Afternoon Delight: Written and directed by Jill Holloway, this indie comedy follows a Los Angeles woman’s (Kathryn Hahn) pursuit to transcend the drudgeries of everyday life and marriage by giving shelter to a young stripper (Juno Temple).
Band of Sisters: Documentary that covers an entire generation of nuns who were transformed in the 1960s by Vatican II and left their traditional posts at convents, schools and hospitals to work out in the community. Screens through Sept. 11 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Bounty Killer: Murderous bounty hunters compete for money, fame and mutual respect in this exploitation film starring a horde of D-level actors. Screens at AMC Palm Promenade in Chula Vista.
The Citizen: After winning the U.S. green-card lottery, Ibrahim arrives in New York City on Sept. 10, 2001. The events of the following day shape his experience in profound ways. Screens through Sept. 12 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
The Patience Stone: A magical-realist parable about an Afghan woman living in a war-torn state who gains her voice in the face of adversity and patriarchy. Directed and co-written by Atiq Rahimi, from his best-selling novel.
Riddick: Vin Diesel returns as the titular criminal badass who must battle an alien race of predators and brutal mercenaries.
Terraferma: Set on a beautiful Sicilian island, a young boat captain helps a band of refugees to safety despite warnings from the coast guard. His decision has grand social implications for the town. Screens through Sept. 12 at the Ken Cinema.
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The Harder They Come: In this iconic gangster film from Jamaica, singer Jimmy Cliff redefined what it meant to go outlaw. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Arclight La Jolla.
Sideways: I will not drink merlot! Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
Beer Hunter: Chronicles the life and work of beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson, who helped jumpstart the craft-brewing craze. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.
No: Gael Garcia Bernal stars as an ad man hired to create a campaign to take down notorious dictator Augusto Pinochet during Chile’s 1988 referendum. Presented by San Diego Latino Film Festival’s Que Viva! Cine Latino, it screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Otay Ranch Town Center Food Pavilion. It screens again, presented by the Latino Film Festival’s Cine en el Parque, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Some Like it Hot: Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis get their drag on to impress the magnificent Marilyn Monroe in this Billy Wilder classic that ends up at the Hotel del Coronado. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Sept. 7, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Back to the Future 2: This sequel to the great Robert Zemeckis original actually hits the forward button, to the future. Screens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park.
Big: A bit of supernatural magic allows a rambunctious kid to inhabit the body of Tom Hanks. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Heritage Country Park in Old Town.
Blow-Up: One of Michelangelo Antonioni’s great experiments, this murder mystery set in swinging 1960s follows a fashion photographer who accidentally captures a killing on film. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday Sept. 6, at the San Diego Museum of Art. A pre-film lecture will start at 7 p.m.
Now You See Me: A gang of criminal musicians sets its sights on a massive score, with the FBI and Interpol in hot pursuit. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Hervey Branch Library in Point Loma.
Stories We Tell: Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley looks back at her own past with unflinching honesty in this great documentary about family and forgiveness. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Hervey Branch Library in Point Loma.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Contains the greatest exit from a swimming pool in film history. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: Set in the 1950s, David Lowery’s poetic crime film tells the story of an escaped prisoner (Casey Affleck) who returns home to a small Texas town to retrieve his wife (Rooney Mara) and young daughter.
Closed Circuit: Two British lawyers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) get caught up in a deadly terrorist plot that exposes the dangerous and pervasive power of the secret intelligence community.
Drinking Buddies: Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson play co-workers at a Chicago craft brewery who flirt and drink and find nothing but complicated romance. Directed by indie stalwart Joe Swanberg.
Getaway: When his wife is kidnapped, Ethan Hawke must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man who may be responsible for her disappearance. Selena Gomez co-stars.
The Grandmaster: The story of kung-fu master Ip Man in his early days, created through the hyper-realized style of filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.
Instructions Not Included: A smarmy playboy (Eugenio Derbez) gets a rude awakening when an ex-flame drops off a baby at his doorstep, forcing him to become an unlikely father figure.
Grand Canyon Adventure: Take a picturesque journey into the heart of the Grand Canyon, where raging rapids are framed by stunning rock formations and deep blue skies. Screens through Sept. 5 at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
One Direction: This is Us: Go behind the scenes with the famous boy band from England as they embark on a worldwide tour, to the delight of thousands of screaming fans.
Passion: In the latest from director Brian De Palma, two advertising executives (Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams) become bitter rivals after a series of betrayals and public humiliations escalate to murder.
Una Noche: A group of nervy teens prepare for the dangerous journey from Cuba to Miami in this vibrant tale about resolve and devotion. Screens through Sept. 5 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation: The venerable edgy ’toon-fest has returned to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location with a 20th-anniversary show that runs through Nov. 23. Voice actor Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy) will make appearances on Sept. 13 and 14.
