BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Viveik Kalra as Javed in "Blinded by the Light."

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.T.) and Justin Chang (J.C.). In general release unless otherwise noted. Openings compiled by Matt Cooper.)

OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK

"The Addams Family" Cartoonist Charles Addams' creepy, kooky clan returns to the big screen in animated form. Voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara. Written by Matt Lieberman, Pamela Pettler; story by Lieberman. Directed by Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan. (1:45) PG.

"Albanian Gangster" A violent criminal makes his appointed rounds. With John Rezaj, Ashley C. Williams, Matthew A. Brown. Written and directed by Brown; story by Brown, Rezaj. (1:21) R.

"Along Came the Devil 2" A demonic force wreaks havoc in a small town in this sequel to the 2018 horror-thriller. With Bruce Davison, Laura Slade Wiggins. Written by Jason DeVan, Heather DeVan. Directed by Jason DeVan. (1:28) NR.

"Beloved Beast" A troubled young girl befriends an escaped mental patient with homicidal tendencies. With Sanae Loutsis, Joy Yaholkovsky, Jonathan Holbrook. Written and directed by Holbrook. (2:53) R.

"Cinderella and the Secret Prince" Our heroine must rescue her prince from a witch's spell in this animated take on the classic fairy tale. With the voices of Cassandra Lee Morris, Stephanie Sanditz. Written by Alice Blehart, Stephanie Bursill, Russell Fung, Francis Glebas. Directed by Lynne Southerland, Paulette Victor-Lifton. (1:30) PG.

"The Cotton Club Encore" Recut version of Francis Ford Coppola's song- and dance-filled 1984 drama about mobsters, musicians and the other denizens of a nightclub in 1930s Harlem. With Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Maurice Hines, Laurence Fishburne, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Grey, Tom Waits. Written by Coppola, William Kennedy; story by Coppola, Kennedy, Mario Puzo. (2:19) NR.

"The Dead Center" A troubled psychiatrist's sessions with an amnesiac patient lead to darker revelations. Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan, Jeremy Childs. Written and directed by Billy Senese. (1:32) NR.

"Doubting Thomas" The birth of a black child to white parents tears a family apart. Will McFadden, Sarah Butler, Jamie Hector, Melora Walters, James Morrison. Written by McFadden, Joseph Campbell. Directed by McFadden. (1:26) NR.

"El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is still on the lam in this new tale that picks up were the AMC crime drama left off. With Jonathan Banks, Charles Baker. Written and directed by Vince Gilligan. (2:02) NR.

"Gemini Man" Ang Lee directs Will Smith in this action-thriller about an elite assassin who faces off against his younger doppelganger. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong. Written by David Benioff, Darren Lemke, Billy Ray; story by Benioff, Lemke. (1:57) PG-13.

"A German Youth" A documentary about the rise of the revolutionary terrorist group the Red Army Faction, a.k.a. the Baader-Meinhof Group. Directed Jean-Gabriel Periot. In German, French, English with English subtitles. (1:33) NR.

"Gift" A documentary about gift-based cultures, inspired by the Lewis Hyde book "The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World." Directed by Robin McKenna. (1:30) NR.

"High Strung Free Dance" A young choreographer hires a dancer and a pianist for a new Broadway show. With Thomas Doherty, Harry Jarvis, Juliet Doherty, Jane Seymour. Written by Janeen Damian, Michael Damian. Directed by Michael Damian. (1:43) PG.

"Holiday Hell" An anthology of holiday-themed horror tales. With Jeffrey Combs. Written by Jeff Ferrell, Jeff Vigil. Directed by Jeremy Berg, David Burns, Ferrell, Vigil. (1:40) NR.

"Jexi" A pop culture blogger gets a little too familiar with the digital assistant on his smartphone. With Adam Devine, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, Kid Cudi, Michael Pena. Written and directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore. (1:24:) R.

"The King" The wayward Prince Hal faces enemies both foreign and domestic when he ascends the English throne as Henry V. With Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp. Written by David Michod, Edgerton. Directed by Michod. (2:13) R.

"Liberty: Mother of Exiles" A documentary that explores the creation of the Statue of Liberty and its meaning to immigrants from around the world. Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato. (1:24) NR.

"Lucky Day" A recently paroled safe-cracker has a hired killer on his tail. With Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev, Crispin Glover. Written and directed by Roger Avary. (1:39) R.

"Mary" A family buys a rundown sailboat and takes to the open water, unaware of the vessel's haunted history. With Gary Oldman, Emily Mortimer, Jennifer Esposito, Stefanie Scott. Written by Anthony Jaswinski. Directed by Michael Goi. (1:24) R.

"Mister America" This mockumentary follows a shady businessman running for San Bernardino district attorney. With Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Terri Parks. Written by Heidecker, Turkington, Eric Notarnicola. Directed by Notarnicola. (1:26) R.

"Mr. Klein" Re-release of the 1976 drama about an art dealer who takes advantage of Jewish people seeking to sell off their valuable artworks in Nazi-occupied Paris. With Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau. Written by Franco Solinas, Fernando Morandi. Directed by Joseph Losey. In French with English subtitles. (2:03) PG.

"Parasite" Director Bong Joon-Ho's Palme d'Or-winning domestic thriller about two Korean families — one rich, one not so much — whose fates intertwine. With Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun. In Korean with English subtitles. (2:12) R.

"The Sky Is Pink" A couple's love story is seen through the eyes of their teen daughter. With Priyanka Chopra. Directed by Shonali Bose. In English, Hindi with English subtitles. (2:14) NR.

CRITICS' CHOICES

"American Factory" A complicated, multifaceted story that deals with very different cultures in combination and collision, a story that both understands global economic issues and has the sensitivity to involve us intimately in the daily lives of the people involved. (K.T.) NR (Netflix).

"Blinded by the Light" A high-spirited, unabashed mash note to the power of popular music in general and the life-changing anthems of Bruce Springsteen in particular, it uses them in the irresistible manner of India's popular Bollywood musicals. (K.T.) PG-13 (Limited).

"Downton Abbey" Once feared shuttered for good, the Crawley family home has grandly reopened its doors, and for those who found pleasure within its magisterial walls, that is the best of news. PBS' highest-rated dramatic series of all time has adroitly transitioned to theaters with all its satisfying qualities — and just about its entire core cast — intact. (K.T.) PG.

"The Farewell" Lulu Wang's tender, funny and melancholy dramedy about an elaborate family deception is personal filmmaking at its most incisive, with superb performances from a cast that includes Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma and Diana Lin. (J.C.) PG.

"First Love" The madly prolific and often just plain mad Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike's latest movie, nimble and sweetly disarming with its chaste romantic interludes, slam-bang set pieces and occasional dubious-taste sight gags, is a joyous piece, a demented, multitasking little scherzo about a terminally ill boxer and a sex worker with a heart of gold. (J.C.) NR.

"Hustlers" A movie about the seductions of the flesh and the satisfactions of a well-executed con, it reconfigures Jennifer Lopez's cinematic image with brazen intelligence and purpose as she gives her most electrifying screen performance since "Out of Sight." Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. (J.C.) R.

"Toy Story 4" As directed by Josh Cooley and written by Stephany Folsom and the veteran Andrew Stanton, the film surprises with the amount of genuine emotion it generates with its focus on love, loyalty and what matters most in life, to humans as well as toys. (K.T.) G.

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