L.A. movie openings, April 27


April 27

Adventures in Public School

Coming-of-age comedy about a formerly homeschooled teen’s awkward entry to the mainstream. With Judy Greer, Daniel Doheny, Siobhan Williams. Written by Kyle Rideout, Josh Epstein. Directed by Kyle Rideout. NR.

Avengers: Infinity War


Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos — who’s on a mission to collect the Infinity Stones. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johannson, Chadwick Boseman star. Written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on Marvel comics characters. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. (2:36) PG-13.

Backstabbing for Beginners

A young U.N. employee stumbles onto an international conspiracy. With Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset. Written by Per Fly & Daniel Pyne based on the book by Michael Soussan. Directed by Fly. (1:48) R.


Rachel Weisz stars as a New York photographer who, after her father’s death, returns to the London Orthodox Jewish community that ostracized her. With Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola. Written by Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on the novel by Naomi Alderman. Directed by Sebastián Lelio. (1:54) R.

Duck Butter


Two young women embark on an intensely intimate 24-hour romantic experiment. With Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa. Written by Miguel Arteta and Shawkat. Directed by Arteta. (1:33) NR.

The Escape of Prisoner 614

Two ex-deputies trying to regain their jobs discover the corrupt sheriff to be an even more formidable adversary than the convict they are pursuing. With Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman, George Sample III. Written and directed by Zach Golden. (1:35) NR.

The Great Silence

Restoration of director Sergio Corbucci’s 1968 Euro-western about a band of ruthless bounty hunters and the nonverbal gunfighter who opposes them. With Klaus Kinski, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Written by Vittoriano Petrilli, Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci, Sergio Corbucci. In English and Italian with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.

The House of Tomorrow


Raised in a geodesic dome on the teachings of Buckminster Fuller, a teen rebels and starts a punk band. With Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins. Written and directed by Peter Livolsi, based on the novel by Peter Bognanni. (1:25) NR.

Jet Trash

The carefree hedonism of two British ex-pats in India comes to an end when an old foe from London tracks them down. With Robert Sheehan, Osy Ikhile, Sofia Boutella. Written by Dan M Brown and Simon Lewis, based on a novel by Lewis. Directed by Charles Henri Belleville. (1:25) NR.

Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be

The 19th century novelist, poet, essayist and psychoanalyst rejects social norms and interacts with Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée, Rainer Maria Rilke and Sigmund Freud. With Katharina Lorenz, Alexander Scheer, Harold Schrott. Written and directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post. In German, Italian and Russian with English subtitles. (1:53) NR.

Modern Life is Rubbish


A couple decide to split after 10 years, but dividing their shared music collection is a sticking point. With Freya Mayor, Josh Whitehouse, Tom Riley, Ian Hart, Jessie Cave. Written by Philip Gawthorne. Directed by Daniel Jerome Gill. (1:45) NR.

The Rachel Divide

Documentary on self-described “trans racial” activist Rachel Dolezal. Directed by Laura Brownson. NR.

Shock and Awe

Journalists question President George W. Bush’s claims surrounding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. With Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Milla Jovovich, Jessica Biel, Tommy Lee Jones, Rob Reiner, Luke Tennie, Richard Schiff. Written by Joey Hartstone. Directed by Rob Reiner. (1:30) NR.



A former child actor, an animation voice-over actor, a comic book artist and an ’80s TV star team for revenge when they get banned from a comics convention. With Ryan Kwanten, Maggie Grace, Clancy Brown, Russell Peters, Mike Epps, Brooks Braselman, John Malkovich. Written by Knutson, Andy Sipes, Dana Snyder. Directed by Knutson. R.

This is Our Land

Populism arises in the north of France when a single, working-class mom is drafted to run for mayor of a town. With Emilie Dequenne, André Dussolier, Guillaume Gouix, Catherine Jacob. Written by Lucas Belvaux and Jérôme Leroy. Directed by Belvaux. In French with English subtitles. (1:54) NR.


An 18th-century South American-born Spanish military officer submits to a parade of governors as he waits years and years for a letter from the king that would grant him a long-desired transfer. With Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele. Written and directed by Lucretia Martel, based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:25) NR.


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