Movie openings in L.A. this week: ‘The Current War’ and more


Oct. 24

One Piece: Stampede
Pirates from around the world seek a lost treasure in this anime tale. Written by Takashi Otsuka, Atsuhiro Tomioka; story by Eiichiro Oda. Directed by Otsuka. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:41) NR.

Oct. 25

Black and Blue
A black female rookie cop in New Orleans witnesses fellow officers committing a murder. With Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp, Nafessa Williams. Written by Peter A. Dowling. Directed by Deon Taylor. (1:48) NR.

The Bronx, USA
Documentary celebrates the history and diversity of the New York City borough. With Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell. Directed by Danny Gold. (1:25) NR.


By the Grace of God
Three men take action against the priest who abused them as young boys. With Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud. Written and directed by Francois Ozon. In French with English subtitles. (2:17) NR.

The Cat and the Moon
A teen whose mother is in rehab goes to NYC to stay with his late father’s friend, a jazz musician. With Alex Wolff, Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, Stefania LaVie Owen. Written and directed by Wolff. (1:54) NR.

A mysterious phone app claims to predict the moment a person will die. With Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, Peter Facinelli. Written and directed by Justin Dec. (1:30) PG-13.

The Current War — Director’s Cut
Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikolai Tesla square off in a race to illuminate the modern world. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen. Written by Michael Mitnick. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. (1:47) PG-13.

Fantastic Fungi
Documentary explores the medicinal and environmental benefits of mushrooms. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg. (1:21) NR.

A Nigerian youngster raised by a white working-class family in the U.K. joins a skinhead gang. With Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, John Dagleish, Jaime Winstone, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Written and directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. (1:41) R.


A terminally ill French actress and her family vacation together in a quaint town in Portugal. With Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear. Written by Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias. Directed by Sachs. In English, French, Portuguese with English subtitles. (1:38) NR.

The Gallows Act II
An aspiring actress and others summon a dark presence in this sequel to the 2015 horror flick. With Ema Horvath, Chris Milligan, Brittany Falardeau. Written and directed by Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing. (1:39) R.

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Documentary paints an intimate portrait of the country music legend. Directed by Thom Zimny. (1:34) NR.

Girl on the Third Floor
A family man finds horrors in the rundown mansion he’s trying to renovate. With Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Elissa Dowling. Written by Travis Stevens; story by Ben Parker, Paul Johnstone. Directed by Stevens. (1:33) NR.

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace
Documentary showcases the golden age of the great movie theaters in the years between the World Wars, their subsequent decline and later efforts to preserve them. Directed by April Wright. (1:24) NR.

The Great Alaskan Race
A champion musher and his team of sled dogs race to deliver medication to combat a diphtheria outbreak in 1920s Nome, Alaska. With Brian Presley, Brad Leland, Treat Williams, Henry Thomas, Brea Bree, Bruce Davison. Written and directed by Presley. (1:27) PG.


The Kill Team
A young U.S. soldier in Afghanistan faces a moral dilemma when other members of his platoon kill innocent civilians on the orders of their sadistic commanding officer. With Nat Wolff, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Long, Rob Morrow. Written and directed by Dan Krauss. (1:27) R.

The Last Color
A young street performer grows up to be an activist challenging the caste system in her native India. With Neena Gupta. Written by Vikas Khanna, Vibhav Srivastava. Directed by Vikas Khanna. In Hindi with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Sound designers and filmmakers discuss the use of sound in the movies in this documentary. With George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee. Directed by Midge Costin. (1:34) NR.

Paradise Hills
A young woman from a wealthy family is shipped off to a futuristic finishing school on a remote island. With Emma Roberts, Danielle Macdonald, Awkwafina, Jeremy Irvine, Milla Jovovich. Written by Nacho Vigalondo, Brian DeLeeuw; story by Alice Waddington. Directed by Waddington. (1:35) NR.

A cosmic anomaly alters reality in disturbing ways in this sci-fi/horror anthology. With Deanna Russo, Ptolemy Slocum, Neil Hopkins. Written by Sebastian Bendix, Liam O’Donnell, Timo Tjahjanto, Christopher White. Directed by Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, O’Donnell, Tjahjanto. (1:25) NR.

An attorney in a heterosexual relationship finds himself attracted to a male friend of his sister’s. With René Mena, Mike C. Manning, Eric Roberts, Linda Gray, Vanessa Vasquez. Written by Tyler Frech, James Helsing, René Mena, Lashawn Williams. Directed by Helsing. (1:30) NR.


Documentary on Greenpeace co-founder Capt. Paul Watson and his mission to save the ocean’s wildlife and ecosystems. Directed by Lesley Chilcott. (1:39) NR.

Western Stars
Bruce Springsteen, backed by a band and a full orchestra, performs the 13 songs from his latest album, touching on personal themes and the American West. Directed by Thom Zimny, Springsteen. Written by Springsteen, Patti Scialfa. (1:23) PG.

Documentary follows a Chinese woman’s crusade to find justice for poor villagers who contracted AIDS as part of a government-sponsored blood drive. Directed by Andy Cohen, Gaylen Ross. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1:38) NR.