Beatriz at Dinner

Salma Hayek brings depth and feeling to the title character, an occupational therapist in Los Angeles whose car breaks down at the home of a superrich client (Connie Britton). Invited to stay for a dinner party, Beatriz meets a boorish real estate mogul (John Lithgow), plainly modeled on Donald Trump, and grows depressed when she realizes her sensitivity, idealism, and altruism mean nothing to him. Screenwriter Mike White (The School of Rock, Year of the Dog) aims for social satire but doesn’t have much to say about the erosion of kindness in the Trump era; he seems to think that planting a character like Beatriz in front of a stand-in for the president is enough. Miguel Arteta directed.