“FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD”: A great film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian-era novel. Carey Mulligan stars as the independent-minded Bathsheba Everdene. Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen play the men to ask Bathsheba to marry them. Showing at The Theaters at Canal Place and AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”: Director George Miller, the originator of the “Mad Max” movies, helms the return of Max Rockatansky, the Road Warrior. Max, haunted by his troubled past, believes that wandering alone is the best way to survive. Easier said than done. Max gets swept into a group that’s fleeing across the Wasteland in a war rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role and Charlize Theron co-stars as Furiosa.
“PITCH PERFECT 2”: The award-winning Barden Bellas collegiate singing group returns in this sequel to the 2012 hit movie-musical. Now seniors, the young ladies fear that their championship days are prematurely ended because a scandal that gets them banned. Actress Elizabeth Banks directs and co-stars with a returning cast including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal and Baton Rouge native Shelley Regner.
“5 TO 7”: A chance encounter on the streets of Manhattan draws 20-something aspiring writer Brian (Anton Yelchin) into a passionate love affair with a glamorous French woman (“Skyfall” Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe). She’s married and can only meet him in hotel rooms between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Opening Friday at Chalmette Movies, showing at 2:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.
“HYENA”: A ruthless undercover cop (Peter Ferdinando) is targeting London’s most violent drug traffickers. He and his team aren’t above taking their cut from the criminals they’re charged with taking on. Opening Friday at Chalmette movies, showing at 4:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
“I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY”: A documentary about Caroll Spinney, the man who has entertained millions of children for nearly 50 years in his roles as “Big Bird” and “Oscar the Grouch” on “Sesame Street.” Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
“GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE”: In “Adieu au Langage,” Jean-Luc Godard’s Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury winner, a stray dog wanders from town to country through the seasons. The dog observes a married woman and a single man as they meet, love, argue and fight. Opening Friday at Indywood Cinema, 628 Elysian Fields Ave.
“DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK ’N’ ROLL”: A documentary about 1960s and early ’70’s rock ’n’ roll in Cambodia. Opening Friday at Indywood Cinema, 628 Elysian Fields Ave.