Movie: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

“The Curse of La Llorona” (Warner Bros.) constitutes an intense but problematic horror story. Director Michael Chaves’ often-effective addition to the universe of the “Conjuring” franchise elicits its fair share of starts.

Movie: ‘Penguins’

At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin the filmmakers dub “Steve” and an introduction to his species as a whole, “Penguins” (Disneynature) is a winning documentary.

Movie: ‘Breakthrough’

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Few people can ever have taken those words of Jesus, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, quite as literally as Joyce Smith, the real-life figure at the heart of the faith-affirming drama “Breakthrough” (Fox 2000).