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New movies in L.A. this week: ‘Official Secrets’ with Keira Knightley and more

Keira Knightley in “Official Secrets”
Keira Knightley stars in the new fact-based drama “Official Secrets.”
(Nick Wall / IFC Films)

Here is a list of new movies opening the week of Aug. 25-Sept. 1:

AUG. 30

Angel of Mine
A woman grieving the death of her daughter comes to believe the girl is still alive. With Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski, Luke Evans. Written by Luke Davies, David Regal. Directed by Kim Farrant. (1:38) R.

Before You Know It
Two sisters discover that their long-dead mother is actually alive and starring on a soap opera. With Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter, Alec Baldwin. Written by Utt, Tullock. Directed by Utt. (1:38) NR.

Bennett’s War
A soldier discharged after being severely injured in an explosion returns to motocross racing in a bid to save the family farm. With Michael Roark, Trace Adkins, Ali Afshar. Written and directed by Alex Ranarivelo. (1:35) PG-13.

Don’t Let Go
A detective’s recently murdered niece calls him in an attempt to prevent her death. With David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Alfred Molina, Brian Tyree Henry, Byron Mann. Written and directed by Jacob Estes; story by Estes, Drew Daywalt. (1:43) NR.

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The Fanatic
A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero. With John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja, Jacob Grodnik, James Paxton. Written by Fred Durst, Dave Bekerman. Directed by Durst. (1:28) R.

Friedkin Uncut
Documentary salutes William Friedkin, director of such classic films as “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist.” With Ellen Burstyn, Wes Anderson, Gina Gershon, Dario Argento, Matthew McConaughey, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francesco Zippel. (1:47) NR.

Give Me Liberty
A medical transport driver takes his clients, including a young woman with ALS, on an unexpected detour when he has to ferry his Russian grandfather and others to a funeral. With Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Chris Galust, Maksim Stoyanov. Written by Alice Austen, Kirill Mikhanovsky. Directed by Mikhanovsky. In English, Russian with English subtitles. (1:50) NR.

Itsy Bitsy
A live-in nurse and her two children move into an elderly man’s secluded mansion where they are menaced by a giant spider. With Elizabeth Roberts, Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Arman Darbo, Chloe Perrin. Written by Jason Alvino, Bryan Dick, Micah Gallo; story by Gallo. Directed by Gallo. (1:34) NR.

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Last Ferry
A young gay lawyer vacationing on Fire Island witnesses a murder after being drugged and robbed. With Ramon O. Torres, Myles Clohessy, Sheldon Best. Written by Torres. Directed by Jaki Bradley. (1:26) NR.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Documentary profiles the iconic and iconoclastic jazz trumpeter and bandleader. Directed by Stanley Nelson. (1:50) NR.

Official Secrets
A British whistle-blower risks her freedom, her marriage and her life to stop an unjust war. With Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Conleth Hill. Written by Gavin Hood, Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein; based on a book by Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell. Directed by Hood. (1:52) R.

Olivia
Re-release of filmmaker Jacqueline Audry’s 1950 drama about an English teen who finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between the headmistress and a female mathematics instructor at a girls boarding school in 19th-century France. With Marie-Claire Olivia, Simone Simon, Edwige Feuillère, Philippe Noiret. Written by Colette Audry, Pierre Laroche; based on a novel by Dorothy Bussy. In French with English subtitles. (1:38) NR.

The Plagiarists
A young writer and her filmmaker boyfriend have a curious encounter with the middle-aged African American man who puts them up for the night after their car breaks down. With Lucy Kaminsky, Eamon Monaghan, William Michael Payne. Written by James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Robin Schavoir. Directed by Peter Parlow. (1:16) NR.

Santa Girl
Santa’s daughter finds romance when she leaves the North Pole for a semester at college. With Jennifer Stone, Barry Bostwick, Devon Werkheiser, Hank Stone, Lydia Meredith, Joshua Cody. Written by Patricia Harrington. Directed by Blayne Weaver. (1:30) NR.

Spider in the Web
A veteran Israeli spy finds himself under a cloud of suspicion. With Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci, Itay Tiran. Written by Gidon Maron, Emmanuel Naccache. Directed by Eran Riklis. (1:53) NR.

Tabernacle 101
An Australian blogger and his scientist girlfriend inadvertently unleash dark forces when they attempt to debunk the concept of an afterlife. With David Hov, Elly Hiraani Clapin, Mikaela Franco. Written and directed by Colm O’Murchu. (1:38) NR.

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Vita & Virginia
Socialite Vita Sackville-West and novelist Virginia Woolf embark on a torrid love affair in 1920s Britain. With Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini. Written by Chanya Button, Eileen Atkins; based on the letters of Woolf, Sackville-West. Directed by Button. (1:50) NR.


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