In a remote village where a church and a mosque stand side by side, the town's women come up with clever ruses to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. With Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Layla Hakim and Nadine Labaki. Written by Labaki, Jihad Hojeily and Rodney Al Haddad. Directed by Labaki. In Arabic, Russian and English, with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics

May 16

The Dictator

A political strongman will stop at nothing to keep democracy out of his oppressed nation. With Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris andJohn C. Reilly. Written by Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. Directed by Larry Charles. Paramount Pictures

May 18

Battleship

Naval officers participate in a global effort to fight off invading aliens. With Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard and Rihanna. Written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. Directed by Peter Berg. Universal Pictures

Hysteria

In Victorian London, a forward-thinking young doctor deals with a job treating hysterical women, an engagement to his employer's demure daughter, a secret attraction to her outspoken older sister and an affliction that threatens his career. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Felicity Jones. Written by Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer and Howard Gensler. Directed by Tanya Wexler. Sony Pictures Classics

Lovely Molly

When a newlywed wife and her husband move into the young woman's long-abandoned childhood home, she encounters frightening reminders of a nightmarish upbringing. With Gretchen Lodge, Alexandra Holden and Johnny Lewis. Written and directed by Eduardo Sanchez. Image Entertainment

Natural Selection

A barren Christian housewife in suburban Texas is shocked by her husband's near-death revelation that he has an illegitimate adult son in Florida, whom she then sets out to reunite with him before he passes. With Rachael Harris, Matt O'Leary, Jon Gries and John Diehl. Written and directed by Robbie Pickering. Cinema Guild

Polisse

A close-knit team of officers working in the child-protection unit of the Parisian police force deal with their demanding line of work and its toll on their personal lives. With Karin Viard, Marina Fois and Nicolas Duvauchelle. Written by Emmanuelle Bercot and Maiwenn. Directed by Maiwenn. In French with English subtitles. Sundance Selects

Virginia

The intertwining relationships between a mentally unstable mother, her illegitimate teenage son, the local sheriff and his daughter threaten to reveal the secrets of a boardwalk town. With Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Toby Jones and Amy Madigan. Written and directed by Dustin Lance Black. Entertainment One

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Five couples have their interconnected lives turned upside down by impending parenthood. With Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Chace Crawford. Written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach. Directed by Kirk Jones. Lionsgate

May 25