A Star Is Born (R for sexuality, nudity, substance abuse and pervasive profanity) Third remake of the 1937 classic revolves around an established country singer (Bradley Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with an aspiring artist (Lady Gaga). With Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay.
The Hate U Give (PG-13 for violence, profanity, drug use and mature themes) Adaptation of Angie Thomas' best seller about a Black prep school student (Amandla Stenberg) whose life is shattered when she witnesses the shooting of her best friend (Algee Smith) by a white cop. Ensemble cast includes Common, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby.
Venom (PG-13 for profanity, action and intense violence) Tom Hardy plays the title character in this Marvel Comics origins tale about an investigative journalist who develops a frightening alter-ego after coming into contact with an alien. Cast includes Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson and Jenny Slate.
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS
The Happy Prince (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic nudity and brief drug use) Rupert Everett wrote, directed and stars in this poignant biopic revisiting the last days in the life of Oscar Wilde which the literary genius spent exiled in France and Italy. With Emily Watson, Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson. (In English, Italian and French with subtitles)
Heavy Trip (Unrated) Road comedy about an unknown garage band that travels from Finland to Norway to perform at a popular heavy metal festival. Co-starring Johannes Holopainen, Ville Hilska, Antti Heikinnen and Samuli Jaskio. (In Finnish, English and Norwegian with subtitles)
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Unrated) Reverential rapumentary chronicling 22 years in the life of iconoclastic, Sri Lankan singer/songwriter/producer/hip-hop artist M.I.A.
Loving Pablo (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Javier Bardem portrays Pablo Escobar in this romance drama chronicling the Colombian crime boss' four-year affair with a TV reporter (Penelope Cruz). With Peter Saragaard, Julieth Restrepo and Oscar Jaenada. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)
Over the Limit (Unrated) Olympic dreams documentary, set in 2015, revolving around rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun's training to make the Russian National Team. (In Russian with subtitles)
Shine (R for profanity) Inner city saga, set in Spanish Harlem, about the tensions which arise between long-estranged siblings (Jorge Burgos and Gilbert Saldivar) when one returns to the 'hood as a realtor with gentrification in mind. With Kimberli Flores, David Zayas and Alysia Reiner.
Studio 54 (Unrated) Revealing retrospective offering a behind-the-scenes look inside the exclusive nightclub which came to symbolize the hedonism of the ‘70s. Featuring archival footage and interviews with co-founders Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell.