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(B+) BONES AND EVERYTHING Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet play two young cannibals in this 1980s road movie that is more tender and lyrical than most conventional romance novels. The film is both brutal and beautiful, and Mark Rylance plays one of the scarier characters in recent years as a cannibal. R (For strong, gory and disturbing violent content, consistent speech, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity.) 130 minutes. In wide publication.
(b) DEDICATION Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell star as real-life Korean War aviators Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, whose friendship mirrors the US Navy’s early attempts at integration as Brown becomes the first black aviator to graduate from the Navy’s basic training program. It’s a square but satisfying social justice drama. PG-13 (for expletives, some acts of war/violence and smoking). 138 minutes. In wide publication.
(A) THE FABULOUS MAN In this deeply personal film, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg focuses his lens on his own upbringing, his parents and his childhood journey as a filmmaker. It’s funny, heartfelt, loving – and complicated. Starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord and Gabriel LaBelle. PG-13 (for some swear words, thematic elements, brief violence and drug use). 151 minutes. In wide publication.
(A) GLASS ONION: A KNIFE OF MYSTERY Daniel Craig plays a detective who takes on a new murder case in this sequel to the 2019 hit. glass onion surpasses the thoroughly delightful original with more action, tastier comeuppances, bolder design, and a few genuinely surprising cameos, just to be in good measure. Also starring Ed Norton, Dave Bautista, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn and Leslie Odom Jr. PG-13 (for strong language, drug content, some violence and sexual material). 139 minutes. In wide publication.
(b) THE INSPECTION Faced with a grim future, a gay black man (Jeremy Pope) joins the Marines and finds camaraderie and a sense of belonging in this strikingly personal portrait of the military under “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Despite the intense physicality of his performance, Pope performs much of his acting with his eyes, which can signal fear and anxiety one moment and project defiant seduction the next. R (for continuous language, sexual content, some nudity and violence). 95 minutes. At AMC NorthPark, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars and Cinemark West Plano.
(b) STRANGE WORLD Three generations of explorers venture into uncharted territory to save their town in this effortlessly charming sci-fi original from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The fantastical world is meticulously and wondrously rendered with a painterly feel inspired by pulp magazines of the 1930’s and 40’s. Featuring the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu, Alan Tudyk and Jaboukie Young-White. PG (for action/danger and some thematic elements). 102 minutes. In wide publication.
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HOLY SPIDER A journalist investigates the killings of sex workers in Iran’s holy city of Mashhad. Not rated. 116 minutes. In Persian with subtitles.
THE FINANCIAL QUINTUPLETS MOVIE Five sisters vie for their teacher’s affection in this animated romantic comedy based on a popular manga series. Not rated. 136 minutes. In Japanese with subtitles.
WILD SALVATION A recovering opioid addict seeks revenge on the dealers he blames for the death of a loved one. With Robert De Niro, Jack Huston and John Malkovich. R (for heavy use of violence and drugs and consistent speech). 101 minutes.
MASSIVE NIGHT In this violent action comedy, Santa Claus (David Harbour) steps in to save the day after mercenaries attack a wealthy family’s home. R (for heavy gory violence, consistent language, and some sexual innuendo). 101 minutes.
(A) THE BANSHEES BY INISHERIN A man (Brendan Gleeson) abruptly ends a lifelong friendship with a fellow Irishman (Colin Farrell), with alarming consequences for both of them. Playwright Martin McDonagh and a small group of wonderful actors have created a harrowing reverie about friendship and fulfillment that’s one of the best films of the year. R (for continuous speech, some violent content, and brief graphic nudity). 109 minutes.
(C+) BARDO: FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL TRUTH A celebrated journalist-turned-documentary-turned-documentary (Daniel Giménez Cacho) returns to his native Mexico in this often tiresome comedy from Oscar-winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Full of carefree surrealism, it is Iñárritu’s most ambitious and indulgent film to date. R (for consistent language, strong sexual content, and graphic nudity). 159 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles.
(C+) BLACK ADAM This superhero flick isn’t bad; It’s just predictable, like a super villain stealing intellectual property from other movies. But Dwayne Johnson is a natural in the title role, mixing power with humor. PG-13 (for high violence, intense action and some speech sequences). 124 minutes.
