The Dallas Morning News - - Movies - Com­piled from staff and wire reports

B AL­PHA This stun­ning epic about a boy in Europe’s last Ice Age and the wolf that keeps him alive nails the idea that our sur­vival is de­pen­dent on the love and sup­port of oth­ers. PG-13 (in­tense peril). 96 mins. B ANT-MAN AND THE WASP This Marvel se­quel star­ring Paul Rudd and Evan­ge­line Lilly is fun, it’s funny, and it’s got so much lower stakes than Avengers: In­fin­ity War that it’s prac­ti­cally the equiv­a­lent of a re­lax­ing Sun­day af­ter­noon in the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse. PG13 (some sci-fi ac­tion vi­o­lence). 118 mins.


AVENGERS: IN­FIN­ITY WAR This shouldn’t be your first, sec­ond or even third Marvel movie, but if you’ve been fol­low­ing these su­per­heroes over the past 10 years, there is a lot of non­stop ex­cite­ment for you to en­joy in In­fin­ity War. PG13 (in­tense se­quences of sci-fi vi­o­lence and ac­tion through­out, lan­guage and some crude ref­er­ences). 149 mins.

A.X.L. (Not re­viewed.) A topse­cret ro­botic dog will go to any length to pro­tect his new com­pan­ion. PG (sci-fi ac­tion/ peril, sug­ges­tive ma­te­rial, the­matic el­e­ments and some lan­guage). 98 mins.



The true story of a black po­lice of­fi­cer who went un­der­cover with the Ku Klux Klan pro­vides the frame­work for Spike Lee’s blistering new film, but it’s hardly the full pic­ture. De­cep­tively epic in scope, this is an im­mensely en­ter­tain­ing film about every­thing — love, friend­ship, ambition, civil rights — that will leave you crav­ing an­other view­ing. R (lan­guage through­out, in­clud­ing racial ep­i­thets, dis­turb­ing/ vi­o­lent ma­te­rial and some sex­ual ref­er­ences). 135 mins.

BLAZE (Not re­viewed.) Texas na­tive Ethan Hawke wrote and di­rected this biopic about mu­si­cian Blaze Fo­ley. R (lan­guage through­out, some sex­ual con­tent and drug use). 128 mins. C THE BOOK­SHOP This adap­ta­tion of Pene­lope Fitzger­ald’s 1978 novel, about a wi­dow (Emily Mortimer) who bravely opens a book­shop in 1959 Suf­folk, is saved only by Mortimer’s per­for­mance as a strong-willed woman at a time when that was not in vogue. PG (some the­matic el­e­ments, lan­guage and brief smok­ing). 113 mins. B CHRISTO­PHER ROBIN This live-ac­tion Win­nie the Pooh movie has light­hearted mo­ments, but it’s not a light­hearted movie, as the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter leaves the Hun­dred Acre Wood for a life much bleaker than you’d ex­pect. Thank­fully, there’s a light that even­tu­ally shines through the fog, as the friends re­unite to be re­minded of what re­ally mat­ters in life. PG (ac­tion). 104 mins.


CRAZY RICH ASIANS With a story that makes per­sonal em­pow­er­ment as im­por­tant as ro­man­tic love and a tal­ented, charis­matic cast from across the globe, this film — Hol­ly­wood’s first in 25 years fea­tur­ing an all-asian cast and set in the mod­ern day — is a feast for the eyes and emo­tions. PG-13 (sug­ges­tive con­tent and lan­guage). 120 mins.

THE DARK­EST MINDS (Not re­viewed.) When teenagers get su­per­pow­ers, the gov­ern­ment turns against them in this scifi ac­tion story based on the Alexan­dra Bracken novel. PG-13 (vi­o­lence in­clud­ing dis­turb­ing images, and the­matic el­e­ments). 103 mins. C DOG DAYS This all-star om­nibus com­edy about the unique abil­ity of dogs to con­nect us to oth­ers is filled with wisps of loosely stitched­to­gether tales. It has some weird, out­dated gags (the re­peated mis­gen­der­ing of a dog ther­a­pist played by Tig No­taro falls flat), but ul­ti­mately, the pooches steal the show and give the film some mean­ing. PG (rude and sug­ges­tive con­tent and lan­guage). 112 mins. B THE EQUAL­IZER 2 Den­zel Washington re­turns as Robert Mccall, a quiet mid­dleage re­tired spe­cial-ops agent who be­lieves in jus­tice, likes to help oth­ers and dis­penses the oc­ca­sional lethal killing for those de­serv­ing. This is an en­joy­able, guilty-plea­sure film for any­one who loves an old-school hero with a dark past. R (bru­tal vi­o­lence through­out, lan­guage and some drug con­tent). 120 mins.


