Movie recommendations from critics Justin Chang and Kenneth Turan.
Ant-Man and the Wasp A bright, cheery distraction from darker, heavier Marvel Studios outings, this Peyton Reed-directed sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man” reunites Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly in a superhero caper of deliberately low stakes and enormous charm. (Justin Chang) PG-13
The Cakemaker A provocative, unexpected and very moving German-Israeli coproduction that is as unusual a love story as you are likely to find. (Kenneth Turan) NR
Eighth Grade Starring a superb Elsie Fisher as a girl about to graduate from the eighth grade, writer-director Bo Burnham’s debut feature paints a beautifully, painfully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood. (Justin Chang) R
Gavagai A German traveler (Andreas Lust) heads to Norway on a journey of loss and letting go in this haunting, melancholy film shot in beautifully supple, flowing long takes by the director and cinematographer Rob Tregenza. (Justin Chang) NR
Hereditary Anchored by a bravura performance from Toni Collette, writer-director Ari Aster’s devastating, implacably terrifying film depicts an American family coming apart after tragedy. (Justin Chang) R
Incredibles 2 There is good news in the world tonight: Writer-director Brad Bird has brought everyone’s favorite superhero family back to the big screen, and we are all better off for it. (Kenneth Turan) PG
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Led by a vivacious star turn from Lily James, Ol Parker’s sequel to “Mamma Mia!” is a thoroughly unexpected delight, an ABBA jukebox musical that improves on its dreadful 2008 predecessor in every respect. (Justin Chang) PG-13
Puzzle Kelly Macdonald, one of the best actors out there and a perennial costar (“Trainspotting,” “No Country for Old Men”), steps out and shows us what she can do on a bigger stage. Working with Indian star Irrfan Khan, she is a knockout as a suburban housewife who discovers herself through an unexpected mastery of jigsaw puzzles. (Kenneth Turan) R.
RBG One of the great services that this clear-eyed and admiring documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides is to emphasize not just her work on the court but also how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there. (Kenneth Turan) NR
Sorry to Bother You Rapper-activist Boots Riley’s joyous dystopian cackle of a directing debut stars a superb Lakeith Stanfield as an Oakland telemarketer who stumbles into that arrestingly surreal zone where racial identity, class rage and corporate malfeasance intersect. (Justin Chang) R
Three Identical Strangers A scientific and philosophical inquiry by way of a detective story, Tim Wardle’s intensely compelling documentary tells the twistier-by-the-minute story of identical triplet boys who found each other 19 years after being separated at birth. (Justin Chang) PG-13
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The goal of this exemplary documentary is not to tell the story of TV host Fred Rogers’ life but to show the way of someone whose formidable task was, in his own words, “to make goodness attractive” and made it happen. (Kenneth Turan) PG-13