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Letter grades are listed only when a review is available, and opening dates are subject to change.
ALL THE WORLD IS SLEEPING Caught in a spiral of addiction, a New Mexico woman (Melissa Barrera) struggles to regain custody of her daughter. Also starring Jackie Cruz. Not rated. 110 mins. At the Angelika Plano.
FULL RIVER RED An ambassador’s murder sets off palace intrigue and alliance building in 12th-century China in this film that mixes action, comedy and drama. Not rated. 159 mins. In Mandarin with subtitles. In wide release.
(C) INSIDE A master art thief (Willem Dafoe) struggles to escape from a New York City penthouse after getting locked inside during a failed heist in this suffocating thriller that feels less like a story than an agonized fever dream. How much you get out of the film will depend on your appetite for Dafoe’s heady plunge into a character’s soul in torment. R (for language, some sexual content and nude images). 105 mins. In wide release.
(B) MOVING ON In this comedy, two old friends (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) reconnect at a funeral, and one decides to settle a decades-old score against their late pal’s widower (Malcolm McDowell). The chemistry of the lead actresses mostly makes up for a bland script. Think of it as a sassy feature-length sitcom with a #MeToo twist. R (for language). 85 mins. In wide release.
(D-) SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS This grating, ugly and poorly written sequel continues the story of teen Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into his superhero alter ego, Shazam (a cringeworthy Zachary Levi). Here’s hoping this overly jokey nonsense is Shazam’s last outing. PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence, and language). 130 mins. In wide release.
A SNOWY DAY IN OAKLAND In this comedy, a psychologist (Nicole Ari Parker) from San Francisco ends a stalled romance and opens a private practice across the bay in Oakland. PG-13 (for some suggestive material, language and brief violence). 92 mins. In wide release.
SUPERCELL A teenage boy (Daniel Diemer) seeks to follow in the footsteps of his father, a legendary storm chaser. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Anne Heche and Skeet Ulrich. PG-13 (for language, some peril and smoking). 100 mins. At Galaxy Theatres Grandscape in The Colony.
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A GOOD PERSON A woman (Florence Pugh) seeks redemption after a fatal accident and begins to forge a friendship with the grief-stricken father (Morgan Freeman) of the woman who died in the car crash.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 In this action sequel, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds a way to defeat the crime lords of the High Table, but first he must face off against a powerful new enemy.
THE LOST KING An amateur historian (Sally Hawkins) takes on the academic establishment after finding what she believes to be the lost burial site of King Richard III. Also starring Steve Coogan, Harry Lloyd and Mark Addy.
REWIND AND PLAY This documentary features footage from a wince-inducing 1969 French interview of Thelonious Monk along with video of the famed jazz pianist at work.
RODEO A young woman (Julie Ledru) with a passion for motorcycles is drawn into the male-dominated world of urban “rodeos,” illegal gatherings where riders show off their bikes and do daring stunts.
SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS In this German-language family film that mixes live action with CGI animation, a new student (Emilia Maier) arrives at an unusual school where each child is paired with a magical animal as a companion.
(B+) ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Patriotic young men are as disposable as potato peels in German director Edward Berger’s new adaptation of the novel that gave us the 1930 Lewis Milestone movie of the same name. A skillfully made picture with a high tolerance for muck, it’s a visceral experience, albeit a less punishing one than some other modern war films. Starring Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch and Daniel Brühl. R (for strong bloody war violence and grisly images). 147 mins. In German and English, with subtitles.
(B) THE AMAZING MAURICE In this silly and charming animated tale, a street-smart cat (voiced by Hugh Laurie) teams up with a group of talking rats to extort pest control fees from villagers. But their con hits a snag when they meet a bookworm named Malicia (voiced by Emilia Clarke). PG (for action/peril and some rude material). 93 mins.
(C-) ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) explore the Quantum Realm in the latest Marvel superhero flick. The endearing sweetness of the early Ant-Man movies has been bigfooted into a noisy smash-and- grab extravaganza that, for all its self- conscious bigness, feels smaller and less ambitious than its predecessors. PG-13 (for violence/action and language). 125 mins.
