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BlacKkKlansman (2:15) Rollicking Spike Lee comedy tells the true story of a black Colorado cop who infiltrated the local chapter of the KKK; Topher Grace co-stars as David Duke.      

Blindspotting (1:35) Stylish and energetic human dramedy about two locals dealing with race, class and crime in a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.

Boundaries (1:44) Pot dealer Christopher Plummer sets off on a road trip with conventional daughter Vera Farmiga, reconnecting with old friends and secretly selling his cache at every pit stop.

The Catcher Was a Spy (1:38) True tale of renaissance man Moe Berg, the erudite, multilingual major league catcher who spied for the OSS during WWII; Paul Rudd stars.

Christopher Robin (1:44) When the fun-loving little boy of A. A. Milne’s stories grows up to be just another cranky adult, it’s up to Pooh, Eeyore and the rest of the gang to save his youthful spirit.

Dark Money (1:38) Eye-opening documentary about the heroic fight the state of Montana has been waging against corporate donations to political candidates since the Citizens United decision of 2010.

The Darkest Minds (1:45) A group of mysteriously super-powerful teenagers escape from a government lockup and resist the evil grownups who just don’t understand them.

Death of a Nation (1:49) Ultra-conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza cooks up an alt-doc tracing the Democratic Party back to its slave-owning days and offering up Donald Trump as a modern-day Lincoln.

Dreamgirls (2:10) Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Beyoncé star in Bill Condon’s movie version of the hit Broadway musical about an up-and-coming girl group.

Eighth Grade (1:34) Coming-of-age comedy focuses on a supposedly unremarkable 13-year-old girl as she navigates the fraught final week of middle school.

The Emoji Movie (1:26) A smartphone’s hyper-emotional emoji yearns to have only one facial expression like everyone else; Sofia Vergara and Patrick Stewart vocalize.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (1:53) Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, the real-life envelope-pushing paraplegic cartoonist; Gus Van Sant directs.

Hearts Beat Loud (1:37) Sweet-natured musical about an aging hipster who bonds with his teenage daughter when they start an indie rock band.

Jason Mraz: Have It All (1:30) Documentary features the pop-rock singer-songwriter playing tunes from his latest album and celebrating the joys of creative expression.

Leave No Trace (1:48) Poignant tale of a father and daughter’s idyllic life in the Oregon wilds and the encroaching urban Zeitgeist that threatens it.

Love, Cecil (1:39) Documentary examines the life and work of photographer, writer, painter and set designer Cecil Beaton through archival footage and diary excerpts read by Rupert Everett.

McQueen (1:51) Striking documentary portrait of Alexander McQueen, the tortured, controversial fashion designer who took his own life at age 40.

The Meg (1:54) This time Jason Statham takes on a prehistoric 75-foot shark that’s holding a crew of oceanographers hostage!

Mountain (1:14) Panoramic documentary celebrates the world’s most awesome alps and the climbers who scale their death-defying heights.

Olompali: A Hippie Odyssey (1:25) Documentary look at Rancho Olompali, a late-’60s north Marin hippie commune presided over by businessman-turned-dropout Don McCoy; Peter Coyote narrates.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (1:36) Wim Wenders’ affectionate portrait of the plainspoken pontiff highlights his concerns about wealth inequality, environmental issues and social justice.

The Reluctant Radical (1:17) Documentary follows environmental activist Ken Ward during a year of (occasionally illegal) direct actions against climate-changing malfeasances.

The Rider (1:43) Neorealist modern Western about an Oglala Lakota Sioux rodeo rider and his family and friends features nonprofessional actors and the epic setting of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Sailor Moon SuperS (1:15) Hiroki Shibata anime in which a troupe of senshi brave a black hole to rescue a maiden from permanent dream-filled sleep.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival The 38th annual fest celebrates the best in Jewish-themed documentaries, comedies, dramas and thrillers. Visit jfi.org for info and schedule.

Segantini: Back to Nature (1:20) Filippo Timi stars as the 19th-century Italian painter famed for his simple, instinctual evocations of the natural world.

Slender Man (1:45) The local legend of a tall, skinny serial killer inspires a group of teenagers to debunk the myth—then one of them goes missing.

Sorry to Bother You (1:45) Boots Riley absurdist fantasy satire about an Oakland telemarketer striving his way through a netherworld of big-tech billionaires and anti-Zeitgeist revolutionaries.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (1:57) Action comedy stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two innocents thrust into international intrigue by a connected ex; Gillian Anderson co-stars.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (1:24) The satirical kids’ TV cartoon series hits the big screen with its brash, goofy humor intact, musical numbers and all.

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