American Sniper (R for graphic violence, sexual references, and pervasive profanity). Clint Eastwood directed this adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Navy Seal Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most successful sniper in the history of the U.S. military. With Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, and Jake McDorman.
Birdman (R for sexuality, brief violence, and pervasive profanity). Dramatic comedy about a washed up matinee idol’s (Michael Keaton) attempt to stage a comeback on the Broadway stage. With Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Zach Galifianakis.
Black or White (PG-13 for profanity, fighting, and mature themes involving drugs and alcohol). A drama about the bitter custody battle between a black grandmother (Octavia Spencer) and a white grandfather (Kevin Costner) over their motherless, biracial granddaughter (Jillian Estell). With Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland, Gillian Jacobs, and Jennifer Ehle.
Blackhat (R for profanity and violence). Crime thriller about a furloughed convict (Chris Hemsworth) who collaborates with American and Chinese authorities to track down the mysterious hacker who is attempting to cripple the international banking network. With Viola Davis, Wei Tang, John Ortiz, and William Mapother. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
The Boy Next Door (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity, and violence). Psychological thriller about a young man (Ryan Guzman) who becomes obsessed with his divorced neighbor (Jennifer Lopez) after they share a one-night stand. Cast includes John Corbett, Kristen Chenoweth, Hill Harper, and Ian Nelson.
Cake (R for profanity, substance abuse, and brief sexuality). Character portrait starring Jennifer Aniston as a woman who befriends the just widowed husband (Sam Worthington) of a suicidal member of her chronic pain support group (Anna Kendrick). Cast includes Adriana Barrazza, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Lucy Punch, Mamie Gummer, and Chris Messina. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG-13 for intense violence and frightening images). Director Peter Jackson brings down the curtain on the Tolkien fantasy franchise with this fitting finale, featuring Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and friends in an epic showdown with Smaug the Dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). With Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellan, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Hugo Weaving.
The Imitation Game (PG-13 for sexual references, mature themes, and smoking). Historical biopic about Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the British cryptologist who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis by cracking the Enigma Code, only to be prosecuted and chemically castrated following World War II for being gay. With Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong.
Into the Woods (PG for action, peril, suggestive material, and mature themes). Disney family fantasy interweaving the plotlines of several Grimm Brothers fairy tales, including “Cinderella” (Anna Kendrick), “Little Red Riding Hood” (Lilla Crawford), “Rapunzel” (Mackenzie Maury) and “Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk.” Cast includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Tracey Ullman.
The Loft (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity, drug use, and graphic violence). Remake of the 2008 Belgian thriller of the same name about five married suburbanites (Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Schoenaerts) who purchase a penthouse in the city for secret rendezvous with mistresses only to become suspicious of each other after a female corpse is found inside their pied-à-terre. Cast includes Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor and Isabel Lucas.
Mortdecai (R for profanity and sexuality). Screen adaptation of the Kyril Bonfiglioli bestseller of the same name about a globetrotting art dealer’s (Johnny Depp) search for a stolen painting containing clues leading to a missing Nazi gold fortune. With Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, and Jeff Goldblum.
Paddington (PG for mild action and rude humor). An adventure about a British family that befriends a talking bear from Peru (Ben Whishaw) who’s on the run from a cold-hearted taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) determined to put him on display at London’s Natural History Museum. Cast includes Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Hugh Bonneville.
Project Almanac (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality). Science fiction thriller about a brilliant teen (Jonny Weston) who gets more than he bargained for after building a time travel machine with the help of his sister (Virginia Gardner) and his friendss (Sam Lerner and Allen Evangelista). With Sofia Black-D’Elia, Amy Landecker, Agnes Mayasari, and Katie Garfield.
Selma (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, and brief profanity). Civil rights movie, directed by Ava DuVernay, chronicling the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) that was credited with pressuring Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. With Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, and Oprah.
Strange Magic (PG for action and scary images). Animated musical, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, about a battle among elves, goblins, fairies, and imps over a powerful potion. Voice cast includes Meredith Anne Bull, Kristen Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, and Maya Rudolph.
Taken 3 (PG-13 for brief profanity and intense violence). Third installment in the series finds retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) on the run from the authorities while trying to clear his name after being unfairly accused of murdering his wife (Famke Janssen). Co-starring Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Jonny Weston, and Dougray Scott.
The Theory of Everything (PG-13 for suggestive material and mature themes). Bittersweet biopic focused on the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), the friend of his sister (Charlotte Hope) whom he met while they were students at Cambridge in the 60s. With Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, and Simon McBurney.
Unbroken (PG-13 for brief profanity and intense brutality). Angelina Jolie directs this adaptation of the Lauren Hillenbrand bestseller of the same name recounting Olympic athlete and World War II hero Louie Zamperini’s (Jack O’Connell) harrowing internment in a Japanese POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
The Wedding Ringer (R for crude humor, pervasive profanity, coarse sexuality, and brief graphic nudity). Kevin Hart stars as the title character in this romantic comedy as a faux Best Man hired by a socially awkward groom-to-be (Josh Gad). With Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Alan Ritchson, Catherine Chen, Nicky Whelan, Olivia Thirlby, and Cloris Leachman.
Wild (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity, and drug use). Reese Witherspoon stars in this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, an Oprah Book Club selection recounting her transformational 1,100 mile solo trek across the Mojave Desert at the age of 26 to heal herself in the wake of a divorce, heroin addiction, and the death of her mother. Cast includes Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michael Huisman, and Gaby Hoffmann.