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(B-) DUAL In this astute but grimly absurd satirical comedy, a woman (Karen Gillan) facing a terminal diagnosis opts for a cloning procedure. But after she makes a miraculous recovery and changes her mind, she is given one year to train for a court-mandated duel to the death with her clone. Also starring Aaron Paul. R (for violent content, graphic nudity, some sexual content and language). 95 min. At AMC Irving Mall, AMC Mesquite, AMC Stonebriar Center in Frisco and Cinemark Legacy in Plano.
(C-) FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) leads a team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle on a mission to thwart an evil wizard (Mads Mikkelsen) in the third installment of the JK Rowling series. The film is less clogged with distracting detail than its immediate predecessor, but even a more refined plot can’t save the two-hour-plus film from feeling like an endurance test. Also starring Jude Law. PG-13 (for some fantasy action and violence). 142 min. In wide release.
(C) FATHER STUD Mark Wahlberg stars in this faith-based drama about boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long. With his familiar rapid-fire style, Wahlberg can be entertaining. But the film is rarely truly engaging, and the tell-not-show approach to screenwriting renders the two-dimensional and hollow characters. Also starring Jacki Weaver and Mel Gibson. R (for language). 124 min. In wide release.
(A) MEMORIA A Scottish researcher (Tilda Swinton) hears a strange banging noise in her head while traveling in Colombia and sets out to investigate the cause of her condition. It’s a gorgeous reassertion of form from Thai writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, but also a bold excursion into new territory. PG (for brief language and some thematic elements). 136 min. At the Texas Theatre.
(B-) PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT Four single millennials — sometimes lovers and sometimes friends — struggle to form lasting connections in this silky, soulful black-and-white drama. R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, some drug use and language). 105 min. In French, Mandarin and English, with subtitles. At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
ROOM 203 Two friends (Francesca Xuereb and Viktoria Vinyarska) are plagued by vengeful spirits after moving into an apartment with a dark history. Not rated. 104 min. At America Cinemas La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth.
TO OLIVIA This biographical drama recounts the tumultuous marriage of actress Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes) and author Roald Dahl (Hugh Bonneville), who overcame the grief of their daughter’s death to reach new career heights. Not rated. 99 min. At America Cinemas La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth.
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BACKSEAT DRIVER In this Mexican comedy, a man (Mauricio Ochmann) fakes a work trip to a taxi driver who is sleeping with his wife. PG-13 (for sexual material throughout, language and some violence). 95 min. In Spanish, with subtitles.
THE BAD GUYS In this animated tale from Dreamworks, a gang of criminal animals decides to become model citizens. Featuring the voices of Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron and Anthony Ramos. PG (for action and rude humor). 100 mins.
HOSTILE TERRITORY After being presumed dead, a Civil War veteran (Brian Presley) sets out to find his children, who were mistakenly sent away on an orphan train. R (for violence). 153 min.
THE NORTHMAN In this historical epic based on the legend of Amleth, a young Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgård) embarks on a quest to rescue his mother and avenge his father’s murder. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke and Claes Bang. R (for strong bloody violence, some sexual content and nudity). 136 min.
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT In this action-comedy, cash-strapped Nicolas Cage (playing a fictional version of himself) agrees to make a paid appearance at the birthday party of a wealthy fan (Pedro Pascal), who happens to be a drug kingpin. But things take a dangerous turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and must channel his most iconic on-screen characters to save himself and his loved ones. R (for language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and violence). 105 min.
UNPLUGGING In a bid to save their flagging marriage, a couple (Eva Longoria and Matt Walsh) set out on a “digital detox” with a device-free rustic getaway in this comedy. R (for brief drug use, some sexual content and language). 94 min.
(C) ALINE A singer (Valérie Lemercier) rises to become a global superstar in this strange but compelling French drama based on the life of Celine Dion. Oddly, the 58-year-old Lemercier plays the singer all the way from her post-toddler years to adulthood, with some digital shrinking and other effects applied. PG-13 (for brief language and some suggestive material). 128 min. In French and English, with subtitles.
(C) AMBULANCE After a heist goes awry, two bank robbers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) take hostages and steal an ambulance in a bid to escape in director Michael Bay’s throwback to a time when action thrillers were big, loud, decadent and ripped off from Die Hard. It maintains such a frenetic pace from beginning to end that it ultimately feels exhausting. Also starring Eiza González. R (for bloody images, language throughout and intense violence). 136 min.
(A-) THE BATMAN Robert Pattinson dons the iconic cowl in this brooding superhero tale that brings some much-needed introspection to the Dark Knight. Also starring Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro and Peter Sarsgaard. PG-13 (for strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material). 176 min.