THE FIRST PURGE Africanamer­i­can and Latino re­sis­tance fight­ers rebel against the dear white peo­ple ex­ploit­ing them for bloody po­lit­i­cal gain in this er­ratic, fairly ab­sorb­ing and righ­teously an­gry pre­quel. R (strong dis­turb­ing vi­o­lence through­out, per­va­sive lan­guage, sex­u­al­ity and drug use). 97 mins.


GOD BLESS THE BRO­KEN ROAD The con­flict is a bit strained in this drama — about a wi­dow who catches the eye of a NASCAR driver — that’s based on a Ras­cal Flatts song. PG (the­matic el­e­ments and com­bat ac­tion). 111 mins. D THE HAPPYTIME MUR­DERS A pup­pet pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor and his old po­lice de­tec­tive part­ner be­grudg­ingly team up to look into a series of threat­en­ing black­mail let­ters in this un­o­rig­i­nal, crude re­tread of other pup­pets-be­hav­ing­badly films. Don’t ex­pect Elmo or Grover or Big Bird around here — these are Mup­pets for grown-ups. R (strong crude and sex­ual con­tent and lan­guage through­out, some drug ma­te­rial). 91 mins. B HO­TEL TRAN­SYL­VA­NIA 3: SUM­MER VA­CA­TION The an­i­mated fran­chise’s third out­ing is not quite the charmer the oth­ers were, but it still of­fers enough laughs to keep kids plus their mum­mies and dad­dies en­ter­tained. PG (ac­tion scenes, rude hu­mor). 97 mins.


IN­CRED­I­BLES 2 The lat­est Pixar se­quel cov­ers some fa­mil­iar ground, but it re­mains an art­ful, fast ad­ven­ture about the su­per­hero fam­ily that fights to­gether. PG (ac­tion se­quences and some brief mild lan­guage). 118 mins. B JULIET, NAKED This ro­man­tic com­edy based on Nick Hornby’s 2009 novel about a love tri­an­gle in­volv­ing a woman, her boyfriend and the cult mu­si­cian he idol­izes

plays the fa­mil­iar sce­nario not in power chords but grace notes, find­ing lovely nu­ance in the small­est of char­ac­ter in­ter­ac­tions. R (crude lan­guage). 98 mins.

THE LIT­TLE STRANGER (Not re­viewed.) To see a pa­tient, a doc­tor (Domh­nall Glee­son) re­turns to a home he vis­ited as a child but finds the house is not at all what he re­mem­bered in this hor­ror-mys­tery. Ruth Wil­son, Josh Dy­lan and Char­lotte Ram­pling co-star. R (some dis­turb­ing bloody images). 111 mins.



GO AGAIN Much like its pre­de­ces­sor, this mu­si­cal ro­mance — which tells the story of young hip­pie Donna (Lily James) and her three way­ward lovers — is es­capist fluff of the high­est or­der: joy­ful, filled with beloved pop songs and in­cred­i­bly bizarre. PG-13 (some sug­ges­tive ma­te­rial). 114 mins.

THE MEG (Not re­viewed.) An ex­pert deep-sea res­cue diver (Ja­son Statham) must save the crew of a sub­mersible ves­sel that has been at­tacked by a 75-foot-long pre­his­toric shark known as mega­lodon. PG-13 (ac­tion/peril, bloody images and some lan­guage). 113 mins.

MILE 22 (Not re­viewed.) Mark Wal­h­berg teams again with di­rec­tor Peter Berg for this ac­tion flick about an Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and the po­lice of­fi­cer he has to pro­tect. R (strong vi­o­lence and lan­guage through­out). 93 mins.



— FALL­OUT The lat­est in­stall­ment’s theme is choice, draw­ing from the well-known in­struc­tion: “Your mis­sion, should you choose to ac­cept it.” But it quickly drops the ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis for the fun and thrills of ac­tion. PG-13 (vi­o­lence, in­tense se­quences of ac­tion and brief strong lan­guage). 147 mins.


THE NUN This ’70s throw­back gothic hor­ror epic about an abbey that is a mouth to hell is a to­tal scream­ing blast. R (ter­ror, vi­o­lence and dis­turb­ing/bloody images). 96 mins.


