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(B) THE FORGIVEN A wealthy couple (Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain), in Morocco to attend a lavish party, face the consequences after killing a local teenager in a car crash. Written, directed and acted with intelligence and panache, it’s a very adult but never dull film – a morally alert drama that leaves us with the reprimand. Also with Ismael Kanater, Matt Smith, Saïd Taghmaoui and Caleb Landry Jones. R (for certain content of a sexual nature, brief violence, pervasive language and drug use). 117 mins. On digital and VOD platforms.
HARNESS After a computer expert (Kevin Dillon) finds a bomb strapped to his office chair and is forced to break into banking institutions and steal money online, he is framed for the crime and must try to excuse themselves. Also starring Mel Gibson. R (for language everywhere and a bit of violence). 104 mins. At America Cinemas La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth.
(B-) MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU The fifth entry in animation Despicable Me The franchise offers another healthy dose of bad behavior – and an origin story for 11-year-old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) as he seeks to become the world’s greatest supervillain. Packing the whole shtick in just under an hour and a half, the film, set in 1976, is a perfectly painless adventure that should captivate kids and entertain adults. PG (for a bit of action/violence and crude humor). 87 mins. In wide version.
(B) Mr. MALCOLM’S LIST After being dumped by London’s most eligible bachelor (Sopé Dìrísù), a woman (Zawe Ashton) hatches a revenge plot in which she persuades her friend (Freida Pinto) to play the role of her perfect partner in this lovable comedy. of manners which takes place in the 19th century. The film starts slowly, but strong performances keep it engrossing. PG (for mild language and a bit of smoking). 117 mins. In wide version.
(A-) OFFICIAL COMPETITION In this devious satirical comedy that confuses show business, a wealthy industrialist (José Luis Gómez) hires a star director (Penélope Cruz) and actor (Antonio Banderas) to direct a hit movie. The film is both cerebral and sublimely silly, with a hilariously devilishly dark climax. R (for language and some nudity). 115 mins. In Spanish with subtitles. In wide version.
SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN After invading soldiers kill his wife and burn down his house, a Ukrainian physics professor swears revenge and becomes a military sniper, aiming to eliminate an elite Russian counterpart. R (for violence, bloody images, language and certain aspects of sexuality/nudity). 111 mins. In Ukrainian with subtitles. At America Cinemas La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth.
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THE ROAD TO GALENA A rising star (Ben Winchell) at a powerful law firm in Washington, DC, seemingly has it all, but he longs to return to small-town life and pursue his true dreams. R (for language). 110 mins.
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER Faced with the threat of Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who aims to make the gods disappear, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) calls on Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who can now wield Thor’s magic hammer. PG-13 (for intense sci-fi violence, action, language, partial nudity, and some suggestive elements). 119 mins.
(B) THE VILLAINS In this fun animated tale that riffs on Ocean’s Eleven, a gang of criminal animals decide to become model citizens. The moral of the story doesn’t pack a big punch. Still, it’s smart, visually interesting and very, very funny. With the voices of Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron and Anthony Ramos. PG (for action and crude humor). 100 mins.
(B) THE BLACK PHONE After being abducted by a serial killer (Ethan Hawke) and locked in a basement, a 13-year-old boy (played by McKinney newcomer Mason Thames) begins receiving calls on a phone disconnected from the minds of previous victims of the killer. The black phone is a satisfying balancing act of a movie that has elements of the supernatural, psychological suspense, and horror. It also has one of the most satisfying horror-thriller endings in years. R (for violence, bloody images, language and drug use). 102 mins.
(B) BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE This film adaptation of the long-running Fox animated series finds the Belchers trying to save their family’s restaurant after a sinkhole threatens its ability to stay in business. Directors Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman essentially created a long, funny and quality episode of the series. PG-13 (for coarse/suggestive material and language). 102 mins.
(B+) CHA CHA TRUE SMOOTH A fresh college graduate (Dallas native Cooper Raiff, who also wrote and directed the film) charms a single woman (Dakota Johnson) with his ability to connect with her autistic daughter (Vanessa Burghardt). It’s an enjoyable film, even though it boasts a series of tropes from Rushmore, say anything, Steve’s Tao and a hundred other Sundance movies centered on adorably infuriating man-child flakes. Also starring Brad Garrett and Leslie Mann. R (for language and some sexual content). 107 mins.
