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CIN THE EARTH As the world seeks a cure for a horrible virus, a scientist (Joel Fry) and park ranger (Ellora Torchia) venture deep into a dangerous forest on a quest. The cluttered plot of this horror thriller surges forward while providing few illuminating insights, instead loading up on mystical mumbo jumbo and flashes of gore. R (for strong violent content, grisly images and language). 100 mins. In wide release.
C- JAKOB’S WIFE In this cheap, cheerless vampire flick, a small-town minister (Larry Fessenden) realizes he must fight for the wife (Barbara Crampton) he’s long taken for granted after she falls under the sway of a blood-sucking life coach. Not rated. 98 mins. At Texas Movie Bistro in Lake Worth and on VOD platforms.
B MONDAY After a weekend fling in Athens, two Americans (Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough) explore whether they can make their romance last in this steamy drama that’s filled with exhibitionistic carnality and druggy hedonism. It’s a sensual, funny and honest look at the intensity of a new relationship — and what happens when hot passion starts to cool. R (for sexual content, nudity/graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language). 116 mins. At ipic Fairview and the Grand Berry Theater in Fort Worth.
NIGHT OF THE SICARIO A DEA agent (Natasha Henstridge) seeks to protect a family from a vicious drug cartel. 82 mins. R (for violence). At Studio Movie Grill in Plano and The Colony.
THE ROOKIES In this Chinese action flick, an extreme sports athlete (Talu Wang) joins a special agent (Milla Jovovich) as she assembles a team to battle terrorists. In English, Hungarian and Mandarin with subtitles. Not rated. 113 mins. At Studio Movie Grill in The Colony and on VOD platforms.
SAS: RED NOTICE A special forces operator (Sam Heughan) traveling from London to Paris with his girlfriend must take action when a criminal gang hijacks his train deep beneath the English Channel. Also starring Ruby Rose, Hannah John-kamen, Andy Serkis and Tom Hopper. R (for strong/bloody violence and language throughout). 123 mins. In wide release.
TRIGGER POINT A disgraced U.S. special operative (Barry Pepper) works to clear his name and thwart an assassination spree in this action thriller. Not rated. 85 mins. At Texas Movie Bistro in Lake Worth and Cinergy Granbury.
BBOOGIE A New York basketball phenom (Taylor Takahashi) seeks to balance his NBA dreams, demanding parents, a new girlfriend, on-court rivals and the burden of high expectations. The directorial debut of Eddie Huang (whose autobiography, Fresh Off the Boat, became an ABC sitcom) conveys a strong sense of its milieu’s culture and customs, though it is clunky at times. R (for language throughout, including sexual references, and some drug use). 89 mins.
CHAOS WALKING A young man (Tom Holland) must protect a mysterious woman (Daisy Ridley) in a dystopian world where all the other females have disappeared. PG-13 (for violence and language). 109 mins.
CCOME PLAY Parents fight to save their autistic son from a monster that can travel through smartphones and other electronic devices in this horror-thriller. Though there’s grounded, real-world sentiment infused into the narrative — that those who are isolated are vulnerable to evil forces — writer-director Jacob Chase struggles to craft viscerally stimulating supernatural frights, and some of the dialogue is downright goofy. PG-13 (for terror, some language and frightening images). 105 mins.
BTHE COURIER A solid spy drama about ordinary people caught up in Cold War espionage, Dominic Cooke’s film is as meat and potatoes as its real-life hero: Greville Wynne, an English salesman who found himself helping avert calamity during the Cuban Missile Crisis. PG-13 (for smoking throughout, partial nudity, brief strong language and violence). 111 mins.
BTHE CROODS: A NEW AGE In this animated sequel, members of the prehistoric Crood family meet and become houseguests of the more advanced Betterman clan. The film — which boasts a wealth of voice talent that includes Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage and Kelly Marie Tran — can best be described as “chaotic good,” with its blend of smart, irreverent humor and eye-popping animation that moves fast and furiously across the screen. PG (for peril, action and rude humor). 95 mins.
ATHE FATHER Anthony Hopkins gives a performance of extraordinary psychological cunning and emotional force, playing an 80-year-old Englishman battling memory loss, with fellow Oscar winner Olivia Colman starring as his concerned daughter. This is, as its title suggests, the story of not just a disintegrating psyche but also a disintegrating relationship between a father and a daughter whose love he can no longer see or feel. PG-13 (for some strong language and thematic material). 97 mins.
BFRENCH EXIT An aging Manhattan socialite (Michelle Pfeiffer) with a dwindling inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) in this arch yet earnest comedy-drama. Directed by Azazel Jacobs, this film is rife with melancholy and whimsy, and it manages to create an emotional tug that makes it difficult to dismiss. R (for language and sexual references). 113 mins.
THE GIRL WHO BELIEVES IN MIRACLES In this faith-based drama, a young girl (Austyn Johnson) takes a preacher’s sermon to heart — and her ensuing prayers bring miraculous results. Also starring Mira Sorvino and Kevin Sorbo. PG (for thematic content, a brief fight and brief smoking). 100 mins.
