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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A I, TONYA Margot Robbie leads a solid cast, including memorable mom-from-hell Allison Janney, as tough, fiesty and controversial ice skater Tonya Harding in a film that’s as much social commentary as profile. Rated R. Frequent crude language, some sexuality and nudity, violence. 2 hours. RJ16, CG16.
NR WINCHESTER Helen Mirrin stars as firearms heiress Sarah Winchester, who builds an elaborate mansion to trap vengeful ghosts. Rated PG-13. Some sexual material, thematic elements, disturbing images, drug content, violence. 1 hour, 39 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
A COCO Rich story of family and culture, death and transcendence, set to vibrant Latin music and awash in Disney/Pixar’s brilliant colors and dazzling designs. Rated PG. Thematic elements. 1 hour, 49 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C THE COMMUTER Increasingly implausible, but moderately entertaining action film finds suburbanite Liam Neeson pressured by terrorists while on a commuter train. Rated PG-13. Profanity, some intense action and violence. 1 hour, 35 minutes. RJ16.
A DARKEST HOUR Gary Oldman delivers a compelling and engaging performance as a Winston Churchill, newly chosen as prime minister, finding his voice as national leader in the early days of World War II. Best Picture, Best Actor nominee. Rated PG-13. Some thematic material. 2 hours, 4 minutes. RJ16.
NR DEN OF THIEVES An elite unit in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office takes on a team of bank robbers aiming at a Federal Reserve Bank. Rated R. Profanity, some sexuality and nudity, violence. 2 hours, 20 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B+ FERDINAND The animated adaptation of the 1936 Munro Leaf book about a pacifist bull turns into a sometimes serious anti-bullying tale with first-rate animation and an energizing vocal performance by Kate McKinnon as a crazed goat. Rated PG. Rude humor, some thematic elements, action. 1 hour, 47 minutes. RJ16.
C FOREVER MY GIRL Contrived and predictable romance about a country music star who returns to his hometown and sees what he left behind for fame. Rated PG. Profanity, thematic elements including drinking. 1 hour, 43 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Disposable musical entertainment about P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), master promoter of entertaining surfaces. Rated PG. Some fighting. 1 hour, 45 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B HOSTILES Grim, violent, long western with Army officer Christian Bale charged with escorting Indian leader Wes Studi from New Mexico to a Montana homeland. Rated R. Profanity, strong violence. 2 hours, 15 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY Fourth installment in the “Insidious” horror series has medium Elise drawn back to her childhood home. Rated PG-13. Brief strong profanity, disturbing thematic content, violence and terror. 1 hour, 43 minutes. CG16.
B JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Moderately entertaining sequel to 1995’s “Jumanji” has videogame-playing teens projected into a live-action game, but in different bodies. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, suggestive content, adventure action. 1 hour, 59 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C THE MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE Latest sequel in the young adult dystopian “Maze Runner” series keeps the action moving, but it’s time to move on. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 21 minutes. CG16, RJ16, WH.
B MOLLY’S GAME Jessica Chastain is engaging as Molly Bloom, the smart operator of high-stakes celebrity poker games, in this Aaron Sorkin adaptation of Bloom’s memoir. Rated R. Profanity, drug content, some violence. 2 hours, 20 minutes. CG16.
A PADDINGTON 2 Delightfully charming sequel finds the stuffed bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) on adventure to buy a book that villain Hugh Grant also wants. Rated PG. Mild rude humor, some action. 1 hour, 43 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B PHANTOM THREAD Intriguing, but chilly look at the relationship between an exacting fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis, in fine form) and his model, a former waitress (Vicky Krieps). Best Picture, Best Actor nominee. Rated R. 2 hours, 10 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C PITCH PERFECT 3 Third film finds franchise going flat with contrived plot and forced dialogue despite still-winning musical sequences and engaging characters. Rated PG-13. Profanity, crude and sexual content, some action. 1 hour, 33 minutes. CG16.
B+ THE POST Star-studded, solid Steven Spielberg drama about the behind-the-scenes story behind the Washington Post’s decision to publish the secret Pentagon Papers, with Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. Best Picture, Best Actress nominee. Rated PG-13. Profanity, brief war violence. 1 hour, 56 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B THE SHAPE OF WATER Director Guillermo del Toro’s visually and emotionally lush fantasy about the relationship between a cleaning woman (a superlative Sally Hawkins) and a humanlike amphibian stumbles over archetypical supporting characters. Best Picture, Best Actress nominee. Rated R. Profanity, sexual content, graphic nudity, violence. 1 hour, 58 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B+ STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Director Rian Johnson takes the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise into new directions, though retaining plenty of action, humor and some respect to the original trilogy. Rated PG-13. Sequences of sci-fi action and violence. 2 hours, 32 minutes. RJ16.