Opening Credits: “Athens Jewish Film Festival,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Belko Experiment,” “Julieta,” “The Sense of an Ending”

Emma Suárez stars in director Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Julieta.’ (Provided by Sony Classics Pictures)

Athens Jewish Film Festival: Now in its 10th year, the AJFF kicks off its 2017 program at Athens Ciné on Saturday with the new romantic comedy “Moos” and runs through Tuesday, concluding with a screening of the acclaimed 2016 Leonard Nimoy documentary “For the Love of Spock.” This year’s festival will feature guest speakers and a short film competition. Visit athensjff.org for tickets and complete schedule.

 

Beauty And The Beast: Following “Cinderella,” “Jungle Book,” and “Pete’s Dragon,” the latest in Disney’s series of live action remakes based on their catalog of animated classics stars Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) as Belle and a CGI-faced Dan Stevens (“The Guest”) as the furry Prince along with a host of celebrity voices for the talking dinnerware including Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson. 2 hr. 9; PG.

The Belko Experiment: Written by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and directed by Greg McLean (“Wolf Creek”), this ultra-violent thriller combines elements of “Office Space” and “Battle Royale” by trapping a group of 80 white-collar workers in a building and forcing them to fight to the death. The ensemble cast includes Adria Arjona, Melonie Diaz, John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn and John C. McGinley. 1 hr. 28; R.

Julieta: The 20th feature by Oscar-winning Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar (“All About My Mother”) marks a return to his classic style of female-centric dramas. Based on three short stories from Alice Munro’s novel “Runaway,” the film stars Emma Suárez (“The Monquito Net”) and Adriana Ugarte (“Palm Trees in the Snow”) as the older and younger versions of the title character. Playing exclusively at Athens Ciné. 1 hr. 39; R.

The Sense of an Ending: In this BBC Films adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes, Jim Broadbent (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) stars as a soon-to-be grandfather who receives a diary that re-unites his with a long lost love (Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”) and may help solve the mysterious death of his childhood best friend. Directed by Ritesh Batra (“The Lunchbox”) and co-starring Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom.”). 1 hr. 48; PG-13.

– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff

 

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