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.T.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust and Matt Cooper.)
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
"Adam" -- A teen spends the summer in New York City with his older sister, a lesbian and trans activist. With Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvor Menuez, Margaret Qualley. Written by Ariel Schrag, based on her book. Directed by Rhys Ernst. (1:35) NR.
"Already Gone" -- A teen graffiti artist from Coney Island flees with his abusive stepfather's girlfriend. With Seann William Scott, Raquel Castro, Tyler Dean Flores, Shiloh Fernandez. Written and directed by Christopher Kenneally. (1:59) NR.
"American Factory" -- Documentary about a new factory built by a Chinese billionaire in a former General Motors facility in Ohio. Directed by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert. (1:55) NR.
"Angel Has Fallen" -- Gerard Butler's Secret Service agent returns, this time framed for the attempted assassination of the president. With Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, Danny Huston. Written by Matt Cook, Robert Mark Kamen, Ric Roman Waugh; based on a story and characters created by Creighton Rothenberger, Kate Benedikt. Directed by Waugh. (2:00) R.
"Asako I & II" -- A young woman meets a man who looks exactly like another she fell in love with two years earlier before he disappeared. With Erika Karata, Masahiro Higashide. Written by Sachiko Tanaka, Ryusuke Hamaguchi; based on a novel by Tomoka Shibasaki; directed by Hamaguchi. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:59) NR.
"Brittany Runs a Marathon" -- A 20-something party girl in New York City takes up running as part of an effort to get her life together. With Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howrey, Mickey Day. Written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. (1:43) R.
"Burn" -- An unstable woman and her convenience-store co-worker are confronted by an armed robber. With Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Josh Hutcherson, Harry Shum Jr., Suki Waterhouse. Written and directed by Mike Gan. (1:28) NR.
"Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" -- Documentary recalls the creation of the beloved 1960s Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof." With Hal Prince, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, Fran Lebowitz, Calvin Trillin. Directed by Max Lewkowicz. (1:32) PG-13.
"Jacob's Ladder" -- A veteran encounters the brother he believed had died a year earlier when both were in Afghanistan in this remake of the 1990 supernatural thriller. With Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Karla Souza. Written by Jeff Buhler, Sarah Thorpe; story by Buhler, Jake Wade Wall; based on a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. (1:30) R.
"Jawline" -- Documentary profiles Austyn Tester, a Tennessee teen turned live-streaming star with a large following on social media. Directed by Liza Mandelup. (1:39) NR.
"Just a Friend" -- A man and a woman struggle to keep things casual between them. With Drew Sidora, Trae Ireland. Written and directed by Annette Galloway. (1:30) NR.
"Overcomer" -- A high school coach and family man in an economically struggling town finds inspiration in a young girl who tries out for the cross-country team. With Alex Kendrick, Aryn Wright-Thompson, Shari Rigby, Priscilla Shirer. Written by Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick. Directed by Alex Kendrick. (1:59) PG.
"Parallel Chords" -- A young violin prodigy is pressured to succeed by her pianist father. With Rachel Ann, Bjorn Johnson. Written and directed by Catherine Dudley-Rose. (1:38) NR.
"Ready or Not" -- A new bride is forced by her eccentric in-laws to play a twisted and deadly game. With Samara Weaving, Mark O'Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell. Written by Guy Busick, Ryan Murphy. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett. (1:35) R.
"This Is Not Berlin" -- A misfit in 1980s Mexico City finds sanctuary in the city's underground club scene. With Xabiani Ponce de Leon, Jose Antonio Toledano, Ximena Romo. Written by Rodrigo Ordonez, Max Zunino, Hari Sama. Directed by Sama. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:55) NR.
"Tigers Are Not Afraid" -- Dark fantasy fable about children orphaned by Mexico's drug wars. With Paola Lara, Juan Ramon Lopez. Written and directed by Issa Lopez. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:23) NR.
"Tone-Deaf" -- Seeking a reset after losing her job and seeing her latest relationship fail, a young millennial rents a country house from a deranged widower. With Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, AnnaLynne McCord, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Ray Wise, Kim Delaney. Written and directed by Richard Bates Jr. (1:27) R.
"Vision Portraits" -- Documentary profiles blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer, a dancer, a writer and a filmmaker. Directed by Rodney Evans. (1:18) NR.
"The Art of Self-Defense" -- Riley Stearns wrote and directed this unnerving, exacting dark comedy about masculinity and violence, starring Jesse Eisenberg as a socially awkward young man who gets much more than he bargained for when he starts learning karate. (J.C.) R
"Avengers: Endgame" -- After 11 years and 21 previous films, this opening chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a mighty finish with a thrilling, exhausting and inevitably moving adventure featuring Iron Man, Captain America and all the others we've met along the way. (J.C.) PG-13
"The Farewell" -- Lulu Wang's tender, funny and melancholy dramedy about an elaborate family deception is personal filmmaking at its most incisive, with superb performances from a cast that includes Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma and Diana Lin. (J.C.) PG
"The Last Black Man in San Francisco" -- Jimmie Fails plays a fictionalized version of himself in director Joe Talbot's gorgeous Sundance prize-winning debut feature, which tells a deeply personal story of friendship, community and the yearning for home. (J.C.) R
"Maiden" -- A potent documentary about the first all-female crew to compete in yachting's grueling Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989, it tells a mighty tale about the majesty of the human spirit and the power of women. (K.T.) PG
"Midsommar" -- Starring a terrific Florence Pugh as a young woman on an ill-advised Scandinavian holiday, Ari Aster's latest grief-soaked horror film isn't quite as terrifying as his earlier "Hereditary," but may be even more audacious in the way it pushes its moody story beyond the conventional grammar of horror cinema. (J.C.) R
"Toy Story 4" -- As directed by Josh Cooley and written by Stephany Folsom and the veteran Andrew Stanton, the film surprises with the amount of genuine emotion it generates with its focus on love, loyalty and what matters most in life, to humans as well as toys. (K.T.) G
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