Blue Ruin In this barbed-wire-sharp and surprising thriller, Macon Blair is a drifter looking to avenge the murder of his parents. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier finds time to explore a substratal world of homelessness, of a solitary soul scrounging for food, for shelter. This spare American indie examines how violence defines our lives in ways that feel jolting and true. R

Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch's sly, seductive vampire flick, starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as two very old souls, is as much about the life-sustaining force of music as about any hankering for blood. With Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt. R

Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson, robotic and hypnotic, stars in this deeply creepy, mysterious noir about a stranger looking for men to seduce and devour. From filmmaker Jonathan (Birth, Sexy Beast) Glazer. R