Film Review The Meyerowitz Stories

This image released by Netflix shows Dustin Hoffman, left, and Emma Thompson in a scene from "The Meyerowitz Stories." (Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix via AP)

Atsushi Nishijima

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.

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(Critics’ Choices capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust.)

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OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK

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“Amazon Adventure 3D” — Follow along with 19th century naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates on his 11-year expedition in the vast South American rain forest. With Calum Finlay. Written by Wendy MacKeigan and Carl Knutson. Directed by Mike Slee.

“Alex & Eve” — A Greek Orthodox man falls for a Lebanese Muslim woman and they must overcome their family’s objections to the match. With Tony Nikolakopoulos, Rahel Romahn, Zoe Carides. Written by Alex Lykos, based on his play. Directed by Peter Andrikides. (1:32) NR.

“Assholes” — New Yorkers meet in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room and try to stay sober while falling in love. With Peter Vack, Betsey Brown, Eileen Dietz. Written and directed by Vack. (1:14) NR.

“Bad Blood: The Movie” — A college student is attacked by a “werefrog’ and transforms into a hideous, amphibious monster. With Mary Malloy, Vikas Adam, Troy Halverson. Written and directed by Tim Reis. (1:20) NR.

“Bending the Arc” — Documentary on how three young students — Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl — paved the way for fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS and Ebola on a global scale. Directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos. (1:42) NR.

“Blood Stripe” — A female U.S. Marine sergeant returns home from Afghanistan bearing both physical and mental scars. With Kate Nowlin, Tom Lipinski, Chris Sullivan. Written by Remy Auberjonois, Nowlin. Directed by Auberjonois. (1:27) NR.

“Breathe” — Polio ravages a young man’s body but cannot contain his spirit as he and his wife fight for advancements to help others. With Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander. Written by William Nicholson. Directed by Andy Serkis. (1:57) PG-13.

“Deliver Us” — Documentary on the contemporary practice of exorcisms. Written by Andrea Zvetkov Sanguigni, Federica Di Giacomo. Directed by Di Giacomo. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:34) NR.

“Dina” — Two neurologically diverse adults navigate romance and intimacy in this documentary. Featuring Dina Buno, Scott Levin. Directed by Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini. (1:43) NR.

“Faces Places” — Filmmaker Agnes Varda and muralist JR directed this documentary in which they trek through the French countryside interviewing and photographing villagers. In French with English subtitles. (1:29) PG.

“The Foreigner” — Jackie Chan stars as a London businessman forced to face his violent past when his teenage daughter is taken from him. With Pierce Brosnan. Written by David Marconi; based on a novel by Stephen Leather. Directed by Martin Campbell. (1:54) R.

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” — The family of author A.A. Milne struggles with the success of Winnie-the-Pooh in the years after World War I. With Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald, Will Tilston. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce & Simon Vaughn. Directed by Simon Curtis. (1:47) PG.

“Happy Death Day” — In a horror twist on “Groundhog Day,” a college student experiences her death over and over again until she unmasks her murderer. With Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton. Written by Scott Lobdell and Christopher Landon. Directed by Landon. (1:36) PG-13.

“Hurricane 3D” — Teaming with NASA, filmmakers follow the path of a fierce Atlantic storm and its destructive impact on the Caribbean. Directed by Cyril Barbancon, Andy Byatt & Jacqueline Farmer.

“M.F.A.” — After being sexually assaulted, a young art student becomes a vigilante. Written by Leah McKendrick. Directed by Natalia Leite. With Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr., Peter Vack. (1:35) NR.

“Marshall” — Chadwick Boseman stars as future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who as a young lawyer is sent to Connecticut by the NAACP to try a high-profile case. With Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell. Written by Jake Koskoff and Michael Koskoff. Directed by Reginald Hudlin. (1:58) PG-13.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” — Three adult siblings grapple with the impact their domineering father has on them. With Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach. (1:50) NR.

