For, Oct. 24, 2014

Bill Murray is a crotchety coot and Keanu Reeves gets his action mojo going in the two major movies opening this weekend. And a little British film makes a comeback.

"St. Vincent" (PG-13). This independent comedy-drama stars Bill Murray as an irritable loner, a war veteran with drinking and gambling issues. When a newly divorced single mother (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son (Jaeden Lieberher) move in next door, Murray forms an unlikely bond with the boy. Naomi Watts and Chris O'Dowd co-star.

"John Wick" (R for violence, language). Keanu Reeves is the title character, a former hit man mourning the death of his wife when a thug harasses him and ultimately kills his dog, which was a gift from his late wife. So Wick gets his Liam Neeson on and things escalate. Co-stars include Ian McShane, Willem Dafoe, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan.

"23 Blast" (PG-13). True story of Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka), a Kentucky high school football star who loses his sight due to a rare disease, but with help, continues to play. Uplifting independent film is rated PG-13 for one brief scene in which an underage character is drinking. Click here for the scene in question; the filmmakers suggest the film should have been PG.

"Ouija" (PG-13). After a teenage girl dies in an apparent suicide, her friends use a Ouija Board to contact her but instead unleash the demon that killed her.

"Dear White People" (R for language, sex). Satire about race relations at an Ivy League college built around a white fraternity hosting an African-American-themed Halloween party. The main characters are a militant radio-show host (Tessa Thompson) and her straight-arrow boyfriend (Brandon Bell), whose father (Dennis Haysbert) is dean of students.

"One Chance" (PG-13). This British comedy-drama is the true story of Paul Potts, a Welsh clerk who won "Britain's Got Talent" with his natural operatic singing talent. This film was scheduled to open two weeks ago but the Tower in Salt Lake City, which had booked it for an exclusive run, was forced to shut down that weekend due to "concrete failure" in front of the theater. But now they're back in business and "One Chance" gets a second chance.

"The Blue Room" (R for graphic sex, nudity; in French with English subtitles). Co-writer and director Mathieu Amalric stars with Stephanie Cleau, the screenplay's other co-writer, in this film noir about an adulterous tryst that leads to murder. Adapted from a novel by Georges Simenon.