Editor’s note: Reviews used here are taken from Advocate staff, wire and Tribune News Service reports. Critics are attributed as M.P. — Michael Phillips; L.B. — Lindsey Bahr; J.C. — Jake Coyle; J. Ch. — Justin Chang; Jocelyn Noveck — J.N.; K.W. — Katie Walsh; M.S. — Matt Sigur.

Films are awarded:

HHHH — Excellent

HHH — Good

HH — Fair

H — Poor

Ratings are assigned by the Motion Picture Association of America. 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.

Baton Rouge-area theaters:

AMC BATON ROUGE 16: 16040 Hatteras Ave. For information, call (225) 753-2744 or visit amctheatres.com.

AMC MALL OF LOUISIANA 15: 9168 Mall of Louisiana Blvd. For information, call (225) 769-5176 or visit amctheatres.com.

CELEBRITY THEATRES BATON ROUGE 10: 15365 George O'Neal Road. For information, call (225) 755-3851 or (225) 755-8888 or visit celebritytheatres.com.

CINEMARK PERKINS ROWE AND XD: 10000 Perkins Rowe. For information, call (800) 246-3627 or visit cinemark.com.

MALCO GONZALES CINEMA: 1406 N. Airline Highway. For information, call (225) 644-2128 or visit malco.com.

MANSHIP THEATRE: 100 Lafayette St. For information, call (225) 344-0334 or visit manshiptheatre.org.

MOVIE TAVERN CITIPLACE: 2610 Citiplace Court. For information, call (225) 412-0410 or visit movietavern.com.

MOVIE TAVERN JUBAN CROSSING: 9998 Crossing Way, Suite 700, Denham Springs. For information, call (225) 960-4529 or visit movietavern.com.

OPENING FRIDAY

"GRETEL AND HANSEL": Rated PG-13/1 hr., 27 mins. — A young girl leads her little brother into the woods, stumbling on a nexus of evil in this horror-tinged adaptation of the fairy tale.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"THE RHYTHM SECTION": Rated R/1 hr., 49 mins. — Blake Lively seeks revenge against the orchestrators of a plane crash that killed her family.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

FRIDAY

"OSCAR SHORTS 2020: LIVE ACTION": Not Rated/1 hr., 41 mins. — See this year's Academy Award-nominated live-action short films before the ceremony.

At 7 p.m. at Manship Theatre. $9.50. Call (225) 344-0334 for discounts. manshiptheatre.org.

SATURDAY

"2020 OSCAR BEST PICTURE SHOWCASE DAY ONE": Ratings vary/7 hrs., 15 mins. — Selections from this year's Oscar best picture category screen back-to-back.

At noon at AMC Baton Rouge 16.

"OSCAR SHORTS 2020: ANIMATION": Not Rated/51 mins. — See this year's Academy Award-nominated live-action short films before the ceremony. Not recommended for ages 12 and under.

At 1:30 p.m. at Manship Theatre. $9.50. Call (225) 344-0334 for discounts. manshiptheatre.org.

SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY

"MET LIVE: PORGY AND BESS": Not Rated/3 hrs., 40 mins. — Eric Owens and Angel Blue star in director James Robinson's production of the Gershwin's modern drama.

At 11:55 a.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD; at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at Movie Tavern Citiplace and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

SUNDAY

"THE WONDERLAND": Rated PG/1 hr., 56 mins. — A girl without self-confidence meets a mysterious alchemist and his student, who are both on a mission to save the world.

At 4 p.m. at Movie Tavern Citiplace.

WEDNESDAY

"OSCAR SHORTS 2020: DOCUMENTARY": Not Rated/2 hrs., 34 mins. — See this year's Academy Award-nominated documentary short films before the ceremony.

At 7 p.m. at Manship Theatre. $9.50. Call (225) 344-0334 for discounts. manshiptheatre.org.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

"THE LION KING (1994)": HHHH Rated G/1 hr., 28 mins. — "Hakuna Matata!"

At Movie Tavern Citiplace and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs). $6.

OPENING THURSDAY

"BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN": Rated R/1 hr., 49 mins. — Margot Robbie returns as the anti-hero who forms a supergroup to save a young girl from a crime lord.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

CONTINUING

"1917": HHHH Rated R/1 hr., 59 mins. — British soldiers in World War I must deliver a message deep in enemy territory in this drama from director Sam Mendes. A dazzling technical feat with a story that's hugely effective and visceral. — J.N.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"BAD BOYS FOR LIFE": HH½ Rated R/2 hrs., 3 mins. — Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as Miami detectives who reunite for one fitfully fun, stylish, if not derivative, last ride. — J. Ch.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"BOMBSHELL": HH½ Rated R/1 hr., 49 mins. — Female news anchors at Fox News take on the toxic atmosphere of Roger Ailes. It feels like a parade of starry impressions rather than something genuine. — J.C.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16 and AMC Mall of Louisiana 15.

