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Films opening Friday, April 21, 2017

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“The Student,” a Russian film by Kirill Serebrennikov, is about a teen whose religious convictions cause a stir in his community. (Courtesy Under the Milky Way)
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Born in China: Young panda bears, golden monkeys and snow leopards make their way in the Asian wilderness in the beautiful family nature documentary narrated by John Krasinski. Rated G.

Colossal: Anne Hathaway plays a woman who loses her job, her boyfriend and her apartment and realizes she is somehow connected to a giant creature terrorizing Seoul. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Free Fire: In a violence-filled Boston of the 1970s where everyone has a gun, a polite but tense arms deal quickly goes awry in the film starring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy. Rated R.

Graduation: A Romanian doctor compromises his ethics to ensure his college-bound daughter a brighter future in the Romanian film by Cristian Mungiu. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.

The Lost City of Z: An early 20th century British explorer enters the Amazon and works at proving his discovery of an ancient civilization until he mysteriously disappears in 1925 in the film with Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. Rated PG-13.

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea: Teenage journalists reveal a school administration cover-up of a potentially apocalyptic situation in this animated satire with voices by Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph and Lena Dunham. Rated PG-13. At the Embarcadero.

Norman-Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer: Richard Gere stars as a scheming New Yorker who attempts to capitalize financially on a small favor he once did for the prime minister of Israel in a film by Joseph Cedar. Rated R. At the Clay.

The Promise: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale star as parts of a love triangle set against the backdrop of the final stages of the Ottoman Empire in 1914 Constantinople. Rated PG-13.

The Student: The award-winning Russian film by Kirill Serebrennikov is about a high school student who, convinced that the world is lost to evil, begins to challenge religious beliefs of adults surrounding him. At the Four Star.

Their Finest: The genial, funny story about making movies in World War II Britain stars Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Unforgettable
: An unbalanced woman sets out to destroy her ex-husband and his new fiancee’s engagement in the film starring Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson and Geoff Stults. Rated R.

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