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 Everything” — A cancer diagnosis is the unlikely catalyst for romance between a pair of otherwise mismatched New Yorkers. With Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, DeRon Horton, Sasha Lane, Olivia Luccardi, Gina Gershon, Marisa Tomei. Written and directed by Hannah Marks Joey Power. (1:35) NR.
“All Square” — A one-night stand leads a down-on-his luck bookie to start taking bets on Little League games. With Michael Kelly, Jesse Ray Sheps, Josh Lucas, Pamela Adlon, Tom Everett Scott, Isiah Whitlock Jr. Written by Timothy Brady. Directed by John Hyams. (1:33) NR.
“Bad Times at the El Royale” — A decrepit Lake Tahoe hotel plays host to seven strangers, each with a past they’re looking to leave behind. With Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Drew Goddard. (2:21) R.
“Beautiful Boy” — A family deals with the trauma of addiction. With Steve Carrell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan. Written by Luke Davies, Felix Van Groeningen, based on memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen. (1:52) R.
“Better Start Running” — A meek store clerk becomes a desperado on the run with the girl he saved and his grandfather in tow. With Alex Sharp, Jeremy Irons, Analeigh Tipton, Edi Gathegi, Maria Bello, Karan Soni, Jane Seymour. Written by Chad Faust Annie Burgstede. Directed by Brett Simon. (1:32) NR.
“Bigger” — The story of Joe and Ben Weider, who helped introduce bodybuilding and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the masses. With Tyler Hoechlin, Aneurin Barnard, Julianne Hough, Victoria Justice, Tom Arnold, Steve Guttenberg, Calum Von Moger, Kevin Durand, Robert Forster. Written by Andy Weiss and George Gallo. Directed by Gallo. (1:47) PG-13.
“First Man” — Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle reunite for the story of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong and his path to being the first person to walk on the moon, in 1969. With Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll, Pablo Schreiber. Written by Josh Singer; based on the book by James R. Hansen. (2:21) PG-13.
“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” — The spooky holiday comes to life in this second adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular books. With Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong. Written by Rob Liebere. Directed by Ari Sandel. PG.
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” — True crime drama about a Philadelphia doctor accused of murder and performing illegal abortions. With Dean Cain, Sarah Jane Morris, Earl Billings. Written by Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney; story by Andrew Klavan. Directed by Nick Searcy. PG-13.
“The Happy Prince” — Rupert Everett stars in, wrote and directed this tale of Oscar Wilde in his final days reflecting on his life. With Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Emily Watson. (1:45) R.
“I Still See You” — In a world overrun by ghosts, a young woman receives a warning from the other side. With Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Amy Price-Francis, Dermot Mulroney. Written by Jason Fuchs; based on a novel by Daniel Waters. Directed by Scott Speer. (1:36) PG-13.
“In Echo Park” — Three interlocking tales set in the rapidly gentrifying, downtown Los Angeles-adjacent enclave explore economic and social conflict. With Andrew Asper, Bryan Nunez, Jared Brown, Caroline Ivari. Written and directed by Nathaniel Lezra. (1:23) NR.
“The Kindergarten Teacher” — A Staten Island teacher becomes obsessed with a possibly gifted 5-year-old student. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus, Gael Garcia Bernal. Written and directed by Sara Colangelo. (1:36) R.
“Look Away” — A lonely teen finds a supportive ally in the evil twin she discovers in her mirror. With India Eisley, Mira Sorvino, Jason Isaacs. Written and directed by Assaf Bernstein. (1:43) NR.
“MFKZ” — A young man in a dystopian L.A. experiences rage-induced super powers after an accident in this animated collaboration between French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard and Japanese animation house Studio 4(degrees)C. Voice cast includes Michael Chiklis, Giancarlo Espositio, Jorge Gutierrez. (1:34) R.
