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genealogy A Vietnamese family faces supernatural terror after moving into their ancestral home centuries ago. unclassified. 101 minutes in Vietnamese with subtitles. At AMC Firewheel in Garland, AMC Mesquite, and AMC Grapevine Mills.
family camp In the first feature film from Christian comedy duo The Skit Guys (Tommy Woodard and Eddie James), a trip to a family camp highlights the competitive side of two parents. PG (for some procedures and objective items). 111 minutes in the wide version.
fire starter A young girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) struggles to control her mysterious ability to set her mind on fire in this film based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. It stars Zac Efron, Gloria Rubin and Courtwood Smith. R (for violent content). 110 minutes in the wide version.
(a) Happen or occur A young woman seeks an illegal abortion in 1960s France in this highly intimate adaptation of Annie Ernault’s memoir. Happen or occur , First prize winner at the Venice International Film Festival last fall, it’s often a tough, compassionate but brutally honest watch. R (for disturbing material/images, sexual content and graphic nudity). 99 minutes in French with subtitles. In Dallas and Plano Angelicas.
(B) When counting to three Two best friends (Jerrod Carmichael and Christopher Abbott) strike a suicide pact in this dark comedy that is beyond imagination but manages to avoid a slide into rudeness. Also starring Tiffany Haddish and JB Smoove. R (for violence, suicide, pervasive language, and some sexual references). 86 minutes in Angelica Dallas.
Share home After an accident miles off shore, a group of friends are stranded in shark-infested waters. unclassified. 87 minutes at the Galaxy Grandscape Theaters in the Colony.
Donton Abbey: A New Era In this follow-up to the popular 2019 movie and PBS TV series, Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) inherits a French villa, and Hollywood producer (Hugh Dancy) seeks to use the Crawley family’s sprawling estate as a set for his next movie. PG (for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements). 125 minutes
Emergency In this comedy, three college students (Donald Elise Watkins, RJ Celler, and Sebastian Chacon) prepare for a night of partying when they find a woman who has passed out on the floor and have to decide how to get her to safety. R (for language prevalence, drug use, and some sexual references). 105 minutes
good morning In this comedy, a movie star (Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly) must choose between pursuing the love of his life or getting the title role in a major movie. It stars Becky J, Dove Cameron, Pete Davidson, and Megan Fox. R (for all-around drug use, pervasive language and rough sexual references). 83 minutes
men In this horror film, a young woman (Jesse Buckley) goes on vacation alone in the English countryside to seek recovery after losing a loved one. But something in the woods seems to be following her. R (for disturbing, violent content, nudity, shocking images and language). 100 minutes
Montana story In this new West, two estranged brothers (Halle Lou Richardson and Owen Teague) return to their home on a sprawling ranch to confront a bitter family legacy. R (for language). 113 minutes
pleasure A woman (Sofia Capel) moves to Los Angeles and dreams of becoming an adult movie star. unclassified. 109 minutes
Take Me to the River: New Orleans This documentary celebrates the musical history and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. unclassified. 110 minutes
whirlpool This drama by French director Gaspard Noé deals with the twilight days of an elderly couple, one suffering from dementia and the other with a heart condition. Uncategorized (contains vulgar language, drug abuse, and disturbing images). In French with subtitles. 142 minutes
(c) Ambulance After the robbery goes awry, two bank robbers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) take hostages and rob an ambulance in an effort to escape director Michael Bay’s throwback to a time when thrillers were big, loud, decadent, and torn from die hard. She maintains such a frantic pace from start to finish that you eventually get exhausted. Also starring Eza Gonzalez. R (for bloody pictures and language all the time and extreme violence). 136 minutes
(B) the wicked In this fun animated tale that merges eleventh ocean, a gang of criminal animals decide to become model citizens. The moral of the story does not contain a great deal of chaos. However, he is smart, visually interesting and very funny. Featuring the voices of Sam Rockwell, Akwafina, Craig Robinson, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Anthony Ramos. PG (for action and a rude sense of humor). 100 minutes
(a-) Batman Robert Pattinson flaunts the iconic cowl in this superhero story that brings some much-needed introspection to the Dark Knight. It stars Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, and Peter Sarsgaard. PG-13 (for violent, disturbing, drug content, vulgar language, and some suggestive material). 176 minutes
(B) Doctor Strange In Multiple Insanity Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) opens a doorway to the alternate realities of the multiverse, which his grieving girlfriend Wanda Maximoff (the amazing Elizabeth Olsen) is determined to conquer. Olsen is so emotionally dominant that Strange—whose task is simply to prevent Wanda from succeeding—sometimes feels less like a hero than a villain’s frustration, which frankly pays off for everyone. PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, action, frightening imagery, and some language). 126 minutes
(a) the duke In this true-to-life tale, a taxi driver (Jim Broadbent) steals a picture from the National Gallery in London and demands better care for the elderly in return for its return. This groovy and compelling movie stars the gorgeous Helen Mirren as his long-suffering wife. R (for language and abbreviated gender). 96 minutes
(a-) Everything everywhere at once In this maddened fantasy-adventure comedy, a Chinese immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) struggles with IRS tax scrutiny while being dragged into a multiverse clash. It is an absurd and tasteless ode to the absurd, chaotic struggle and bliss of being human. R (for language, some violence and sexual material). 139 minutes in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, with subtitles.
