New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
A rending, talky documentary by Yoav Potash about Deborah Peagler, an L.A. black woman abused by the “dreamboat” husband who pimped her. Her effort to escape with her kids led to his death and won her an absurdly stretched sentence, though she was a model prisoner and suffered cancer. Pro bono lawyers Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa became her angels during a stream of Kafka-maze appeals and cruel denials. D.A. Steve Cooley comes off as a stone-cold nightmare. The film tactics plod, but Peagler is humanly gripping and ultimately a hero. 2011.