OPENING THIS WEEK
“After Auschwitz” — Documentary directed by Jon Kean. “After Auschwitz” captures what it means to survive and try to life a normal life after unspeakable tragedy. Six extraordinary women who all survived Auschwitz take us on a journey that American audiences have never seen before. Passion River Films
“Alex & the List” — Romantic comedy with Patrick Fugit, Jennifer Morrison, Karen Gillan. Having decided to pop the question, Alex is blindsided when Katherine produces a detailed list of well-thought-out “improvements” she feels will tweak Alex on their way to becoming the ideal couple. Gravitas Ventures
“American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs” — Documentary directed by Yale Strom. First Run Features
“Bad Samaritan” — Crime thriller with David Tennant. A pair of burglars stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob. Directed by Dean Devlin. Electric Entertainment
“The Cleanse” — Fantasy comedy-drama with Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner, Oliver Platt, Anjelica Huston. A heartbroken man attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. There he meets a fellow lost soul, and together they discover that “the cleanse” releases more than everyday toxins ... a lot more. Vertical Entertainment
“The Con is On” — Comedy with Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Alice Eve, Parker Posey, Maggie Q, Crispin Glover, Sofia Vergara, Stephen Fry. In an effort to avoid paying off a massive gambling debt to a notorious mobster in England, a couple flees to Los Angeles and hatch a jewel theft plot. Lionsgate
“Gehenna: Where Death Lives” — Horror-suspense with Doug Jones. A group visits Saipan to search for locations for their company’s newest resort. As they find what they think is the perfect spot, they discover a hidden bunker on the property, which they decide to explore. However, they soon find out that curiosity can kill. As each member faces their most private secrets and the secrets of the bunker itself, the results lead to a most shocking conclusion.
“In the Last Days of the City” — Drama directed by Tamer El Said. A documentary filmmaker in Cairo is having difficulty finishing his film, so his friends send him footage from the cities they live in: Baghdad, Beirut, and Berlin.
“Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc” — Historical drama written and directed by Bruno Dumont, based on novels by Charles Peguy. France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.
“Le Corbeau” — Restored version of 1943 French crime drama directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. A French village doctor becomes a target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.
“Let the Sunshine In” — Juliette Binoche stars as a divorced Parisian painter who tires of the disappointing men she dates. With Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko. Written by Christine Argot, Claire Denis. Directed by Denis.
“Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story” — Documentary directed by Ashley Bell. Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert, embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old captive blind Asian elephant and bring her to freedom.
“Overboard” — A debauched Mexican billionaire falls off his yacht, wakes with amnesia and is convinced by the woman who cleans his boat that he’s her working-class husband in this reboot of the 1987 Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell comedy. With Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah. Written by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg, Leslie Dixon. Directed by Greenberg. MGM / Pantelion Films / Lionsgate
“Racer and the Jailbird” — European crime drama directed by Michael R. Roskam. Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high-flying gangster, and Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver with very upper-class roots.
“Ray Meets Helen” — Romantic drama with Keith Carradine, Sondra Locke, Samantha Mathis. In bizarre, unrelated turns of events, Ray and Helen each happen upon large sums of money that give them the chance to re-invent themselves. Directed by Alan Rudolph.
“RBG” — Documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Co-directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen. Magnolia Pictures
“Son of Bigfoot” — Animated. Teenage outsider Adam sets out on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot! He has been hiding deep in the forest for years to protect himself and his family from HairCo., a giant corporation eager to run scientific experiments with his special DNA. As father and son start making up for lost time after the boy’s initial disbelief, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know, HairCo. is on their tail as Adam’s traces have led them to Bigfoot!
“The Test & the Art of Thinking” — Documentary directed by Michael Arlen Davis. Abramorama
“Train to Zakopane” — Romantic drama with Tanna Frederick. Written and directed by Henry Jaglom. A successful young Russian businessman meets a captivating nurse in the Polish army on a train trip to Warsaw and is faced with a life-changing dilemma when he discovers that the nurse he is drawn to — and who is enchanted by him — is fiercely anti-Semitic. Will he reveal to her he is Jewish? Will he move toward love, or will he move toward revenge?
“Tully” — “Juno” writer Diablo Cody reunites with director Jason Reitman for a comedy about a night nurse who provides a stressed-out mother of three unexpected relief. With Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston. Written by Diablo Cody. Directed by Jason Reitman. Focus Features
“The 12th Man” — WWII thriller with Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away. IFC Midnight
“Annihilation” — Natalie Portman plays a biologist who joins an all-female expedition into the heart of an environmental disaster zone in this eerily beautiful and hypnotically unsettling mind-bender from “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland. (J.C.) R.
“Keep the Change” — By making her lead lovers autistic and by casting autistic actors, writer-director Rachel Israel manages to make romance in New York City feel fresh with a film that feels more authentic in the process. (Kimber Myers) NR.
“A Quiet Place” — A family faces terror in the woods. With Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds. Written by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and Krasinski. Directed by Krasinski. (1:30) PG-13.
“The Rider” — Brady Jandreau, a Lakota cowboy from South Dakota, enacts a version of his own harrowing story of loss and recovery in writer-director Chloe Zhao’s stunningly lyrical Western, a seamless and deeply moving blend of narrative and documentary film techniques. (J.C.) R.
“You Were Never Really Here” — This grim, artful New York crime thriller about a tormented thug-for-hire (a rivetingly contained Joaquin Phoenix) confirms writer-director Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) as one of the most exciting and exacting film stylists of her generation. (J.C.)