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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (☆☆): Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley return; Javier Bardem is new. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (sequences of adventure violence and some suggestive content). 129 minutes.
Alien: Covenant (☆☆☆): The crew of a colony ship makes a terrifying discovery after landing on what seems to be an uncharted paradise on the far side of the galaxy. (Tribune News Service)
Beauty and the Beast (☆☆): Emma Watson stars in this love story that is a tale as old as time. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG (peril). 129 minutes.
The Boss Baby (☆ 1/2 ): Suit-wearing baby must work with his older brother to stop an evil plot by a CEO. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG (rude humor). 97 minutes.
CHiPs (1/2): Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello take to the mean streets of Los Angeles as part of the California Highway Patrol. (Rick Bentley) Rated R (graphic nudity, crude humor, violence, drug use). 101 minutes.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (☆): The family takes a road trip, and Greg schemes to become famous as a new cast takes over for the fourth installment based on Jeff Kinney’s comic youth novels. (Tribune News Service)
A Dog’s Purpose (☆1/2): The purpose of a dog, according to “A Dog’s Purpose,” is to be a tool for manipulating emotional responses through repeated cloying death scenes. What starts out as a celebration of canines ends up being one of the saddest and most contrived movies in decades. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG (thematic elements)
Everything, Everything (☆1/2): An 18-year-old woman, confined to her house in a protected environment because of an illness, forms an attachment to the boy next door and yearns to experience the outside world. (The Washington Post)
The Fate of the Furious (☆☆☆): Drivers face one more challenge to save the world. The latest installment of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise is anything but typical. The movies have grown from a simple tale of street racers into a battle royale with more carnage than a weekend at a Transformers bonding retreat. The characters have more foreign locations on their passports than James Bond. And the villains never do anything simple. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG-13 (action scenes, adult situations, language). 140 minutes.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (☆☆☆): Heroes must run for their lives while also finding time to save the universe again. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is all it can be despite having lost the element of surprise. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG-13 (sci-fi action, language, suggestive content). 137 minutes.
How To Be a Latin Lover (☆☆☆☆1/2): Having made a career of seducing rich older women, Maximo marries a wealthy woman more than twice his age. 25 years later, he gets the surprise of his life when she ends up dumping him. Desperate, he must move in with his estranged sister. Rated PG-13 (comedy). 115 minutes.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (☆☆): It’s Guy Ritchie’s take on the King Arthur story, so naturally, this King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is really into bare-knuckle boxing, (see Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” and “Snatch”). “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is unlike any other medieval warfare and sorcery movie ever committed to film, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. This King Arthur superhero origin story is strange, invigorating, often outright bad, confusing, and totally wild. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content, brief strong language). 126 minutes.
KONG: Skull Island (☆☆☆☆): A secret government organization mounts an expedition to Skull Island, an uncharted territory in the Pacific. Led by an explorer (John Goodman) and a lieutenant colonel (Samuel L. Jackson), the group recruit a disillusioned soldier (Tom Hiddleston) and a photojournalist (Brie Larson) to investigate the island’s peculiar seismic activity.
Lahoriye: Two young lovers from a small village in Punjab are separated due to the India-Pakistan partition in 1947 and now live on either side of the border. Their love is tested by the rising tension between the families and the newly formed nation. Not reviewed. 137 minutes.
The Lego Batman Movie (☆☆☆): Caped crimefighter saves the city one brick at a time. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG (rude humor, action). 105 minutes.
Logan (☆☆☆1/2): An aging Wolverine is pushed into another battle. “Logan” is a reminder there’s a serious reason comic books have such a big following. Comics aren’t just a place for flashy drawings of characters with bulging muscles. They often feature stories with multiple emotional ebbs and flows. The writers give the superheroes depth and purpose. (Rick Bentley) Rated R (violence, language). 130 minutes.
Lowriders (☆☆): While “Lowriders” offers an interesting entree into this world, it’s unfortunately too formulaic and predictable to leave much of an impact. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (language, some violence, sensuality, thematic elements, brief drug use). 99 minutes.
Power Rangers (☆☆): Five young people gain powers that they will need to save Earth. The latest incarnation in the ever-morphing “Power Rangers” franchise hits the big screen Like a prize fighter who wins the first two and last two rounds of a 10-round fight, it’s the beating in the middle that causes all the pain. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG-13 (sci-fi violence, language). 124 minutes.
Saab Bahadar: It’s a story set in the early 1990s in a remote village in Punjab, revolving around a police officer, Kuldeep Singh, popularly referred to as “SAAB BAHADAR” by everyone in the village because of his sensibility, reputation and respect. Not reviewed. 121 minutes
The Shack (☆☆1/2): Man gets a mysterious note inviting him to a meeting at a place that caused his faith to be shaken. There’s nothing subtle about “The Shack.” This is a faith-based movie that uses a heavy hand to pound viewers with its religious messages. That’s a shame because when the film isn’t preaching, the story of how someone deals with great loss is touching and moving. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG-13 (thematic material). 132 minutes.
Snatched (1/2): Best-case scenario with “Snatched” is that you are kidnapped and taken from the theater during a screening. Worst case is you are kidnapped and forced to watch this total mess. (Rick Bentley) Rated R (mature thematic elements, brief nudity, crude sexual content, language). 101 minutes.
OPENING NEXT WEEK
Wonder Woman: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior.
Captain Underpants: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Animated.