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Movies in North Texas theaters on May 24 and coming soon

‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ leads this week’s lineup of new releases.


Opening dates are subject to change.

(A) BABES A woman (Ilana Glazer) becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and turns to her married best friend (Michelle Buteau), a mother of two, for guidance in this comedy that bursts with a boisterous energy from its opening moments. Buteau and Glazer have natural chemistry, enhanced by their respective talents. R (for sexual material, language throughout and some drug use). 104 mins. In wide release.


(B-) FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA The fifth installment in writer-director George Miller’s Mad Max franchise sees Anya Taylor-Joy portraying a younger version of the titular character, portrayed in 2015′s Mad Max: Fury Road by Charlize Theron. The film adds operatic heft and seriousness to what started in 1979 as a fun, rip-roaring explosion of post-apocalyptic action. But is that really what moviegoers wanted? They certainly wanted more of Furiosa, who is overshadowed in her own film by everybody else, including Chris Hemsworth as an over-the-top villain. R (for sequences of strong violence and grisly images). 148 mins. In wide release.

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(D-) THE GARFIELD MOVIE Chris Pratt voices everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving cat in this lazy and cynical animated romp that sacrifices the character’s subversive humor in favor of routine animated high jinks. None of the film’s meta references will be entertaining for the very young target audience, nor are they amusing for their adult chaperones. Also featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult and Cecily Strong. PG (for action/peril and mild thematic elements). 101 mins. In wide release.

(A) HIT MAN A professor (Glen Powell) moonlights as a fake hit man for the New Orleans Police Department, helping to catch people eager to pay to have their enemies eliminated. But he descends into morally dubious territory when he falls for a woman (Adria Arjona) seeking to enlist his services in this smart and sexy black comedy from Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater. R (for language throughout, sexual content and some violence). 115 mins. At Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands.


(B) THE OLD OAK The owner (Dave Turner) of the last pub standing in a struggling former mining village in northern England forges an unlikely friendship with a Syrian refugee (Ebla Mari). The drama is taciturn yet forthright, examining life in the cracks of a fractured society with deep compassion, plainspoken anger and a shot of hope. Not rated. 113 mins. At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

SIGHT Greg Kinnear and Terry Chen star in this drama based on the real-life story of Ming Wang, an impoverished prodigy who fled Communist China to become a pioneering eye surgeon in America. PG-13 (for violence and thematic material). 100 mins. In wide release.


BACKSPOT A driven cheerleader (Devery Jacobs) feels pressured to be perfect when she and her girlfriend (Kudakwashe Rutendo) join an elite squad led by a strict coach (Evan Rachel Wood).


THE DEAD DON’T HURT After being separated during the Civil War, a pioneer couple (writer-director Viggo Mortensen and Vicky Krieps) must make peace with the ways the time apart has changed them.

EZRA Standup comedian Max (Bobby Cannavale), living with his father (Robert De Niro), struggles to co-parent his autistic son, Ezra (William Fitzgerald), with his ex-wife (Rose Byrne). With a difficult decision looming, Max and Ezra embark on a life-changing cross-country road trip. Also starring Vera Farmiga, Rainn Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg.

HAIKYUU!! THE DUMPSTER BATTLE This Japanese anime film follows a boy who joins his high school volleyball club to be like his idol. But he soon finds that he must team up with his middle school rival to help the team win a highly anticipated matchup.

IN A VIOLENT NATURE A vengeful spirit emerges from its longtime resting place in this slasher horror flick. Starring Ry Barrett, Andrea Pavlovic, Reece Presley and Cameron Love.

ROBOT DREAMS This animated family drama follows the adventures of a dog who builds and befriends a robot in New York City during the 1980s.

SUMMER CAMP In this comedy, three childhood best friends (Diane Keaton, Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard) gather for a summer camp reunion.

WILDCAT This biographical drama from director and co-writer Ethan Hawke follows the life of writer Flannery O’Connor (Hawke’s daughter, Maya Hawke) as she struggles to publish her first novel and copes with a lupus diagnosis at age 24. Also starring Laura Linney.

YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA Daisy Ridley stars in this biographical drama as Trudy Ederle, who in 1926 became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.



(B-) ABIGAIL In this over-the-top horror thriller, criminals kidnap a 12-year-old ballerina (Alisha Weir) in hopes of collecting a $50 million ransom. But the captors soon find that they’re locked in an isolated mansion not with an ordinary girl, but with a bloodthirsty vampire. Weir is riveting, but also quite funny. Also starring Melissa Barrera, Giancarlo Esposito, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton and Matthew Goode. R (for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use). 109 mins.

(C) BACK TO BLACK Marisa Abela delivers a fully committed performance as the late singer Amy Winehouse in this biographical drama about the pop star’s rise to fame. But the film is a shallow portrait, a recounting of gossipy facts and lore about Winehouse and her troubled relationship with husband Blake Fielder-Civil (an admittedly fantastic Jack O’Connell). R (for drug use, language throughout, sexual content and nudity). 122 mins.

