Here are the films scheduled to open this week in wide and limited release:
THE KITCHEN: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss headline the story of three Manhattan housewives who thrive after taking over the families’ criminal enterprise from their recently jailed hubbies. Umm, sounds an awful lot like “Widows.”
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD: The legend of El Dorado gets its umpteenth treatment, but this time it’s none other than Dora the Explorer (Isabela Moner) doing the searching. Alas, in the process she gets sidetracked by the disappearance of her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña).
LUCE: In the pick of the week, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth adopt a brilliant African boy (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) whose teacher (Octavia Spencer) gets a hinky feeling after discovering he might be a budding terrorist.
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Yet another teen horror flick based on a ridiculous premise — this one about a 50-year-old book in which the horrors depicted play out in real life for a gaggle of gullible kids.
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN: Adding to the glut of talking-mutt movies is this bow-(not-so)-wow tale of a race driver (Milo Ventimiglia) and his “lap” dog (voice of Kevin Costner) fighting to stay in front.
BRIAN BANKS: “City on a Hill’s” Aldis Hodge suits up as a convict whose promising football career was stolen by a classmate’s false accusations of rape. Greg Kinnear fights to clear him.
PIRANHAS: In a low-rent Italian “Goodfellas” (based on “Gomorrah” author Roberto Saviano’s novel) a teen is lured into the local mafia, where events allow him to take eventually charge.
THE NIGHTINGALE: Writer-director Jennifer Kent follows up her horror classic, “The Babadook,” with a mind-bending thriller examining the high price of vengeance in 1825 Australia.
THEM THAT FOLLOW: An Appalachian pastor (Walton Goggins) presides over a sect of believers, including his betrothed daughter, who equate the handling of venomous snakes as proof of their commitment to God.