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
“All the Money in the World” — The mother of kidnapped teenager John Paul Getty III races to persuade the boy’s billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. With Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg. Written by David Scarpa; based on the book by John Pearson. Directed by Ridley Scott.
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” — Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame in this romance about the actress’ affair with a young Englishman in 1978. With Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave. Written by Matt Greenhalgh; based on Peter Turner’s memoir. Directed by Paul McGuigan.
“In the Fade” — A German woman fights for justice after her Kurdish husband and their son are killed in a bombing. With Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Nuan Acar, Johannes Krisch. Written by Hark Bohm and Fatih Akin. Directed by Akin.
“Molly’s Game” — Jessica Chastain stars as a skier who channels her shattered Olympic dreams into running a high-stakes poker game until she’s busted by the FBI. With Idris Elba, Kevin Costner. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.
“1987: When the Day Comes” — South Korean political thriller with Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo. Directed by Jang Joon-hwan.
“Phantom Thread” — In 1950s London, a famous fashion designer discovers his finely tuned lifestyle disrupted by love. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
“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 Disaster Artist” — James Franco’s shrewd, affectionate and frequently hilarious comedy re-creates and deconstructs the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult landmark “The Room,” with Franco giving a fully committed, even haunted performance as Wiseau. (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.
“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 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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