OCEAN’S 8 A merry girl gang of crooks, led by a well-matched San­dra Bul­lock and Cate Blanchett, at­tempts to pull off a dar­ing heist at the Met Gala. This is a canny mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar an­swer to the ques­tion “How about Ocean’s

Eleven, but with women?” PG-13 (lan­guage, drug use, and some sug­ges­tive con­tent). 110 mins.



This his­tor­i­cal drama chron­i­cles the thrilling, strangerthan-fic­tion 1960 Mos­sad op­er­a­tion to kid­nap prin­ci­pal Holo­caust ar­chi­tect Adolf Eich­mann from Ar­gentina and ex­tra­dite him to Is­rael to be tried for war crimes. Though the story’s de­tails are truly wild and un­be­liev­able, the plot­ting and char­ac­ters feel rote. PG-13 (dis­turb­ing the­matic con­tent and re­lated vi­o­lent images, lan­guage). 123 mins.

C- PEP­PER­MINT Jen­nifer Garner arms up as a vig­i­lante mom who me­thod­i­cally stalks every­one who de­nied her jus­tice af­ter her fam­ily is gunned down. But is it em­pow­er­ing? Hardly. Mostly you won­der, why stoop to their level? R (strong vi­o­lence and lan­guage through­out). 102 mins.


SEARCH­ING In this sum­mer’s sec­ond movie where all the ac­tion takes place on com­puter screens

(Un­friended: Dark Web was the first), a fa­ther (John Cho) searches his teenage daugh­ter’s com­puter for clues af­ter she goes miss­ing. With all the in­ter­est­ing ideas raised about dig­i­tal life and the film’s slick ex­e­cu­tion, it’s dis­ap­point­ing that its end feels rushed, out­landish and pos­si­bly even reshot. PG-13 (the­matic con­tent, some drug and sex­ual ref­er­ences, and lan­guage). 102 mins.


SI­CARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO This se­quel to the first-rate 2015 thriller leaves a body count, along with an emo­tional mark, in a story that man­ages to hit upon ter­ror­ism, car­tel vi­o­lence and im­mi­gra­tion — skill­fully mix­ing its real-world ground­ing with a flair for pulpy, moody sto­ry­telling. R (strong vi­o­lence, bloody images and lan­guage). 122 mins.


SKYSCRAPER The story is com­pletely dis­pos­able, but Dwayne “The Rock” John­son is tough as nails, us­ing brute force, blunt in­stru­ments and plenty of duct tape to res­cue his fam­ily from a burn­ing build­ing. PG-13 (se­quences of gun vi­o­lence and ac­tion, and for brief strong lan­guage). 102 mins.

SLEN­DER MAN (Not re­viewed.) The ter­ri­fy­ing boogey­man with the fea­ture­less face is com­ing to haunt the­aters. PG-13 (dis­turb­ing images, se­quences of ter­ror, the­matic el­e­ments and lan­guage in­clud­ing some crude sex­ual ref­er­ences). 93 mins.



ME All you need to know is right there in the ti­tle, a play on the 1977 James Bond film

The Spy Who Loved Me. Thank good­ness for Kate Mckinnon, who launches the mid­dling ma­te­rial to greater heights through her own sheer will. R (vi­o­lence, lan­guage through­out, some crude sex­ual ma­te­rial and graphic nu­dity). 116 mins.


MOVIES While the movie is aimed at fans of the manic and un­der­rated Car­toon Net­work show about DC Comics’ set of B-list heroes, any par­ent who tags along will likely chor­tle as the film glee­fully skew­ers the world of su­per­heroes and the film in­dus­try it­self. PG (ac­tion and rude hu­mor). 88 mins.


UN­CLE DREW Highly en­ter­tain­ing and even more en­dear­ing, this el­derly bas­ket­ball romp star­ring 26-year-old Bos­ton Celtics point guard Kyrie Irv­ing as a sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian street baller is the sur­prise com­edy of the sum­mer. PG-13 (for sug­ges­tive ma­te­rial, lan­guage and brief nu­dity). 103 mins.


THE WIFE Glenn Close is at the top of her shrewd, sub­tle game as a No­bel Prize win­ner’s wife in this hand­some pro­duc­tion that del­i­cately skew­ers lit­er­ary-world pre­ten­sions and Great Man myth­mak­ing. R (lan­guage and sex­ual ma­te­rial). 100 mins.

YA VER­E­MOS (Not re­viewed.) A child about to lose his sight makes a wish list that he wants to carry out with the help of his sep­a­rated par­ents. PG-13 (lan­guage and sug­ges­tive con­tent). In Span­ish with English sub­ti­tles. 85 mins.

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