WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD - Movies showing in Waco this week
Movies showing in Waco this week
The following movies are showing at first-run theaters Regal Jewel 16 (RJ16), AMC Classic Galaxy 16 (CG16) and the Waco Hippodrome (WH). Letter grades for movies are from advance reviews; an NR means a movie was not reviewed.
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B — BRIGSBY BEAR Moments of surprising empathy and humor lift a dark comedy about a kidnapped child who grows to adulthood obsessed with a children’s TV program. Rated PG-13. Brief sexuality, thematic material, drug material, teen partying. 1 hour, 37 minutes. RJ16.
B — THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD Standard buddy-action/comedy that wins thanks to Samuel Jackson as a key court witness and Ryan Reynolds as his protector against international assassins, plus lots of action. Rated R. Frequent profanity, strong violence. 1 hour, 51 minutes. CG16, RJ16, WH.
B- — LOGAN LUCKY Director Steven Soderbergh returns with a likable heist movie (a NASCAR race the target) if sometimes too familiar and occasionally thin. Rated PG-13. Profanity, some crude comments. 1 hour, 59 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B- — WIND RIVER Strong, sober story of a murder on a Native American reservation, with a foreshortened, over-the-top ending offset by Jeremy Renner’s moving performance. Rated R. Profanity, a rape, disturbing images, strong violence. 1 hour, 47 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B — ANNABELLE: CREATION Effectively creepy and scary thriller about a possessed doll terrorizing a house of orphans, a sequel better than its original. Rated R. Violence and terror. 1 hour, 49 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C — ATOMIC BLONDE Late Cold War-era spy movie heavy on action and violence, less on scheming, with Charlize Theron as a cold-blooded spy who fights back. Rated R. Frequent profanity, some sexuality, nudity, strong violence. 1 hour, 54 minutes. CG16.
B+ — BABY DRIVER Stylish, adrenaline-fueled action film about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) facing a chance to go straight. Rated R. Frequent profanity, violence. 1 hour, 53 minutes. RJ16.
C — THE DARK TOWER Uneven film adaptation of the apocalyptic Stephen King novels that pit The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) against the Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey) in a genre-blending good vs. evil battle, saved only partially by its actors. Rated PG-13. Thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RJ16, CG16
C — DESPICABLE ME 3 Latest “Despicable Me” installment finds a brother for Gru and a new villain the ex-villain can oppose, but the original story and premise seem to be losing sparkle, freshness and a certain degree of Minion-ness. Rated PG. Rude humor, some action. 1 hour, 30 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A — DETROIT Powerful, emotional and all-too-relevant look at the 1967 Detroit riots with director Kathryn Bigelow more concerned in capturing how participants felt and thought more than a point-by-point historical replay. Rated R. Frequent profanity, strong violence. 2 hours, 23 minutes. CG16.
A — DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan’s stunning, immersive film about the 1940 evacuation of British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France, drops the viewer into a gripping story with land, air and sea dimensions. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, intense war experience. 1 hour, 47 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
D — THE EMOJI MOVIE A smartphone’s multiple-expression emoji seeking to fit in discovers a danger that threatens to delete the emojis’ world. Rated PG. Rude humor. 1 hour, 31 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A — GIRLS TRIP Tiffany Haddish steals the scenery from co-stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith as four college friends reunite for a ribald New Orleans weekend. Rated R. Frequent profanity, crude and sexual content, brief graphic nudity, drug material. 2 hours, 2 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B — THE GLASS CASTLE Compelling adaptation of the Jeannette Walls memoir on how familial love survives despite dysfunctional parenting, with strong acting from Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, mature content including family dysfunction, smoking. 2 hours, 7 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C+ — KIDNAP Bare-bones but effective thriller in which a relentless, van-driving mom (Halle Berry) pursues her son’s kidnappers. Rated R. Violence and peril. 1 hour, 29 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C — THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE Tired, flat animated comedy pits squirrels against humans wanting to tear down their park, but predictability and dulled comic timing sap any interest. Rated PG. Animal in peril, cartoonish violence, moderate action movie mayhem. 1 hour, 31 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B — SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Fun, smart reboot of Spider-Man films with a hero (Tom Holland) and cast closer to their teens and more energetic, unpredictable and likable for it. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, brief suggestive comments, sci-fi action violence. 2 hours, 13 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C — VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Eye-popping, fantastic visuals of an exotic, alien world get deflated by a lackluster script, clunky dialogue and thin characters. Rated PG-13. Brief profanity, suggestive material, sci-fi action and violence. 2 hours, 17 minutes. RJ16.
A — WONDER WOMAN Gal Gadot shines as the title character in a superhero movie that doesn’t stray from telling an entertaining story first and foremost. Rated PG-13. Some suggestive content, sequences of action and violence. RJ16.
LA LA LAND Members of the Waco Civic Theatre do a shadowcast performance of the 2016 Oscar-winning film musical. 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. WH.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE Classic fairytale comedy romance marks its 20th anniversary. Saturday and Sunday. WH.
WHAT THE HEALTH Documentary on the effects of meat and dairy in the diet and their advocacy by health and pharmaceutical organizations. Independent Movie Monday, 7 p.m. Monday. WH.