Movies opening in L.A. this week: ‘Underwater,’ ‘Like a Boss’ and more

Kristen Stewart in “Underwater”
Kristen Stewart costars in the new aquatic thriller “Underwater.”
(Alan Markfield)

Jan. 10

The Assent
A series of bizarre events lead a single father to suspect his young son may be possessed. With Robert Kazinsky, Peter Jason, Florence Faivre, Caden Dragomer. Written and directed by Pearry Reginald Teo. (1:28) NR.

The Corrupted
An ex-con in London tries to reconnect with his family even as he get caught up in a far-ranging criminal conspiracy. With Sam Claflin, Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Spall, Naomi Ackie. Written by Nick Moorcroft. Directed by Ron Scalpello. (1:43) R.

Inherit the Viper
Three siblings eke out a living dealing opioids in their small Appalachian community. With Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva, Owen Teague, Valerie Curry, Chandler Riggs, Bruce Dern. Written by Andrew Crabtree. Directed by Anthony Jerjen. (1:30) R.

Like a Boss
Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star as cosmetics entrepreneurs whose financially shaky business is targeted for a buyout by beauty tycoon Salma Hayek. With Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Jessica St. Clair. Written by Sam Pitman, Adam Cole-Kelly; story by Pitman, Cole-Kelly, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Directed by Miguel Arteta. (1:23) R.


The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson
Drama reimagines events leading up to the 1994 killing of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman. With Mena Suvari, Nick Stahl, Taryn Manning, Agnes Bruckner, Gene Freeman. Written by Michael Arter. Directed by Daniel Farrands. (1:22) R.

Reality Queen
A fading celebutante seeks to regain her place in the spotlight. With Julia Faye West, Denise Richards, Mike Tyson, John Witherspoon, Charles Fletcher. Written by Steven Jay Bernheim, Schuyler Brumley, Chris Cobb, Gabby Gruen, Greg Lindsay, Allan Murray, John-Paul Panelli, Chandler Patton. Directed by Bernheim. (1:24) NR.

The Sonata
A young violin virtuoso inherits her long-lost father’s spooky mansion, where she discovers his diabolical final composition. With Freya Tingley, Rutger Hauer, Simon Abkarian, James Faulkner. Written by Andrew Desmond, Arthur Morin. Directed by Desmond. (1:28) NR.

Three Christs
An empathetic psychiatrist treats three men suffering from schizophrenia in 1959 Michigan. With Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Hope, Julianna Margulies. Written by Jon Avnet, Eric Nazarian. Directed by Avnet.

Aquatic researchers are menaced by mysterious creatures after an undersea earthquake destroys their laboratory. With Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, Gunner Wright. Written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad; story by Duffield. Directed by William Eubank. (1:35) PG-13.