In this week’s new releases, Johnny Depp stars in “Black Mass,” a film about Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. “Everest” stars Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal and is a dramatization of a 1996 disaster, during which eight people were killed in an attempt to climb Mount Everest.

"Black Mass" tells the true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the brother of a state senator and one of the most infamous violent criminals in Boston. (Warner Bros.)

★★“Black Mass” (R)  “For all its style, atmosphere and acting chops, ‘Black Mass’ winds up being a respectable but unremarkable alternative within a canon of films that for decades have depicted their protagonists as romanticized rebels and anti-heroes.” – Ann Hornaday

★★½ “Everest” (PG-13)  “Things don’t get better, only bigger, more in-your-face and more stomach-churning in director Baltasar Kormákur’s dramatization of the 1996 disaster that claimed eight lives on Mount Everest. Filmed in Imax 3-D, the movie is an orgy of suffering, a powerfully affecting experience that you feel with your gut more than with your emotions.” – Michael O’Sullivan

"Pawn Sacrifice" tells the true story of American chess champion Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) as he prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). (Bleecker Street)

★★★ “Pawn Sacrifice” (PG-13)  “Overall, the movie presents a worthy and historical look at the link between genius and mental illness. The whole world was watching as (Bobby) Fischer took on Spassky in 1972, but few realized at the time that Spassky wasn’t Fischer’s true nemesis. His real adversary was himself.” – Stephanie Merry

★★★ “Time Out of Mind” (Unrated)  “Decades after ‘An Officer and a Gentleman,’ Richard Gere hasn’t quite shaken the image of the silver fox, even if recent roles have been less swoon-worthy. In ‘Time Out of Mind,’ however, he kisses glamour goodbye as a homeless New Yorker drifting between shelters and park benches.” – Stephanie Merry

This documentary follows Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who is unmarried, much to the chagrin of his parents. (Alchemy)

★★★ “Meet the Patels” (PG)  “In the opening minutes of ‘Meet the Patels,’ comedian and actor Ravi Patel shares some important facts about himself: 1. He has recently broken up with Audrey, his American girlfriend of two years, whose existence has so far been kept secret from his Indian parents; 2. He is almost 30 years old; 3. He has never been married. This, in Indian culture, is considered ‘code red,’ in Patel’s words.” – Jen Chaney

★★ “Sleeping With Other People” (R)  “The romantic comedy boasts two winning leads in Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, as well as some sweet, funny moments amid the Aaron Sorkin-esque dialogue — courtesy of writer-director Leslye Headland — that’s a little too clever for its own believability.” – Stephanie Merry


Filmmaker Stanley Nelson's film "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" examines the rise of the Black Panther Party. (Stephen Shames/Firelight Films)

★★★ “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (Unrated)  “If ‘The Black Panthers’ has been designed to leave viewers outraged and energized in equal measure, it succeeds with admirable style. It counts both as essential history and a primer in making sense of how we live now.” – Ann Hornaday

★★★ “The New Girlfriend” (R)  “In (Francois) Ozon’s confident hands, ‘The New Girlfriend’ has moments that juxtapose gentle humor and surprising depth of feeling. His ending feels inevitable, if a little cynical. Happiness, in this world, comes at the expense of others.” – Alan Zilberman

★★ “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (PG-13)  “The element of suspicion will serve you well in a sequel — gripping and well shot but overly busy and filled with betrayal — that soon has Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and company on the lam from their saviors and dodging an obstacle course that includes a sandstorm, zombielike creatures called cranks, lightning, distrustful rebels and a doped-up human trafficker (Alan Tudyk) who lures adolescent victims with a creepy rave.” – Michael O’Sullivan

★★ “Cooties” (R) “The horror-comedy ‘Cooties’ — a genially low-budget tale of teachers fighting off a pack of elementary-school-age zombies — milks its midnight-movie aesthetic for all it is worth, mixing obviously fake gore and over-the-top violence with macabre, pop-culture humor.”  – Michael O’Sullivan

★★ “A Brilliant Young Mind” (Unrated)  “Boosted substantially by the naturalistic Taiwan sequences, ‘A Brilliant Young Mind’ is less stuffy than the usual cinematic ode to British smarts and schooling. But that still can’t save this tale of eccentric genius from being profoundly conventional.” – Mark Jenkins