(A-) AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER James Cameron’s dazzling, long-delayed follow-up to 2009′s Avatar (the highest-grossing film ever) tells the story of the Sully family and their efforts to protect one another. All of Cameron’s cinematic obsessions coalesce within this gargantuan slice of mind-boggling spectacle presented with classical action-adventure storytelling. PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence and intense action, partial nudity and some strong language). 192 mins.
(B-) CHAMPIONS Woody Harrelson stars in this warmly amusing comedy about a former minor league basketball coach who is ordered by a court to lead a team of players with intellectual disabilities. Champions doesn’t deviate from the traditional sports movie formula, but it is effective. Also starring Kaitlin Olson, Ernie Hudson and Cheech Marin. PG-13 (for strong language and crude/sexual references). 123 mins.
COCAINE BEAR In this comedy thriller based loosely on a true story, a black bear goes on a cocaine-fueled rampage after stumbling upon the wreckage of a drug runner’s airplane. Starring Keri Russell, Margo Martindale and Ray Liotta. R (for bloody violence and gore, drug content and language throughout). 95 mins.
(A-) CREED III In this sports drama, directed with impressive first-time flair by star Michael B. Jordan, Adonis Creed faces off against an ominous childhood friend and former boxing prodigy (Jonathan Majors) who has recently been released from prison. Majors exudes a danger that electrifies the air around him, and Jordan gives what may be his fullest performance yet as Adonis. PG-13 (for intense sports action, violence and some strong language). 116 mins.
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA — TO THE SWORDSMITH VILLAGE In the latest installment of the popular Japanese anime series, the Upper Rank Demons gather at Infinity Castle. R (for violence and bloody images). 110 mins. In Japanese with subtitles.
(B) 80 FOR BRADY In this sweet comedy inspired by real-life events, four friends (Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin) travel to the 2017 Super Bowl to watch their hero, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The jokes are fairly clean, leaving the film feeling like a kids movie much of the time. It’s a pleasant enough reminder that these iconic leading ladies are still game for a good time. PG-13 (for brief strong language, some suggestive references and some drug content). 98 mins.
(A-) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE In this madcap sci-fi adventure comedy, a Chinese immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) struggles with an IRS tax audit while being pulled into a violent multiverse clash. It’s a preposterous ode to the messy, nonsensical struggle and bliss of being human. R (for language, some violence and sexual material). 139 mins. In English, Mandarin and Cantonese, with subtitles.
(A) GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO Set in fascist Italy, the fantasy master’s stop-motion take on the classic tale is faintly indulgent but never dull. Vivid, lavish and weird, this is a rare piece of children’s entertainment that isn’t afraid to perplex kids as much as it enchants them. Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard and Christoph Waltz. PG (for peril, dark thematic material, brief smoking, some rude humor and violence). 117 mins.
(C-) JESUS REVOLUTION Based on a true story, this faith-based drama examines a national spiritual awakening that sprang from a community of Southern California hippies in the early 1970s. The history is interesting, but the film itself is a dry, scattered slog, neutered of all the thorny, contradictory details of the real story. Instead of finding a focal point, the filmmakers give us three rather shallow storylines about three men (pastors Greg Laurie and Chuck Smith and hippie evangelist Lonnie Frisbee), with often unnecessary details that bog down the film’s momentum. Starring Joel Courtney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Jonathan Roumie and Kelsey Grammer. PG-13 (for strong drug content involving teens and some thematic elements). 120 mins.
(B-) KNOCK AT THE CABIN In this thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, a vacationing family is taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that they make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. This story of humanity, love and destruction — an adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s 2018 horror novel The Cabin at the End of the World — is faithful to the source material, until it is not, because this wouldn’t be a Shyamalan movie without his take on the ending. R (for violence and language). 100 mins.