(B-) THE CONTRACTOR Chris Pine slips into his best spywear for this character study (cloaked as a thriller) of a US Army Ranger who tries his hand in the murky world of private security. This film paints a deeply cynical picture of life service for American military heroes who have destroyed their bodies in battle and been left to fend for themselves and their families in an brutal world. R (for violence and language). 103 min.
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW A formerly incarcerated man (Omar Epps), trying to turn over a new leaf, grapples with the limits of family loyalty when he learns that one of his brothers (Will Catlett) may have been involved in a horrible crime. R (for language throughout, some violence and sexual references). 116 min.
(B-) DOG A former Army Ranger (Channing Tatum) and a former Army combat dog (a Belgian Malinois) embark on a road trip to attend a fellow soldier’s funeral in this well-paced human-dog buddy comedy. While some storylines could have used more care and attention, the film is incredibly watchable thanks to the craft on display. PG-13 (for language, thematic elements, drug content and some suggestive material). 90 min.
(A-) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE In this madcap sci-fi adventure comedy, a Chinese immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) struggles with an IRS tax audit while being pulled into a violent multiverse clash. It’s a preposterous and tasteless ode to the messy, nonsensical struggle and bliss of being human. R (for language, some violence and sexual material). 139 min. In English, Mandarin and Cantonese, with subtitles.
JUJUTSU KAISEN 0: THE MOVIE In this animated tale from Japan, a teen gains supernatural powers and enrolls at a special school to help him train. PG-13 for some suggested references, language, bloody images, thematic material and violent content). 105 min. In Japanese, with subtitles.
(B) THE LOST CITY After a reclusive romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped, her cover model (Channing Tatum) sets out to rescue her. This jungle adventure isn’t just a diverting romp; it’s a return to rom-com form for one of the best and brightest stars of the genre. Bullock’s still got it, and she won’t soon let you forget it. PG-13 (for violence and some bloody images, suggested material, partial nudity and language). 112 min.
MORBIUS In this Marvel superhero flick, a biochemist (Jared Leto) suffering from a rare blood disease attempts a dangerous cure but instead infects himself with a form of vampirism. Also starring Matt Smith, Michael Keaton, Adria Arjona and Tyrese Gibson. PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, some frightening images and brief strong language). 104 min.
(C) MOTHERING SUNDAY A maid (Odessa Young) living in 1920s England has a secret love affair with an engaged neighbor (Josh O’Connor) in this steamy romantic drama that fails to capture the sensitivity and heartbreaking restraint of its source material, Graham Swift’s 2016 novel. Also starring Colin Firth and Olivia Colman. R (for sexual content, graphic nudity and some language). 104 min.
(B) THE OUTFIT In this retro gangster noir, a tailor (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters who show up at his Chicago shop. This twisty, blood-soaked chamber piece is as meticulously crafted as a fine custom suit. R (for some bloody violence, and language throughout). 105 min.
(B) SCREAM Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette return in this reboot of the horror franchise about small-town teens menaced by a masked killer. This fifth installment is even bloodier than its predecessors and just as winking and self-aware. R (for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references). 114 min.
(B) SING 2 Assorted animals compete in a singing competition in this disarmingly endearing sequel to the 2016 animated musical comedy. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams and Bono. PG (for some rude material and mild peril/violence). 112 min.
(C-) SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 The blue hedgehog faces off against the evil Dr. Robotnik in this animated sequel based on the popular video game franchise. The overlong film wears out its welcome well before it turns into yet another phone-it-in franchise entry. Featuring the voices of Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. PG (for some violence, action, rude humor and mild language). 122 min.
(A-) SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has his secret identity revealed and turns to Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help in the latest entry in the Marvel superhero franchise. For a film packed with fan service and nostalgia — from little Easter eggs to crowd-pleasing cameos — No Way Home also has a strong heart of its own and feels like a satisfying conclusion to this arc of Peter Parker’s life. PG-13 (for some language, sequences of action/violence and brief suggested comments). 148 min.
(C) UNCHARTED A street-smart thief (Tom Holland) is recruited to recover the lost fortune of Ferdinand Magellan in this film based on the popular video game series. This adventure flick is fine, and entertaining enough, but while some moments are inspired, others are completely inert. PG-13 (for violence/ action and language). 116 min.
(B) X Young people set out to make an adult film in rural Texas in 1979, but they end up fighting for their lives when their reclusive hosts realize what they’re doing. It’s a deliberate, loving and meticulous homage to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that effectively sprinkles in other horror-movie touchstones as well. Starring Jenna Ortega, Mia Goth, Brittany Snow, Martin Henderson, Kid Cudi and Owen Campbell. R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, gore, drug use, language and strong bloody violence). 105 min.
Compiled from staff and wire reports