“Moynihan” — Documentary on the longtime Democratic senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eleanor Holmes Norton, George Will, Henry Kissinger. Directed by Joseph Dorman, Toby Perl Freilich. (1:42) NR.
“The Oath” — A nationwide loyalty pledge edict from the White House upends a family’s Thanksgiving in this political satire. With Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho, Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen, Meredith Hagner, Jon Barinholtz, Nora Dunn, Chris Ellis. Written and directed by Ike Barinholtz. (1:33) R.
“The Queen of Hollywood Blvd.” — An old debt has violent repercussions for a strip-club owner. With Rosemary Hochschild, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Roger Guenveur Smith. Written and directed by Orson Oblowitz. (1:30) NR.
“Sadie” — A teenage girl takes extreme measures to protect her military family from an infidelity. With Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr., Tony Hale, Keith Williams, Danielle Brooks. Written and directed by Megan Griffiths. (1:36) NR.
“The Sentence” — Rudy Valdez chronicles his sister’s incarceration and his family’s fight for her release in this documentary. (1:25) NR.
“Stavisky” — Director Alain Resnais’ 1974 drama stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as a charming con man. With Charles Boyer, Francois Perier. Written by Jorge Semprun. Music by Stephen Sondheim. In French and English with English subtitles. (2:00) PG.
“Stella’s Last Weekend” — Brothers vie for the attentions of a girl while celebrating their aging family dog. With Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff, Polly Draper. Written and directed by Draper. (1:42) NR.
“Studio 54” — The meteoric trajectory of the legendary 1970s disco, founded by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, is chronicled in this documentary. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer. (1:38) NR.
“306 Hollywood” — Personal documentary on grief and mortality. Directed by Elan and Jonathan Bogarin. (1:35) NR.
“22 Chaser” — An increasingly frantic tow-truck driver pursues auto accidents for cash. With Brian J. Smith, Tiio Horn, Raoul Trujillo, John Kapelos. Written by Jeremy Boxen. Directed by Rafal Sokolowski. (1:30) NR.
“22 July” — Dramatization of the aftermath of the 2011 car bombing and shooting by a far-right extremist in Norway that left 77 people dead and a nation reeling. With Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Oigarden, Jonas Strand Gravli, Isak Bakli Aglen, Maria Bock, Torbjorn Harr, Seda Witt, Ola G. Furuseth. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the novel by Asne Seierstad. (2:13) NR.
“Wobble Palace” — A couple’s breakup precipitates a fraught weekend of unexpected hook-ups and emotions. With Eugene Kotlyarenko, Dasha Nekrasova. Written and directed by Kotlyarenko. (1:26) NR.
“Colette” — Well-acted by Keira Knightley and Dominic West, Wash Westmoreland’s witty, spirited English-language biopic follows the great French writer Colette during her early marriage to a literary impresario who nurtured, exploited and ultimately betrayed her talent. (J.C.) R
“Incredibles 2” — There is good news in the world tonight: Writer-director Brad Bird has brought everyone’s favorite superhero family back to the big screen, and we are all better off for it. (K.Tu.) PG
“Juliet, Naked” — A charming film of an engaging, adult nature about two very different people trying to press reset in their lives, it is impressively directed by Jesse Peretz and acted with verve, passion and great skill by Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd. (K.Tu.) R
“Searching” —A Bay Area dad (John Cho) looks for his missing daughter in this compelling thriller from director Aneesh Chaganty, which unfolds entirely on the characters’ computer and phone screens. (J.C.) PG-13
“The Sisters Brothers” — John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal make superb company in French director Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut, a funny, sad, brutal Western about outlaws and prospectors searching for gold and deliverance in 1850s Oregon. (J.C.) R
“Sorry to Bother You” — Rapper-activist Boots Riley’s joyous dystopian cackle of a directing debut stars a superb Lakeith Stanfield as an Oakland telemarketer who stumbles into that arrestingly surreal zone where racial identity, class rage and corporate malfeasance intersect. (J.C.) R
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