Austenland: A single, 30-something woman (Keri Russell) obsessed with Jane Austen sinks her life savings into a lavish English vacation to an Austen-themed manor hoping to find her Mr. Darcy.
The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen (NBC’s Hannibal) stars as a humble school teacher accused of an unthinkable crime in a small-town Danish community.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: Clary Fray (Lily Collins) finds out truths about her past and bloodline when her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon.
The World’s End: The creative team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz return with this sci-fi comedy about a group of estranged childhood friends who reunite for an epic pub-crawl, only to find a menacing alien presence occupying their home town.
In a World…: Lake Bell wrote, directed and stars in this film about an underachieving vocal coach who makes a play at becoming a voiceover star, following in her famous father’s footsteps.
Jobs: The life and times of Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), from college dropout to one of the most respected and revered entrepreneurs of his time.
Kick-Ass 2: Costumed heroes Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnston) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) are back fighting crime in this sure-to-be bloody sequel to the popular 2010 film.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves as a butler in the White House for seven consecutive presidents, witnessing shifts in civil rights and foreign policy from a fascinating vantage point.
Paranoia: Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford play corporate gangsters who square off against each other using poor Liam Hemsworth as a pawn.
The Spectacular Now: An alcoholic high-school senior (Miles Teller) romances an inexperienced fellow student (Shailene Woodley) and inadvertently falls in love.
Elysium: After being diagnosed with a terminal disease, a factory worker (Matt Damon) attempts to infiltrate a manmade space habitat where the world’s wealthy now live in permanent luxury. Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9).
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: The titular son of Poseidon must embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters in order to stop a rising tide of ancient evil.
Planes: The kids will probably do flips for this animated Disney film about a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race.
We’re the Millers: In order to sneak a huge Mexican weed shipment into the U.S., a veteran pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) creates a fake family in hopes of bypassing authorities. Co-starring Jennifer Aniston.
2 Guns: Plenty of bullets will be spent in this action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as dueling law-enforcement officers trying to clear their names.
Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen’s latest comedy showcases the amazing Cate Blanchett as an entitled 1-percenter who experiences a harrowing fall from grace.
Blackfish: SeaWorld and its potentially corrupt business practices take a shellacking in this documentary about the killer whale responsible for three deaths during its time in captivity. Ends Sept. 5 at Hillcrest and La Jolla Village cinemas.
Smurfs 2: Another Smurfs movie, because why not?
Storm Surfers 3D: Surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones travel the globe seeking the ultimate wave, in 3-D.
The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman reprises his iconic role as the immortal clawed X-Man battling a brutal band of Yakuza in modern Japan.
The Conjuring: Ghosts and demons haunt a large suburban family who just moved into a rickety Rhode Island home with a dark past. It’s directed by horror maestro James Wan (Insidious, Saw).
Grown Ups 2: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James return for another round of juvenile debauchery in this sequel to the 2010 comedy.
Pacific Rim: From the mind of Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro: The world is under attack by reptilian monsters, so mankind resorts to building gigantic robots as the last line of defense.
The Way, Way Back: A 14-year-old boy finds self-worth during a summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette) and her combative new boyfriend (Steve Carell).
20 Feet From Stardom: Backup singers for today’s superstars finally take center stage in this music documentary featuring a range of inspirational stories about artistic endurance and passion.
Despicable Me 2: Gru (Steve Carell) and his army of minions attempt to transcend their roles as villains and save the world in this sequel to the popular 2010 animated film.
Monsters University: Professional frighteners and quibbling buddies Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) are back for Pixar’s first-ever prequel set during their wild college days.
This is the End: It’s the end of the world as we know it, and the Judd Apatow reunion tour feels just fine. Directed by Seth Rogen, this comedy apocalypse is sure to include multiple plumes of ganja smoke.
Rocky Mountain Express: The IMAX theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was recently overhauled. This latest entry takes viewers through the Canadian Rockies without leaving San Diego.
Cosmic Collisions: So, that asteroid that might smash into Earth in 20 years is much bigger than previously thought? Awesome. This new IMAX movie at the Reuben H. Fleet looks at what happens when things bash into each other in outer space. On the bright side, if we go the way of the dinosaurs, at least future species will have a new source of fossil fuels.
Flight of the Butterflies: It turns out Monarch butterflies are much like SDSU students—every year, thousands of them head to Mexico. This IMAX film captures their beautiful trip. The butterflies, that is.
To the Arctic 3-D: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 2. Meryl Streep narrates this new IMAX movie about a mama polar bear and her two cubs.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.