DEEP IN THE HEART: A TEXAS WILDLIFE STORY This documentary, narrated by actor Matthew McConaughey, examines the diverse landscape and unique wildlife of Texas. PG (for some thematic documents). 103 mins.
(B) DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) opens a door to alternate realities in the multiverse, which his grieving friend Wanda Maximoff (a spectacular Elizabeth Olsen) is determined to conquer. Olsen is so emotionally dominant that Strange – whose mission is simply to prevent Wanda from succeeding – sometimes feels less like a hero and more like a villain’s foil, which is honestly quite a positive. PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, scary images and some language). 126 mins.
(B) DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA Despite the promise of a radical change in its title, this drama following the aristocratic Crawley clan and their lively home is much more of the same, which will suit fans of the PBS hit perfectly. The pleasures remain intact – the outfits, the fancy dinner parties, the enviable real estate – although the script looks like something series creator Julian Fellowes knocked out during tea breaks. PG (for some suggestive references, linguistic and thematic elements). 125 mins.
(A-) ELVIS In this sprawling pop epic, director Baz Luhrmann picks up the legacy of Elvis Presley, relegated to a Las Vegas gag, and reminds us how dangerous, sexy, and downright revolutionary the king of rock ‘n’ roll was. At the center of the film, Austin Butler delivers a fully transformed, star-making turn as Presley. PG-13 (for substance abuse, foul language, suggestive material and smoking). 159 mins.
(A-) EVERYWHERE AT THE SAME TIME In this crazy sci-fi adventure comedy, a Chinese immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) struggles with an IRS tax audit while being drawn into a violent multiverse showdown. It is an absurd and tasteless ode to the messy and absurd struggle and happiness of being human. R (for language, some violent and sexual content). 139 mins. In English, Mandarin and Cantonese, with subtitles.
(B-) JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION The casts of two generations of jurassic park films – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill – unite for the first time in a world where dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans everywhere. The film is loaded with nostalgia, consisting of nods to the original films and other action-adventure classics. As a farewell to the franchise, it’s heartfelt – if a bit blunt – giving preference to references over narration. PG-13 (for intense action sequences, some violence and language). 146 mins.
(VS) LIGHT YEAR In this anime toy story spin-off, Buzz Lightyear (the non-toy version, voiced by Chris Evans) embarks on a space adventure with a group of rookies and his robot sidekick. With its classic sci-fi setting, Light year is not ambitious or existential or likely to make you cry. It’s just a tasteless film, not very different from the others. PG (for action/peril). 100 mins.
(B+) CRAZY GOD Special effects pioneer Phil Tippett (star wars, jurassic park) delivers a stop-motion labor of love that he began in the 1980s with this dialogue-free film that’s meant to work more like a dream than a literal story. The setting envisioned here ranks among science fiction’s darkest dystopias, but aficionados of this nearly extinct form of special effects will marvel at the elaborate worlds. Unclassified. 83 mins.
(B) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN This crowd-pleasing underdog golf biopic about Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a crane operator who made it into the 1976 British Open despite never having played a round of golf, sometimes swings and breathes with his super quirky style. But a brilliant script and game performance allow it. PG-13 (for smoking and foul language). 106 mins.
(VS)- SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 The Blue Hedgehog takes on the evil Dr. Robotnik in this animated sequel based on the popular video game franchise. The overlong film wears down its reception long before it turns into another phone franchise entry. With the voices of Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. PG (for some violence, action, crude humor and soft language). 122 mins.
(A) TOP GUN: MAVERICK In the long-delayed 1986 sequel Superior gun, Tom Cruise returns as Navy aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who’s been trying not to rise in rank for 30 years so he can continue to satisfy his need for speed. There may be some new pilots on deck, but make no mistake: this is a Maverick movie through and through, featuring the kind of nostalgia that delivers everything one expects. PG-13 (for intense action sequences and foul language). 131 mins.
Compiled from staff and wire reports