BGODZILLA VS. KONG The iconic movie monsters face off, with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. The screenplay by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein is both simple and ridiculous, and most important, it gets Kong off the Skull Island simulation and plants him where he belongs: walloping Godzilla from the parapets of a skyscraper. If it’s vibes and destruction you seek, Godzilla vs. Kong delivers. PG-13 (for intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language). 113 mins.
HELD A couple (Jill Awbrey and Bart Johnson) travel to a remote high-end rental home to try to restore the spark to their marriage, but they end up held hostage by the security system and an unseen voice that knows all about them and commands their every move. Not rated. 94 mins. At Movie Tavern Hulen in Fort Worth and Burleson Premiere Lux Cine 14.
ATHE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN Art, commerce and immigration collide when a Syrian refugee (newcomer Yahya Mahayni) ensures his passage to Europe by letting an artist tattoo him and turn him into a museum piece. Director Kaouther Ben Hania’s screenplay asks some uncomfortable questions about the commodification of a human life. In Arabic, English, French and Flemish. Not rated. 104 mins.
CTHE MARKSMAN An Arizona rancher (Liam Neeson), who happens to be a former Marine sharpshooter, seeks to keep an 11-year-old migrant (Jacob Perez) safe from drug cartel assassins. Shot with a shiny sheen that’s almost too crystalline, this action thriller has little to set it apart from Neeson’s other thrillers. In fact, it’s one of the blandest of the bunch. PG-13 (for violence, some bloody images and brief strong language). 108 mins.
AMINARI Steven Yeun heads the cast of this drama about a Korean American family that starts a farm in Arkansas. PG-13 (for some thematic elements and a rude gesture). 115 mins.
AMOFFIE A terrified South African teen (Kai Luke Brummer) tries to keep his homosexuality a secret after he is conscripted to defend the racist apartheid regime in a conflict with Angola in the early 1980s. It’s a piercing drama that’s brutal but often beautiful. Not rated. 104 mins. In Afrikaans and English, with subtitles.
MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD A young man is chosen by God to go through tests, trials and spiritual warfare in this faith-based animated film. Not rated. 91 mins.
Surprise player Bob Odenkirk enters the middle-aged action hero game in director Ilya Naishuller’s John Wick-y take on the protect-my-family picture. Taking itself much less seriously than the Taken series and its predecessors, it’s a wish-fulfillment romp just as ludicrous as any of them but more fun than most. R (for strong violence and bloody images, language throughout and brief drug use). 92 mins.
ANOMADLAND Director Chloé Zhao’s epic adaptation of Jessica Bruder’s book features Frances Mcdormand in a performance that grabs the viewer by the heart and never lets go, as her character joins the growing ranks of itinerant seasonal workers who live out of their vans and make their living on the margins of the mainstream economy. R (for some full nudity). 108 mins.
YOUNG WOMAN Carey Mulligan stars as a woman who confronts the trauma of her past by living a secret vengeance-seeking double life. Mulligan shines in a role that demands considerable range and a great development arc, from self-pitying empty shell to consummate avenger. Also starring Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Connie Britton and Alfred Molina. R (for sexual assault, language throughout, drug use, some sexual material and strong violence). 113 mins.
ARAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON Women rule, literally and figuratively, in this enjoyable new adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Raya (voiced with pluck and determination by
Kelly Marie Tran), an intrepid warrior princess whom we first see riding through the desert like a bamboo-hatted Mad Max, is determined to track down the world’s last dragon. PG (for some violence, action and thematic elements). 117 mins.
TOM AND JERRY The classic cartoon characters engage in their cat-and-mouse games in a New York City hotel in this film that mixes computer animation with live-action performances by a cast that includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney and Ken Jeong. PG (for cartoon violence, rude humor and brief language). 101 mins.
ATHE TRUFFLE HUNTERS This endearing, thoroughly entertaining documentary follows a handful of men who search the forests of Piedmont, Italy, for a rare and expensive delicacy: the white Alba truffle. Not rated. 84 mins.
THE UNHOLY In this horror film, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) visits a small New England town to look into reports of a girl who’s performing miracles after a purported visit from the Virgin Mary. PG-13 (for violent content, terror and some strong language). 99 mins.
VAKEEL SAAB In this Indian drama, a retired lawyer works to help three young suspects clear their names. In Telugu with English subtitles. Not rated. 145 mins.
CVOYAGERS A crew of 30 astronauts discovers disturbing secrets about its multigenerational mission, causing life on the spacecraft to descend into chaos. The film is an interesting, if blunt, political allegory, using the spaceship and its young passengers as a way to examine social dynamics among human beings. It’s just that the characters aren’t all that interesting beyond their symbolic function. PG-13 (for violence, some strong sexuality, bloody images, a sexual assault and brief strong language). 108 mins.
BWONDER WOMAN 1984 Director Patty Jenkins’ time-traveling sequel shuttles Gal Gadot’s warrior to the 1980s, where she must face off against the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) and Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). The film’s ambitions may be just outside its grasp, but it seldom feels predestined or predictable, a preciously rare commodity in the superhero genre. PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence). 151 mins.