Almost Christmas: In the spirit of the holiday, a family patriarch asks his family to get along for five days in the David E. Talbert’s comedy starring Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Romany Malco, Mo’Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Jessie Usher and DC Young Fly. Rated PG-13.
Arrival: Amy Adams stars as an expert linguist who leads a team attempting to communicate with an alien spacecraft as the world teeters on the brink of war. Rated PG-13.
Crosscurrent: The Berlin Film Festival award-winner in Mandarin — by master cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing (“The Assassin,” “In the Mood for Love”) and writer-director Yang Chao — offers fantasy, mysticism, faith and history along a single riverboat journey, Not rated. At the 4 Star Theatre.
The Eagle Huntress: The beautiful documentary filmed in the expansive Mongolian steppe is a portrait of a 13-year-old Kazahk girl who defies tradition by learning to hunt with fierce golden eagles. Rated G. At the Clay, Shattuck, Century 16 Pleasant Hill, Guild, Camera 3 and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center.
The Love Witch: A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her in this tribute to 1960s Technicolor thrillers written and directed by Anna Biller. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.
Loving: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as real-life interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Rated PG-13. At the Embarcadero.
Shut In: A child psychologist believes she and her son are being haunted by the spirit of a patient who disappeared in the film starring Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, David Cubitt and Jacob Tremblay. Rated PG-13. At the Century in Mountain View.
The Similars (Los Parecidos): The Spanish-language sci-fi film by Isaac Ezban describes what happens, when, on a rainy night in October 1968, eight characters waiting at a remote station for a bus to Mexico City experience a strange phenomenon. Not rated. At the Roxie.