Border: A customs officer with the ability to smell human emotions encounters a man who confounds her powers in the Swedish film directed by Ali Abbasi. Rated R. At the Alamo Drafthouse.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Melissa McCarthy stars in the biopic as Lee Israel, a writer who tries to revitalize her failing career by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights. Rated PG. At the Metreon.
The Fog: One hundred years after an infamous shipwreck, a strange mist brings murderous ghosts to a seaside village in a restored version of director John Carpenter’s 1980 horror classic. Rated R.
Gene Kelly Film Festival: The series of seven programs opens Oct. 26 with “Brigadoon” and “Singin’ in the Rain”; different double features continue Wednesdays-Sundays through Nov. 18. At the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto.
Hunter Killer: A U.S. submarine captain attempts to thwart World War III after uncovering a possible Russian coup in the film starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common and Linda Cardellini. Rated R.
Life and Nothing More: A working-class mother worries her teenage son will end up in prison like his father in the film by Antonio Mendez Esparza starring Regina Williams, Andrew Bleechington, Robert Williams and Ry’Nesia Chambers. Not rated. At the Alamo Drafthouse. A Q&A with the filmmaker follows the 6:30 p.m. screening Oct. 26.
London Fields: Amber Heard plays a world-weary clairvoyant femme fatale waiting to be murdered in noir thriller based on Martin Amis’ novel of the same title. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.
Mid90s: A Los Angeles teen escapes his unhappy domestic situation with new friends at a Westside skate shop in the coming-of-age film by Jonah Hill starring Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin and Katherine Waterston. Rated R. At the Balboa and AMC Van Ness.
Never Heard: Fathom Events presents the movie with David Banner, Robin Givens and Romeo Miller, a faith-based gospel film about a family in Los Angeles taking second chances and finding redemption. Rated PG-13. At 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Century theaters in Redwood City and San Bruno.
Ode to Muir: Professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones and two-time Olympian Elena Hight embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Not rated. At 6:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 30 only at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Spirited Away: Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 presents Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning fantasy adventure, in English dubbed screenings at 12:55 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, and in subtitled screenings at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Rated PG. At AMC Van Ness and Century 9 in San Francisco and Daly City 20.
The War at Home: The Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story of the impact of the war in Vietnam on one American city, using Madison, Wis. and the University of Wisconsin as a microcosm for the 1960s national antiwar movement. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza. Q&A sessions accompany the 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2:20 p.m. Oct. 27 screenings.
What They Had: Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon star in the drama about a woman who returns home to Chicago at her brother’s urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.
Wildlife: In the film by Paul Dano, the only child of 1960s housewife (Carey Mulligan) and golf pro (Jake Gyllenhaal) observes the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage. Rated PG-13. At the Embarcadero.
Wings of Desire: Wim Wenders’ modern fairy tale comes to the big screen in a “painstaking, 10-year digital restoration.” Rated PG-13. At the Roxie.