(B) M3GAN You can run, but you definitely can’t hide, so say hello to your newest horror movie obsession in this delightfully bonkers film about a lifelike doll that begins to take on a life of its own. M3GAN, more often than not, is a comedy before it’s a horror movie, opening with a guffaw before a jarring smash to violence and trauma. PG-13 (for violent content and terror, some strong language and a suggestive reference). 102 mins.
THE MAGIC FLUTE A teenage boy (Jack Wolfe) travels from his home in London to a music boarding school in Austria, where he discovers a mystical gateway to the world of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Also starring F. Murray Abraham and Sabine Devieilhe. Not rated. 115 mins.
(C) MAGIC MIKE’S LAST DANCE After a bad business deal leaves him broke, exotic dancer “Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) accepts an offer from a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek Pinault) to perform a show in London. There are a few flashes of the original magic, but Last Dance is lacking in the energy that made the first two movies a thrill. R (for sexual material and language). 112 mins.
(B-) MISSING When her mother (Nia Long) goes missing in Colombia, a young woman (Storm Reid) searches for answers from thousands of miles away in Los Angeles. But her digital sleuthing leads to more questions than answers in this captivating high-concept thriller. PG-13 (for some strong violence, language, teen drinking and thematic material). 111 mins.
MUMMIES In this animated tale, three mummies from ancient Egypt wind up in modern-day London, where they search for an artifact taken by an ambitious archaeologist. PG (for mild action/violence and some rude material). 88 mins.
OPERATION FORTUNE: RUSE DE GUERRE A spy (Jason Statham) sets out to stop an arms dealer (Hugh Grant) from making a dangerous deal in this action-comedy flick from director Guy Ritchie. Also starring Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Josh Hartnett and Bugzy Malone. R (for language and violence). 114 mins.
(B+) PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH Darker in tone than previous films in the Shrek franchise but still extremely funny, this animated adventure features the swashbuckling title character (voiced by Antonio Banderas) who’s dismayed to learn that he’s on the last of his nine lives. The film falters when resorting to frenetic action sequences seemingly designed for tykes’ short attention spans. But what really makes it work is Banderas’ silky-voiced turn, conveying all of the character’s over-the-top feline suavity while making it clear that he’s very much in on the joke. PG (for action/violence, rude humor/language and some scary moments). 102 mins.
(A-) THE QUIET GIRL In this modestly scaled drama set in the early 1980s, a 9-year-old girl (Catherine Clinch) in rural Ireland is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with relatives for the summer. Clinch proves to be a newcomer of staggering poise in this sensitive, heartfelt portrait of a child’s resilience. PG-13 (for some strong language and smoking). 94 mins. In Irish Gaelic and English, with subtitles.
(C+) SCREAM VI The survivors of the Ghostface killings leave the fictional California town of Woodsboro to start anew in New York City in the latest installment of the horror franchise. Ghostface makes the move as well but is lost in the big city, a slasher made small in his new playground. The film has some satisfying stabbings, but the franchise makes no real progress. Starring Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega and Courteney Cox. R (for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and brief drug use). 123 mins.
65 An astronaut (Adam Driver) crash-lands on an unknown planet and soon realizes that he’s on Earth — 65 million years in the past. Also starring Ariana Greenblatt. PG-13 (for intense sci-fi action and peril, and brief bloody images). 93 mins.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL A rebellious rock star decides to follow his dream to become a preacher. Starring Max Ehrich, Emma Myers, Katelyn Nacon and Gary Weeks. PG-13 (for mature thematic content, drug use, some violent content, suicide and language). 109 mins.
(B-) THE WHALE Brendan Fraser brings piercing emotional honesty to this drama about a 600-pound man in failing health who reckons with his life over the course of a week while trying to connect with his estranged teenage daughter (Sadie Sink). It’s an emotionally and morally messy film that doesn’t quite conceal its single-setting stage origins. R (for language, some drug use and sexual content). 117 mins.
Compiled from staff and wire reports