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 and Matt Cooper.)
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
"The Aftermath" – Romantic tension builds between a British officer's wife and a German widower in post-WWII Hamburg. With Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgard. Written by Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse; based on a novel by Rhidian Brook. Directed by James Kent. (1:48) R.
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"Ash Is the Purest White" – Decade-spanning romantic drama set in modern-day China's criminal underworld. With Tao Zhao, Fan Liao. Written and directed by Zhangke Jia. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (2:17) NR.
"Babylon" – Restoration of director Franco Rosso's 1980 drama about the lives of working-class black musicians in Britain. With Brinsley Forde, Trevor Laird. Written by Rosso, Martin Stellman. (1:35)
"Captive State" – The residents of a Chicago neighborhood carry on after a decade of occupation by extraterrestrial forces. With John Goodman, Machine Gun Kelly, KiKi Layne, D.B. Sweeney, Vera Farmiga. Written by Erica Beeney, Rupert Wyatt. Directed by Wyatt. (1:49) PG-13.
"Chimera Strain" – A disturbed scientist goes to questionable lengths to save the lives of his genetically damaged children. With Henry Ian Cusick, Erika Ervin, Kathleen Quinlan. Written and directed by Maurice Haeems. (1:20) R.
"Combat Obscura" – Former Marine videographer Miles Lagoze's documentary follows U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan. (1:10) NR.
"Faith, Love & Hope" – A divorcee connects with a man she meets in a dance contest. With Peta Murgatroyd, Robert Krantz, Michael Richards, Corbin Bernsen, M. Emmet Walsh. Written by Robert Krantz. Directed by Krantz, J.J. Englert. (1:46) PG
"#Female Pleasure" – Documentary examines the repression of women's sexuality in cultures around the world. In English, German, Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Barbara Miller. (1:37) NR.
"Finding Steve McQueen" – Thieves try to steal a fortune in illegal contributions to President Richard M. Nixon's re-election campaign. With Travis Fimmel, Forest Whitaker, William Fichtner, Lily Rabe, Rachael Taylor. Written by Ken Hixon, Keith Sharon. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. (1:31) R.
"Five Feet Apart" – Two teens with life-threatening illnesses begin a romance. With Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Paraminder Nagra, Claire Forlani. Written by Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis. Directed by Justin Baldoni. (1:56) PG-13.
"For Love or Money" – A British man toys with his fiancee after learning she's only after his fortune. With Robert Kazinsky, Samantha Barks, Ed Speleers, Rachel Hurd-Wood. Written by Mark Murphy, Sabrina Lepage. Directed by Murphy. (1:35) NR.
"The Highwaymen" – Two retired lawmen set out to stop Depression-era bandits Bonnie and Clyde. With Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Emily Brobst, Edward Bossert, Kim Dickens, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, W. Earl Brown. Written by John Fusco. Directed by John Lee Hancock. (2:12) R.
"The Hummingbird Project" – Two high-frequency traders compete against their former boss in a multi-million-dollar fiber-optic cable deal. With Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Sarah Goldberg. Written and directed by Kim Nguyen. (1:50) R.
"Iceman" – The leader of Neolithic tribe in prehistoric Europe seeks vengeance for a massacre. With Jurgen Vogel, Susanne Wuest. Written and directed by Felix Randau. In German with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.
"Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley" – Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney charts the rise and fall of the multi-billion-dollar tech company Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. (1:59) NR.
"The Mustang" – A violent convict participates in a rehabilitation program that involves training wild mustangs. With Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton, Bruce Dern, Gideon Adlon. Written by Mona Fastvold, Brock Norman Brock, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Directed by de Clermont-Tonnerre. (1:36) R.
"Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" – The teen sleuth investigates strange occurrences in a small-town mansion. With Sophia Lillis, Laura Wiggins, Sam Trammell. Written by Nina Fiore, John Herrera; based on the novel by Mildred Wirt Benson. Directed by Katt Shea. (1:19) PG.
"Never Grow Old" – An undertaker and family man plies his trade in a violent frontier-era town. With Emile Hirsch, Deborah Francois, John Cusack. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh. (1:40) R.
"Off Season" – A young woman finds horror while working on a farm on Martha's Vineyard. With Jessica Cadden Osborne, Chance Kelly, Sosie Bacon. Written by Erik Lieblein. Directed by Robert Cole. (1:26) NR.
"Out of Blue" – A female detective's probe into the murder of an astrophysicist raises cosmic questions. With Patricia Clarkson, Jacki Weaver, James Caan, Toby Jones, Mamie Gummer. Written and directed by Carol Morely; based on a novel by Martin Amis. (1:49) NR.
"Sorry Angel" – A 30-something writer from Paris falls in love with a younger man. With Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps. Written and directed by Christophe Honore. In French with English subtitles. (2:12) NR.
"Styx" – A female doctor on a solo sailing trip encounters a large group of refugees adrift in the Atlantic. With Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa. Written by Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Kunzel. Directed by Fischer. In English and German with English subtitles. (1:34) NR.
"Superpower Dogs" – Documentary salutes canines trained in disaster response, search-and-rescue, etc. Narrated by Chris Evans. Written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. (0:45) G.
"Wonder Park" – A young girl envisions a magical amusement park in this computer-animated tale. With the voices of Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong. Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec; story by Appelbaum, Nemec, Robert Gordon. (1:25) PG.
"Yardie" – Idris Elba directs this drama about a Jamaican man in 1980s Britain seeking revenge for his older brother's murder years earlier in Kingston. With Ami Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham. Written by Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman; based on a novel by Victor Headley. (1:41) NR.
"The Favourite" – This viciously entertaining period comedy-drama from director Yorgos Lanthimos ("The Lobster") returns us to the 18th century court of Queen Anne (a magnificent Olivia Colman) and the intrigue swirling around two women (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) vying for her favor. (J. C.) R Limited
"Happy as Lazzaro" – Alice Rohrwacher's enchanting, time-bending third feature, about a group of sharecroppers on an Italian tobacco farm, is a deceptively plain-looking portrait of downtrodden lives that by the end all but glows with wonderment and surprise. (J. C.) PG-13 Netflix
"If Beale Street Could Talk" – Barry Jenkins' follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Moonlight" is a visually and musically gorgeous adaptation of James Baldwin's novel, a 1970s Harlem love story that beautifully mixes past and present, the personal and the political. (J. C.) R Limited
"The Kid Who Would Be King" – A 12-year-old boy (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) gets pulled into a grand Arthurian adventure in this endearing, winningly offbeat comic fantasy from writer-director Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"). (J. C.) PG
"The Other Side of the Wind" – Shot between 1970 and 1976 and then left unfinished for decades, Orson Welles' long-awaited final feature is a cracked, corrosive vision, a cinematic hall of mirrors that fascinatingly reflects the fraught circumstances of its making. (J. C.) R Netflix
"Roma" – An extremely quiet, even meditative picture played at the softer pitch of reality, rather than the higher frequency of drama by writer-director-producer Alfonso Cuaron, whose childhood experiences are the bedrock of this family story. (K. Tu.) R Netflix
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" – The creative brain trust of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller has thoroughly rejuvenated the Spider-Man myth in this quick-witted, formula-busting and visually gorgeous animated feature, which places a new kid named Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) behind the mask. (J.C.) PG
"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. Encore version with 12 extra minutes now in theaters.