(L-R) Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in “The Kitchen”; Alison Cohen Rosa/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK)
— Opening nationwide on Friday:
* The Kitchen — This live-action adaptation of the DC comics miniseries of the same name stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in the 1970s, who take over their husbands’ rackets after they land in prison. Domhnall Gleeson, 13 Reasons Why’s Brian d’Arcy James, The Americans’ Margo Martindale, Common and The Leftovers’ Bill Camp also star. Rated R.
* Dora and the Lost City of Gold — This live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon stars Isabela Moner as the titular character who, after spending most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, played by Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, now must navigate high school. She ends up leading her CGI-animated pal Boots the monkey, voiced by Danny Trejo, her cousin Diego, played by Jeff Wahlberg, and a rag-tag group of teens on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. Benicio del Toro provides the voice for Dora and Boots’ sneaky nemesis, Swiper the Fox. Rated PG.
* The Art of Racing in the Rain — This dramedy, based on Garth Stein’s 2008 novel of the same, features Kevin Costner as the voice of Enzo, a dog owned by Denny and Eve Swift, played respectively by Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried, who reflects on his relationship with his human family and being around in times of need. Rated PG.
* Brian Banks — This inspirational film, based on a true story, stars Straight Outta Compton and Hidden Figures‘ actor Aldis Hodge as the titular character, a high school football player whose career was sidelined in 2002 after he was falsely accused of committing rape. Banks spent close to six years in prison and five more on parole before his conviction was overturned in 2012. Also starring Greg Kinnear and Morgan Freeman, he latter in an uncredited role. Rated PG-13.
* Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Guillermo del Toro co-produced this horror film based on Alvin Schwartz’s children’s book series of the same name about a young girl named Sarah, whose book of scary stories written about her tortured life become all too real for a group of teenagers who discover them. Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows and Lorraine Toussaint star. Rated PG-13.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* After the Wedding — This remake of the 2006 Danish drama of the same name stars Michelle Williams as Isabel, a co-founder of an orphanage in Calcutta, India who travels to New York to meet potential benefactor, Theresa, played by Julianne Moore. When Isabel is unexpectedly invited to the wedding of Theresa’s daughter, portrayed by Abby Quinn, she’s forced to confront her past, including a man who turns out to be Theresa’s husband, played by Billy Crudup. Rated PG-13.
* The Peanut Butter Falcon — Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson star in this dramedy about a young boy with Down syndrome, played by newcomer Zack Gottsagen, who runs away to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Also starring Bruce Dern, Deadwood‘s John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church. Rated PG-13.
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