“12 Strong”: In an about-face from his image as the wisecracking Thor, Chris Hemsworth leads the cast of this ensemble war drama based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book, “Horse Soldiers.” The title refers to the group of a dozen CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. Special forces sent to Afghanistan immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 2 hr. 10; R.
“Call Me By Your Name”: Based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, the third and final installment of director Luca Guadagnino’s thematic trilogy that began with 2009’s “I Am Love” and continued with 2015’s “A Bigger Splash” centers on a secret courtship between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and visiting grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer) during a summer in Italy. 2 hr. 12; R.
“Den of Thieves”: Filmed in Atlanta but set in Los Angeles, this heist flick about a group of corrupt cops who combine forces with a group of career criminals to rob the Federal Reserve Bank stars Gerard Butler (“300”), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black”), and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as a bunch of gritty crooks. 2 hr. 20; R.
“Forever My Girl”: The wordless trailer for this PG-rated romance from director Bethany Ashton is surprisingly effective. Based on the bestselling novel by Heidi McLaughlin, the film introduces football hero turned brooding country music star Liam Page (Alex Roe, “The 5th Wave”) as he sets out to win back high school sweetheart Josie (Jessica Rothe, “Happy Death Day”). 1 hr. 44; PG.
“Phantom Thread”: For his final role before retiring after 40 years in the movie business, character actor Daniel Day Lewis chose a second collaboration with his “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson as his big send-off. Set in 1950’s London, the film stars Lewis as eccentric designer Reynolds Woodcock, who works alongside his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) to dress the royal family. 2 hr. 10; R.
— Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff