Here'are a few current movies that I really enjoyed.
★ ‘Grandma’ (R, 1:20) A small marvel. Lily Tomlin plays a cantankerous feminist poet whose pregnant granddaughter (Julia Garner) wants an abortion. Paul Weitz wrote and directed this intimate, heartfelt and extremely funny comedy. With Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott and Judy Greer. (Scott)
★ ‘Learning to Drive’ (R, 1:29) This small, smart dual portrait of the deepening friendship between a New York book critic (Patricia Clarkson) and her Indian-American driving instructor (Ben Kingsley) belongs to a school of grown-up, low-drama two-handers that doesn’t condescend to characters from different cultures and backgrounds. (Holden)
‘Listen to Me Marlon’ (No rating, 1:40) For this intimate documentary, the British director Stevan Riley combines a bounty of visual material with snippets from the many personal audio recordings that Marlon Brando made during his lifetime. The movie brings you ear-whisperingly close to its subject, whose legacy was partly tarnished by an entertainment press that punishes those who refuse to play the game. (Dargis)