Burroughs: The Movie: Howard Brookner’s acclaimed 1983 explores the life and times of controversial “Naked Lunch” author William S. Burroughs, charting the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and personal tragedies. Not rated. At the Roxie.
Donald Cried: Director-writer-star Kris Avedisian deconstructs today’s obsession with the “man-child” in a dark, funny story about former childhood best friends who reconnect decades later in their working-class Rhode Island neighborhood. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.
Kong: Skull Island: Scientists travel to a remote Pacific island and face the enormous ape in the film starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly. Rated PG-13.
The Last Word: Shirley MacLaine stars as a cantankerous octogenarian, disliked by all, sets out to remake herself as a model citizen. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.
Mr. Gaga: The documentary by Tomer Heymann is a portrait of acclaimed Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, head of the innovative Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.
The Ottoman Lieutenant: Joseph Ruben directs the old-fashioned romantic drama which puts a young American nurse (Hera Hilmar) at the center of a love triangle (Michiel Huisman, Josh Hartnett) amid the chaos in Anatolia during the early days of World War I. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.
Uncle Howard: Screening in conjunction with “Burroughs-The Movie,” the film by Aaron Brookner reveals the story of his filmmaker uncle, who died of AIDS in New York in 1989 while in post-production on his breakthrough Hollywood movie. Not rated. At the Roxie.