(b) BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER Following the death of star Chadwick Boseman in 2020, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole returned to the drawing board for this sequel, writing a screenplay that focuses on his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), who is about to die Game comes into its own when dealing with grief and loss. Wright steps onto the plate, proving her skill and gravitas as an actress by carrying the emotional weight of this film, which is as bittersweet a farewell to Boseman as it is to his character T’Challa. PG-13 (for heavy violence, action and some speech sequences). 161 minutes.
(B-) DC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETS In this animated story, Superman’s dog Krypto leads a team of other super-powered animals to save the Justice League after they are captured by Lex Luthor. It’s a fun, sweet refreshment on DC lore that should please fans old and new. PG (for action, light violence, language and rude humor). 106 minutes.
(A-) GUILLERMO DEL TOROS PINOCCHIO Set in fascist Italy, the fantasy master’s stop-motion version is slightly indulgent but never boring. Lively, lavish and odd, this is a rare piece of children’s entertainment that doesn’t shy away from bewildering children as much as it enchants them. Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard and Christoph Waltz. PG (for danger, dark thematic material, short smokes, some crude humor and violence). 117 minutes.
(c) LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE Josh Gordon and Will Speck directed this choppy live-action/animation hybrid film adaptation of Bernard Waber’s 1965 children’s book of the same name, about a singing crocodile (voiced by Shawn Mendes) who lives in New York City. The film is a strange beast that can’t decide whether to be a warm-hearted family adventure comedy or a tongue-in-cheek hallucinatory fever dream for adult viewers. Also starring Javier Bardem, Constance Wu and Scoot McNairy. PG (for light hazards and thematic elements). 106 minutes.
(B+) THE MENU Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult play a couple who travel to a remote island to dine at an exclusive restaurant run by a chef (Ralph Fiennes) who puts more than food on the menu. This black comedy thriller skewers high-end foodie culture with a hilariously shocking twist. R (for strong/disturbing violent content, consistent language, and some sexual innuendos). 106 minutes.
(B-) MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU The fifth entry in the animated Despicable Me Franchise offers a light but satisfying origin story for 12-year-old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) as he tries to become the world’s greatest supervillain. This is a completely painless romp that should delight kids, entertain adults, and keep Minions cosplayers busy for many birthday parties to come. PG (for some action/violence and gross humor). 87 minutes.
ONE PIECE FILM: RED In this Japanese anime film – the 15th One piece series – a mysterious pop singer decides to reveal herself to the world in a live show. PG-13 (for violence, suggestive material and language). 115 minutes. In Japanese with subtitles.
POOTY FOR THE DEVIL A nun (Jacqueline Byers) wants to perform an exorcism to save the soul of a young girl (Posy Taylor) and encounters a demonic force with ties to her past. PG-13 (for violent and disturbing content, terror, thematic elements and short speech). 93 minutes.
(b) SHE SAID Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor New York Times Journalists whose reporting helped uncover Harvey Weinstein’s abuse. The drama is tense, packed and captivating, albeit with less of a payoff than one would like. R (for language and descriptions of sexual assault). 128 minutes.
SMILE After witnessing a traumatic incident that leads to the death of a patient, a doctor (Sosie Bacon) experiences frightening and inexplicable events. R (for strong violent content and gruesome imagery and language). 115 minutes.
SPIRITED Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds star in this musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas song who tells the story from the perspective of the ghosts of the past, present and future. Also with Octavia Spencer. PG-13 (for language, thematic elements and some stimulating material). 127 minutes.
(B-) TICKET TO PARADISE George Clooney and Julia Roberts look like they had a great time making this Bali-based comedy, which stars as bitterly divorced parents whose daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) is fresh out of law school. The familiar beats are played with sincerity, although there’s not nearly as much laughter here as you might expect. PG-13 (for some strong language and short stimulating material). 104 minutes.
(A) UNTIL Danielle Deadwyler delivers a powerful, career-building performance as the mother of 14-year-old lynched victim Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall). Director Chinonye Chukwu only marginally shows the brutality of Till’s murder, instead focusing on the aftermath while the mother fights for justice and finds her voice as a civil rights activist. PG-13 (for racism-themed content, highly disturbing imagery, and racial slurs). 130 minutes.
(A) THE WOMAN KING Energetic performances and technical precision combine to glorious effect in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s gripping historical epic, in which Viola Davis plays the general of an all-female warrior army protecting the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. It’s a lush, audience-friendly piece of entertainment. Also with John Boyega. PG-13 (for sequences with strong violence, slightly disturbing material, thematic content, terse language and partial nudity). 126 minutes.
Compiled by employees and wire reports