Animation Show of Shows: The 18th annual presentation includes 16 animated short films featuring techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, presented by Acme Filmworks. Not rated. At the Vogue in S.F., Camera 3 in San Jose, and Lark Theatre in Larkspur.
Aquarius: A career-crowning performance by Sonia Braga is the highlight of this lovely, ruminative Portuguese drama from the Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho, about a woman refusing to leave her home despite local pressure. Not rated. At the Clay, with an appearance by Braga on Oct. 28.
Certain Women: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and a revelatory Lily Gladstone star in writer-director Kelly Reichardt’s beautifully understated triptych about four women making their way through life in small-town Montana. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.
The Handmaiden: The masterful new erotic thriller from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook tells the story of how an orphaned pickpocket and Korean con man devise an elaborate plot to seduce and bilk a Japanese woman out of her inheritance. Not rated.
Inferno: Stricken with amnesia, “The Da Vinci Code” symbologist Robert Langdon follows clues tied to Dante and attempts to stop a deadly global virus in the film with Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy and Ben Foster based on the novel by Dan Brown. Rated PG-13.
Moonlight: Superb filmmaking and an exceptional level of emotional honesty universalizes a very specific coming of age experience, that of a gay black man growing from child to adult starting in 1980s Miami’s crack cocaine epidemic years. Rated R. At the Embarcadero, Sundance Kabuki and Alamo Drafthouse.
A New Color:The Art of Being Edythe Boone: The documentary is a joy-filled and timely portrait of the Bay Area muralist and activist, best known for her celebrated artwork on San Francisco’s Women’s Building. Not rated. Screens at the Roxie in S.F. Oct. 30, the New Parkway in Oakland Nov. 1, and Rafael Film Center in San Rafael Nov. 3, with a Q&A with Boone, the filmmakers and special guests following each showing.
We Are X: The documentary profiles X Japan, a band that, under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer and producer Yoshiki, has sold over 30 million singles and albums and has pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock. Not rated. At the Alamo Drafthouse.