Studio 54, the club that ruled Manhattan from 1977 to 1980, is the subject of a documentary by Matt Tyrnauer. (Courtesy Zeitgeist Films)

Films opening Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Bad Times at the El Royale: A decrepit Lake Tahoe hotel plays host to seven strangers, each with a past they’re looking to leave behind; the film stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth. Rated R.

Better Start Running: A meek store clerk becomes a desperado on the run with the girl he saved and his grandfather in tow in the film starring Analeigh Tipton, Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello. Not rated. At the 4-Star.

Call Her Ganda: The documentary by PJ Raval explores how the death of a Filipina transgender woman at the hands of a U.S. Marine exposes U.S-Philippines political tensions. Not rated. At the Roxie. Raval appears after the 8:45 p.m. screening Oct. 13 and 3:30 p.m. screening Oct. 14.

First Man: Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle reunite for the story of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong and his path to being the first person to walk on the moon, in 1969. Rated PG-13.

Free Solo: The adventure documentary chronicles climber Alex Honnold’s attempt to ascend Yosemite’s El Capitan without a rope. Not rated. At the AMC Van Ness.

Goosebumps 2-Haunted Halloween: The spooky holiday comes to life in this second adaptation of R.L. Stine’s popular books. Rated PG.

The Happy Prince: Rupert Everett stars in, wrote and directed this tale of Oscar Wilde in his final days reflecting on his life. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

The Hate U Give: The drama based on the book by Angie Thomas is about a black teen who attends a prep school whose life is upended after she witnesses a police officer shoot her childhood best friend. Rated PG-13. At the AMC Metreon.

Pioneers-First Women Filmmakers: The three-screening series opens with “Her Defiance,” a collection of short films from 1912-18 by Alice Guy Blache, Cleo Madison, Lois Weber and others. Not rated. At the Roxie.

Studio 54: The meteoric trajectory of the legendary 1970s disco founded by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell is chronicled in the documentary directed by Matt Tyrnauer. Not rated. At the Embarcadero.

Tea With the Dames: British acting royalty and longtime friends Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith swap gossip and stories in the documentary directed by Roger Michell. Not rated. At the Clay.

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