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
"Another Day of Life" - A Polish journalist reports from the front lines of the 1975 civil war in Angola in this fact-based animated drama. Written by Raul de la Fuente, Amaia Remirez, Niall Johnson, David Weber, Damian Nenow; based on the book by Ryszard "Ricardo" Kapuscinski. Directed by de la Fuente, Nenow. In English, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR.
"Can You Keep a Secret?" - A romantically challenged career woman on her way back from a bad business trip inadvertently overshares with a handsome fellow airline passenger who turns out to be her company's CEO. With Alexandra Daddario, Tyler Hoechlin, Laverne Cox, Sunita Mani, Kimiko Glenn. Written by Peter Hutchings; based on a novel by Sophia Kinsella. Directed by Elise Duran. (1:34) NR.
"Chained for Life" - Dark satire about a beautiful film actress forced to work alongside a severely disfigured co-star. With Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett. Written and directed by Aaron Schimberg. (1:31) NR.
"D-Day" - American commandos find themselves trapped behind enemy lines at the invasion of Normandy during WWII. With Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Weston Cage Coppola, Jesse Kove. Written by Geoff Meed. Directed by Nick Lyon. (1:25) NR.
"Deprave" - An Army medic suffering from severe PTSD tries to create a living person by stitching together assorted body parts in his Brooklyn lab. With David Call, Alex Breaux. Written and directed by Larry Fessenden. (1:54) NR.
"Desolation Center" - Documentary about underground punk rock and industrial music festivals in the Southern California desert during the Reagan era. With Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, Einsturzende Neubauten, et al. Directed by Stuart Swezey. (1:33) NR.
"Empathy, Inc." - A down-on-his-luck venture capitalist helps fund a virtual-reality company that is harboring a dark secret. With Zack Robidas, Kathy Searle, Jay Klaitz, Eric Berryman. Written by Mark Leidner. Directed by Yedidya Gorsetman. (1:37) NR.
"Fagara" - After her father's death, a young woman teams with two sisters she never knew she had to help run the family's Hong Kong restaurant. With Sammi Cheng, Megan Lai, Li Xiaofeng. Written and directed by Heiward Mak. In Cantonese and Putonghua with English subtitles. (2:00) NR.
"Freaks" - A paranoid man keeps his 7-year-old daughter locked in their house to protect her from the sinister forces he claims are lurking outside. With Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew, Lexy Kolker. Written and directed by Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein. (1:44) R.
"The Goldfinch" - Adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller about a young man dealing with the tragic death of his mother in a bombing at a New York museum when he was just 13. With Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman. Written by Peter Straughan. Directed by John Crowley. (2:29) R.
"Haunt" - An extreme haunted house holds real horrors for a group of friends on Halloween. With Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain. Written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. (1:32) R.
"How to Say Goodbye" - A Manhattanite mourns the loss of his brother years earlier in the Sept. 11 attacks, while his acquaintances cope with their own personal and professional challenges, in this drama written, directed by and starring Frank Song. With Logan Rose Nelms, Chris Mollica. (1:18) NF.
"Hustlers" - Former strip club workers plan to take down a group of Wall Street players. With Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Lizzo, Cardi B. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria; based on a magazine article by Jessica Pressler. (1:50) R.
"Liam: As It Was" - Documentary profiles Liam Gallagher, former lead singer of the 1990s-era British rock band Oasis. Directed by Charlie Lightening, Gavin Fitzgerald. (1:25) NR.
"Monos" - Teenage guerilla fighters are tasked with guarding a prisoner in the jungles of Latin America. With Julianne Nicholson, Moises Arias, Sofia Buenaventura. Written by Alexis Dos Santos, Alejandro Landes; story by Landes. Directed by Landes. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. (1:42) R.
"Neither Wolf Nor Dog" - A white journalist takes a road trip with a Lakota elder to learn about contemporary Native American culture. With Dave Bald Eagle, Richard Ray Whitman, Christopher Sweeney. Written by Kent Nerburn, Steven Lewis Simpson; based on a novel by Nerburn. Directed by Simpson. In English and Sioux with English subtitles. (1:50) NR.
"Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins" - Documentary on the late political columnist and humorist from Texas. Directed by Janice Engel. (1:33) NR.
"Riot Girls" - Rival gangs of teens do battle in a dystopian world without adults. With Madison Iseman, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Munro Chambers. Written by Katherine Collins. Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic. (1:21) NR.
"Scarborough" - Two couples, each engaged in student-teacher affairs, have romantic getaways at a resort town on the English coast. With Jessica Barden, Jordan Bolger, Edward Hogg, Jodhi May. Based on a play by Fiona Evans. Written and directed by Barnaby Southcombe. (1:27) NR.
"Seeds" - A mentally unstable man tries to protect his teenage niece from a dark force. With Trevor Long, Andrea Chen, Garr Long. Written by Steven Weisman; story by Owen Long. Directed by Owen Long. (1:30) NR.
"The Sound of Silence" - A New York City "house tuner" tries to identify and eliminate ambient noises that disturb his wealthy clients. With Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton. Written by Ben Nabors, Michael Tyburksi, based on their short film. Directed by Tyburski. (1:25) NR.
"3 Days With Dad" - A man must deal with his crazy family when he returns home to see his dying father. With Larry Clarke, Brian Dennehy, Julie Ann Emery, Tom Arnold, Mo Gaffney, Jon Gries, Eric Edelstein, David Koechner, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren. Written and directed by Clarke. (1:34) NR.
"The Weekend" - A romantically challenged female standup comic goes on a weekend trip with her ex and his new girlfriend. With Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise, Y'lan Noel, Kym Whitley. Written and directed by Stella Meghie. (1:26) R.
"American Factory" - A complicated, multifaceted story that deals with very different cultures in combination and collision, a story that both understands global economic issues and has the sensitivity to involve us intimately in the daily lives of the people involved. (K.T.) NR (Netflix)
"Blinded by the Light" - A high-spirited, unabashed mash note to the power of popular music in general and the life-changing anthems of Bruce Springsteen in particular, it uses them in the irresistible manner of India's popular Bollywood musicals. (K.T.) 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
"Give Me Liberty" - Kirill Mikhanovsky's wonderful second feature unfolds over an especially fraught day in wintry Wisconsin. If you are inclined to measure size by richness of character, vividness of texture or generosity of spirit, then this remarkably sustained juggling act may be one of the bigger movies you'll see this year. (J.C.) NR
"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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