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
"Basmati Blues" -- Brie Larson stars as a doctor working in India in this musical romantic comedy. With Utkarsh Ambudkar, Scott Bakula, Saahil Sehgal. Written by Danny Baron and Jeffrey Dorchen; story by Baron, Dorchen, Danny Thompson. Directed by Baron. (1:45) NR.
"Becks" -- A tough breakup with her girlfriend causes a Brooklyn musician to return to the Midwest and live with her mother. With Lena Hall, Mena Suvar, Christine Lahti. Written and directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell. (1:30) NR.
"Bomb City" -- Punk rockers clash with conservatives in a Texas town leading to a hate crime. Dave Davis, Glenn Morshower, Logan Huffman. Written by Jameson Brooks, Sheldon R. Chick. Directed by Brooks. (1:35) NR.
"Entanglement" -- A young man's search for the meaning of life leads him to romance and the discovery of a family secret. With Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang. Written by Jason Filiatrault. Directed by Jason James. (1:25) NR.
"The Female Brain" -- Whitney Cummings directed, co-wrote and stars in this romantic comedy about a neuroscientist. With Sofia Vergara, Cecily Strong, Toby Kebbell. Co-written by Neal Brennan, based on the best-selling book by Louann Brizendine. (1:38) NR.
"Fifty Shades Freed" -- Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return in the third installment of the erotic drama. With Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford. Written by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by E.L. James. Directed by James Foley. (1:41) R.
"Honor Up" -- Damon Dash directed and stars in this crime drama about an OG trying to protect his family after a shootout in Harlem. Written by Stuart Acher, James Dubose; story by Damon Dash, Kevin Bennett. (1:24) R.
"Monster Family" -- Animated comedy in which a family is cursed and transformed into a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf and Frankenstein's monster. Voices by Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost. Based on the book by David Safier. Directed by Holger Tappe. (1:36) PG.
"The Next Big Thing" -- Dark comedy about the pursuit of fame. With Brad Culver, Jonney Ahmanson, Jonathan Lipnicki. Written by Brody Gusar and Iain Roush. Directed by Gusar. (1:24) NR.
"Oscar Nominated Shorts" -- Annual presentation of the Academy Award nominees in the live-action, animated and documentary short categories.
"Permission" -- Romantic comedy about a longtime couple who decide to sleep with others before getting married. With Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Gina Gershon, Jason Sudeikis. Written and directed by Brian Crano. (1:36) NR.
"Peter Rabbit" -- James Corden gives voice to Beatrix Potter's notable hare in this mix of live-action and animation. With Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson; voices by Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie. Written by Rob Lieber and Will Gluck. Directed by Gluck. PG.
"The Ritual" -- Horror film set in a haunted Scandinavian forest. With Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton. Written by Joe Barton, based on a novel by Adam Nevill. Directed by David Bruckner. (1:34) NR.
"Seeing Allred" -- Documentary on feminist icon and crusading attorney Gloria Allred. Directed by Sophie Sartain, Roberta Grossman. (1:36) NR.
"Signature Move" -- An American-Pakistani attorney wrestles and embarks on a lesbian romance with a Chicana bookstore owner. With Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez. Written by Mirza, Lisa Donato. Directed by Jennifer Reeder. In English with additional subtitles. (1:20) NR.
"Still/Born" -- Horror/thriller about the death of a twin. With Christie Burke, Jesse Moss, Rebecca Olson. Written by Brandon Christensen, Colin Minihan. Directed by Christensen. (1:27) R.
"The 15:17 to Paris" -- Real heroes Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone play themselves in this dramatization of their thwarting of a terrorist attack on a train bound for France in 2015. With Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer. Written by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. Directed by Clint Eastwood. (1:34) PG-13.
"When We First Met" -- Romantic comedy about a young man given a chance for a do-over (and over) with his dream girl. With Adam Devine, Alexandra D'Addario, Robbie Amell. Written by Devine, John Wittington. Directed by Ari Sandel. NR.
"Call Me By Your Name" -- Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (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.
"Hostiles" -- Written and directed by Scott Cooper and powered by a dynamic trio of interwoven performances by Christian Bale, Wes Studi and Rosamund Pike, this latest example of the Western revival grabs you by the throat and holds on for the duration. (K.Tu.) R.
"Lady Bird" -- As warm as it is smart, and it is very smart, this portrait of a high school senior year marks actor-screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan. (K.Tu.) R.
"Lover for a Day" -- Things get complicated when circumstances force a philosophy professor, his 23-year-old lover and his 23-year-old daughter into close quarters in this wistful, wise and finely acted romantic fable from French writer-director Philippe Garrel. (J.C.) NR.
"Paddington 2" -- Everyone's favorite Peruvian-born, London-based bear is back, this time facing off against a nefarious stage actor (Hugh Grant) in this beautifully structured and executed comedy from director/co-writer Paul King. (J.C.) PG.
"The Post" -- Director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks combine for a thriller cum civics lesson showing the value of newspapers hanging together and holding government accountable for deception. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"The Shape of Water" -- Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical "Beauty and the Beast" tale with moral overtones, Guillermo del Toro's film plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon. (K.Tu.) R.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- Building and improving on "The Force Awakens," writer-director Rian Johnson's grand space opera is the first flat-out terrific "Star Wars" movie since "The Empire Strikes Back," full of dramatic echoes of George Lucas' original trilogy but also rich in surprise and imagination. (J.C.) PG-13.
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" -- Uncommon writer-director Martin McDonagh and a splendid cast top-lined by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell present a savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time. (K.Tu.) R.
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