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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NR JUST GETTING STARTED Engaging retiree Tommy Lee Jones challenges the informal status — and public identity — of free-wheeling resort head Morgan Freeman. Rated PG-13. Profanity, suggestive material, brief violence. 2 hours, 2 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
C A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS Last year’s presents in terms of old laughs and familar jokes as the stressed suburban moms of the original entertain their moms for the holidays. Rated R. Frequent profanity, crude sexual content, some drug use. 1 hour, 44 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B BLADE RUNNER 2049 Gorgeous sequel works as a futuristic detective story involving androids, but an overly detailed script and overt product placement kill the original’s sense of mystery. Rated R. Profanity, some sexuality, nudity, violence. 2 hours, 43 minutes. 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. RJ16, CG16, WH.
D DADDY’S HOME 2 Christmas competitors Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are joined by fathers Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. Rated PG-13. Some profanity, suggestive material. CG16, RJ16.
C- JUSTICE LEAGUE Jumbled, visually disappointing Marvel superhero comic movie that exists basically to introduce characters for upcoming stand-alone films. Rated PG-13. Sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 1 hour, 59 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A LADY BIRD Saoirse Ronan delights as an exuberant, somewhat self-centered teen in her senior year of high school in first-time director Greta Gerwig’s resonant slice-of-life film. Rated R. Profanity, sexual content, brief graphic nudity, teen partying. 1 hour, 33 minutes. CG16.
C+ THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Chemistry between leads Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as two strangers trying to survive after a mountain top plane crash almost makes an implausible plot work. Rated PG-13. Brief profanity, sexuality, peril, injury images. 1 hour, 52 minutes. CG16.
B MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Rich, star-studded adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie mystery, with Kenneth Branagh as detective Hercule Poirot, that could have spent more time in character development. Rated PG-13. Thematic elements, violence. RJ16, CG16.
B ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. Eccentric, unpredictable turn from Denzel Washington as a rumpled, anti-social loner that’s part character study, part legal thriller and part morality tale. Rated PG-13. Profanity, some violence, alcohol use. 1 hour, 57 minutes. CG16.
C+ SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME Thematically heavy-handed adaptation of the New York Times bestseller about an art dealer and his wife (Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger) who befriend a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou). Rated PG-13. Thematic elements including some profanity and violence. 1 hour, 59 minutes. RJ16.
B- THE STAR Uneven mix of reverence and silliness in the Nativity story retold from the animals’ perspective. Rated PG. Some thematic elements. 1 hour, 26 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C+ THOR: RAGNAROK Thor (Chris Hemsworth) sees sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) take over Asgard in the most humorous and light-hearted of the Thor films, but overextended action sequences and Marvel formulas keep it from flying. Rated PG-13. Brief suggestive material, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action. 2 hours, 10 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
A THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI Frances McDormand delivers a blistering performance as a small town resident demanding justice for a raped and murdered daughter. Rated R. Frequent profanity, some sexual references, violence. 1 hour, 55 minutes. CG16.
B WONDER Sentimental, yet not mawkish story of a boy with a facial deformity that wins as a broader tale of empathy. Rated PG. Some mild profanity, some thematic elements including bullying. 1 hour, 53 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER 50th anniversary of the film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as white parents whose daughter is engaged to a black man (Sidney Poitier). 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. RJ16.
GENESIS: PARADISE LOST 3-D effects bring parts of the Book of Genesis to life. 7 p.m. Monday. 2 hours, 10 minutes. RJ16.