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Movie guide: Capsule listings

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 and Matt Cooper.)


"Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache" – Documentary about the pioneering late 19th century French filmmaker. Narrated by Jodie Foster. Directed by Pamela B. Green. (1:43) NR.

"Breaking Habits" – Documentary about a nun who started a medical marijuana operation. Written and directed by Robert Ryan. (1:27) NR.

"Breakthrough" – A woman turns to prayer as her teenage son lies unconscious in the hospital after nearly drowning in an icy lake. With Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Sam Trammell, Dennis Haysbert. Written by Grant Nieporte. Directed by Roxann Dawson. (1:46) PG.

"Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise" – Fans recall the feminist-themed 1991 film that starred Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in this documentary. Directed by Jennifer Townsend. (1:27) NR.

"The Curse of La Llorona" – A social worker and her young children are menaced by an evil entity in 1970s L.A. With Linda Cardellini, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola. Written by Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis. Directed by Michael Chaves. (1:33) R.

"Daddy Issues" – A pixie-ish queer artist falls for a sexually fluid fashionista with a mysterious benefactor. With Madison Lawlor, Montana Manning, Andrew Pifko. Written by Alex Bloom; story by Bloom, Amara Cash. Directed by Cash. (1:21) R.

"Drunk Parents" – An upper-class couple with a daughter in college try to hide their mounting financial woes from friends and family. With Alex Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Jim Gaffigan, Michelle Veintimilla, Joe Manganiello. Written by Fred Wolf, Peter Gaulke. Directed by Wolf. (1:37) R.

"Family" – A socially inept businesswoman is tasked with looking after her rebellious young niece. With Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Matt Walsh, Allison Tolman, Kate McKinnon. Written and directed by Laura Steinel. (1:25) R.

"Fast Color" – A woman with superhuman abilities returns home after years on the run. With Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, David Strathairn. Written by Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz. Directed by Hart. (1:40) PG-13.

"Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" – 4K restoration of writer-directer Bertrand Blier's 1978 farce about a man who finds a lover for his sexually frustrated wife, only to see her take up with a 13-year-old boy instead. With Gerard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere. In French with English subtitles. (1:48) R.

"Hagazussa" – A young woman encounters superstition and the supernatural in a remote village in the Austrian Alps in the 15th century. With Aleksandra Cwen, Tanja Petrovsky. Written and directed by Lukas Feigelfeld. In German with English subtitles. (1:42) NR.

"Hail Satan?" – Documentary about the rise of the politically active quasi-religious movement known as the Satanic Temple. Directed by Penny Lane. (1:35) R.

"Her Smell" – A self-destructive 1990-era punk rock singer is forced to clean up her act. With Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. (2:24) R.

"High on the Hog" – A hog farmer and his cadre of attractive young women defend their marijuana-growing operation against federal agents. With Sid Haig, Joe Estevez, Robert Z'Dar. Written by Andy Golub, Kevin Lockhart, Jeremy Silva, Tony Wash. Directed by Wash. (1:25) NR.

"His Father's Voice" – A dancer in India tries to reconnect with his musician father. With CB Ramkumar, Jeremy Roske. Written and directed by K. Kaarthikeyan. (1:45) NR.

"Know Your Enemy" – An affluent American couple are held captive in their home by a troubled Middle Easterner. With Nora-Jane Noone, Maury Sterling, Farshad Farahat. Written and directed by Randy Feldman. (1:24) NR.

"Little Woods" – Desperate times drive estranged sisters in North Dakota to turn to crime. With Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick. Written and directed by Nia DaCosta. (1:45) R.

"Long Day's Journey Into Night" – A man in China's Guizhou province is haunted by his past. With Jue Huang, Wei Tang, Sylvia Chang. Written and directed by Gan Bi. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1:50) NR.

"Lost & Found" – Items left behind at a local train station connect the lives of assorted characters in an Irish town. With Liam O Mochain, Norma Sheahan, Brendan Conroy. Written and directed by Liam O Mochain. (1:36) NR.