"DOLITTLE": H Rated PG/1 hr., 46 mins. — Robert Downey Jr. stars as the physician who discovers he can talk to animals. An unfunny, suffocating mess. — J.C.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"FORD V FERRARI": HHH Rated PG-13/2 hrs., 32 mins. — Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this biographical drama about a car designer and driver who join forces to build a revolutionary race car for Ford. A stylish and enjoyable ride. — M.P.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, and Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"FROZEN II": HHH Rated PG/1 hr., 43 mins. — Elsa and company go into the forest to learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. With bright catchy songs and likable characters, this is a tight Disney package. — J.Ch.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15 and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"THE GENTLEMEN": HH½ Rated R/1 hr., 53 mins. — Guy Ritchie writes and directs this action movie about a British drug lord trying to sell off his empire to Oklahoma billionaires, including Matthew McConaughey and Charlie Hunnam. Stylish and full of swagger, but that's about it. — K.W.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"HARRIET": HHH Rated PG-13/2 hrs., 5 mins. — Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in this biographical drama from director Kasi Lemmons. A compelling story, led by a vivid performance from Erivo. — J.N.

At Movie Tavern Citiplace.

"JOJO RABBIT": HH Rated PG-13/1 hr., 48 mins. — In this comedy set during World War II, a lonely German boy discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl. By the end of it, you'll be wondering what the point of it was. — K.W.

At Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"JOKER": H Rated R/2 hrs., 2 mins. — Joaquin Phoenix overacts his way through this origin story of the infamous Gotham City villain. — M.S.

At Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL": Rated PG-13/2 hrs., 3 mins. — Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan return in this sequel about teenagers sucked into a magical but dangerous video game.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"JUST MERCY": Rated PG-13/2 hrs., 16 mins. — Michael B. Jordan stars as Bryan Stevenson, a civil rights defense attorney who works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner (played by Jamie Foxx).

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace and Malco Gonzales Cinema.

"KNIVES OUT": HHH Rated PG-13/2 hrs., 10 mins. — Daniel Craig plays a detective who has been hired to investigate the mysterious death of a crime novelist. A snappy script and game cast make this fun, even when it's too full of itself. — M.S.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, and Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"LIKE A BOSS": Rated R/1 hr., 23 mins. — Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek and Tiffany Haddish star in this comedy about women who start a beauty company together.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, and Malco Gonzales Cinema.

"LITTLE WOMEN": HHHH Rated PG/2 hrs., 15 mins. — This latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel moves back and forth through the life of Jo March (played by Saoirse Ronan). Written and directed with soul, wit and grace by Greta Gerwig. — M.S.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, and Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD": HHH½ Rated R/2 hrs., 31 mins. — Quentin Tarantino takes a drive through 1969 Los Angeles, focusing on a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt). An often hilarious look at men trying to keep up with the ever-changing times. — M.S.

At Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"PARASITE": HHHH Rated R/2 hrs., 12 mins. — A poor family weaves their lives into the home of the wealthy Park family in this searing thriller about social class from director Joon-ho Bong. The best movie of 2019. — M.S.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, and Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"SPIES IN DISGUISE": Rated PG/1 hr., 42 mins. — A super spy (voiced by Will Smith) faces an unexpected event during a mission, and a scientist (voiced by Tom Holland) helps him try to save the world.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER": HH Rated PG-13/2 hrs., 22 mins. — The final chapter in the Skywalker saga is good fun until director J.J. Abrams starts checking off the nostalgia boxes, and well, the force isn't with this one. — M.S.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, and Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD.

"THE TURNING": Rated PG-13/1 hr., 34 mins. — A brother and sister make life hell for a young governess (Mckenzie Davis) in this horror take on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw."

At AMC Baton Rouge 16, AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Celebrity Theatres Baton Rouge 10, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, Movie Tavern Citiplace, Malco Gonzales Cinema and Movie Tavern Juban Crossing (Denham Springs).

"UNCUT GEMS": HHHH Rated R/2 hrs., 12 mins. — In this crime drama from the Safdie brothers, Adam Sandler stars as a New York City jeweler who makes a series of high-stakes bets that could change his life. Relentless in its pace and Sandler at his best. — M.S.

At AMC Baton Rouge 16 and AMC Mall of Louisiana 15.

"UNDERWATER": Rated PG-13/1 hr., 35 mins. — A crew of aquatic researchers, including Kristen Stewart, must get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean lab.

At AMC Mall of Louisiana 15, Cinemark Perkins Rowe and XD, and Malco Gonzales Cinema.

"WEATHERING WITH YOU": Rated PG-13/1 hr., 54 mins. — A high school runaway befriends a girl who can manipulate the weather in this animated fantasy from writer-director Makoto Shinkai.

At Movie Tavern Citiplace.