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Wonder Woman ☆☆☆1/2: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (Tribune News Service) Rated PG-13 (action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi). 141 minutes.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Rated PG (animation, action, comedy, family). 84 minutes.
3 Idiotas: The new Spanish-language movie (it comes with English subtitles) is about a group of friends that embark on a fun adventure determined to find a college roommate who disappeared without a trace on graduation day. Rated PG-13 (some rude humor, brief strong language). 110 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 (☆☆): As before, this fairy tale centers on a young woman named Belle (Emma Watson), who is forced to live in an enchanted castle with a prince who is cursed to look like a hideous Beast (Dan Stevens). In time, the pair fall in love as Belle learns to see the good man hiding behind the Beast's monstrous exterior. . (Rick Bentley) Rated PG (peril). 129 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. (Common Sense Media) Rated PG (comedy, family). 90 minutes.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Recall: Five young friends find their weekend vacation at a remote cabin interrupted by an alien invasion. When three of their group are abducted, the remaining two (Jedidiah Goodacre and Laura Bilgeri) team up with a local survivalist (Wesley Snipes) to rescue them. Rated R (sci-fi). 90 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.
Smurfs: The Lost Village (☆☆): Mystery map sends the Smurfs on a trek through the Forbidden Forest. Anyone 6 or younger will find “Smurfs: The Lost Village” a fun romp through the forbidden forest accented by the mild kind of danger that only Gargamel can provide. There’s nothing wrong with aiming a film at the very young demographic but it does increase the odds the production will fall on its Smurf with those who accompany the youngsters. (Rick Bentley) Rated PG (mild action, rude humor). 81 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
It Comes at Night: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. Rated R (violence, disturbing images, language). 97 minutes.
Megan Leavey: Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Rated PG-13 (war violence, language, suggestive material, thematic elements). 116 minutes.
The Mummy: An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. Rated PG-13 (adventure action, violence). 107 minutes.
My Cousin Rachel: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Rated PG-13 (drama, mystery, romance). 106 minutes.