L.A. Weekly's Movie Picks are your look at the hottest films in Los Angeles theaters this week — from indie art-house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check around our Film section every Wednesday through Friday before you make your big-screen weekend plans.

Friday, Feb. 1

Gerardo Naranjo's 2011 Mexican melodrama Miss Bala was based on the true story of a woman kidnapped by gang members and forced to act as a munitions runner in Guadalajara. Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to the story and enlisted Catherine Hardwicke to direct a remake. This Miss Bala redux is a high-octane action flick starring Gina Rodriguez (star of TV's Jane the Virgin) as a makeup artist whose best friend is kidnapped by a vicious drug cartel. A female-empowerment narrative nested within a kickass thriller, the movie is bordered on all sides by a strong supporting cast, including Ismael Cruz Córdova and Anthony Mackie.

Also opening Friday, Feb. 1:

The Wild Pear Tree
This One's for the Ladies
Then Came You
Sharkwater Extinction
Daughter of Mine
The Unicorn
St. Bernard Syndicate

L.A. Weekly also recommends (still in theaters): Glass; The Boy Who Would Be King; Jihadists; The Favourite; If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Vice; Roma; Bohemian Rhapsody; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Mary Poppins Returns; Green Book; A Star Is Born

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