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★ ★ ½ Blockers You probably figured the only message tucked away in this prom-night raunchfest would be the rooster unsubtly perched atop the title on the movie poster. But for a comedy about high school virgins with sex on the brain — and the parents determined to thwart them — this one has some sweetly funny sentiment and reassurances to offer. Starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz. (102 min., R) (Tom Russo)

★ ★ ½ Chappaquiddick That July 1969 weekend that marked the end of Mary Jo Kopechne’s life and Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential aspirations. John Curran’s film is damning, glib, and profoundly cynical; it’s impact will probably depend on your own feelings about Camelot. Jason Clarke is excellent as Ted. With Kate Mara, Ed Helms, and Bruce Dern as Old Joe. (101 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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★ ★ Final Portrait Stanley Tucci resumes his directing sideline with a characteristically idiosyncratic effort profiling the renowned 20th-century Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush). The feature chronicles an episode typical of the artist’s torturous, creativity-waylaying perfectionism: Giacometti’s offer to paint a portrait of friend and biographer James Lord (Armie Hammer). It’s a process that makes for a correspondingly sluggish film, however deeply felt. (90 min., R) (Tom Russo)

★ ★ ½ Journey’s End This adaptation of the 1928 play about a British unit in World War I awaiting a massive German offensive doesn’t stray far from its stagey origins but benefits from some nuanced performances, an engaging action sequence, and a mood that ranges from claustrophobia to doom. (107 min., R) (Peter Keough)

★ ★ ★ Pandas Panda cubs are adorable anyway, but shoot them in IMAX 3-D and they are irresistible. Cuteness aside, this documentary looks at the serious business of relocating pandas from captivity at a research facility in China to the wild. In addition to the romping pandas, the IMAX views of the landscape are spectacular (42 min., G). (Peter Keough)

★ ★ ★ A Quiet Place Listen up: This taut, elegantly bare-boned monster movie makes a virtue of silence, as a rural family headed by John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Emily Blunt fend off carnivorous alien critters who are drawn solely by sound. Hush now, children. Smartly directed by Krasinski, it’s a movie to see in a crowded, quietly freaked-out theater. (90 min., PG-13) (Ty Burr)

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★ ★ Ramen Heads An obsequious foodie mash note masquerading as a documentary, Koki Shigeno’s film lionizes the humble noodle soup and Osamu Tomita, four-time winner of the best ramen in Japan. Amateurish filmmaking and music choices spoil an intriguing look into an under-celebrated cuisine. In Japanese, with subtitles. (93 min., unrated) (Ty Burr)