THE BLUE ANGELS This documentary chronicles the aerial exploits of the Blue Angels, a U.S. Navy flight squadron that has been wowing crowds with its precision flying for nearly eight decades. G. 93 mins.


(A) CHALLENGERS Zendaya stars as a former tennis prodigy turned coach who’s trying to break her tennis champion husband (Mike Faist) out of a slump as he takes on an old friend — and her former lover (Josh O’Connor) — on the court. Smart, seductive and bristling with sexual tension, Challengers is arguably director Luca Guadagnino’s most purely pleasurable film to date; it’s certainly his lightest and most playful. R (for language throughout, some sexual content and graphic nudity). 131 mins.

(A) CIVIL WAR In Alex Garland’s virtuosic action-thriller set in a near-future America, journalists race to reach Washington, D.C., before rebel factions descend upon the White House. It’s an upsetting dystopian vision that leaves viewers shaken, effectively repeating the question that quelled the L.A. riots: Can we all get along? Starring Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Nick Offerman. R (for strong violent content, bloody/disturbing images, and language throughout). 109 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.

(A-) EVIL DOES NOT EXIST A Tokyo company’s poorly planned project to build a luxury camping retreat near a small rural community creates conflict when it threatens the purity of the village’s water supply in this strange, unpredictable tone poem from director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. An ending that pushes the film’s ambiguousness to confounding lengths will be a deal-breaker for some, but this haunting stealth thriller about violations of nature is a work of undeniable power. In Japanese, with subtitles. Not rated. 106 mins.


(B-) THE FALL GUY Stuntman Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling) must track down a missing movie star and win back the love of his life (Emily Blunt) in this action-comedy film loosely based on the 1980s TV series. The moments with Gosling and Blunt are fun to watch, a testament to their pure star power. Too bad the filmmakers had to muck it up with an overwrought murder mystery. Also starring Winston Duke, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddingham and Stephanie Hsu. PG-13 (for action and violence, drug content and some strong language). 126 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.

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.

(C) IF After learning that she can see other people’s imaginary friends, a girl (Cailey Fleming) embarks on an adventure to reconnect the magical creatures with their humans in this family film that’s largely a bust. Because there’s little internal logic in IF, you may find yourself constantly asking why the characters are doing what they do, or how the whole imaginary-friend thing works within the context of the movie. Plus, the character-design choices are just plain odd: What child has a soap bubble or an sentient ice cube for as an imaginary friend? Also starring Cailey Fleming and Ryan Reynolds and featuring the voices of writer-director John Krasinski, Steve Carell, Emily Blunt and Matt Damon. PG (for thematic elements and mild language). 104 mins.


(B+) I SAW THE TV GLOW An alienated teen (Justice Smith) finds comfort in his friendship with a cool older girl (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and the TV show they both love. But he’s left adrift when the girl disappears and the show is canceled. Smith is phenomenal, giving an astonishing physical and emotional performance as a person so afraid of himself and the world that he allows his life to pass him by. PG-13 (for violent content, some sexual material, thematic elements and teen smoking). 100 mins.

(A-) KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Several generations after the reign of Caesar, a young ape goes on a harrowing journey that will affect the future of apes and humans alike in this action-adventure flick that manages to encompass everything we love about the Planet of the Apes franchise into one sprawling story. The sheer scope of the storytelling and the sophisticated world-building are awe-inspiring on the big screen. PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence/action). 145 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.

(B) THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE In this spirited action-comedy flick from director Guy Ritchie, British authorities recruit a small group of soldiers to attack the Nazis deep behind enemy lines. As a whole, the movie hews to the standard men-on-a-mission formula, joining classics such as The Guns of Navarone and The Dirty Dozen in assembling a pack of highly skilled — if slightly disreputable — pros to attempt the impossible. Starring Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Alex Pettyfer, Eiza González, Babs Olusanmokun and Cary Elwes. R (for strong violence throughout and some language). 120 mins.


THE ROUNDUP: PUNISHMENT In this South Korean action-thriller, a detective joins a cyber investigation team to try to take down a mercenary and the head of an online gambling ring. In Korean, with subtitles. Not rated. 109 mins.

SRIKANTH This biographical drama tells the story of Indian businessman Srikanth Bolla (Rajkummar Rao), who overcame blindness to get accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founded Bollant Industries. In Hindi, with subtitles. Not rated. 134 mins.

THE STRANGERS: CHAPTER 1 After their car breaks down, a young couple (Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez) are forced to spend the night in a remote cabin, where they are terrorized by masked strangers. R (for horror violence, language and brief drug use). 91 mins.

TAROT In this horror flick, a group of friends violates the sacred rule of Tarot readings, unleashing an evil force trapped within the cursed cards. Starring Avantika, Humberly González and Olwen Fouéré. PG-13 (for horror violence, terror, bloody images, some strong language and drug content). 92 mins.


UNSUNG HERO This faith-based drama tells the story of the real-life Smallbone family, who moved from Australia to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue musical careers. Starring Daisy Betts, Joel Smallbone, Kirrilee Berger and Jonathan Jackson. PG (for thematic elements). 112 mins.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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