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Letter grades are listed only when reviews are available.
(B) BLACK PHONE After being kidnapped by a serial killer (Ethan Hawke) and locked in a basement, a 13-year-old boy (played by newcomer Mason Thames from McKinney) begins receiving disconnected phone calls from the spirits of his previous victims. The horror-thriller, which reverses many of the genre’s conventions, is a satisfying balancing act that has elements of the supernatural, psychological suspense, and horror. It also has one of the most satisfying endings of a horror-thriller in recent years. R (for violence, bloody images, language and some drug use). 102 minutes. In wide release.
(A-) ELVIS This sprawling pop epic from director Baz Luhrmann makes Elvis Presley relevant again, reminding us how dangerous, sexy, and revolutionary he used to be. Austin Butler provided a completely transformed star turn in the title role. The film focuses on the energy and emotional beat of Elvis’ journey and delves into the exploits at the hands of his manager, Kol. Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Also stars Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley. PG-13 (for substance abuse, abusive language, suggestive material and smoking). 159 minutes. In wide release.
MURDER IN YELLOWSTONE CITY In this West, a Montana gold prospector is murdered after finding gold, and the sheriff quickly catches a mysterious newcomer. But the brutal killings continued, leading to a bloody showdown. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Thomas Jane, Isaiah Mustafa, Richard Dreyfuss, Nat Wolff and Anna Camp. Not rated. 127 minutes. On digital platforms and VOD.
PRESS PLAY After a deadly accident, a woman (Clara Rugaard) gets a chance to save the love of her life (Lewis Pullman) when she discovers that a mixtape they created can take her back in time. PG-13 (for brief suggestive material and some drug use). 85 minutes. On digital platforms and VOD.
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FORGIVEN A wealthy couple (Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain), in Morocco to attend a lavish party, must face the consequences after killing a local teenage boy in a car accident. Also stars Ismael Kanater, Matt Smith, Saïd Taghmaoui and Caleb Landry Jones. R (for some sexual content, brief violence, overall language, and drug use). 117 minutes.
HOT SEAT After a computer expert (Kevin Dillon) finds a bomb strapped to his desk chair and is forced to break into banking institutions and steal money online, he is framed for a crime and must try to clear his name. Also stars Mel Gibson. R (for the whole language and some violence). 104 minutes.
MINIONS: GRU RESURRECTION Fifth entry in animation Shame on me The franchise offers an origin story for 12 year old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) as he strives to become the world’s greatest super villain. PG (for some action/violence and gross humor). 87 minutes.
SIR. MALCOLM LIST After being rejected by the most eligible bachelor in London (Sopé Dìrís), a woman (Zawe Ashton) devises a revenge plot in which she persuades her friend (Freida Pinto) to play the role of the perfect match. PG (for mild language and some smoking). 117 minutes.
OFFICIAL COMPETITION In this satirical comedy that pierces show business, a wealthy industrialist (José Luis Gómez) hires a stellar director (Penélope Cruz) and actor (Antonio Banderas) to make a hit film. R (for language and some nudity). 114 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles.
PACERVILLE In this thriller, a teacher working during a pandemic hears her students make fun of her during a Zoom class and vows revenge. Starring Brian Austin Green, Makena Taylor and Acoryé White. Not rated. 88 minutes.
SNIPER: WHITE RAV After an invading army kills his wife and burns down his house, a Ukrainian physics teacher vows to take revenge and become a military sniper, setting his sights on bringing down his elite Russian colleagues. R (for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity). 111 minutes. In Ukrainian with subtitles.
(B) BAD PEOPLE In this delightfully animated story riff on Ocean’s Eleven, a group of criminal animals decided to become model citizens. The moral of the story doesn’t take a huge hit. However, it is clever, visually appealing and very, very funny. Featuring the voices of Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron and Anthony Ramos. PG (for crude action and humor). 100 minutes.
(B) BOB BURGER MOVIE This adaptation of the long-running Fox animated series finds the Belchers trying to save their family’s restaurant after a sinkhole threatens their ability to stay in business. Directors Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman have essentially created long, funny, quality episodes of the show. PG-13 (for abusive/suggestive material and language). 102 minutes.
(B) BRIAN AND CHARLES In this textured, melancholic and eccentric mockumentary-style comedy, a lonely inventor (David Earl) in rural Wales builds a robot to keep him company. The story can feel a bit stretched at times (coming from a 12-minute film back in 2017), but the film’s pure sense of optimism is delightful. PG (for language, mild violence and smoking). 90 minutes.
