Lady Gaga's character, Ally, takes the mike onstage as Bradley Cooper looks on. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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.)


"Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow" _ Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy chronicles the U.S. space agency's 60-year history of exploration, aeronautics and aerospace research. Written by Mark Bailey, Don Kleszy. (1:45) NR

"Bayou Caviar" _ Louisiana-set thriller starring and directed by Cuba Gooding Jr. With Richard Dreyfuss, Famke Janssen. (1:51) NR

"Black 47" _ A 19th century Irishman deserts the British army and is enraged to discover his country stricken by famine. Written by Lance Daly, P.J. Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O'Brien. Directed by Daly. With Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox. (1:40) R

"Chasing the Blues" _ A rare 1930s record is the object of desire for two rival collectors. With Grant Rosenmeyer, Ronald L. Conner, Chelsea Tavares, Steve Guttenberg, Anna Maria Horsford, Jon Lovitz. Written by Scott Smith, Kevin Guilfoile. Directed by Smith. (1:17) NR

"A Crooked Somebody" _ A con man turns a kidnapping into an opportunity to become a celebrity TV psychic. With Rich Sommer, Clifton Collins Jr., Joanne Froggatt. Written by Andrew Zilch. Directed by Trevor White. (1:42) NR

"The Hate U Give" _ Witnessing a police officer shoot her childhood best friend upends the life of an African-American girl attending a mostly white prep school. With Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, Anthony Mackie. Written by Audrey Wells, based on the book by Angie Thomas. Directed by George Tillman Jr. (2:12) PG-13

"Heavy Trip" _ A Finnish metal band that has never played before a crowd travels to Norway in a stolen van with a corpse to perform at a festival. With Johannes Holopainen, Minka Kuustonen, Ville Tiihonen. Written and directed by Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio. In English, Norwegian and Finnish with English subtitles. (1:30) NR

"Knuckleball" _ A 12-year-old finds himself terrified and alone on a farm full of deadly secrets. With Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers, Luca Villacis, Kathleen Munroe, Chenier Hundal. Written and directed by Michael Peterson, Kevin Cockle. Directed by Peterson. (1:29) NR

"L'Atalante" _ Restored version of Jean Vigo's 1934 comedy-drama about the romance between a barge captain and a naive country girl. With Jean Daste, Dita Parlo. In French with English subtitles. (1:29) NR

"Living in the Future's Past" _ Jeff Bridges explores the challenges facing humanity and speaks to leaders, thinkers and scientific experts in this nonfiction film. Directed by Susan Kucera. NR

"Loving Pablo" _ Javier Bardem stars as the Colombia drug lord Pablo Escobar during his rise and fall and his torrid affair with a journalist. With Penelope Cruz. Written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa. (2:05) R

"Morning, Noon & Night" _ A day in the one-day-at-a-time struggles of three college students, a history teacher, a lawyer and an executive as they battle addiction. With John Manfredi, Frank Ondorf, Alanna Foley, Carly Schneider. Written and directed by Josh Becker. (1:50) NR

"Private Life" _ A middle-aged couple with fertility issues welcomes the entry of a young woman into their lives. With Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch, Denis O'Hare. Written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. (2:03) R

"Ride" _ A driver's good fortune in picking up a beautiful girl turns terrifying when a second fare produces a gun and a sick sense of fun. With Bella Thorne, Jessie T. Usher, Will Brill. Written and directed by Jeremy Ungar. (1:16) NR

"The Samuel Project" _ Drama about a San Diego teen who discovers his Jewish grandfather's connection to the Holocaust. With Hal Linden, Ryan Ochoa, Liza Lapira, Ken Davitian. Written by Marc Fusco, Chris Neighbors; story by Fusco, Neighbors, Steve Weinberger. Directed by Fusco. (1:32) PG-13

"Scaffolding" _ A troubled Israeli student finds inspiration in a teacher. With Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Yaacov Cohen, Keren Berger, Naama Manor. Written and directed by Matan Yair. (1:30) NR

"Shine" _ Years after tragedy drove them apart, two salsa-dancing Nuyorican brothers find themselves divided again, this time by gentrification. With David Zayas, Jorge Burgos, Gilbert Saldivar. Written by Anthony Nardolillo, Corey Deshon, Ahmadu Garba. Directed by Nardolillo. (1:35) R

"A Star Is Born" _ Bradley Cooper headlines with Lady Gaga and makes his directorial debut with this remake of the venerable love story about rising and falling showbiz careers. With Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott. Written by Eric Roth, Cooper, Will Fetters. (2:15) R

"Trouble" _ A man tries to regain his share of family-owned land that he sold to his sister years earlier. With Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman, David Morse, Julia Stiles. Written and directed by Theresa Rebeck. (1:40) NR

"Venom" _ Tom Hardy stars as a journalist who becomes the host to an extraterrestrial Symbiote giving him superpowers and a terrifying alter ego. With Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott. Written by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Kelly Marcel, Will Beall; based on the Marvel Comic. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. (1:52) PG-13

"Viking Destiny" _ Forced into exile, a princess travels the globe building the army she needs to regain her northern European kingdom. With Terence Stamp, Ann Demetriou, Will Mellor, Ian Beattie, Martyn Ford, Paul Freeman. Written and directed by David L.G. Hughes. (1:30) R


"Colette" _ Well-acted by Keira Knightley and Dominic West, Wash Westmoreland's witty, spirited English-language biopic follows the great French writer Colette during her early marriage to a literary impresario who nurtured, exploited and ultimately betrayed her talent. (J.C.) R

"Incredibles 2" _ There is good news in the world tonight: Writer-director Brad Bird has brought everyone's favorite superhero family back to the big screen, and we are all better off for it. (K.Tu.) PG

"Juliet, Naked" _ A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is impressively directed by Jesse Peretz and acted with verve, passion and great skill by Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O'Dowd. (K.Tu.) R

"Searching" _A Bay Area dad (John Cho) looks for his missing daughter in this compelling thriller from director Aneesh Chaganty, which unfolds entirely on the characters' computer and phone screens. (J.C.) PG-13

"The Sisters Brothers" _ John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal make superb company in French director Jacques Audiard's English-language debut, a funny, sad, brutal Western about outlaws and prospectors searching for gold and deliverance in 1850s Oregon. (J.C.) R

"Sorry to Bother You" _ Rapper-activist Boots Riley's joyous dystopian cackle of a directing debut stars a superb Lakeith Stanfield as an Oakland telemarketer who stumbles into that arrestingly surreal zone where racial identity, class rage and corporate malfeasance intersect. (J.C.) R

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