"The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" – A cynical filmmaker is drawn into a fantasy world inspired by Cervantes' classic tale about a delusional Spanish knight errant. With Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Olga Kurylenko. Written by Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni. Directed by Gilliam. (2:12) NR.

"Naples in Veils" – A woman has a passionate one-night stand with a man who later turns up dead. Written by Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli, Valia Santella. Directed by Ozpetek. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:53) NR.

"Penguins" – A plucky penguin in Antarctica searches for a mate in this nature documentary. Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson. (1:16) G.

"Red Joan" – A British retiree's past comes to light when she is revealed to have been a longtime spy for the Soviet Union. With Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Stephen Campbell Moore. Written by Lindsay Shapero. Directed by Trevor Nunn. (1:41) R.

"Satan & Adam" – Documentary about the unlikely musical partnership between a Jewish harmonica player and an African American street musician in 1980s Harlem. Directed by V. Scott Balcerek. (1:20) NR.

"Stuck" – Six diverse commuters stranded together on a New York City subway train share their stories in song. With Amy Madigan, Giancarlo Esposito, Ashanti, Arden Cho. Written by Michael Berry; based on the stage musical by Riley Thomas. Directed by Berry. (1:30) PG-13.

"Suburban Birds" – An engineer in China uncovers a deeper mystery while investigating a ground subsidence in an abandoned suburb. With Mason Lee, Zihan Gong, Lu Huang. Written and directed by Qiu Sheng. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1:58) NR.

"Under the Silver Lake" – An aimless Angeleno searches the city for clues to the mysterious disappearance of a young woman he had only just met. With Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Patrick Fischler, Grace Van Patten, Jimmi Simpson. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. (2:19) R.


"Amazing Grace" – Shot during the live recording sessions of Aretha Franklin's soaring 1972 gospel album "Amazing Grace," this long-buried concert documentary once was lost but now is found – gloriously so. (J.C.) NR

"Apollo 11" – More dramatically compelling than any fictional re-creation, Todd Douglas Miller's documentary restores a sense of how insanely complex the lunar mission was and how audacious. (K.T.) G

"The Beach Bum" – Matthew McConaughey gives a fully committed performance as a filthy-rich Florida libertine in Harmony Korine's funny, shambling stoner-comedy follow-up to "Spring Breakers." (J.C.) R

"Captain Marvel" – It's not only heroes who can have superpowers, movies can have them too, and you can add this to the small list of those that do thanks to a luminous and powerful Brie Larson, co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Jude Law, and directors and co-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. (K.T.) PG-13

"Diane" – Kent Jones' wise and wintry character study, about a Massachusetts woman seeking peace and atonement, gives Mary Kay Place the career-crowning role she's long deserved. (J.C.) NR

"High Life" – Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche play two members of a prison ship in outer space in this beautiful, brutal and entirely astonishing science-fiction thriller from French master Claire Denis ("Beau Travail," "35 Shots of Rum"). (J.C.) R

"Sunset" – Often confounding yet beautifully made, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Son of Saul" (2015) is an implacably sinister portrait of a determined young woman searching for answers in Budapest on the eve of World War I. (J.C.) R

"3 Faces" – An actress and a filmmaker set out to solve the mystery of a young woman's disappearance in this playful, pleasurable and deeply serious portrait of small-town repression and rebellion from the Iranian director Jafar Panahi. (J.C.) NR

"Transit" – Adapted from Anna Seghers' 1944 novel about a World War II refugee, but hauntingly suspended between past and present, this latest drama from the German director Christian Petzold ("Phoenix") is a quietly extraordinary tale of refugee experiences, then and now. (J.C.) NR

"Us" – A sensational dual performance by Lupita Nyong'o is the centerpiece of Jordan Peele's follow-up to "Get Out," a smart, relentlessly scary horror picture about a family being stalked by murderous doppelgangers. (J.C.) R