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.)
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“Anti Matter” — An experiment gone wrong leaves an Oxford grad student unable to generate new memories or understand the horrific results. With Yaiza Figueroa, Philippa Carson, Tom Barber-Duffy, Noah Maxwell Clarke. Written and directed by Keir Burrows. Uncork’d Entertainment
“Dolores” — Activist Dolores Huerta, who co-founded farm workers unions and fought for racial and labor justice in partnership with Cesar Chavez, is profiled in this documentary. Directed by Peter Bratt. PBS Distribution
“Embargo” — Documentary on the history and ramifications of U.S. sanctions against Cuba and one woman’s search for the truth behind it. Written by Mark Monroe and Jeri Rice. Directed by Rice. Double Exposure Distribution
“Fallen” — Michael Chiklis narrates this documentary on the life-and-death struggle police officers face every day. Written and directed by Thomas Marchese. Gravitas Ventures
“Fallen” — Sent to a reform school, a teenage girl finds herself in a love triangle that transcends time. With Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson, Hermione Corfield, Joely Richardson. Written by Michael Arlen Ross, Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard; story by Lauren Kate. Directed by Scott Hicks. Sony Pictures Worldwide/Vertical Entertainment
“Free in Deed” — A Pentecostal minister confronts his own demons while attempting to help a single mother and her troubled young son. With David Harewood, Edwina Findley Dickerson. Written and directed by Jake Mahaffy. Gravitas Ventures
“The Good Catholic” — A young priest’s faith in his calling is challenged when he meets an intriguing young woman. With Zachary Spicer, Wrenn Schmidt, John C. McGinley, Danny Glover. Written and directed by Paul Shoulberg. Broad Green Pictures
“Gun Shy” — The supermodel wife of a spoiled rock star is kidnapped in Chile, forcing him to take to the streets to save her. With Antonio Banderas, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Cura, Mark Valley, Aisling Loftus. Written by Mark Haskell Smith, Toby Davis. Directed by Simon West. Saban Films/Lionsgate
“Home Again” — Reese Witherspoon stars as a woman starting over, who lets three filmmakers crash at her guest house. With Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell. Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Open Road Films
“It” — Children in a small Maine town face off with a murderous clown called Pennywise. With Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard. Written by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman; based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Warner Bros./New Line Cinema
“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. Breaking Glass Pictures
“The Limehouse Golem” — A Scotland Yard inspector with a checkered past fears he’s being set up after he is assigned a high-profile serial killer case. With Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays, Eddie Marsan. Written by Jane Goldman; based on a novel by Peter Ackroyd. Directed by Juan Carlos Medina. RLJ Entertainment
“Lipstick Under My Burkha” — Indian comedy-drama. Star Synergy Entertainment
“Man in Red Bandana” — Documentary chronicles the story of 9/11 hero and casualty Welles Crowther, whose actions only came to light eight months later because of a modest piece of cloth. Narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow. Written and directed by Matthew Weiss. Verdi Productions/Magna Entertainment
“Napping Princess” — In 2020 Tokyo, a girl and her friend traverse time and space, dreams and reality, to save her kidnapped father in this animated drama. Directed by Kenji Kamiyama. GKids
“9/11” — Five people trapped in the north tower of the World Trade Center after the 2001 attacks work together to escape before the structure collapses. With Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman, Gina Garson, Wood Harris, Jacqueline Bisset. Written by Martin Guigui and Steven Golebiowski. Directed by Guigui. Atlas Distribution
“Rebel in the Rye” — Nicholas Hoult plays young J.D. Salinger as the young writer practices his craft, woos the daughter of Eugene O’Neill and fights in World War II. With Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Hope Davis, Victor Garber. Written and directed by Danny Strong. IFC Films
“Rememory” — A late scientist’s final invention, a machine that can extract, record and play people’s memories, is stolen by a man intent on solving its inventor’s unexplained death. With Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan. Written by Mark Palansky and Michael Vukadinovich. Directed by Palansky. Lionsgate Premiere
“School Life” — A married couple, teachers at the Irish boarding school Headfort for almost 50 years, are profiled in this documentary. Written and directed by Neasa Ni Chianain, David Rane. Magnolia Pictures
“September Morning” — Five college freshmen confront a new reality in their dorm on the morning of the 9/11 terror attacks. With Patrick Cage II, Katherine C. Hughes, Troy Doherty. Written and directed by Ryan Frost. Candy Factory Films
“True to the Game” — Tragedy derails a drug kingpin’s attempt to go straight and start over with a young woman from the projects of Philadelphia. With Columbus Short, Erica Peeples, Nelsan Ellis, Vivica A. Fox, Malcolm David Kelley, Draya Michele. Written by Nia Hill, based on the Teri Woods novel. Directed by Preston A. Whitmore II. Imani Motion Pictures
“22” — Documentary on Chinese women forced into sex slavery by the Japanese during World War II. Directed by Guo Ke. China Lion Film
“The Unknown Girl” — A young female doctor attempts to discover the identity of a dead girl so that she is not buried anonymously. With Adele Haenel, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Bonnaud, Louka Minnella. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Sundance Selects
“The Wound” — A factory worker in the mountains of South Africa helps a teenage boy from Johannesburg navigate a traditional Xhosa manhood ritual. With Nakhane Toure, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay. Written and directed by John Trengove. Kino Lorber
“Beach Rats” — Eliza Hittman’s moving and moodily evocative coming-of-age drama follows the emotional and sexual confusion of a Brooklyn teenager (brilliantly played by Harris Dickinson) over the course of a long, hot summer. (J.C.) R.
“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.
“Crown Heights” — Winner of Sundance’s coveted audience award for drama and featuring a gripping performance by Lakeith Stanfield, this is the stirring story of a man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and the friend who fought for years to get him out. (K.Tu.) 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.
“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.
“Wonder Woman” — With forthright emotion, spirited humor and a surprisingly purposeful sense of spectacle, director Patty Jenkins and her superb star, Gal Gadot, have made a thrilling new superhero saga that might just save the typically nonthrilling DC Extended Universe. (J.C.) PG-13.
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