Editor’s note: Michael Phillips is chief movie critic for the Chicago Tribune. Additional reviews are provided by Advocate staff and news services.

Films are awarded:

HHHH - Excellent

HHH - Good

HH - Fair

H - Poor

Other ratings — These are assigned by the Motion Picture Association of America. A G rating means all ages admitted; PG means parental guidance suggested, since some material may be unsuitable for children; PG-13 strongly cautions parents that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13; R requires accompanying parent or adult guardian for those younger than 17; NC-17 refuses admission to anyone younger than 17.

AREA THEATERS

  • AMC CLEARVIEW PALACE 12: Clearview Mall, 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. (504) 887-1257. amctheatres.com
  • AMC ELMWOOD PALACE 20: 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. (504) 733-2029, amctheatres.com.
  • AMC WESTBANK PALACE 16: 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Gretna. (504) 263-2298. amctheatres.com.
  • CHALMETTE MOVIES: Chalmette Cinema Shopping Center, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. (504) 304-9903. chalmettemovies.com.
  • THE GRAND 14 ESPLANADE: 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. (504) 229-4259. thegrandtheatre.com.
  • THE GRAND 16 SLIDELL: 1950 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. (985) 641-8738. thegrandtheatre.com.
  • INDYWOOD MOVIE THEATER: 628 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. (970) 631-3748. indywood.org.
  • PRYTANIA THEATRE: 5539 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 891-2787. prytaniathearenew orleans.com.
  • MOVIE TAVERN NORTHSHORE: 201 N. U.S. 190, Covington. (985) 247-0757. movietavern.com.
  • REGAL COVINGTON STADIUM 14: 69348 La. 21, Covington. (844) 462-7342, ext. 1510. regmovies.com
  • THE THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE: 333 Canal St., New Orleans (504) 493-6535. thetheatres.com.
  • ZEITGEIST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTER: 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 352-1150. zeitgeistnola.org.
  • OPENING FRIDAY
  • “BURNT”: Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper plays Chef Adam Jones, an enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene who loses everything. To gain his own kitchen and culinary acclaim, he’ll need the best of the best on his side. Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman co-star. Filmed in London and New Orleans. Rated R.
  • “THE KEEPING ROOM”: Three women left alone on their farm in the South during the Civil War struggle amid the brutality of war. Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru star. Showing at 7:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday (except Saturday) at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Rated R.
  • “NASTY BABY”: Kristen Wiig leads the cast that with a story about a gay couple and their best friend trying to conceive a baby. Things turn gruesome as the situation symbolizes divides between the LGBT community and society. Showing at 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday except Saturday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. Rated R.
  • “OUR BRAND IS CRISIS”: Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star as political consultants working for rival candidates in a South American election. Filmed in New Orleans and Bolivia. New Orleans native Anthony Mackie co-stars. Rated R.
  • “SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE”: Three scouts struggle to save their town from flesh-craving zombies. Rated R.
  • “(T)ERROR”: The first documentary to follow an active confidential FBI informant on the job. Winner of the special jury prize at Sundance. Showing at 6 p.m. Friday through Thursday except Saturday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center. Unrated.
  • “TRUTH”: On Sept. 9, 2004, CBS News producer Mary Mapes believed she had reason to be proud of a journalism job well done. But by the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News and anchor Dan Rather were under scrutiny. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett star as Rather and Mapes. The cast also features Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid. Rated R.

