Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases

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; restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK

“After.Life” – a young woman caught between life and death and a funeral director with intentions on burying her alive. With Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long. Written and directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo. R.

“The Black Water of Echo’s Pond” – while on vacation on a remote island in Maine, nine close friends discover a long-hidden, archaic board game in a stately Victorian home that unleashes an ancient evil that brings out the worst in each of them. With Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris and James Duval. Written by Gabriel Bologna, Sean Clark and Michael Berenson. Directed by Bologna. R.

“Breaking Upward” – a young, real-life new York couple, four years into their relationship and battling co-dependency, decide to intricately strategize their own breakup. The film loosely interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy and the madness that ensues. With Zoe Listen Jones and Daryl Wein. Directed by Wein. NR.

“Date Night” – a suburban couple whose lives have become routine reignite the marital spark by visiting a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night gone awry. With Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Written by Josh Klausner. Director by Shawn Levy. (1:28) PG-13.

“Godspeed” – After his wife and family are murdered, a small-town faith healer falls into desolation until a mysterious girl leads him into a dark journey that will ultimately reveal the truth of his family’s killings and lead to tragic, violent consequences for all. With Joseph McKelheer and Cory Knauf. Directed by Robert Saitzyk. (1:38) NR.

“La Mission” – The story of a reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic in San Francisco’s Mission District who disowns his gay son, sacrificing what means most in his life. With Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego and Talisa Soto Bratt. Written and directed by Peter Bratt. (1:47) R.

“Letters to God” – Inspired by a true story, a young boy fighting cancer finds strength and hope through writing letters to God and, in doing so, changes the lives of those around him. With Jeffrey S. Johnson, Robyn Lively, Tanner Maguire and Michael Bolten. Screenplay by Patrick Doughtie. Directed by David Nixon and Doughtie. (1:50) PG.

“Mid-August Lunch” – a middle-aged bon vivant must care for four lively grand dames in a tight quarters, keeping them well fed during Italy’s biggest holiday in a cinematic ode to the culture of food and family in Italy and the magical power of a shared meal. Starring and directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. (1:15) NR.

“Phyllis and Harold” – in a frank journey through a disastrous 59-year marriage, a filmmaker draws on a lifetime of her family’s home movies and interviews made over 12 years, mixing reportage, cinema verite and animation to uncover family secrets and tell a story that could not be shown publicly as long as her father was alive. Directed by Cindy Kleine. (1:25) NR.

“The Square” – an adulterous couple’s scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder. With David Roberts and Claire van der Boom. Directed by Nash Edgerton. (1:45) R.

Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases


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