(C-) Fabulous Paintings: Dumbledore’s Secrets Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) leads a team of wizards, wizards, and one brave Muggle on a mission to thwart an evil wizard (Mads Mikkelsen) in the third installment of the JK Rowling series. The movie is less clogged with distracting detail than its predecessor, but even the most subtle plot can’t save a movie of two hours or more from feeling like an endurance test. Also starring Jude Law. PG-13 (for some fantasy and violence). 142 minutes
(c) Father STU Mark Wahlberg stars in this religious drama about boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long. With his quick, familiar style, Wahlberg can be entertaining. But the movie is rarely really engaging, and the screenwriting style makes the characters two-dimensional and hollow. Also starring Jackie Weaver and Mel Gibson. R (for language). 124 minutes
JUJUTSU KAISEN 0: THE MOVIE In this animated tale from Japan, a teenager acquires supernatural powers and enrolls in a special school to help him train. PG-13 (for some suggestive references, language, bloody images, objective material, and violent content). 105 minutes in Japanese, with subtitles.
(B) the lost City After the reclusive romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped, her cover model (Channing Tatum) sets out to rescue her. This jungle adventure is not just a fun diversion; It’s a return to rom-com form for one of the genre’s best and brightest stars. Bullock still gets it, and won’t soon let you forget about it. PG-13 (for violence, some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity, and language). 112 minutes
(d+) memory An assassin (Liam Neeson) learns he’s become a target after refusing to complete a job at a criminal syndicate, but his faltering memory hampers his quest for revenge on a forgotten thriller plagued by a bad script and flat characters. R (for violence, some bloody pictures and language all over the place). 114 minutes in English and Spanish, with subtitles.
Morbius In this Marvel superhero movie, a biochemist (Jared Leto) who suffers from a rare blood disease tries a dangerous cure but instead infects himself with a form of vampire. It stars Matt Smith, Michael Keaton, Adria Arjona, and Therese Gibson. PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, some frightening visuals and strong, succinct language). 104 minutes
(a-) North Director Robert Eggers brings the Vikings saga back to the big screen in a big, bold and bloody way with this daring epic starring Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård. R (for extreme bloody violence, some sexual content and nudity). 136 minutes
(C-) sonic the hedgehog 2 The blue hedgehog faces off against the evil Dr. Robotnik in this animated installment based on the popular video game franchise. The feature film wears its welcome well before it turns into another phone franchise entry. Featuring the voices of Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. PG (for some violence, crude humor, and gentle language). 122 minutes
(b+) The unbearable weight of tremendous talent Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage, a visualization we’re accustomed to within seconds in this deliriously fun time comedy making fun of the actor. The movie is simultaneously a gently preposterous friendly, poker-like crime thriller and a hall of mirrors in which Cage’s life is transformed into a movie and then back again. R (for violence, drug use and some sexual references and language throughout). 106 minutes
(c) Anonymous A clever street thief (Tom Holland) is recruited to recover the lost fortune of Ferdinand Magellan in this movie based on the popular video game series. This adventure is good and entertaining enough, but while some moments are inspiring, others are completely lethargic. PG-13 (for violence/action and language). 116 minutes
Compiled from staff and wire reports