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Movie guide: Capsule listings

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

"After" – A good girl goes off to college and falls for a bad boy. With Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair. Written by Susan McMartin; based on a novel by Anna Todd. Directed by Jenny Gage. (1:46) NR.

"Billboard" – The owner of struggling radio station hatches a publicity stunt. With John Robinson, Heather Matarazzo, Eric Roberts. Written and directed by Zeke Zelker. (1:29) NR.

"Blowin' Up" – Documentary about activists working to change how women and young girls arrested for prostitution are treated in the criminal justice system. Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal. (1:34) NR.

"Crypto" – A federal agent untangles a case involving cryptocurrency and fraud. With Beau Knapp, Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth, Alexis Bledel, Jill Hennessy, Vincent Kartheiser. Written by Carlyle Eubank, David Frigerio; story by Jeffrey Ingber. Directed by John Stalberg Jr. (1:45) R.

"A Dark Place" – A small-town sanitation worker investigates a young boy's disappearance. With Andrew Scott, Denise Gough, Catherine Dyer. Written by Brendan Higgins. Directed by Simon Fellows. (1:29) NR.

"Dogman" – A mild-mannered dog groomer is pushed to the limit by a local thug. With Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce. Written by Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso, Matteo Garrone. Directed by Garrone. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:43) NR.

"Girls of the Sun" – A battalion made up of female fighters tries to take back their Kurdish village from extremists. With Golshifteh Farahani. Written by Jacques Akchoti, Eva Husson. Directed by Husson. In French, Kurdish, English and Arabic with English subtitles. (1:55) NR.

"Hellboy" – The demonic superhero from the graphic novels battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. With David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim. Written by Andrew Cosby; based on the comic by Mike Mignola. Directed by Neil Marshall. (2:00) R.

"Little" – A stressed-out woman is magically transformed back into her carefree younger self. With Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Tone Bell, Justin Hartley. Written by Tina Gordon, Tracy Oliver; story by Oliver. Directed by Gordon. (1:49) PG-13.

"Mary Magdalene" – A woman in first century Judea becomes a follower of Jesus. With Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Written by Helen Edmundson, Philippa Goslett. Directed by Garth Davis. (2:00) R.

"Master Z: Ip Man Legacy" – A humble waiter is pulled back in the world of martial arts. With Jin Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa. In Cantonese, Mandarin and English with English subtitles. Written by Edmond Wong, Tai-lee Chan. Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping. (1:47) NR.

"Mia and the White Lion" – A young girl befriends a white lion cub at her parents' lion sanctuary. With Daniah De Villiers, Melanie Laurent. Written by Prune de Maistre, William Davies; story by Jean-Paul Husson. Directed by Gilles de Maistre. (1:38) PG.

"Missing Link" – A Bigfoot-like creature joins others on a quest to find his long-lost relatives in this animated tale. With the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant. Written and directed by Chris Butler. (1:35) PG.

"Rottentail"– A bite from a mutant rabbit turns a mild-mannered scientist into a vengeful monster. With Corin Nemec, Dominique Swain, William McNamara. Written by Brian Skiba; based on a graphic novel by Kurt Belcher, Kevin Moyers, David C. Hayes. Directed by Skiba. (1:45) NR.

"Stockholm" – Fact-based comedy-drama about the 1973 hostage crisis in the Swedish capital that gave rise to the term "Stockholm syndrome." With Ethan Hawke, Mark Strong, Noomi Rapace. Written and directed by Robert Budreau. (1:32) R.

"Teen Spirit" – A shy teen pursues her dream of pop stardom. With Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Archie Madekwe. Written and directed by Max Minghella. (1:32) PG-13.

"Wild Nights With Emily" – 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson strives for recognition while having a passionate affair with her sister-in-law. With Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler. Written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. (1:24) PG-13.

"William" – A young man cloned from ancient Neanderthal DNA struggles to fit in in the modern world. With Will Brittain, Maria Dizzia, Waleed Zuaiter. Written by Tim Disney, J.T. Allen. Directed by Disney. (1:40) R.

"Working Woman" – An Israeli wife and mother joins a real estate firm to help provide for her family. With Liron Ben-Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen. Written by Michal Aviad, Sharon Azulay Eyal, Michal Vinik. Directed by Aviad. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (1:33) NR.

CRITICS' CHOICES

"Apollo 11" – More dramatically compelling than any fictional re-creation, Todd Douglas Miller's documentary restores a sense of how insanely complex the lunar mission was and how audacious. (K.T.) G

"Ash Is Purest White" – Zhao Tao delivers an outstanding performance in this deeply moving, years-spanning gangster love story from writer-director Jia Zhangke ("Still Life," "Mountains May Depart"), peerless chronicler of life in a rapidly changing modern China. (J.C.) NR

"The Beach Bum" – Matthew McConaughey gives a fully committed performance as a filthy-rich Florida libertine in Harmony Korine's funny, shambling stoner-comedy follow-up to "Spring Breakers." (J.C.) R

"Captain Marvel" – It's not only heroes who can have superpowers, movies can have them too, and you can add this to the small list of those that do thanks to a luminous and powerful Brie Larson, co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Jude Law, and directors and co-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. (K.T.) PG-13

"Diane" – Kent Jones' wise and wintry character study, about a Massachusetts woman seeking peace and atonement, gives Mary Kay Place the career-crowning role she's long deserved. (J.C.) NR

"Maze" – Stephen Burke's Irish prison-break thriller is a throwback to the days when character-driven genre dramas that mixed excitement and emotional connection could still command an audience. (K.T.) NR

"Sunset" – Often confounding yet beautifully made, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Son of Saul" (2015) is an implacably sinister portrait of a determined young woman searching for answers in Budapest on the eve of World War I. (J.C.) R

"3 Faces" – An actress and a filmmaker set out to solve the mystery of a young woman's disappearance in this playful, pleasurable and deeply serious portrait of small-town repression and rebellion from the Iranian director Jafar Panahi. (J.C.) NR

"Transit" – Adapted from Anna Seghers' 1944 novel about a World War II refugee, but hauntingly suspended between past and present, this latest drama from the German director Christian Petzold ("Phoenix") is a quietly extraordinary tale of refugee experiences, then and now. (J.C.) NR

"Us" – A sensational dual performance by Lupita Nyong'o is the centerpiece of Jordan Peele's follow-up to "Get Out," a smart, relentlessly scary horror picture about a family being stalked by murderous doppelgangers. (J.C.) R

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