Just Released January 21 —

PAIN AND GLORY
R/Drama/Dir: Pedro Almodóvar (Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz) Widely acclaimed film about a film director — whose life parallels Almodóvar’s in many particulars — whose career is in decline. In physical and emotional pain, depressed and drug-dependent, he seeks to make peace with his past, which is vividly depicted in a series of flashbacks.

Recent Releases —

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PG-13/Adventure/Dir: James Gray (Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga) Astronaut Roy McBride is on a mission to Mars in search of his astronaut father, who disappeared on a doomed expedition 30 years earlier. Roy has long believed his father dead but comes to believe he is not only alive, but behind an attack on Earth that threatens the universe.

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT PG-13/Comedy/Dir: Gurinder Chadha (Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra) A British teen of Pakistani descent writes poetry to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, he discovers an outlet for his pent-up dreams.

THE FAREWELL PG/Comedy, Drama/ Dir: Lulu Wang (Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin) Originally a segment on “This American Life,” “The Farewell” tells the true story of a benign lie and its effects. Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi returns to China with her family to see her grandmother, ill with cancer, for the last time. However, her family members are determined not to reveal this and tell the matriarch they are coming for a wedding.

THE GOLDFINCH R/Drama/Dir: John Crowley (Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman) A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize­–winning novel by Donna Tartt.

LUCE R/Drama, Mystery/Dir: Julius Onah (Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) An all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce is a poster boy for the new American Dream as are his parents, who adopted him from a war-torn country a decade earlier. When Luce’s teacher makes a shocking discovery in his locker his stellar reputation is called into question. But is he really at fault, or is Ms. Wilson preying on dangerous stereotypes?

JOKER R/Crime, Drama/ Dir: Todd Phillips (Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz) A new story plumbs the psyche of the arch villain known from Batman comics and films. Clown Arthur Fleck, who aspires without success to be a stand-up comic, becomes a killer who terrorizes Gotham. The film won top prize at Venice International Film Festival; it has also sparked claims that it could inspire violence.

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL PG/Adventure/ Dir: Joachim Rønning (Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer) Sequel to the 2014 film. Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora find themselves on opposite sides of an impending war, threatening their bond.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD R/Drama/Dir: Quentin Tarantino (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie) In 1969 Los Angeles, everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. Multiple storylines pay a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? PG-13/Comedy, Drama/Dir: Richard Linklater (Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne) Based on the best-selling novel by Maria Semple, the film depicts an anxious, eccentric and not-very-nice mother who was once a celebrated architect but hasn’t worked in 20 years. When her beloved daughter asks for a family trip to Antarctica, mom says yes, then disappears — leaving her daughter to find clues to where she went and who she really is.

YESTERDAY PG-13/Musical Comedy/Dir: Danny Boyle (Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino) A young man wakes up in an alternate universe where no one has ever heard of the Beatles or their music. Unable to believe it, he takes full advantage of the situation and becomes a worldwide music phenom enjoying all the hedonistic joys his position deserves. But being a decent guy, he is unable to leverage his newfound position to the max.