The following movies are showing at first-run theaters Regal Jewel 16 (RJ16), Starplex Galaxy 16 (SG16) and the Waco Hippodrome (WH).
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C+ KONG: SKULL ISLAND New King Kong installment moves action to 1973 with the Vietnam War as backdrop, but tone flips between serious and silly, with movie’s true purpose a fresh line of monster movies. Rated PG-13. Brief strong profanity, intense sequences of action violence. 1 hour, 58 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
B BEFORE I FALL A popular teen learns about lasting values in reliving the final day of her life in a youth-targeted story that might make some parents squirm. Rated PG-13. Mature thematic content involving profanity, drinking, sexuality and bullying, all involving teens, and some violent images. 1 hour, 39 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
C A DOG’S PURPOSE A slobbery, wet kiss for dog lovers, but a bit corny and sentimental story following a dog’s spirit through five successive incarnations. Parents and dog owners should be advised that dogs die in the film. Rated PG. Thematic elements, some peril. 1 hour, 40 minutes. RJ16.
C+ FIFTY SHADES DARKER The sex-playing couple of “Fifty Shades Of Gray,” come back for more that’s part steamy, part silly and not so much dark. Rated R. Profanity, strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity. 2 hours, 6 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
C- FIST FIGHT Clunky, gag-driven comedy about two battling high school teachers (Ice Cube and Charlie Day) that lands few comic punches. Rated R. Frequent profanity, sexual content, nudity, drug material. 1 hour, 31 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
B GET OUT Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”) shifts from comedy to horror with telling effect with a young black man finding something sinister in a weekend visit to his white girlfriend’s family. Rated R. Profanity including sexual references, bloody images, violence. 1 hour, 43 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
C- THE GREAT WALL A multi-layered mess of a film has Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal as medieval mercenaries caught in a Chinese battle against hordes of wall-attacking monsters. Rated PG-13. Sequences of fantasy action violence. 1 hour, 43 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
B HIDDEN FIGURES Compelling story of three female African-American mathematicians who overcame others’ prejudice to play key roles in the manned space program. Rated PG. Brief profanity, thematic elements. 2 hours, 6 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
B JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Relentless hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns in a deliriously action-packed film that spoofs B-movies while relishing in their excesses. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, brief nudity, strong violence. 2 hours, 2 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
A- LA LA LAND Musical story of a wanna-be actress and wanna-be jazz pianist won Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. Rated PG-13. Some profanity. 2 hours, 7 minutes. Sing-along screenings at 1:40 and 7:30 p.m. at RJ16. SG16, RJ16.
A THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Gleefully witty and delicious sequel to “The Lego Movie” that assembles considerable fun from superhero satire, action and affection for its characters — and audience. Rated PG. Rude humor, some action. 1 hour, 45 minutes. RJ16. SG16.
B LOGAN Violent, darker and complex chapter of the X-Man Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) saga has him protecting a child pursued for her special powers. Rated R. Frequent profanity, brief nudity, strong brutal violence. 2 hours, 21 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
C- THE SHACK Adaptation of William Paul Young’s best-selling novel about a grieving man healed through a metaphorical encounter with the Christian Trinity stumbles on a thin main character and glib answers to hard questions. Rated PG-13. Thematic material, some violence. 2 hours, 12 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
C SPLIT M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller about a kidnapper with multiple personalities. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence. 1 hour, 57 minutes. SG16.
D TABLE 19 Flat, contrived comedy about a table of misfits at a wedding that makes the audience feel just as uncomfortable. Rated PG-13. Profanity, sexual content, brief nudity, thematic elements, drug use. 1 hour, 27 minutes. SG16.
THE MET: LIVE IN HD — “LA TRAVIATA” The Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Michael Fabiano. 11:55 a.m. Saturday. 2 hours, 55 minutes. RJ16.
THE WIZARD OF OZ —Classic 1939 film about a Kansas girl lost in the fantasy land of Oz. Friday through Sunday. WH.
LAND BEFORE TIME —1988 animation about young orphaned dinosaurs moving to a safe place. Friday through Sunday. WH.
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Rubens) sets out to find his lost bike in this 1985 Tim Burton film. Monday through Thursday. WH.
WEIRD SCIENCE 1985 John Hughes comedy in which nerdy high schoolers bring a female computer animation to flesh-and-blood life. Monday through Thursday. WH.