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
“After Love” — A couple chooses to separate after 15 years of marriage, but the husband remains in the apartment with his wife and daughters due to tight finances, leading to rising tensions. With Berenice Bejo, Cedric Kahn. Written by Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, Mazarine Pingeot, Thomas van Zuylen. Directed by Lafosse. In French with English subtitles. (1:40) NR.
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” — Steven Spielberg’s 1977 science fiction classic stars Richard Dreyfuss as a man on a mission after a brush with a UFO. With Terri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Francois Truffaut. (2:17) PG.
“England Is Mine” — Jack Lowden stars as the singer Morrissey in this biopic on the formative years of the aspiring musician. With Jessica Brown Findlay, Jodie Comer. Written by Mark Gill and William Thacker. Directed by Gill. (1:34) NR.
“Goon: Last of the Enforcers” — Injuries derail the career of a hockey fighter, forcing him to sell insurance, but the call of the game is too great. With Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin. Written by Jay Baruchel, Jesse Chabot. Directed by Baruchel. (1:41) R.
“Heat and Dust” — A new 4K restoration of Merchant-Ivory’s 1983 production about an Englishwoman who travels to India to decipher the mysterious, scandalous life of her great aunt. With Julie Christie, Shashi Kapoor, Great Scacchi. Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on her novel. Directed by James Ivory. Produced by Ismail Merchant. (2:13) R.
“I Do … Until I Don’t” — An opportunistic filmmaker interviews three couples to demonstrate how marriage is outmoded. With Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Amber Heard, Paul Reiser, Mary Steenburgen, Wyatt Cenac, Dolly Wells. Written and directed by Bell. (1:42) R.
“Jackals” — A family’s cabin is besieged by a murderous cult after attempting to get back an estranged son. With Deborah Kara Unger, Ben Sullivan, Chelsea Ricketts, Nick Roux, Johnathon Schaech, Stephen Dorff. Written by Jared Rivet. Directed by Kevin Greutert. (1:25) NR.
“Jesus” — A drunken act of violence leads a young Chilean man to seek help from his emotionally distant father. With Nicolas Duran, Alejandro Goic. Written and directed by Fernando Guzzoni. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR.
“The Layover” — Best friends vie for the same guy when their plane is rerouted due to a hurricane warning. With Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr, Matt Jones. Written by David Hornsby and Lance Krall. Directed by William H. Macy. (1:28) NR.
“Le Trou” — Five inmates engineer a daring prison break in writer-director Jacques Becker’s 1960 French crime drama. With Marc Michel, Raymond Meunier, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin. Written by Becker, Jose Giovanni, Jean Aurel. Directed by Becker. In French with English subtitles. (2:12) NR.
“Mike Boy” — A waiter performs lethal missions for a secret global order to gain information about his mysterious past. With Hugh Massey, Emily Killian, Robert Sisko. Written and directed by Hamzah Tarzan. (1:29) NR.
“The Nile Hilton Incident” — A Cairo police officer’s investigation of the murder of a singer leads to the highest levels of power. With Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher. Written and directed by Tarik Saleh. In Arabic, Dinka, English, French with English subtitles. (1:46)
“Polina” — A classically trained dancer discovers contemporary dance just before joining the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, throwing her life into creative turmoil. With Anastasia Shevtsova, Niels Schneider, Juliette Binoche, Jeremie Belingard, Aleksei Guskov. Written by Valerie Muller, based on the graphic novel by Bastien Vives. Directed by Muller and Angelin Preljocaj. In Russian and French with English Subtitles. (1:40) NR.
“The Teacher” — A manipulative schoolteacher profits by exploiting her students and their parents. With Zuzana Maurery, Csongor Kassai, Peter Bebjak, Martin Havelka. Written by Petr Jarchovsky;. Directed by Jan Hrebejk. Slovak with English subtitles. (1:43) NR.
“Temple” — Searching for a temple in rural Japan, three Americans encounter horrifying evil spirits. With Logan Huffman, Natalia Warner, Brandon Sklenar. Written by Simon Barrett. Directed by Michael Barrett. (1:18) NR
“Tulip Fever” — A married woman in 17th century Amsterdam and her lover stake their hopes of running away together on the city’s tulip bulb market. With Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench. Written by Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach. Directed by Justin Chadwick. (1:47) R.
“Unlocked” — A CIA agent teams with an ex-soldier to stop a deadly biological attack on London. With Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Michael Douglas. Written by Peter O’Brien. Directed by Michael Apted. (1:38) R.
“Valley of Bones” — The discovery of a valuable dinosaur fossil pits a disgraced paleontologist and a drug-addicted oil worker against a deadly drug cartel. With Autumn Reeser, Rhys Coiro, Steven Molony. Written by Dan Glaser and Steven Molony & Richard M. Lewis; story by Jon Wanzek. Directed by Glaser. (1:30) R.
“The Vault” — A bank robbery goes wrong for two sisters when the bank manager sends them to the underground vault where something evil awaits. With James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze. Written by Dan Bush, Conal Byrne. Directed by Bush. (1:31) NR.
“A Very Sordid Wedding” — Family members stir up their small Texas town by protesting an Anti-Equality Rally and defending gay marriage. With Bonnie Bedelia, Caroline Rhea, Dale Dickey, Leslie Jordan. Written and directed by Del Shores. (1:49) NR.
“Viceroy’s House” — In 1947, Lord Mountbatten is dispatched with his wife to New Delhi to oversee the transfer of power as India gains its independence from British rule. With Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson. Written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. Directed by Gurinder Chadha. (1:47) NR.
“The Big Sick” — Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan are terrific as a young couple navigating the challenges of interracial romance and Muslim immigrant identity in director Michael Showalter's delightful, serious-minded comedy, which also features powerhouse supporting turns from Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. (J.C.) R.
“Brigsby Bear” — Kyle Mooney gives a terrific performance as a young man obsessed with an educational TV show in director Dave McCary’s sweetly disarming comedy, which expands into a winning tribute to the joys of amateur filmmaking and the therapeutic power of art. (J.C.) PG-13.
“Columbus” — John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson play two strangers who go on a walking-and-talking tour of the modernist architecture in Columbus, Ind., in this serenely intelligent, gorgeously contemplative first feature from writer-director Kogonada. (J.C.) NR.
“Dunkirk” — Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, Christopher Nolan’s immersive World War II drama is being ballyhooed as a departure for the bravura filmmaker, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it is anything but. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
“Girls Trip” — Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and a revelatory Tiffany Haddish play four women renewing the bonds of friendship on a New Orleans weekend getaway in this hilariously raunchy and sensationally assured new comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (“The Best Man”). (J.C.) R.
“Good Time” — Robert Pattinson gives a revelatory performance as a scuzzy small-time crook going nowhere very fast in this moody, relentless and impeccably observed New York thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. (J.C.) R.
“Marjorie Prime” — Superb performances by Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins are the center of this elegant, quietly haunting sci-fi chamber piece directed by Michael Almereyda, who adapted it from Jordan Harrison’s 2014 play. (J.C.) NR.
“Patti Cakes” — A canny mix of slickness and grit, this exuberant hip-hop fairy tale from first-time writer-director Geremy Jasper stars Australian actress Danielle Macdonald in a sensational performance as an aspiring rapper in New Jersey. (J.C.) R.
“Wind River” — Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in the most accomplished violent thriller in recent memory, a tense tale of murder on a Native American reservation made with authenticity, plausibility and wall-to-wall filmmaking skill by writer-director Taylor Sheridan. (K.Tu.) R.
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