Kim Wayans (left) stars as "Audrey" and Adepero Oduye (right) stars as "Alike" in “Pariah,” directed by Dee Rees. (Focus Features )

Pariah” (R) “This invigoratingly fresh, optimistic film - which features the breathtaking debuts of director Dee Rees and leading lady Adepero Oduye - plunges the audience into a world that's both tough and tender, vivid and grim, drenched in poetry and music and pain and discovery.” — Ann Hornaday

Norwegian Wood” (Unrated) “For a story packed with big, indelible events - suicide and sexual awakening, terminal illness and first love - "Norwegian Wood" is a restrained portrait of liminal moments, a coming-of-age tale that feels more like a moody ghost story than a neatly contained chronicle of beginnings.” — Stephanie Merry

Also opening: “The Devil Inside