Movies, Big And Small, Playing In Hartford Area

OPENING FRIDAY

Boy Erased: Lucas Hedges drama about a teen forced into gay conversion therapy. Limited release. R.

Deconstructing the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour: Documentary lesson about the classic album. Real Art Ways.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Eddie Redmayne fantasy based on the novels of J.K. Rowling. Wide release. PG-13.

Instant Family: Rose Byrne-Mark Wahlberg comedy about a couple that adopts three children. Wide release. PG-13.

A Private War: Rosamund Pike portrays journalist Marie Colvin in this biopic. Limited release. R.

Prospect: Sci-fi adventure about people competing to mine gems on a planet. Real Art Ways.

Widows: Viola Davis crime thriller about three widows of criminals. Wide release. R.

STILL SHOWING

Beautiful Boy: Drama, R. Steve Carell story of a family dealing with addiction combines truth and contrivance.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Biopic, PG-13. Rami Malek portrays Freddie Mercury in a film that is flashy but doesn’t delve into the character much.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Biopic, R. Melissa McCarthy is brilliant in this fact-based drama about a forger.

Free Solo: Doc. Chronicle of a man climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan is an exhilarating story.

The Girl in the Spider's Web: Thriller, R. Claire Foy portrays “Dragon Tattoo” heroine Lisbeth Salander in a movie whose supposed feminist agenda is crude and low-minded.

The Grinch: Animation, PG. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch in this film that touches on the horrors of capitalism but is still quite shallow.

The Hate U Give: Crime drama, PG-13. Story of an African-American woman who witnesses her best friend’s murder is the most essential movie of the year.

In Search of Greatness: Documentary, PG-13. Profiles of top-ranking athletes, including Wayne Gretzsky and Pele is self-analytical and honest.

Nobody's Fool: Comedy, R. Tiffany Haddish can’t save Tyler Perry’s messed-up story of an online relationship.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Fantasy, PG. Disney retelling of the Christmas tale strips all the charm out of the classic story.

Overlord: Action, R. Drama about American soldiers on D-Day is a patriotism booster shot and a throwback to a time of moral clarity.

A Star is Born: Musical, R. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga story of a singing couple is a heartfelt melodrama from an old template.

Venom: Sci-fi, PG-13. Horror about a man who acquires supernatural powers is a fun and fascinating mess.

Wildlife. Drama, PG-13. Cary Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal are excellent, and have good chemistry in this story of a marriage in 1960s Montana.

SHORT RUNS

Bandstand: Filmed performance of Broadway musical set in the aftermath of World War II. Nov. 15 and 19 at 7 p.m. Venues: fathomevents.com.

Border: Swedish-language fantasy romance about a customs officer and a traveler. Closes Thursday at Real Art Ways.

Brewmaster: Doc about a New York lawyer who wants to open a brewery, and a Wisconsin man who strives to hone his expertise in beer. Nov. 15 at 5:45 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford.

Cuban Food Stories: Doc about a man who moves back to Cuba to discover the tastes of his childhood. Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Wadsworth Atheneum.

Degas: Passion for Perfection: Documentary about artist Edgar Degas. Nov. 18 at 1 and 3 p.m. at Cinestudio in Hartford.

Face of Winter: Warren Miller ski documentary. Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. at Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic St. in Stamford, $20.50. Also Nov. 17 at 6 and 9 p.m. at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford. $23. Jonny Moseley will be present in Hartford.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami: Doc about the singer. Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport.

International Ocean Film Tour: Evening of short films about the ocean. Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Panel discussion follows about the ocean.

Little Miss Westie: Documentary about two transgender siblings. Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Followed by Q&A with filmmakers.

The Madness of King George: National Theatre Live presentation of Alan Bennet’s play about the mental instability of King George III of England. Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Cinestudio in Hartford.

On Her Shoulders: Documentary profile of a woman who was a slave under ISIS. Closes Thursday at Real Art Ways.

Reel Rock 13: Evening of short films about outdoor sports. Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield Theatre Center.

Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinestudio, 300 Summit St. at Trinity College in Hartford; Nov. 28 at at 9 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. in Hartford; and Nov. 28 at at 7 p.m. at Criterion Cinemas, 86 Temple St. in New Haven.

SEE IT AGAIN

Castle in the Sky: Anime from 1986 about a boy, a girl and a magic crystal. Nov. 18 at 12:55 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. (dubbed) and Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. (Japanese with subtitles. Venues: fathomevents.com.

Grisgris: Drama from 2013 from Chad about a man who wants to be a dancer. Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at New Haven library Mitchell branch. Free.

Peppermint Soda: French-language 1977 coming-of-age story about a teen girl. Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Avon Theatre in Stamford.

Sorry to Bother You: Sci-fi satire from 2018 starring Lakeith Stanfield as a telephone customer-service worker forced to do work that is immoral but lucrative. Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at 56 Arbor St., Suite 310A. The screening will be followed by a discussion about worker’s rights, hosted by the Connecticut chapter of Industrial Workers of the World. Admission is a suggested donation of $2 to $5. R.

Wings of Desire: Wim Wenders 1987 classic about an angel who wants to be human. Nov. 18 to 21, 7:30 p.m. daily, with a 5 p.m. matinee on Sunday, at Cinestudio in Hartford.

SEE IT FREE

This week’s featured free library movie is All Quiet on the Western Front. The 1930 best picture Oscar winner is about German schoolboys talked into enlisting to fight in World War I. It will be shown Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cheshire library.

For more free movies, check your local library website.

CONNECTICUT SCIENCE CENTER

3-D theater, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Showtimes: ctsciencecenter.org.

Amazon Adventure, Backyard Wilderness

MARITIME AQUARIUM

IMAX theater, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk. Showtimes: maritimeaquarium.org.

Backyard Wilderness, Pandas

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