How to Talk to Girls at Parties. (A24)

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.)


"Feral" _ Medical students on a wilderness getaway transform into rabid beasts after being attacked by a wild animal. Written by Mark Young and Adam Frazier. Directed by Young. (1:30) NR.

"The Gospel According to Andre" _ Documentary on fashion journalist and influencer Andre Leon Talley. Featuring Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford. Directed by Kate Novack. (1:34) NR.

"How to Talk to Girls at Parties" _ A group of teens, enamored with punk rock in 1977 London, encounter an equally rebellious flock of adolescent aliens. With Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas. Written by John Cameron Mitchell, Philippa Goslett, based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Mitchell. (1:42) R.

"Ibiza" _ On a business trip to Spain, a young New York worker bee cuts loose at the electronic music mecca. With Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson, Vanessa Bayer, Richard Madden, Michaela Watkins. Written by Lauryn Kahn. Directed by Alex Richanbach.

"In Darkness" _ A blind pianist is pulled into the sordid world of a Serbian businessman accused of war crimes, revealing her own hidden past. With Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Joely Richardson, Jan Bijvoet. Written by Dormer and Anthony Byrne. Directed by Byrne. (1:50) NR.

"Mary Shelley" _ Elle Fanning stars as the trailblazing Gothic author embroiled in a heated affair that drives her to create her masterpiece, "Frankenstein." With Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams. Written by Emma Jensen and Haifaa al-Mansour. Directed by al-Mansour. (2:01) PG-13.

"The Most Unknown" _ Documentary on scientific discovery and the biggest unanswered questions facing humankind. Directed by Ian Cheney.

"Mountain" _ Filmmaker Jennifer Peedom traverses the globe to capture the exploits of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heli-skiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, featuring excerpts from Robert Macfarlane's memoir. (1:14) NR.

"Sollers Point" _ A young man, recently released from prison, struggles to turn his life around in Baltimore. With McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi, Zazie Beetz. Written and directed by Matthew Porterfield. (1:42) NR.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" _ Alden Ehrenreich stars as a young Han Solo navigating the underworld and meeting his forever wingman Chebacca and his scoundrel buddy Lando Calrissian. With Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany. Written by Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan, based on characters created by George Lucas. Directed by Ron Howard. (2:15) PG-13.

"Summer 1993" _ A 6-year-old Barcelona girl goes to live with relatives after the death of her mother. With Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusi, David Verdaguer, Fermi Reixacha. Written and directed by Carla Simon. In Catalan with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.

"That Summer" _ Filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson uses long-lost footage to revisit the eccentric Beales of Grey Gardens in this documentary. (1:20) NR.

"Yadvi: The Dignified Princess" _ A wealthy woman loses everything and struggles to survive in 1940s India. With Prisha Aneja, Vinti Aneja and Marianne Borgo. Directed by Jyoti Singh. (1:47) NR.


"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.

"Revenge" _ French filmmaker Coralie Fargeat tears into the rape revenge genre with a startling ferocity in her debut feature, a violent and hallucinatory acid trip for the senses that asserts a feminist perspective in this historically exploitative and misogynistic arena. (Katie Walsh) R

"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.

"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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