Before I Fall: Based on Lauren Oliver’s 2010 young adult novel, this mash-up of “Groundhog Day” and “Mean Girls” from indie director Ry Russo-Young(“Nobody Walks”) and screenwriter Maria Maggenti (“The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love”) stars Zoey Deutch (“Vampire Academy”) as ahigh school girl stuck in a loop that causes her to keep reliving the last day of her life. 1 hr. 39; PG-13.
A Dog’s Purpose: This tearjerker from director Lasse Hallström (“The Cider House Rules”) and writer Audrey Wells (“The Truth About Cats & Dogs”) follows a dog named Bailey (voice of Josh Gad) and the lives he touches through canine reincarnations. Dennis Quaid (“Truth”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”) and Peggy Lipton (“Twin Peaks”) star. 2 hr; PG.
Fifty Shades Darker: The sequel to the 2015 “Fifty Shades of Grey” is based on the second in the trilogy of erotic E.L. James novels. Stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as the lead characters. James Foley replaces Sam Taylor-Johnson as director. 1 hr.55; R.
Fist Fight: In this updated take on the ’80s cult comedy “Three O’Clock High,” Ice Cube (“Barbershop”) and Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”) star as high school teachers who plan to duke it out on school grounds after one accidentally causes the other to get fired. 1 hr. 31; R.
Get Out: Buzz is strong for this “Stepford Wives”-inspired horror satire from writer-director Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) about an interracial couple (Daniel Kaluuya, “Sicario” and Allison Williams, “Girls”) whose visit to a ritzy family estate unfolds into a mysterious, surreal nightmare. Erika Alexander, Brad Whitford and Katherine Keener co-star. 1 hr.44; R.
Hidden Figures: This film tells the story of mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”) and her colleagues Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, “Moonlight”) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer, “The Help”), the African-American women whose calculations were crucial to NASA’s early space missions. 2 hr. 7; PG.
John Wick Chapter Two: Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix”), John Leguizamo (“American Ultra”) and director Chad Stahelski return for the follow-up to the 2014 hit action film about a retired assassin who makes a vengeful return to the criminal world after baddies kill his dog. 2 hr. 2; R.
La La Land: This musical rom-com starring Ryan Gosling (“The Nice Guys”) and Emma Stone (“The Help”) won six Academy Awards. Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s previous film was the Oscar-winning 2014 drumming drama “Whiplash.” 2 hr. 7; PG-13.
The LEGO Batman Movie: 2014’s “The LEGO Movie” was funnier and more successful than anticipated, so having one of Hollywood’s most enduring superhero characters in a new film while we wait for the 2019 sequel will stuff the Warner Bros. pockets nicely. Cartoon Network vet Chris McKay (“Robot Chicken”) directs the celebrity voice cast. 1 hr.44; PG.
Logan: After Gavin Hood’s 2009 “Wolverine” disaster, Fox reeled back plans for more spin-offs of its popular “X-Men” franchise and turned its focus onmaking sure James Mangold’s follow-up, 2013’s “The Wolverine,” was nowhere near as bad. For the third in the trilogy (and supposedly the last forleading man Hugh Jackman), Mangold went R-rated and super-serious for a proper Weapon X send-off. 2 hr. 15; R.
Moonlight: The sophomore effort from writer-director Barry Jenkins won multiple Oscars, including Best Picture. The drama tells the story of two friends portrayed by different actors as the characters age. 1 hr. 51; R.
Rock Dog: In this animated family movie based on Chinese graphic novel “Tibetan Rock Dog,” Luke Wilson (“LegallyBlonde”) stars as the voice of Bodi, a young mastiff who becomes the apprentice of an aging rock-star cat, Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard). The debut feature of “Toy Story 2” co-director Ash Brannon sports a massive celebrity voice cast. 1 hr. 30; PG.
Table 19: Any movie title with a random number at the end is usually a warning sign, but the talent in this indie comedymight make it an exception. Mark and Jay Duplass (HBO’s “Togetherness”) co-wrote the story about a wedding table reserved for guests the bride and groom hoped wouldn’t show up. Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, and Tony Revolori star. 1 hr. 27; PG-13.
A United Kingdom: “Belle” director Amma Assante returns with this romantic biopic starring David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Seretse Khama, the firstpresident of Botswana. Assante’s film details the controversy when Khama met and married Ruth Williams Khama (Rosamund Pike,“Gone Girl”), a white woman from London. Playing exclusively at Athens Cine. 1 hr. 51; PG-13.
– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/staff