In this week's new releases, the feature debut of writer-director Robert Eggers, “The Witch,” is a horror film about a family living in New England in 1630 and the events that occur after they are banished to the outskirts of their community. The Jesse Owens biopic “Race” follows the celebrated track-and-field star (Stephan James) as he prepares for the 1936 Berlin Olympic games in the face of racial adversity.

★★★ “The Witch” (R) “For fans of horror at its most sinister, ‘The Witch’ is not to be missed. It casts a spell that lingers long after its most disquieting mists have cleared.” – Ann Hornaday

★★½ “Race” (PG-13) “The biopic ‘Race’ focuses on the most dramatic stretch of Owens’s life, culminating with his 1936 victories in four events, while also examining the implications of U.S. participation in those Nazi-organized games. The film is handsomely mounted and provides a window into the tough choices Owens faced, yet its dramatic licenses oversell its message.” – Alan Zilberman

★★ “Risen” (PG-13) “Viewers already well-versed in the greatest story ever told might find their interest piqued by the filmmakers’ unconventional take. It’s unlikely, however, that ‘Risen’ will preach to anyone outside the choir.” – Ann Hornaday

★★★½ “A War” (R) “Like his 2012 film ‘A Hijacking,’ Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm’s drama ‘A War’ explores the theme of moral compromise with an uncomfortably astringent honesty.” – Michael O’Sullivan

★★ “Rolling Papers” (Unrated) “Documentarian Mitch Dickman’s ‘Rolling Papers’ follows Ricardo Baca, marijuana editor at the Denver Post since 2013, to find out. Yet despite slick production values, this look at the intersection of two potentially fascinating subcultures — journalists and stoners — yields only half-baked results.” – Pat Padua

★★½ “The Club” (Unrated) “Much of the film consists of one-on-one interviews between García ((Marcelo Alonso) and the often self-justifying occupants, whose evasive and occasionally downright deceptive answers make ‘The Club’ feel like a psychological horror story at times.” – Michael O’Sullivan

★★½ “Touched With Fire” (R) “‘Touched With Fire’ is by no means a perfect film. The production values and melodrama sometimes seem better suited for a small-screen movie. But the drama deserves points for its measured, realistic view of mental illness. That’s something we don’t see very often.” – Stephanie Merry

★★ “Snowtime!” (PG) “The first release in a projected series of Canadian films called ‘Tales for All,’ ‘Snowtime!’ is off-puttingly grown-up for the audience it seems to court, while also simplistic to the point of tedium for anyone much older.” – Michael O’Sullivan