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.
Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Justin Chang (J.C.), Rebecca Keegan (R.K.), Mark Olsen (M.O.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Kevin Crust.
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"Alone in Berlin" - After their son is killed in World War II, a middle-aged German couple become activists spreading an anti-Nazi message across the city via postcards. With Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl. Written and directed by Vincent Perez, based on the novel "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada.
"The Ardennes" - Belgian drama about inept criminal brothers whose bond is threatened by betrayal. With Jeroen Perceval, Kevin Janssens, Veerle Baetens and Jan Bijvoet. Written by Robin Pront and Jeroen Perceval. Directed by Pront. In Flemish, French and Dutch with English subtitles. (1:33) NR.
"Bad Kids of Crestview Academy" - A group of kids serving Saturday detention at their prestigious school lock up the teacher but are gruesomely victimized one by one when they try to escape. With Drake Bell, Sean Astin, Gina Gershon, Sammi Hanratty. Written by Barry Wernick, James R. Hallam, story by Wernick, based on the graphic novel by Wernick and Matthew Spradlin. Directed by Ben Browder. (1:40) R.
"The Bye Bye Man" - Three college students unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity. With Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, Douglas Smith. Written by Jonathan Penner, based on a short story by Robert Damon Schneck. Directed by Stacy Title. (1:36) PG-13.
"Claire in Motion" - Following the mysterious disappearance of her husband, a woman begins to unspool his life and learns how little she knew about him. With Betsy Brandt, Chris Beetem, Zev Haworth. Written and directed by Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson. (1:23) NR.
"The Crash" - The U.S. government recruits a corrupt stock trader to stop a massive cyber attack on the nation's stock markets. With Dianna Agron, Minnie Driver, Frank Grillo, John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, AnnaSophia Robb, Mary McCormack, Ed Westwick, Andrew James Allen and Christopher McDonald. Written and directed by Aram Rappaport. (1:24) R.
"48 Hours to Live" - A troubled man haunts the L.A. club scene looking for his sister's killer. With Tommy Flanagan, Cody Longo, Danielle Savre. Written by Rashid El Amin, Gregory Ramon Anderson, Hannah Macpherson. Directed by Benny Boom. (1:40) NR.
"Monster Trucks" - Determined to escape the town where he grew up, a high school senior builds a vehicle from salvaged parts and encounters an unusual subterranean creature, who quickly becomes an ally. With Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper. Written by Derek Connolly. Story by Matthew Robinson and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger. Directed by Chris Wedge. (1:44) PG.
"100 Streets" - A retired rugby player, a small-time drug dealer and a cab driver face life challenges as their lives connect in a one-square-mile section of London. With Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Charlie Creed-Miles. Written by Leon Butler. Directed by Jim O'Hanlon. (1:33) NR.
"One Piece Film: Gold" - Captain Luffy and the Straw Hat pirates seek riches from the glittering city of Gran Tesoro in this animated adventure based on the popular manga series. With voices by Colleen Clinkenbeard, Christopher R. Sabat, Luci Christian. Directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto. (2:00) NR.
"Reset" - Documentary followed choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied after he became the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Featuring Nico Muhly, Aurelie Dupont, Iris van Herpen. Directed by Thierry Demaiziere and Alban Teurlai. (1:49) NR.
"Sleepless" - Jamie Foxx plays a Las Vegas undercover police officer caught between crooked cops and a gangster-controlled casino underground. With Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union. Written by Andrea Berloff. Directed by Baran "Bo" Odar. (1:35) R.
"Top Coat Cash" - On the run from the mob, an MMA fighter flees Las Vegas for his hometown of Kansas City and gets involved in a series of dangerous bank heists. With David Tittone, Katrina Ann Volonnino, Jessi Burkette. Written by Tittone and David Torre. Directed by Tittone. (1:45) NR.
"We Are the Flesh" - A brother and sister are enslaved by a deranged hermit in his post-apocalyptic lair. With Noe Hernandez, Maria Evoli, Diego Gamaliel. Written and directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter. (1:19) NR.
"Arrival" - Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence, visual style and heart. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"The Eagle Huntress" - A portrait of a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia who defies eons of tradition by learning to hunt with fierce golden eagles is a documentary so satisfying it makes you feel good about feeling good. (K.Tu.) G.
"The Edge of Seventeen" - Hailee Steinfeld gives a superb performance as a high-school misfit in Kelly Fremon Craig's disarmingly smart teen dramedy, the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. (J.C.) R.
"Elle" - Paul Verhoeven's brilliantly booby-trapped new thriller starring Isabelle Huppert is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners. (J.C.) R.
"The Handmaiden" - The most absorbing feature in years from the South Korean director Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy") is a teasingly witty and elegant puzzle-box of a thriller about two women (played by Kim Tae-ri and Kim Min-hee) pursuing their destinies in 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea. (J.C.) NR.
"Jackie" - Star Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy and director Pablo Larrain brilliantly pull back the curtain on one of the most public of private lives. (K.Tu.) R.
"La La Land" - Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same. (J.C.) PG-13.
"Loving" - Beautifully acted by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, this involving, socially conscious Jeff Nichols drama shows the personal lives of the interracial couple whose marriage led to the 1967 Supreme Court ruling that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional. (K.Tu.) PG-13.
"Manchester by the Sea" - Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan's drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams is both heartbreaking and heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity, and its access to despair. (K.Tu.) R.
"Moonlight" - Superb filmmaking and an exceptional level of emotional honesty universalizes a very specific coming-of-age experience, that of a gay black man growing from child to adult starting in 1980s Miami's crack cocaine epidemic years. (K.Tu.) R.
"Neruda" - Pablo Larrain's intoxicating puzzle of a movie is less a straightforward biopic of the great Chilean poet (played by Luis Gnecco) than a rigorous and imaginative investigation of his inner world. (J.C.) R.
"Paterson" _Jim Jarmusch's wonderfully serene and beguiling movie is a portrait of a young artist refining his craft, drawing impressions from his everyday existence and coaxing them into a pleasing and provocative shape. (J.C.) R.
"Silence" - Martin Scorsese's wrenching adaptation of Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel, about 17th century Portuguese priests experiencing a crisis of faith in feudal Japan, ponders the dogmas and mysteries of Christian faith with astonishing rigor and seriousness. (J.C.) R.
"Toni Erdmann" - Sandra Huller and Peter Simonischek give splendid performances as a high-strung businesswoman and her screw-loose dad in this magnificently unpredictable comedy from the German writer-director Maren Ade. (J.C.) R.
"Things to Come" - The great Isabelle Huppert and director Mia Hansen-Love combine for a film about a woman newly on her own. Its quiet satisfactions very much sneak up on you. (K.Tu.) PG-13
"20th Century Women" - Writer-director Mike Mills' http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/la-en-mn-1215-on-writing-20th-century-women-20161208-story.htmllovingly fictionalized snapshot of his late-1970s adolescence belongs to Annette Bening and her marvelously suggestive and layered performance. (J.C.) R.