A well-to-do Bucharest architect will stop at nothing to keep her thirtysomething deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. With Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache and Florin Zamfirescu. Written by Calin Peter Netzer and Razvan Radulescu. Directed by Netzer. In Romanian with English subtitles. Zeitgeist Films

In Secret

In 1860s Paris, a repressed young woman trapped in a loveless marriage embarks on an illicit affair with her husband's childhood friend. With Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Tom Felton. Written and directed by Charlie Stratton. Roadside Attractions


A young Palestinian man becomes a freedom fighter and must face painful choices about life, love and resistance. With Adam Bakri, Eyad Hourani and Samer Bisharat. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad. In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. Adopt Films


In AD 79, a slave-turned-unstoppable-gladiator races against time to save his true love from a corrupt Roman senator and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss. Written by Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. TriStar Pictures

FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks 2014

Feb. 28

The Bag Man

Hired by a crime boss to carry out a simple but unusual task, a hard-luck tough guy crosses paths with a host of shady characters and a beautiful woman whose fate becomes entangled with his own. With John Cusack, Robert De Niro and Rebecca Da Costa. Written by David Grovic and Paul Conway. Directed by Grovic. Cinedigm


After being rejected from Harvard, a 14-year-old genius lands at an Ivy League wannabe and forms an unlikely friendship with a 41-year-old gambler who has enrolled as a freshman. With Brendan Fraser and Alex Wolff. Written by Sarah Bird, Adam Wierzbianski and Billy Kent. Directed by Kent. Vertical Entertainment

The Lunchbox

In Mumbai, a middle-class housewife tries to add spice to her marriage by preparing an extra-special lunchbox for her neglectful husband, but a delivery mixup puts it in the hands of a lonely accountant and leads to an unexpected correspondence. With Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Written and directed by Ritesh Batra. In Hindi and English, with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics


During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150-million ransom or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. With Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Universal Pictures

Odd Thomas

A small-town fry cook who can see ghosts and bad omens teams with his girlfriend and the local sheriff to save his town from destruction in this film based on the Dean Koontz book. With Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin. Written and directed by Stephen Sommers. RLJ Entertainment