“MALEFICENT”: Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent, the villain in “Sleeping Beauty.” Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the land over which she presides, Maleficent places a curse on the human king’s newborn, Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is caught in the conflict between the forest kingdom she loves and the human kingdom that is her birthright.
“PALO ALTO”: In writer-director Gia Coppola’s feature-film debut, Emma Roberts plays April, a shy, sensitive young woman who’s torn between a flirtation with her soccer coach, James Franco’s Mr. B, and her unrequited crush on a sweet-natured Teddy, played by Jack Kilmer. Meanwhile, Zoe Levin’s Emily offers sexual favors to every boy who crosses her path, including Teddy. The supporting cast includes Val Kilmer, Olivia Crocicchia, Bo Mitchell, Don Novello and Talia Shire. Staring Friday at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
“A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST”: Seth MacFarlane stars in, directs and co-writes this comedy about a cowardly sheep farmer named Albert. After Albert’s girlfriend leaves him for another man, a beautiful lady gunslinger (Charlize Theron) rides into town and helps him find his courage.
“COLD IN JULY”: While he’s investigating noises in his house one hot Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane kills burglar Freddy Russell. Dane is proclaimed a small-town hero, but later fears for his family’s safety when Freddy’s vengeful ex-con father comes to town. Staring Friday at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.