“Paradise” — A beautiful Russian aristocratic emigre, a French-Nazi collaborator and a high-ranking yet naive German SS officer wrestle with momentous choices they made during the Holocaust. With Julia Vysotskaya, Philippe Duquesne, Christian Clauss. Written by Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva. Directed by Konchalovsky. In Russian, German, French, Yiddish with English subtitles. (2:10) NR.

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” — A Harvard psychologist creates the Amazonian superhero in the 1940s while leading a secret life with the two women who inspired him. With Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton. Written and directed by Angela Robinson. (1:48) R.

“Rat Film” — Documentary on the history of Baltimore via the omnipresent rodents and the people who love, loathe and tolerate them. Directed by Theo Anthony. (1:22) NR.

“78/52” — Documentary on director Alfred Hitchcock’s famous Janet Leigh shower sequence from “Psycho.” Featuring Guillermo del Toro, Peter Bogdanovich, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Laryn Kusama, Eli Roth. Written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe. (1:31) NR.

“6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain” — Stranded on a mountaintop for eight days, an ex-hockey player confronts his past. With Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino. Written by Madison Turner. Directed by Scott Waugh. (1:38) PG-13.

“Surviving Peace” — Documentary on the core issues driving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Featuring Israeli writer Uri Avneri, Palestinian minister Muhammad al-Madani, Israeli statesman and scholar Dr. Yossi Beilin. Directed by Josef Avesar. (1:33) NR.

“Take My Nose … Please!” — Documentary directed by 89-year-old journalist Joan Kron looks at the importance comedy has played in exposing society’s preoccupation with female appearance and the pressures that drive women to undergo plastic surgery. (1:32) NR.

“Te Ata” — The true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Native American woman who performed for a U.S. president, European royalty and audiences around the world. With Q’orianka Kilcher, Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Mackenzie Astin. Written by Esther Luttrell. Directed by Nathan Frankowski. (1:45) PG.

“Trafficked” — An elaborate worldwide network enslaves three girls, one from the U.S., one from Nigeria and one from Africa, in a Texas brothel. With Ashley Judd, Anne Archer, Patrick Duffy, Elisabeth Rohm, Sean Patrick Flanery. Written by Siddharth Kara. Directed by Will Wallace. (1:44) NR.

“Una” — A young woman abruptly re-enters the life of an older man with whom she ran away as a teenager. With Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Tara Fitzgerald, Natasha Little, Ruby Stokes, Tobias Menzies. Written by David Harrower, based on his play “Blackbird.” Directed by Benedict Andrews. (1:34) R.

“Walking Out” — An estranged father and son experience a brutal encounter on a Montana hunting trip. With Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone. Written and directed by Alex Smith, Andrew Smith. (1:35) PG-13.

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” — Chefs including Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali and Massimo Bottura pursue a more sustainable food system in this documentary. Directed by Anna Chai, Nari Kye. (1:25) NR.

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CRITICS’ CHOICES

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“Battle of the Sexes” — This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, is most involving when it deals not with sports or society, but with the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to their 1973 tennis match. (K.Tu.) PG-13.

“Brad’s Status” — Mike White’s smart, empathetic new comedy of despair follows a middle-age man (Ben Stiller, giving one of his best performances) who can’t resist the urge to compare himself with his more successful friends. (J.C.) R.

“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.

“Lucky” — As a small-town curmudgeon contemplating his own mortality, Harry Dean Stanton gives one of his final and greatest performances in this insistently low-key, dryly funny valentine to the actor’s life and career. (J.C.) NR.

“mother!” — Jennifer Lawrence plays the young wife of a poet (Javier Bardem) besieged by a number of unexpected visitors in this darkly exhilarating house-of-horrors thriller written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. (J.C.) R.

“Stronger” — Jake Gyllenhaal gives one of his most restrained, affecting performances as 2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in this straightforward but shrewd and perceptive recovery drama from director David Gordon Green. (J.C.)

“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” — Even if surfing is not a major interest, Hamilton’s personal journey is extraordinary enough that we feel privileged to have such an intimate documentary glimpse into how it all went down. (K.Tu.) NR.

“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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