Movies Now Playing in Athens

In this image released by Focus Features, Judi Dench, left, and Ali Fazal appear in a scene from “Victoria and Abdul.” (Peter Mountain/Focus Features via AP)

“American Made”: Tom Cruise stars as real-life TWA airline pilot turned drug smuggler Barry Seal in this biographical crime drama from director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”). Seal flew for the Medellín Cartel in the ‘80s and became an undercover DEA informant to avoid jail time before being killed by Colombian assassins. Sarah Wright (“Marry Me”) and Domhnall Gleeson (“Ex Machina”) co-star. 1 hr. 55; R.

 

“Battle of the Sexes”: Emma Stone (“La La Land”) plays professional tennis champion Billie Jean King in this sports biopic about King’s highly publicized 1973 promotional match against aging chauvanist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”) that gained worldwide attention. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and co-starring Sarah Silverman and Andrea Riseborough. 2 hr. 1; PG-13.

“Blade Runner 2049”: After nearly 20 years in development, this sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi noir classic “Blade Runner” finally became a reality while Scott and star Harrison Ford were still alive to have a hand in it. Though Scott handed the directing job to “Arrival” filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, Ford shows up to assist new leading man Ryan Gosling (“Drive”) in saving humanity from the android apocalypse. 2 hr. 44; R.

“Flatliners”: Despite not having a number attached to the title, this sci-fi thriller from original Swedish-language “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” director Niels Arden Oplev is a sequel to the identically-titled Joel Schumacher film from 1990. Ellen Page (“Juno”) leads a new group of death-obsessed medical students and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) makes a cameo reprising his role from the original movie. 1 hr. 48; PG-13.

“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 preteen 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.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”: This sequel to the hit 2014 comic book-based spy comedy reteams director Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class”) with returning cast members Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Sophie Cookson and Mark Strong as they team up with their American counterparts including Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. Featuring Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) and a cameo by Elton John. 2 hr. 21; R.

“The Lego Ninjago Movie”: The second spin-off of 2014’s wildly successful “Lego Movie” to be released this year (“Lego Batman” came out back in February), this PG-rated animated adventure comedy concerns teenage ninja hero Lloyd (Dave Franco) whose heroic team must do battle with his evil warlord father Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux). The voice cast includes Jackie Chan, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani and Olivia Munn. 1 hr. 41; PG.

“The Mountain Between Us”: In this hybrid disaster/romance flick based on the 2011 novel by Charles Martin, Kate Winslet (“The Dressmaker”) and Idris Elba (“The Dark Tower”) survive a plane crash and must fight against nature and serious injuries when they become lost in the snowy wilderness. Directed by two time Adademy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” ”Omar”). 1 hr. 51; PG-13.

“My Little Pony: The Movie”: Once thought to be a relic of the ‘80s merchandising avalanche, these adorable multicolored ponies experienced a surge in popularity thanks to Lauren Faust’s “Friendship Is Magic” television series, leading to their first feature film in over two decades. The movie was animated using traditional techniques to give it a retro look, and the voice cast includes Uzo Aduba and Emily Blunt. 1 hr. 39; PG.

“Victoria &Abdul”: Judi Dench reprises her Oscar-nominated role as Queen Victoria from 1997’s “Mrs. Brown” in this follow-up by renowned English director Stephen Frears (“High Fidelity”). Based on the novel by Shrabani Basu, the film dramatizes the real-life relationship between Victoria and her Indian Muslim attendant Abdul Karim (Bollywood star Ali Fazal), who faced discrimination within the Royal Household during the final years of her reign. Eddie Izzard co-stars. 1 hr. 50; PG-13.

– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff

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