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
"The Advocates" _ Documentary on the homeless crisis in L.A. and those seeking solutions. Featuring Claudia Perez, Rudy Salinas, Mel Tillekeratne. Directed by Remi Kessler. (1:27) NR.
"Big Kill" _ In a dying western boomtown, a greenhorn, two gamblers and a murderous preacher cross paths. With Jason Patric, Christoph Sanders, Clint Hummel, Scott Martin, Michael Pare, Lou Diamond Phillips, Danny Trejo. Written and directed by Martin. R.
"Brampton's Own" _ A career minor leaguer returns home after the end of his baseball career and tries to restart his life. With Alex Russell, Rose McIver, John Getz, Jean Smart. Written and directed by Michael Doneger. (1:31) NR.
"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" _ Melissa McCarthy plays 1970s and '80s celebrity biographer Lee Israel, who turns to chicanery when she falls out of step with the times. With Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Spinella. Written by Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, based on the book by Lee Israel. Directed by Marielle Heller. (1:46) R.
"Change in the Air" _ The arrival of a young woman with mysterious ways sets a small town abuzz. With Rachel Brosnahan, Mary Beth Hurt, Olympia Dukakis, Aidan Quinn, Peter Gerety, Macy Gray, M. Emmet Walsh. Written by Audra Gorman. Directed by Dianne Dreyer. (1:34) PG.
"Charm City" _ Documentary on crime, violence and the distrust of police in Baltimore, shown from the perspective of both the citizens and the officers who patrol their streets. Directed by Marilyn Ness. (1:47) NR.
"An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn" _ Mystery, a heist and romantic complications plague a woman in the 1970s. With Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson. Written by Jim Hosking & David Wike. Directed by Hosking. (1:48) R.
"Fail State" _ Documentary investigating the predatory methods of for-profit colleges. Executive produced by Dan Rather. Directed by Alex Shebanow. (1:34) NR.
"Galveston" _ Set up by his boss, a mob hit man goes on the lam with a young woman. With Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Beau Bridges. Directed by Melanie Laurent. Written by Jim Hammett, based on the novel by Nic Pizzolatto. (1:31) NR.
"The Great Buster: A Celebration" _ Documentary by Peter Bogdanovich on the revered silent-era filmmaker and star Buster Keaton. Featuring Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Carl Reiner, Nick Kroll, Bill Hader, Johnny Knoxville, Richard Lewis, Dick Van Dyke. (1:42) NR.
"The Guilty" _ A deskbound cop fights to save a kidnapped woman in this Scandinavian thriller. With Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi. Written by Gustav Moller, Emil Nygaard Albertsen. Directed by Moller. In Danish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR.
"Halloween" _ Forty years later, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode for a final showdown with masked killer Michael Meyers. With Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle. Written by Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green; based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill. Directed by Green. (1:46) R.
"High Voltage" _ A lightning strike transforms a struggling rock band's lead singer into a murderous dynamo. With David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Alliie Gonino. Written and directed by Alex Keledjian. (1:30) NR.
"Liyana" _ Documentary animation hybrid about five Swaziland orphans who create a fictional story based on their own lives. Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp. (1:17) NR.
"London Fields" _ A dying American author looking for one last story discovers an English seductress spinning her own deadly tale. With Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, Billy Bob Thornton. Roberta Hanley; based on Martin Amis' novel. Directed by Mathew Cullen. (1:48) R.
"Mid90s" _ An L.A. teen escapes his unhappy domestic situation with new friends at a Westside skate shop. With Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Katherine Waterston. Written and directed by Jonah Hill. (1:24) NR.
"Nigerian Prince" _ Drama about an American teen who is sent by his mother to live with family, including a con artist cousin, in Nigeria. With Antonio J. Bell, Chinaza Uche, Tina Mba. Written by Faraday Okoro, Andrew Long. Directed by Okoro. (1:44) NR.
"Reach" _ A suicidal teen finds strength in a friendship with another outcast. With Johnny James Fiore, Garrett Clayton, Corbin Bernsen, Joey Bragg, Bojesse Christopher, Rio Mangini. Written by Maria Capp, Fiore, Grant Harling. Directed by Leif Rokesh. NR.
"The Super" _ A former police officer is hired as superintendent for a historic building where several tenants have gone missing. With Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer. Written by John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Stephan Rick. (1:28) R.
"Thunder Road" _ A newly single father and Texas police officer gradually loses his grip on his life and his job. Written and directed by and starring Jim Cummings. With Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Macon Blair. (1:32) NR.
"Transformer" _ A former Marine turned bodybuilder seeks her place in society as a trans woman in this documentary. Featuring Janae Marie Kroc. Directed by Michael Del Monte. (1:18) NR.
"Viral Beauty" _ A young woman's ad for a dating site becomes an online sensation. With Casey Killoran, Perez Hilton, Mark Junek. Written by Elizabeth Lam. Directed by David Tyson Lam. (1:30) NR.
"Watergate" _ Filmmaker Charles Ferguson takes a deep dive into the presidency of Richard M. Nixon in this epic documentary. (4:20) NR.
"What They Had" _ A woman returns home to Chicago to help her brother deal with their aging parents. With Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas, Blythe Danner. Written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko. (1:41) R.
"Wildlife" _ A woman and her teenage son hit hard times after her golf pro husband loses his job in 1960s Montana. With Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould. Written by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano. Directed by Dano. (1:44) PG-13.
"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
"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
"Monsters and Men" _ The shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer sets in motion three tense stories in this urgently topical yet quietly contemplative debut feature from writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green. (J.C.) 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
"A Star Is Born" _ No matter how many previous versions of "A Star Is Born" you've seen, the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga extravaganza about a star on the rise falling for a star on the way down should not be missed. (K.Tu.) R
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