“Brad’s Status”: Screenwriter Mike White (“School of Rock”) is having a good year. After penning the script for the Salma Hayek vehicle “Beatriz at Dinner,” he wrote and directed this dramatic comedy starring Ben Stiller (“Tropic Thunder”) as a father who experiences a midlife crisis when his son Troy (Austin Abrams, “Paper Towns”) applies to Harvard. Co-starring Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, Michael Sheen, and Jermaine Clement. 1 hr. 42; R.
“Friend Request”: This social media-based horror flick by director Simon Verhoeven was released in its native Germany back in January by Warner Bros. and stars an English-speaking cast including Alycia Debnam-Carey (“Fear the Walking Dead”) as a college student pursued by the vengeful spirit of a deceased classmate. Britt Morgan (“True Blood”) and William Moseley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) co-star. 1 hr. 32; 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.
“Lucky”: In one of his final screen appearances, veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton (“Paris, Texas”) stars as the title character, a 90-year-old atheist seeking enlightenment after outliving all his friends and neighbors in their remote desert town. Co-starring David Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Ron Livingston, and Beth Grant. An exclusive preview screening will be held on Sunday at Athens Ciné. 1 hr. 28; NR.
“Revolting Rhymes”: This two-part animated series produced by Magic Light Pictures (“Room on the Broom”) and originally aired on BBC One adapts “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl’s 1982 collection of classic nursery rhyme parodies. Featuring the voices of Rob Brydon, Dominic West, Bel Powley, Bertie Cavel, Rose Leslie, and Gemma Chan. Playing Friday through Sunday only at Athens Ciné. 1 hr.; NR.
– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff