A few not-so-shocking giveaways about this week’s new movie releases, including Justice League and Frank Serpico
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., Nov. 17
Werner Herzog will go anywhere for film discovery, and this is one of his better documentaries. In the piney woods north of Houston, he found ugly crime scenes and in a prison two convicted killers who murdered for a joyride. One is a smiling sociopath who thinks lethal injection will speed him to heaven. His pal lucked into a life term, thanks to the rending appeal of his criminal dad, a sad sack of remorse. The film’s chill, staring eye has a glint of pity, and Herzog’s case against the death penalty is less moving than his sifting through moral wreckage in a homely environment. He even found a chaplain who gets weepy about hitting squirrels with a golf cart. 2011.