“CHAPPIE”: Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”) directs a story set in the near future when an oppressive mechanized police force is charged with handling crime. After one of the police droids, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, it becomes the first robot to think independently and experience emotion. The cast includes Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver.
“MR. TURNER”: British director Mike Leigh helms this beautifully told and photographed biopic about 19th-century British artist J.M.W. Turner. Timothy Spall gives a memorable performance as the colorful painter during the final quarter-century of his life.
“THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL”: In this sequel, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) plans to expand his hotel operation in India. Desperately trying to please the American he believes has been sent by a U.S. bank to check out the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sonny ignores his increasingly irritated fiancée, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Meanwhile, the hotel’s elderly British occupants are leading very busy lives of their own. Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig join returning cast members Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Lillete Dubey.
“UNFINISHED BUSINESS”: A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close an important deal. The business trip goes badly in every way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
“BLUEBIRD”: Lesley has driven a school bus in a small Maine town for 12 years without incident. One day, checking her bus at shift’s end, she is distracted by a bluebird that flew into the bus. This distraction leads her to overlook a small boy asleep in the back, whose drunken mother forgot to meet him at his stop. Showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
“EASTERN BOYS”: Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin), a dapper, 50-something Parisian, cruises the Gare du Nord, trailing a group of men. He awkwardly propositions one — a young eastern European immigrant and hustler, Marek. They agree to meet the next evening. Nightmarish terror and seduction ensues. Showing at 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
“MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORKS OF ORSON WELLES”: A documentary about the large-than-life actor, director, talk-show guest and TV commercial pitch man. Showing Saturday through Wednesday at Indywood Cinema, 628 Elysian Fields Ave.
“TIMBUKTU”: A story about jihadists, told from an African family’s perspective. Showing Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at Indywood Cinema, 628 Elysian Fields Ave.