“9/11”: Based on the award-winning stage play “Elevator” by Patrick Carson, this controversial indie drama stars Charlie Sheen (“Wall Street”) as one of five passengers who become trapped together in an elevator inside the World Trade Center the morning of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Luis Guzmán, Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon and Jacqueline Bisset co-star. 1 hr. 30; R.
“Home Again”: Former child actor Hallie Meyers-Shyer (“Father of the Bride II”) makes her debut as screenwriter and director with this romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon (“Sweet Home Alabama”) as a newly single mother who agrees to let a trio of young filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, and Jon Rudnitsky) live with her. Co-starring Candice Bergen and Michael Sheen. 1 hr. 37; PG-13.
“It”: Originally adapted as a TV miniseries in 1990, this “Stranger Things”-inspired take on Stephen King’s terrifying 1986 novel concerns a group of pre-teen outcasts who discover that supernatural villain Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard, “Allegiant”) is responsible for the disappearance of several children in their small New England town. Unlike the TV version, this update only covers half of the book. 2 hr. 15; R.
“Menashe”: This critical smash from the Sundance Film Festival stars Menashe Lustig as the title character, a recently-widowed Hasidic Jewish man whose 10-year-old son (Ruben Niborski) isn’t allowed to live with him until he re-marries. The story is loosely based on Lustig’s real life and was filmed in Borough Park, Brooklyn. In Yiddish language with English subtitles. Playing exclusively at Athens Ciné. 1 hr. 22; PG.
– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff