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Movies in North Texas theaters on March 29 and coming soon

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ leads this week’s lineup of new releases.


Opening dates are subject to change.

(D) ASPHALT CITY A young New York City paramedic (Tye Sheridan) is assigned to the night shift with an uncompromising veteran partner (Sean Penn) in this stylishly overdone drama that isn’t much fun to sit through. R (for violent content, disturbing/bloody images, suicide, sexual content, graphic nudity and pervasive language. 125 mins. In wide release.


A CAT’S LIFE A Parisian girl (Capucine Sainson-Fabresse) finds a kitten in her attic and forms an unbreakable bond with it. Then they travel to the countryside, where the curious cat finds adventure in the woods. In French, with subtitles. PG (for thematic material, some peril and language). 83 mins. At AMC Grapevine Mills and AMC Stonebriar in Frisco.

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CREW Three flight attendants from Mumbai face setbacks after embarking on a journey to pursue their dreams. In Hindi, with subtitles. Not rated. 131 mins.

A FRAGILE FLOWER A nightclub singer (Maya) copes with her newfound success after being discovered by a music producer. In Vietnamese, with subtitles. Not rated. 96 mins. In wide release.


GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE The legendary creatures clash and take on a new threat in the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise. Starring Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Dan Stevens. PG-13 (for creature violence and action). 115 mins. In wide release.

(C) HIGH AND LOW: JOHN GALLIANO This unsatisfying documentary examines the rise, fall and ongoing journey of the controversial fashion designer, who was filmed hurling racist and antisemitic insults at bystanders in Paris in 2011. If you come to this film looking for a brisk overview of his achievements in couture, you might find it more than serviceable. But if you’re expecting the definitive closing leg of a redemption tour, it’s unlikely you’ll find this a persuasive argument for separating the art from the jerk. Not rated. 116 mins. At the Dallas and Plano Angelikas.

(D) IN THE LAND OF SAINTS AND SINNERS In this predictable 1970s-set thriller, a reclusive hired gun (Liam Neeson) leads a quiet life in a remote Irish village, eager to put his dark past behind him. But when a crew of terrorists arrives, he’s drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Unfortunately, Neeson’s gravitas can’t save this script awash in clichés. Also starring Kerry Condon, Colm Meaney and Ciarán Hinds. R (for violence, and language throughout). 106 mins. In wide release.


KARAOKE In this comedy-drama from Israel, a long-married couple (Sasson Gabay and Rita Shukrun) in Tel Aviv become obsessed with their new neighbor and his karaoke parties. In Hebrew, with subtitles. Not rated. 100 mins. At the Dallas and Plano Angelikas.

LIGHT After crash-landing an escape pod on a dark planet, a woman (Christine Roche) is hunted by an alien creature that is drawn to the lights she must use to look for her missing son. Not rated. 93 mins. At the Angelika Plano.


A BIT OF LIGHT A recovering alcoholic (Anna Paquin) is forced to move back in with her father (Ray Winstone) while her daughters are under the care of her ex-husband (Youssef Kerkour) and his new partner (Pippa Bennett-Warner). Then she forges an unlikely friendship that helps her make needed changes in her life. Also starring Luca Hogan.

DOGMAN A jewelry thief (Caleb Landry Jones) finds salvation through the love of his dogs in this thriller from writer-director Luc Besson.

EPIC TAILS In this animated film from France, a mouse and her feline friend engage in a series of adventures in ancient Greece, where their city is threatened by the sea god Poseidon.

THE FIRST OMEN When a young American woman (Nell Tiger Free) is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the Catholic Church, she discovers a terrifying conspiracy that aims to bring about the birth of the Antichrist. Also starring Bill Nighy, Charles Dance and Sonia Braga.

THE GREATEST HITS In this romantic fantasy film, a woman (Lucy Boynton) discovers that certain songs can transport her back in time — literally. Also starring Justin H. Min, David Corenswet and Austin Crute.


MONKEY MAN Dev Patel stars in this action-thriller as an anonymous young man who ekes out a living by donning a gorilla mask and getting beaten senseless in an underground fight club. After years of suppressed rage boil over, he seeks vengeance against those who had long victimized him and other poor and powerless people. Also starring Sharlto Copley, Pitobash and Sobhita Dhulipala.

PARACHUTE After being released from rehab, a woman (Courtney Eaton) navigates the line between love and a new addiction. Also starring Thomas Mann, Francesca Reale, Joel McHale, Dave Bautista, Kid Cudi and Gina Rodriguez.

