Karen Allen stars in "Year By the Sea," a film based on the best-selling memoir by Joan Anderson. (Courtesy photo)

Films opening Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Battle of the Sexes: In 1973, 55-year-old “chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs challenges top women’s pro Billie Jean King, 29, to a tennis match that captivated the world while each deals with personal issues in the film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Rated PG-13.

Brad’s Status: Ben Stiller stars as an anxious father accompanying his gifted 17-year-old son on a New England college tour in writer-director Mike White’s dramedy. Rated R.

Friend Request: A popular college student’s social-media faux pas leads to tragedy and, later, tech-terror in the teen horror flick by Simon Verhoeven. Rated R.

Kingsman The Golden Circle: The sequel to the 2014 hit with Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges finds the secret organization teaming with U.S. spies to thwart a common enemy. Rated R.

The Lego Ninjago Movie: Lloyd and his ninja friends move to the big screen to battle his father, the evil warlord Garmadon in the animated movie with voices by Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn and Kumail Nanjiani. Rated PG.

Manolo-The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards: The playful documentary reflects the puckish sense of humor and obsession with style of its subject, high-fashion shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.

School Life: The observational documentary by Neasa Ni Chianain follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.

Stronger: Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, a man severely injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, who helped identify one of the suspects and battled back against physical and emotional adversity in the drama directed by David Gordon Green. Rated R.

The Tiger Hunter: A young Indian man struggles to become an engineer in Chicago in the 1970s and joins a group of eccentric friends in a film co-written and directed by Lena Khan. Not rated. At the Regal Hacienda in Dublin.


The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
: The documentary profiles the San Francisco author, focusing on his evolution from conservative son of the Old South to gay-rights pioneer and creator of the “Tales of the City” novels and TV miniseries. Not rated. Filmmaker Jennifer Kroot and Maupin appear in person on Sept. 24. At the Roxie.


Year by the Sea
: Karen Allen plays Joan Anderson, a woman, who, after 30 years as a wife and mother, retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocated husband to Kansas in the film based on Anderson’s best-selling memoir. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.

Zoology: The Russian film directed by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy is a tragicomic fable about a middle-aged zoo worker, struggling for her independence, who grows a tail. Not rated. At the Roxie.

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