End of Watch (109 min., R) Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play Los Angeles cops. The point-blank gun violence and gut punches feel so realistic that the film can be hard to watch at times. The partners encounter scenes in which very small children are put at risk. They also see many dead bodies stashed inside homes used by drug dealers, and they find undocumented workers locked in cages, seemingly enslaved by human traffickers. The dialogue includes graphic sexual slang and steaming profanity. Various characters use drugs and some engage in semi-explicit sexual situations.
Looper (118 min., R) The futuristic film’s title refers to “looping,” a form of time-travel crime-fighting. In addition to graphic, body-shattering violence and occasional torture, the film shows partially nude prostitutes and includes some strong profanity.
The Master (137 min., R) It’s 1950, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the head of a religious cult, and Joaquin Phoenix is one of his disciples. Paul Thomas Anderson’s first movie since “There Will Be Blood” includes sudden outbursts of nonlethal physical violence, very strong profanity, very heavy drinking, a couple of graphically implied sexual situations, and female nudity.
Jane Horwitz, Washington Post Writers Group.