New movies in New Orleans, Jan. 15-22, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by the Weinstein Company -- Ben Whishaw provides the voice of a lost bear in 'Paddington.'

“AMERICAN SNIPER”: Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood helms this gripping biopic about Chris Kyle, the most effective sniper in U.S. military history. Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) beefs up his physique to play the Navy SEAL from Texas whose peers nicknamed him “The Legend.” Sienna Miller co-stars as Kyle’s wife, Taya.

“BLACKHAT”: Set in the shadowy world of cybercrime, “Blackhat” follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they track a cybercrime network from Chicago to Jakarta. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis.

“FOXCATCHER”: Steve Carrel solemnly assumes the role of John du Pont, a billionaire who fancied himself a wrestling coach. Channing Tatum and Mark Buffalo co-star as Olympic wrestlers who become entangled with the unstable du Pont. Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall co-star in this acclaimed awards contender.

“THE WEDDING RINGER”: Comic Kevin Hart stars as the CEO of Best Man Inc., a company that supplies best men to socially disadvantaged grooms. A “bromance” develops between Hart and his previously friendless client, played by Josh Gad. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman and Jenifer Lewis co-star.

“PADDINGTON”: A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. He’s lost and alone until the kindly Brown takes him in. Later, a taxidermist has other ideas for the furry little fellow. The cast features Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman and, as the voice of Paddington, Ben Whishaw.

“SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME: PAST AND PRESENT”: Showing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

“BIG MUDDY”: Writer-director Jefferson Moneo tells an intricate tale of crime, passion and forgiveness. Opening Friday, Jan. 23, at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

“BLUE RUIN”: A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to enact vengeance. Showing at 9 p.m. Jan 18-20 at Indywood Cinema, 628 Elysian Fields Ave.

“ART AND CRAFT”: After a prolific art forger is finally exposed, he confronts his 30 years of deceit. Showing at 7 p.m. Jan. 18-20 at Indywood Cinema, 628 Elysian Fields Ave.