. Cabot. Directed by Sebastien Chabot. (1:28) NR.
"On Chesil Beach" _ A young British couple from very different backgrounds pursue a relationship in 1962. With Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, Samuel West. Written by Ian McEwan, based on his novel. Directed by Dominic Cooke. (1:50) R.
"Pope Francis _ A Man of His Word" _ Director Wim Wenders focuses on the pontiff's ideas, message of peace and justice and his personal journey in this documentary. (1:32) PG.
"Show Dogs" _ A detective and his four-legged partner go undercover to crack a case at a high-stakes pageant for pooches. With Will Arnett, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O'Neal, Alan Cumming and Stanley Tucci. Written by Max Botkin, Marc Hyman. Directed by Raja Gosnell. (1:32) PG.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" _ A 50th-anniversary 70-mm rerelease of Stanley Kubrick's classic science fiction epic, overseen by Christopher Nolan. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood. Written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, based on Clarke's novel. (2:29) G.
"Welcome to the Men's Group" _ Eight males attempt to come together once a month to talk about their feelings but instead stir up conflict and animosity. With Timothy Bottoms, Stephen Tobolowsky, Terence Rotolo, Mackenzie Astin, Joseph Culp, Ali Saam, Phil Abrams, David Clennon. Written by Scott Ben-Yashar and Culp. Directed by Culp.
"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.
"Let the Sunshine In" _ Juliette Binoche gives a marvelous performance as a middle-aged divorcee 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.
"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.
"You Were Never Really Here" _ This grim, artful New York crime thriller about a tormented thug-for-hire (a rivetingly contained Joaquin Phoenix) confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") as one of the most exciting and exacting film stylists of her generation. (J.C.)
"Zama" _ The Argentinian writer-director Lucrecia Martel makes a welcome return to feature filmmaking with this feverishly brilliant tale of European colonialism and its discontents, starring a superb Daniel Gimenez Cacho as a Spanish magistrate in late 18th century Paraguay. (J.C.)
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