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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.T.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust and Matt Cooper.)

OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK

"All Creatures Here Below" – A couple on the run from police in L.A. wind up in Kansas City. With Karen Gillan, David Dastmalchian, Jennifer Morrison, David Koechner, Richard Cabral, John Doe. Written by Dastmalchian. Directed by Collin Schiffli. (1:31) NR.

"Amaurosis" – A couple find themselves in a dark place following the death of their son. With Richard Flood, Simon Cotton. Written and directed by Gary Sinyor. (1:48) NR.

"Aniara" – A spaceship bearing settlers bound for Mars is knocked irrevocably off-course. With Emelie Jonsson, Arvin Kananian. Directed by Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja. In Swedish with English subtitles. (1:46) R.

"Ask for Jane" – Women band together to provide safe though still-illegal abortions in 1960s Chicago. With Cody Horn, Alison Wright, Chloe Levine, Sarah Steele. Written by Rachel Carey; based on an idea by Cait Cortelyou. Directed by Carey. (1:48)

"Breakneck" – Two extreme sports athletes enter a mysterious high-stakes competition. With Lorenzo Richelmy, Ludovic Hughes, Simone Labarga. Written by Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro, Marco Sani. Directed by Jacopo Ronidinelli. (1:42) NR.

"Chasing Portraits" – Filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki searches for long-lost paintings by her great-grandfather, a Jewish Polish artist who was killed in a WWII concentration camp. (1:18) NR.

"A Dog's Journey" – The pooch with a purpose forms a new attachment and vows to watch over her in this sequel. With Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott, Dennis Quaid and the voice of Josh Gad. Written by W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky; based on the novel by Cameron. Directed by Gail Mancuso. (1:48) PG.

"Extracurricular Activities" – A high schooler arranges the seemingly accidental deaths of his classmates' parents for fun and profit. With Colin Ford, Ellie Bamber, Angela Kinsey, Bobby Lee. Written by Bob Saenz. Directed by Jay Lowi. (1:26) NR.

"John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum" – The super-assassin played by Keanu Reeves is back, pursued by other hired killers looking to collect a $14 million bounty. With Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane. Written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams; story by Kolstad. Directed by Chad Stahelski. (2:10) R.

"Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream" – Documentary about the making of an Oscar-nominated animated short film on painter Vincent van Gogh. Directed by Miki Wecel. (1:00) NR.

"Photograph" – A street photographer in Mumbai passes off a picture of a young woman as his fiancee to appease his meddling grandmother. With Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Vijay Raaz. Written and directed by Ritesh Batra, Emeara Kamble. Directed by Batra. In Hindi with English subtitles. (1:50) PG-13.

"The Professor" – A stuffy academic begins to cut loose after learning he has only six months to life. With Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Rosemarie DeWitt, Danny Huston, Ron Livingston. Written and directed by Wayne Roberts. (1:31) R.

"Q Ball" – Documentary about a basketball team at San Quentin prison. Featuring Kevin Durant and members of the Golden State Warriors. Directed by Michael Tolajian. (1:36) NR.

"Quartet" – Restored version of the 1981 drama about a novelist, her art-dealer husband and others in 1920s Paris. With Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates, Maggie Smith. Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; based on a novel by Jean Rhys. Directed by James Ivory. (1:41) R.

"The Serengeti Rules" – Documentary about five pioneering scientists who changed our understanding of the natural world. Written and directed by Nicolas Brown. (1:24) NR.

"Slaughterhouse Rulez" – Students and teachers at a British boarding school do battle with otherworldly creatures that emerge from a nearby sinkhole. With Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Michael Sheen, Asa Butterfield. Written by Crispian Mills, Henry Fitzherbert; story by Mills, Fitzherbert, Luke Passmore. Directed by Mills. (1:44) R.

"The Souvenir" – A female film student in 1980s Britain has an ill-advised romance with a dishonest charmer. With Honor Swinton Bryrne, Tom Burke, Richard Ayoade, Tilda Swinton. Written and directed by Joanna Hogg. (1:59) R.

"The Sun Is Also a Star" – Love blooms for two young people over the course of one life-changing New York City day. With Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, John Leguizamo. Written by Tracy Oliver; based on the novel by Nicola Yoon. Directed by Ry Russo-Young. (2:00) PG-13.

"Trial by Fire" – A Houston mother of two fights for justice in the case of a death row inmate convicted of an arson-related triple homicide in this fact-based drama. With Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade, Jeff Perry. Written by Geoffrey Fletcher; based on an article by David Grann and the letters of Cameron Todd Willingham. Directed by Edward Zwick. (2:07) R.

"A Violent Separation" – A small-town deputy helps his older brother cover up a murder. With Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Claire Holt, Francesca Eastwood, Ted Levine, Gerald McRaney. Written by Michael Arkof. Directed by Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz. (1:46) NR.

"We Have Always Lived in the Castle" – The arrival of a charming cousin upends the lives of two sisters and their uncle living on a secluded estate in the wake of a family tragedy. With Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Sebastian Stan, Crispin Glover. Written by Mark Kruger; based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. Directed by Stacie Passon. (1:30) NR.

"Zilla and Zoe" – A macabre 10-year-old tasked with filming her big sister's wedding tries to shoot it as a horror movie instead. With Aida Valentine, Sam Kamerman, Greg James. Written and directed by Jessica Scalise. (1:44) NR.

CRITICS' CHOICES

"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

"Avengers: Endgame" – After 11 years and 21 previous films, this opening chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a mighty finish with this 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

"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

"Her Smell" – Elisabeth Moss gives one of her best performances as a '90s punk-rock sensation about to hit rock bottom in this brilliant, blistering five-act drama written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. (J.C.) R

"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

"Long Day's Journey Into Night" – Chinese director Bi Gan's mind-bending second feature begins as a lovesick romantic noir and climaxes with one of the greatest poetic and technical coups in recent cinema. (J.C.)

"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

"Working Woman" – Michal Aviad's excellent feature couldn't be more relevant or contemporary, and makes compelling drama out of workplace sexual harassment; a subtle and insightful character-driven drama that will compel anyone who cares about the interplay of personalities on-screen. (K.T.) NR

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