“American Assassin”: In this action thriller based on the 2010 novel by Vince Flynn, Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”) stars as CIA black-ops recruit whose fiancée was killed in a terrorist attack. Michael Keaton (“Spotlight”) co-stars as his hard-nosed trainer as they team up with Turkish agents to stop a new threat in the Middle East. Supporting cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Taylor Kitsch. 1 hr. 51; R.
“Annabelle: Creation”: This follow-up to 2014’s “Annabelle” makes it the fourth film in the popular “Conjuring” horror series, centering on the back story of a possessed doll that terrorizes the home of a grief-stricken couple (Anthony LaPaglia,“Without a Trace,” and Miranda Otto, “Lord of the Rings”) who have turned their house into an orphanage. Co-starring Stephanie Sigman (“Narcos”) and Joseph Bishara (“Insidious”). 1 hr. 49; R.
“Dunkirk”: Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) wrote and directed this World War II drama that depicts the 1940 evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, near the beginning of the war as told from the perspectives of air, land and sea. The cast of newcomers and familiar faces includes Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy. 1 hr. 47; PG-13.
“The Emoji Movie”: Considering how often emojis (also known as emoticons or smileys) are typed on a moment-to-moment basis by most everyone who uses a computer or mobile device, it’s a wonder that we’re just now getting a feature-length film about them. The responsibility of making it entertaining fell on Tony Leondis (director of the 2008 dud “Igor”)and the requisite avalanche of celebrity voice talent. 1 hr. 32; PG.
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”: Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”) stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson (“The Avengers”) in this ’80s-style buddy action comedy about a special agent (Reynolds) hired to protect an infamous assassin (Jackson) who also happens to be his No. 1 nemesis. 1 hr. 51; 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 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.
“Leap”: Released overseas last year under the original title “Ballerina,” this outstanding French adventure comedy was re-dubbed and re-titled for American audiences. Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) provides the voice of Félicie, a young orphan who sneaks into a prestigious ballet school in Paris. Other celebrity voices include Kate McKinnon, Mel Brooks, Dane DeHaan and Carly Rae Jepsen. 1 hr. 29; PG.
“Mother!”: Writer-director Darren Aronofsky (“The Wrestler”) returns to the psychological horror genre for the first time since his 2010 Oscar winner “Black Swan” with a powerhouse cast led by Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) as a housewife whose life is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer). Javier Bardem (“No Country For Old Men”) co-stars. 2 hr.; R.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming”: After two franchise reboots by Sony (with Tobey Maguire in 2002 and Andrew Garfield in 2012), the friendly neighborhood web-slinger (now played by Tom Holland from “The Impossible”) finally joined his Marvel companions with a guest spot in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War.” For his new solo outing, Spidey faces off against villain Michael Keaton (“Spotlight”) as The Vulture. 2 hr. 14; PG-13.
“The Trip To Spain”: The third installment of director Michael Winterbottom’s feature-length adaptations of the enduring British mockumentary television series “The Trip” finds leading men Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan once again playing fictionalized versions of themselves as they drink wine, eat gourmet meals and battle one another with their impersonations. Playing exclusively at Athens Ciné. 1 hr. 50; NR.
“Wind River”: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) wrote and directed this noir thriller starring Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”) as a US Fish and Wildlife Service agent who teams up with an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen, “I Saw The Light”) to solve a murder mystery on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Featuring music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. 1 hr. 50; R.
– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff