Dec. 03-- 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
"Along for the Ride"-Documentary on Dennis Hopper. Directed by Nick Ebeling.
"Arthur Miller: Writer"-Director Rebecca Miller profiles her father, one of the greats of American playwriting, in this documentary.
"Big Sonia"-Documentary on an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor. Co-directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday.
"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"-Documentary on the Austrian immigrant, whose technological innovations were overshadowed by her glamorous acting career. Directed by Alexandra Dean.
"Bullet Head"-Crime drama with Antonio Banderas, Adrien Brody, John Malkovich. Written and directed by Paul Solet.
"Company Town"-Documentary on Crossett, Ark. (pop., 5,500), and its battle with the Koch brothers-owned Georgia-Pacific paper and chemical plant and the town's high rate of cancer and illness. Featuring pastor David Bouie. Directed by Natalie Kottke-Masocco, Erica Sardarian.
"The Doll Horror"-With Valeria Lukyanova. Written and directed by Susannah O'Brien.
"Foxtrot"-The parents of a young soldier reel after learning of his death. With Sarah Adler, Lior Ashkenazi and Yonatan Shiray. Written and directed by Samuel Maoz. Qualifying run. Opens March 2.
"From the Ground Up"-Documentary on vegan athletes. Directed by Santino Panico.
"Hollow In The Land"-Thriller. Written & directed by Scooter Corkle. Starring Dianna Agron, Shawn Ashmore, Rachelle Lefevre.
"I Am Evidence"-Documentary probes the existence of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country through the stories of survivors and the efforts by some in law enforcement to work through the backlog. Co-directed by Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir.
"I, Tonya"-The dark comic story of figure skater Tonya Harding, her scheming husband, hard-driving mother and the infamous attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. With Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney. Written by Steven Rogers. Directed by Craig Gillespie.
"Just Getting Started"-Rivals at a Palm Springs seniors resort compete for the attention of an attractive newcomer. With Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo. Written and directed by Ron Shelton.
"Kaleidoscope"-Thriller. With Anne Reid. Written and directed by Rupert Jones.
"Naples '44"-Benedict Cumberbatch narrates this documentary on the impact of World War II on the Italian city. Directed by Francesco Patierno, based on the memoir by Norman Lewis.
"The Pirates of Somalia"-Biographical drama. With Evan Peters, Al Pacino. Written and directed by Bryan Buckley.
"The Rape of Recy Taylor"-Documentary on a young African-American woman's stand against sexual assault in the Jim Crow South. Directed by Nancy Buirski.
"Shadowman 1980s"-New York street artist Richard Hambleton is profiled in this documentary. Directed by Oren Jacoby.
"The Shape of Water"-The discovery of a secret otherworldly experiment changes the life of a lonely government employee in 1962. With Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer. Written by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; story by del Toro. Directed by del Toro.
"Song of Granite"-The near mythic rise of Irish folk singer Jon Heaney from the village of Carna to national troubadour is chronicled in this drama. With Macdara O Fatharta, Micheal O Confhaola, Jaren Cerf. Written by Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride, Sharon Whooley. Directed by Collins.
"The Tribes of Palos Verdes"-A teenage girl turns to surfing after her family's move to the Southern California coast turns out to be less than idyllic. With Jennifer Garner, Maika Monroe, Cody Fern, Alicia Silverstone. Written by Karen Croner; based on the novel by Joy Nicholson. Directed by Emmett Malloy and Brendan Malloy.
"Battle of the Sexes"-This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, is most involving when it deals not with sports or society, but with the personal struggles both players, especially King, were going through in the run-up to their 1973 tennis match. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"Blade Runner 2049"-You can quibble with aspects of it, but as shaped by Denis Villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this high-end sequel puts you firmly and unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no small thing. (K.Tu.) R.
"The Breadwinner"-In its power and its beauty, this story of a young girl's struggles in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan reminds us that animation can be every bit as much of a medium for adults as it is for children. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"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.
"The Florida Project"-Absorbing us in the day-to-day rhythms of life at a dumpy Florida motel complex, home to a wildly spirited 6-year-old girl named Moonee (the startling Brooklynn Prince), Sean Baker ("Tangerine") goes to a place few of us know and emerges with a masterpiece of empathy and imagination. (J.C.) 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.
"Last Flag Flying"-Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell give richly felt performances as Vietnam veterans reuniting 30 years later in Richard Linklater's warm, ribald and elegiac quasi-sequel to Hal Ashby's 1973 classic, "The Last Detail." (J.C.) R.
"Mudbound"-Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige and Rob Morgan are part of a superb ensemble in writer-director Dee Rees' sweeping epic of World War II-era Mississippi, the rare film that grants its white and black characters the same moral and dramatic weight. (J.C.) R.
"1945"-A lean, unadorned parable about guilt and the nature and consequences of evil. A quietly furious Hungarian film that puts a particular time and place under a microscope, revealing hidden fault lines and differences that have been ineffectively papered over. (K.Tu.) NR.
"The Square"-A Stockholm museum curator (Claes Bang) undergoes a crisis of conscience in Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund's sprawling, virtuoso satire of the modern art world, which won the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. (J.C.) R.
"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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