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New Films: ‘Miss Bala,’ ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

January 31, 2019

“Black Panther”The Oscar-nominated Marvel superhero returns for a special one-week engagement at several AMC theaters to celebrate Black History Month. Tickets are free but must be reserved at weticketit.com/blackpanther.Rated PG-13. Playing at various AMC theaters throughout Houston.“Cold War”A man and a woman fall in and out of love all across post-WWII Europe in this gorgeous black-and-white, Oscar-nominated Polish film from Pawel Pawlikowski (“Ida”).Rated R. Playing at Landmark River Oaks, Houston.“DriverX”LA-based Houstonian Mark Stolaroff produced this indie drama about a man (Patrick Fabian, “Better Call Saul”), undergoing a midlife crisis after he becomes a househusband following the closing of his record store, who finds his fate taking an interesting turn when he becomes a ride-share driver.Unrated. Playing at 7 p.m. Thursday only at AMC Studio 30, Houston. The screening is followed by a Q&A and afterparty. For more information, go to eventbrite.com. Also available through video-on-demand.“Free Solo”The vertigo-inducing documentary about free climber Alex Honnold and his attempt to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan returns for a one-week engagement in IMAX.Rated PG-13. Playing at Regal Edwards Marq’E 23, Houston.“The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story”Based on the true story about a journalist investigating an Australian missionary in India in the ’90s, this drama stars Stephen Baldwin and Sharman Joshi.Rated PG-13. Playing at Regal Edwards Marq’E 23, Houston; AMC Yorktown 15, Houston; Cinemark 19, Katy.“Lone Star Deception”Eric Roberts and Anthony Ray Parker (the “Spartacus” TV series) star in this Texas-shot political drama about a scandal that derails a gubernatorial candidate’s career and may provide an opening for the state’s first black major-party candidate for the position.Unrated. Playing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday only at Regal Edwards Marq’E 23, Houston. eventbrite.com.“Miss Bala”Here’s an English-language remake of a hit Mexican thriller from 2011 about a young woman escaping the clutches of a drug cartel. Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Mackie and Matt Lauria star.Rated R. Playing throughout Houston.“Then Came You”This comedic romantic drama from Peter Hutchings seems to be going after “The Fault in Our Stars” demographic. A healthy young man who’s convinced he’s seriously ill has a meet-cute at a cancer help group with a terminal young woman who gets him to assist her in completing her bucket list. Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) and Asa Butterfield star.Rated PG. Playing at AMC Studio 30, Houston.“They Shall Not Grow Old”Peter Jackson’s powerful documentary that utilizes restored and colorized footage to tell the story of British soldiers in WWI opens for a regular run after special screenings in December and January.Rated R. Playing at iPic Houston; Regal Edwards Greenway Grand Palace 24, Houston; Regal Edwards Marq’E 23, Houston; Studio Movie Grill CityCentre, Houston; AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston; Cinemark College Station.“Velvet Buzzsaw”Jake Gyllenhaal and director Dan Gilroy, who collaborated on the chilling “Nightcrawler” five years ago, team up again for this horror-thriller about an artist whose paintings possess a supernatural force that takes revenge on potential buyers who are more about greed than art.Rated R. Playing on Netflix.cary.darling@chron.com

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