(B+) REAL FINE CHA CHA A young college graduate (Dallas native Cooper Raiff, who also wrote and directed the film) captivates a single woman (Dakota Johnson) with her ability to connect with her autistic daughter (Vanessa Burghardt). It’s a fun film, even if it boasts a series of tropes passed down from Rushmore, Say anything, Tao from Steve and a hundred other Sundance films centered on the bitches of annoying boys. Also stars Brad Garrett and Leslie Mann. R (for language and some sexual content). 107 minutes.
DEEP INSIDE: TEXAS WILD STORIES This documentary, narrated by actor Matthew McConaughey, examines Texas’ diverse landscape and unique wildlife. PG (for some thematic materials). 103 minutes.
(B) Odd DOCTOR IN MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) opens the door to an alternate reality multiverse, which his grieving friend Wanda Maximoff (the spectacular Elizabeth Olsen) wants to conquer. Olsen is so emotionally dominant that Strange — whose sole mission is to prevent Wanda from succeeding — sometimes feels less like a hero than a villain foil, which is frankly all right. PG-13 (for intense action and violence sequences, scary images and multiple languages). 126 minutes.
(B) DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA Despite the promise of a major title change, this drama that follows the aristocratic Crawley clan and their bustling household is much more of the same, which will be fine with fans of the PBS hit. The fun remains intact—the outfits, the sumptuous dinners, the enviable real estate—even though the screenplay looks like something serial creator Julian Fellowes created on a tea break. PG (for some suggestive references, language and thematic elements). 125 minutes.
(A-) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL ONCE 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 clash. It’s a senseless and tasteless ode to the messy, senseless struggle and happiness of a human being. R (for language, some violence and sexual material). 139 minutes. In English, Mandarin and Cantonese, with subtitles.
(B-) DOMINI OF THE JURASSIC WORLD Cast of two generations jurassic park films — Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill — come together for the first time in a world where dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans around the world. The film is laden with nostalgia, made up of nods to the original film and other action-adventure classics. As a farewell to the franchise, wholeheartedly—if somewhat lucidly—gives preference to references over storytelling. PG-13 (for intense action sequences, some violence and language). 146 minutes.
(C) YEAR OF LIGHT In this animation Toy story spinoff, Buzz Lightyear (non-toy version, voiced by Chris Evans) embarks on a space adventure with a group of recruits and his robot partner. With its classic science fiction framework, light year not ambitious or existential or likely to make you cry. It’s just a bland movie, not much different from the others. PG (for action/danger). 100 minutes.
(H+) STORAGE An assassin (Liam Neeson) learns he is a target after refusing to complete a job for a crime syndicate, but his shaky memory hinders his quest for revenge in this forgotten action thriller plagued by poor script and flat characters. R (for violence, some gory pictures and language throughout). 114 minutes. In English and Spanish, with subtitles.
(B) PHANTOM OF THE OPEN This much-loved underdog golf biographical film about Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a crane operator who entered the 1976 British Open despite never playing golf, occasionally swinging and swinging in his hyper-unique style. But the bright script and game show saw it. PG-13 (for smoking and abusive language). 106 minutes.
(C-) SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 The blue hedgehog confronted Dr. The evil Robotnik in this animated sequel based on the popular video game franchise. This far-fetched film finishes off its welcome well before turning into another phone-it-in franchise entry. Featuring the voices of Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. PG (for some violence, action, harsh humor and mild language). 122 minutes.
(A) TOP GUN: MAVERICK In the long overdue sequel to the 1986s Top Weapon, Tom Cruise returns as Navy aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who has been trying not to get promoted for 30 years so he can continue to satisfy his need for speed. There might be a new pilot on deck, but make no mistake: It’s a Maverick movie through and through, featuring the kind of nostalgia that delivers on everything one would expect. PG-13 (for intense action sequences and some strong language). 131 minutes.
(B) RESPECTERS With a serial killer on the loose in Bucharest, a young expat (Maika Monroe) feels she is being watched and followed by a stranger (Burn Gorman)—but is she? It’s an ambiguous thriller with a slow, steady build and a satisfying ending. R (for language, some sexual material, nudity and some bloody violence). 96 minutes.
Compiled from staff and wire report