Movies opening in L.A. this week: Blake Lively in ‘The Rhythm Section’ and more

Blake Lively in "The Rhythm Section"
Blake Lively stars in the action thriller “The Rhythm Section.”
(Bernard Walsh / Paramount Pictures)

Jan. 31

2020 Oscar Shorts
A survey of short films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. Animated (1:25); live action (1:44); documentary: (2:40) (NR)

The Assistant
A junior assistant to a powerful executive gets a crash course in the indignities and abuses in the entertainment industry. With Julia Garner, Matthew MacFadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth. Written and directed by Kitty Green. (1:25) R.

A celebrated pianist in the twilight of his career gets a new lease on life thanks to a female music critic several years his junior. With Patrick Stewart, Katie Holmes, Giancarlo Esposito, Drew Davis, Catherine St. Laurent, Paul Van Dyck. Written by Louis Godbout. Directed by Claude Lalonde. (1:37) NR.

Gretel & Hansel
A young girl and her little brother find terror in the deep woods in this reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. With Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey, Jessica De Gouw, Alice Krige. Written by Rob Hayes. Directed by Oz Perkins. (1:27) PG-13.

Heavy Water
Big-wave surfer Nathan Fletcher explores the evolution of his sport in this documentary. Written and directed by Michael Oblowitz. (1:24) NR.


The Rhythm Section
A woman seeks vengeance against those who plotted the plane crash that killed her family. With Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown. Written by Mark Burnell. Directed by Reed Morano. (1:47) R.

The Traitor
Fact-based drama about a made man turned informant whose testimony dealt a serious blow to the Sicilian mafia in the early 1980s. With Pierfrancesco Favino, Fausto Russo Alesi. Written by Marco Bellocchio, Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi. Directed by Bellocchio. In Italian, Sicilian, Portuguese, English with English subtitles. (2:25) R.

The Wonderland
A shy sixth-grader meets an alchemist and his assistant who take her on a fantastical journey in this anime tale. With the voices of Mayu Matsuoka, Masachika Ichimura. Written by Miho Maruo; based on the novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba. Directed by Keiichi Hara. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:56) NR.