NOW SHOWING

  • “BLACK MASS”: HHH Rated R — Johnny Depp stars as an Irish mobster in 1970s Boston who is recruited by the FBI to help eliminate the Italian mob. 2:02. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
  • “BRIDGE OF SPIES”: HHH ½ Rated PG-13 — Tom Hanks leads the cast of this Cold War-era political drama. Director Steven Spielberg returns to the sociopolitical, historical storytelling on an intimate, behind-the-scenes scale. Joel and Ethan Coen co-wrote the fact-based script. 2:15 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “CRIMSON PEAK”: HH Rated R ­— After an alluring stranger wins a young woman’s heart, she’s swept away into a house of secrets that sits on top of a mountain of blood-colored clay. Guillermo del Toro directs, starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “DELTA JUSTICE, THE ISLEÑOS TRAPPERS WAR”: Not rated — A Louisiana-produced documentary about the 1920s feud between Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Leander Perez and the Isleños, descendents of Spanish settlers who settled St. Bernard Parish. At Chalmette Movies.
  • “GOOSEBUMPS”: HHH Rated PG — Teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving to a small town, meets the beautiful Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new neighbor. But Hannah has a mean, mysterious dad, Mr. Shivers, whose real name is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of “Goosebumps.” 1:43. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2”: HHH Rated PG — This animated follow-up sees Dracula worried about his half-human grandson not being vampish enough. Time for a “monster-in-traning” boot camp, with the voices of Adam Sandler and Mel Brooks. 1:29 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “THE INTERN”: HH½ Rated PG-13 — To break the monotony of retirement, widower Robert De Niro takes a senior intern post at an online fashion site founded and run by Anne Hathaway. 2:01 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS”: HH Rated PG — The beloved 1980s cartoon series ”Jem and the Holograms” gets a millennial makeover in the live action film about a girl band with special futuristic powers to the YouTube generation, where anyone can be a star. 1:48 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “THE LAST WITCH HUNTER”: H½ Rated PG-13 — Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder, the last witch hunter on Earth. He meets an ancient foe, the Witch Queen, now resurrected and determined to destroy all humans. Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine and Julie Engelbrecht co-star. 1:46. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “THE MARTIAN”: HHH½ Rated PG-13 — Matt Damon stars as a lone astronaut trapped on Mars. His crew leaves when he is presumed to be dead after a storm. 2:22. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “MAZE RUNNER — SCORCH TRIALS”: HH Rated R — The kids from “Maze Runner” are up against it again in this sequel. Many of the original actors repeat their roles in this Wes Ball-directed, earnest, no-nonsense commitment to the protagonist’s waking nightmare. 2:11. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “PAN”: H Rated PG — Levi Miller plays Peter in “Pan,” an origins story for J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan character. Peter is whisked away from a London orphanage one night to a land of pirates, warriors and fairies. Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman co-star. 2:03. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14.
  • “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, THE GHOST DIMENSION”: Rated R — In the fifth entry in the “Paranormal Activity” horror series, a couple moves from New York to California and finds something sinister in their new home. 1:28. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore , The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “ROCK THE KASBAH”: H½ Rated R — Bill Murray plays a burned-out music manager who takes his last client on a disastrous tour of Afghanistan. In Kabul, Murray discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. He brings her to Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel co-star. 1:40. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”: Rated R — This cult classic midnight movie, based on the original stage musical, is celebrating a 40th anniversary this year. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and writer/director/actor Richard O’Brien star in this zany takeoff on science fiction movies with some gender-bending and a bit of mayhem. Showings for Halloween. 1:40. At Prytania Theatres.
  • “SICARIO”: HHH½ Rated R — Emily Blunt plays an FBI agent recruited by a government task force officer, played by Josh Brolin, to escalate the war on drugs. Benecio del Torro also stars in this action adventure set on the U.S.-Mexican border. 2:01. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Prytania Theatre, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “STEVE JOBS”: HH½ Rated R — Dazzling shell of a biopic from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle, “Steve Jobs” is a three-act backstage drama about a bullying, insecure, overbearing visionary who learns to be a better father and less of a jerk in the nick of time. 2:02 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, Regal Covington Stadium 14, The Theatres at Canal Place.
  • “THE VISIT”: HHH Rated PG-13 — M. Night Shyamalan’s look at two kids visiting their creepy grandparents while Mom is on a cruise. It’s good that Becca has brought cameras and a laptop to document the things that go bump in the night. 1:34. At AMC Westbank Palace 16.
  • “THE WALK”: HH½ Rated PG — The true story of Philippe Petit, a young man who stages a breathtaking, illegal walk on a wire stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon. 1:40. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
  • “WOODLAWN”: HHH½ Rated PG — A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Set in early 1970s in Birmingham, Alabama. 2:03. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Regal Covington Stadium 14.