WICKED LITTLE LETTERS When a rowdy Irish migrant (Jessie Buckley) is charged with sending profanity-laced letters to the people of a 1920s English seaside town, the local women suspect that something is amiss and begin to investigate on their own. Also starring Olivia Colman, Anjana Vasan, Timothy Spall, Hugh Skinner and Alisha Weir.


(D-) THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES In this satirical comedy, a young man (Justice Smith) is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who are dedicated to making white people’s lives easier. Though it’s clear that first-time director Kobi Libii was intending for the joke to be on white people, the Black characters are drawn with so much misery and self-loathing that the humor rarely lands. Also starring David Alan Grier, An-Li Bogan, Drew Tarver, Michaela Watkins, Aisha Hinds, Tim Baltz, Rupert Friend and Nicole Byer. PG-13 (for some strong language, suggestive material and thematic material). 104 mins.


(B-) ARGYLLE In this over-the-top, action-comedy thriller from director Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman franchise), introverted author Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard) learns that the plots of her spy novels mirror the actions of a real-life spy organization. When an undercover spy (Sam Rockwell) shows up to save her, Elly and her cat are plunged into a world of international intrigue. Vaughn delights in letting audiences think they know where things are going only to blindside them with a fresh twist every few minutes. Also starring Henry Cavill, Bryan Cranston, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson. PG-13 (for strong violence and action and some strong language). 139 mins.

(B-) ARTHUR THE KING An adventure athlete (Mark Wahlberg) adopts a stray dog to accompany him on a 435-mile endurance race in this heartwarming film based on a true story. It’s fairly standard — and often treacly — dog fare, calling to mind other adventurous pups in TV and film like Lassie, Benji and Rin Tin Tin, but edged up with an adventure sports milieu and vibrant, handheld cinematography that gives the film a more adult, action-oriented look and feel. Also starring Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel and Ali Suliman. PG-13 (for some strong language). 90 mins.

(B-) THE BEEKEEPER Jason Statham stars in this action thriller about a former operative of a clandestine organization who sets out to exact revenge over a friend’s death. It’s a bloody, profoundly silly and self-aware John Wick knockoff, but without the poetry and soulfulness of those films. Still, as dumb action movies go, it’s wildly entertaining. Also starring Emmy Raver-Lampman, Josh Hutcherson, Bobby Naderi, Minnie Driver, Phylicia Rashad and Jeremy Irons. R (for strong violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexual references and drug use). 105 mins.

(C) BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE Kingsley Ben-Adir stars in this biographical drama about the reggae music icon. Ben-Adir lacks the physical dynamism and charismatic velocity of Marley, and the film too often feels like it’s going through the motions rather than striving for transcendence. PG-13 (for marijuana use and smoking throughout, some violence and brief strong language). 107 mins.


(B) CABRINI After witnessing disease and poverty in the slums of 1889 New York, Italian immigrant Francesca Cabrini (Cristiana Dell’Anna) sets out to persuade the city’s hostile mayor to provide housing and health care for orphaned children. The film feels overlong and suffers from repetition and an over-reliance on melodramatic plot devices. But it nonetheless delivers a compelling portrait of a little-known heroine. PG-13 (for thematic material, some violence, language and smoking). 145 mins.

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA — TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING In the latest installment of the popular Japanese anime series, Tanjiro trains to take on a demon, and the Hashira prepare for a final battle. R (for violence and bloody images). 104 mins.

(A) DUNE: PART TWO Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) takes up with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen in this spectacular feat of sci-fi filmmaking that marries immersive world-building with engrossing storytelling. Austin Butler is captivating as Paul’s dark counterpart, the murderous Feyd-Rautha, delivering a nearly reptilian performance. Also starring Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Florence Pugh, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista and Christopher Walken. PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language). 166 mins.

EXHUMA In this horror thriller from South Korea, a renowned shaman (Kim Go-eun) and her protégé (Lee Do-hyun) are hired by a wealthy family to investigate a supernatural illness. In Korean, with subtitles. Not rated. 134 mins.


(B-) GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE In this supernatural comedy, the Spengler family returns to New York City to team up with the original Ghostbusters. When an ancient artifact threatens to unleash a new ice age, they must spring into action. The film doesn’t mess with the franchise’s well-honed formula, carefully balancing its laughs and scares in a breezy manner that makes for pleasurable, if lightweight, viewing. Starring Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt. PG-13 (for supernatural action/violence, language and suggestive references). 115 mins.

