One of the best-reviewed movies of the year, Eighth Grade is so spot-on, so painstakingly realistic, you may think you’ve stumbled into a documentary. First-time writer-director Bo Burnham’s script and Elsie Fisher’s acting make Eighth Grade (94 minutes, R) a compelling tale of a young girl, Kayla, struggling with the adolescent angst of her last few days in middle school. Kayla’s life exists in two realms. Confident Kayla posts inspirational videos on YouTube. She offers sound advice to her fellow 13-year-olds about being yourself, trusting yourself, putting yourself out there and brushing off putdowns from negative jerks. But once her laptop camera is clicked off, she becomes real-life Kayla: awkward, shy, clumsy, tongue-tied, a loner but not by choice. With Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan.
Clint O’Connor, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal (TNS)
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
Mila Kunis, center, and Kate McKinnon, right, play best friends unexpectedly plunged into the world of international espionage after an ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) turns out to be The Spy Who Dumped Me. With Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhaj, Ivanna Sakhno, Sam Heughan, left. Written by Susanna Fogel, David Iserson. Directed by Fogel. (116 minutes, R)
THE DARKEST MINDS
Teens with strange powers (including Amandla Stenberg, right) unite to resist the government that has turned on them. With Mandy Moore, left, and Bradley Whitford. Based on the novel by Alexandra Bracken. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. (105 minutes, PG-13)
DEATH OF A NATION
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s latest, Death of a Nation, examines fascism and white supremacy. (109 minutes, PG-13)
Winnie the Pooh’s friend Christopher Robin, now grown (Ewan McGregor, above), is stressed out and overwhelmed by life, but his childhood stuffed animals band together to help him find his way. With Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss and voices of Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi and Sophie Okonedo. Directed by Marc Forster. (104 minutes, PG)
m Sorry to Bother You: Wild comedy from rapper/activist Boots Riley about a phone sales worker (Lakeith Stanfield, above).
Sicario: Day of the Soladado: South of the border, an assassin (Benicio Del Toro) tries to salvage the life of a teen (Isabella Moner) caught up in a cartel war.
Leave No Trace: Absorbing story, loosely based on fact, of a veteran (Ben Foster) found living in the woods with his daughter (Thomasin McKenzie), and efforts to find a suitable home for them.
Incredibles 2: Worthwhile sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 Pixar animated hit about a family of superheroes.
Aug. 10: The Meg; Hope Springs Eternal; BlacKkKlansman; Slender Man; Dog Days
Aug. 15: Crazy Rich Asians
Aug. 17: Mile 22; The Wife; Alpha; Billionaire Boys Club
Aug. 24: The Happytime Murders; A.X.L.
Aug. 29: Operation Finale
Aug. 31: Searching; Kin; Juliet, Naked
Sept. 7: The Nun; City of Lies; Peppermint
Sept. 14: Fighting With My Family; The Predator; White Boy Rick
Sept. 21: The House With a Clock in Its Walls; Life Itself
Sept. 28: Little Women; Night School; Serenity; Smallfoot