Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Steve James' compelling documentary on how a small bank in New York's Chinatown became the only one to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. (Kenneth Turan) NR.
Beatriz at Dinner Salma Hayek gives perhaps the best performance of her career as an empathetic holistic healer who comes face-to-face with a rotten billionaire real-estate mogul (a marvelous John Lithgow) in this queasily funny and suspenseful dark comedy from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White. (Justin Chang) R.
Churchill Brian Cox, in a towering, Oscar-caliber performance, proves the literal beating heart of this superb look at iconic statesman Winston Churchill's torturous days leading up to the pivotal D-Day landings of June 6, 1944. (Gary Goldstein) PG.
The Death of Louis XIV A mesmerizing performance by Jean-Pierre Léaud is the centerpiece of director Albert Serra's hypnotically grueling and often darkly funny portrait of the Sun King's final weeks. (Justin Chang) NR.
It Comes at Night Confirming the filmmaking skill of writer-director Trey Edward Shults ("Krisha"), this nightmarish post-apocalyptic thriller about two families seeking refuge in the wilderness is a tour de force of narrative economy, etched in dim light and implacable shadows. (Justin Chang) R.
My Cousin Rachel Daphne Du Maurier's melodramatic thriller of a novel is turned into a triumphant exercise in dark and delicious romantic ambiguity courtesy of an extremely persuasive performance by Rachel Weisz. (Kenneth Turan) PG-13.
Norman: The Modern Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Subtle, unsettling, slyly amusing, Israeli director Joseph Cedar's first English-language film provides Richard Gere with a splendid role as a hustler forever on the make in Manhattan. (Kenneth Turan) R.