Taika Waititi (left) and Roman Griffin Davis in "Jojo Rabbit." (Czech Anglo Productions)

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.)


"As the Earth Turns" The world of the future is threatened by a catastrophic war in this previously unreleased silent sci-fi drama from 1938. With Roger Bassett, Barbara Berger. Written and directed by Richard Lyford. (0:46) NR.

"The Cave" A documentary on a female-led team providing medical care to locals at a secret underground hospital in Syria. Directed by Feras Fayyad. In Arabic, English with English subtitles. (1:35) PG-13.

"Celebration" A documentary, shot in 2007, that follows the last years in the life of iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Directed by Olivier Meyrou. (1:14) NR.

"Closure" A woman mourning the loss of her mother and a recently ended relationship must travel to Los Angeles to search for her missing sister. With Catia Ojeda, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Tom Choi, Milena Govich, Dee Wallace. Written and directed by Alex Goldberg. (1:30) NR.

"Cyrano, My Love" 19th century French playwright Edmond Rostand faces personal and professional challenges as he struggles to write his famous heroic comedy. With Thomas Soliveres. Written and directed by Alexis Michalik, based on his play. In French, Russian with English subtitles. (1:50) R.

"The Elephant Queen" A documentary about a matriarchal pachyderm leading her herd on a journey across the African savannah. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble. (1:36) PG.

"Emanuel" A documentary about the massacre of nine African Americans by a young white supremacist at a church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. Directed by Brian Ivie. (1:20) NR.

"Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace" This documentary showcases the golden age of the great movie theaters in the years between the World Wars, their later decline and current preservation movements to save those that remain. Directed by April Wright. (1:24) NR.

"Greener Grass" Suburban soccer moms vie for social supremacy in this satire written, directed by and starring Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe. With Beck Bennett. (1:35) NR.

"Immortal Hero" A writer emerges from a near-death experience with a profound sense of spiritual purpose. With Hisaaki Takeuchi, Fumika Shimizu. Written by Sayaka Okawa; story by Ryuho Okawa. Directed by Hiroshi Akabane. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:58) PG.

"Jay and Silent Bob Reboot" Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprise the roles of the slackers they've been playing since Smith's 1994 indie comedy "Clerks" in this new tale. Written and directed by Smith. (1:45) R.

"Jojo Rabbit" A young boy in Nazi Germany discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic in writer-director Taika Waititi's satirical fable. With Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Waititi. (1:48) PG-13.

"LA Woman Rising" This documentary interviews 50 Los Angeles women at the moment they first wake in the morning. Directed by Nana Ghana. (1:22) NR.

"The Last Fiction" The forces of light and the forces of darkness do battle in ancient Persia in this animated fable from Iran. Written and directed by Ashkan Rahgozar. In Persian, English with English subtitles. (1:40) NR.

"The Lighthouse" Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play lighthouse keepers on an isolated island in New England in the 1890s in this B&W fantasy tale. With Valeriia Karaman. Written by Robert Eggers, Max Eggers. Directed by Eggers. (1:49) R.

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" Angelina Jolie reprises her role as the Disney villainess in this sequel to the 2014 fantasy tale. With Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Michelle Pfeiffer. Written by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue; story by Woolverton. Directed by Joachim Ronning. (1:58) PG.

"Miss Virginia" An inner-city mom launches a movement to see that her young son and others like him have access to a decent education. With Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, Aunjanue Ellis. Written by Erin O'Connor. Directed by R. J. Daniel Hanna. (1:42) NR.

"On the President's Orders" A documentary about President Rodrigo Duterte's no-prisoners approach to the war on drugs in the Philippines. (1:12) NR.

"Serendipity" French-born multidisciplinary artist Prune Nourry documents her own battle with breast cancer. (1:14) NR.

"Tell Me Who I Am" A young man who lost his memory in the wake of a motorcycle accident turns to his twin brother for help in this documentary. Directed by Ed Perkins. (1:25) NR.

"Thrasher Road" A pregnant woman goes on a road trip with her estranged father and her aged dog. With Allison Brown, Christian Kohn, Joe Rogers. Written and directed by Samantha Davidson Green. (1:26) NR.

"Trick" A serial killer terrorizes a small town. With Omar Epps, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy. Written by Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier. Directed by Lussier. (1:37) NR.

"Wallflower" A man planning a mass shooting becomes involved with rave attendees. With David Call, Atsuko Okatsuka, Conner Marx. Written and directed by Jagger Gravning; story by Gravning, John W. Comerford. (1:24) NR.

"Zombieland: Double Tap" Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone reunite to dispatch even more of the undead in this sequel to the 2009 horror comedy. With Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson. Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Dave Callaham. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. (1:33) R.


"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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