(B+) IMMACULATE Sydney Sweeney delivers a captivating performance in this enjoyable if uneven horror film about a virginal nun whose pregnancy inspires questions at an Italian convent. The film really takes off in the second half as it evolves into a taut survival thriller. R (for strong and bloody violent content, grisly images, nudity and some language). 89 mins.

IMAGINARY In this horror flick from Blumhouse, a woman (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home and finds that Chauncey, the stuffed bear she left behind, is angry over being abandoned. PG-13 (for some violent content, drug material and language). 104 mins.

(B) KUNG FU PANDA 4 In this predictable but pleasant animated comedy sequel, Po (voiced by Jack Black) becomes the spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace and must train a new Dragon Warrior. The humor in this edition doesn’t seem as broad as usual, with the mostly low-key laughs coming from amusing visual gags. Also featuring the voices of Viola Davis, Awkwafina, Dustin Hoffman and Bryan Cranston. PG (for martial arts action/mild violence, scary images and some mild rude humor). 94 mins.


(A) LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL In this horror flick set in 1977, a struggling TV talk show host (David Dastmalchian) unwittingly unleashes evil into the nation’s living rooms during a live Halloween broadcast. The mix of vintage showbiz cheese and Exorcist-style demonic doings is distinctive and clever. R (for violent content, some gore and language including a sexual reference). 93 mins.

(A-) LOVE LIES BLEEDING Gym manager Lou (Kristen Stewart) falls for bodybuilder Jackie (Katy O’Brian), who is passing through town on her way to chase her dreams in Las Vegas. But their love leads to violence and entanglement with Lou’s criminal family members in this gritty but darkly funny crime noir. Also starring Ed Harris, Dave Franco and Jena Malone. R (for violence and grisly images, sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use). 104 mins.

MAI A woman (Phuong Anh Dao) reluctantly befriends the neighborhood ladies’ man in this romantic drama from Vietnam. In Vietnamese, with subtitles. Not rated. 131 mins.

(B-) MIGRATION In this animated adventure comedy, ducklings try to persuade their overprotective father to take them to Jamaica on the vacation of a lifetime. Migration is vividly animated, with warm cartoon tones that would do Daffy proud. But it never quite spreads its wings. Stories of overly cautious moms or dads turned adventurers are not exactly fresh material, even if it is atypical that a helicopter parent can actually fly. Featuring the voices of Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell, Carol Kane, Caspar Jennings, Tresi Gazal and Danny DeVito. PG (for action/peril and mild rude humor). 92 mins.


(B+) ONE LIFE This biographical drama tells the story of Nicholas “Nicky” Winton (played by Johnny Flynn in his younger days and Anthony Hopkins many years later), a London broker who rescued hundreds of children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Decades later, he’s reintroduced to some of those he helped on the BBC show That’s Life!, taking him from anonymity to a national hero. It’s a stirring if by-the-numbers period piece. PG (for thematic material, smoking and some language). 109 mins.

(B) ORDINARY ANGELS A Kentucky hairdresser (Hilary Swank) rallies the community to help a widowed father (Alan Ritchson) save the life of his critically ill young daughter in this faith-based film that’s inspired by a true story. What lifts the picture beyond average inspirational fluff is the way director Jon Gunn and company control the slow release of its sweetness so as not to overpower. Even cynics will be won over by the human kindness on display. Also starring Skywalker Hughes, Nancy Travis and Amy Acker. PG (for thematic content, brief bloody images and smoking). 116 mins.

(A) PROBLEMISTA In this absurdist comedy, an aspiring toy designer (Julio Torres) from El Salvador struggles to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. With time on his work visa running out, he teams up with an art world outcast (Tilda Swinton) who might offer his only hope to realize his dreams. It’s a beautifully moving piece about how we make it through the world with desperation, hope and the hard-earned lessons we find in each other. R (for some language and sexual content). 98 mins.

(B) THEY SHOT THE PIANO PLAYER In this animated drama, a New York journalist sets out to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Francisco Tenório Júnior, a young Brazilian samba-jazz pianist who disappeared in Buenos Aires in 1976. The film is a graceful, somewhat overbusy visual treat that doesn’t unravel a mystery so much as confirm a tragedy. PG-13 (for smoking and some violence). 103 mins.


Compiled from staff and wire reports

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