A look at movies opening in theaters this week.  

 

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

Clint Eastwood makes what could be his last pitch for an acting Oscar by playing a washed-up baseball scout hot on the trail of a hitting phenom (Joe Massingill). But the only person that can help him beat a rival scout (Justin Timberlake) to the punch is the old man’s estranged daughter (Amy Adams). The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Lorenz, Eastwood’s longtime producing partner.

THE MASTER

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood”) offers a thinly veiled slam on Scientology with Philip Seymour Hoffman playing a writer returning from World War II eager to start a religion that fellow vet Joaquin Phoenix immediately gets suckered into. Amy Adams and Laura Dern costar.

END OF WATCH

Director David Ayer (the writer of the Oscar-winning “Training Day”) returns to the crime-infested streets of L.A. with another tale on our men in blue, this one about two overtaxed cops (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) assigned to the city’s notorious South Central district.

DREDD 3-D

Sly Stallone was a disaster as the original Judge Dredd, so Karl Urban (“The Lord of the Rings”) can’t help but be an improvement in this attempt to reboot the potential franchise about futuristic cops patrolling a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

10 YEARS

A group of star-crossed high school alums mark the 10th anniversary of their graduation. Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Ari Graynor, Kate Mara star.

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS

A Teheran musician loses his lust for life, confines himself to bed and takes refuge inside his vivid dreams.

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET

Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence play a mother and daughter who move to a new town and get caught in the middle of a years-old murder case.

LIBERAL ARTS

Josh Radnor plays a university counselor who finds true love with a student (Elizabeth Olsen).

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

Director David France chronicles the rise and achievements of the activist group, Act Up..

STEP UP TO THE PLATE

Director Paul Lacoste profiles Michel Bras, as the master chef prepares to hand over his kitchen to his son.