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 are from advance reviews; NR means a movie was not reviewed.
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B DOWNHILL Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell shine as a married couple strained after the husband panics at an approaching avalanche. Rated R. Profanity, some adult material. 1 hour, 26 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
NR FANTASY ISLAND A stay at a mysterious island resort turns from fantasy to nightmare. Rated PG-13. Brief strong profanity, suggestive material, drug content, terror, violence. 1 hour, 49 minutes. CG16, RJ16.4
B+ SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Film adaptation of popular videogame proves a high-energy, enjoyable buddy movie for both kids and adults. Rated PG. Brief mild profanity, rude humor, action, some violence. 1 hour, 39 minutes. RJ16, CG16, WH.
NR THE PHOTOGRAPH A daughter’s investigation of a photograph by her late mother leads to romance. Rated PG-13. Brief strong profanity, sexuality. 1 hour, 46 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
ALSO SHOWINGC BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Rated R. Frequent profanity, sexual references, brief drug use, strong bloody violence. 2 hours, 4 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
B BIRDS OF PREY Actress Margot Robbie proves hugely watchable as DC Comics character Harley Quinn exploring her post-Joker world. Rated R. Frequent profanity, some sexual and drug material, frequent strong violence. 1 hour, 49 minutes. RJ16, CG16, WH.
D DOLITTLE Rated PG. Profanity, crude humor. 1 hour, 46 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B FROZEN II Rated PG. Some thematic elements, action and peril. 1 hour, 44 minutes. RJ16.
C THE GENTLEMEN Guy Ritchie crime story combines energy, humor and an all-star cast, but there’s also a whiff of dated machismo and prejudice. Rated R. Frequent profanity, sexual references, drug content, violence. 1 hour, 43 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
D GRETEL & HANSEL Re-imagining of the fairytale as a fable of 21st century concerns is visually striking, but sometimes grisly and woefully off the path. Rated PG-13. Disturbing images, thematic content, brief drug material. 1 hour, 27 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
C JOKER Rated R. Profanity, brief sexual images, disturbing behavior, strong bloody violence. 2 hours, 2 minutes. Winner of Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) Oscar. RJ16.
C+ JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL Rated PG-13. Some profanity, suggestive content, adventure action. 1 hour, 54 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
B JUST MERCY Rated PG-13. Thematic content including some racial epithets. 2 hours, 16 minutes. CG16.
B+ KNIVES OUT Rated PG-13. Some strong profanity, sexual references, thematic elements, drug material, brief violence. 2 hours, 11 minutes. CG16.
A LITTLE WOMEN Rated PG. Thematic elements, some smoking. 2 hours, 14 minutes. RJ16, CG16.
A 1917 Rated R. Profanity, some disturbing images, violence. 1 hour, 59 minutes. CG16, RJ16.
A PARASITE Dark Korean class satire about two families in conflict. Rated R. Profanity, sexual content, some violence. 2 hours, 12 minutes. Winner of Best Picture, Best Director Oscars. CG16, RJ16.
B SPIES IN DISGUISE Rated PG. Rude humor, action, violence. 1 hour, 44 minutes. RJ16.
C+ STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Rated PG-13. Sci-fi action and violence. 2 hours, 22 minutes. CG16.
C THE TURNING Update of Henry James’ creepy novella “The Turn Of The Screw” about a nanny (Mackenzie Davis) for two children haunted by her surroundings adds little in scares or meaning. Rated PG-13. Brief profanity, some suggestive content, disturbing images, terror, violence. 1 hour, 35 minutes. CG16.
PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: RED SEA MIRACLE Documentary exploring the history of the parting of the Red Sea in the Biblical Exodus. Part I, 7 p.m. Tuesday and Part II, May 5. RJ16.
RIDE YOUR WAVE Masaaki Yuasa animated feature about a love continuing after death. 7 p.m. Wednesday (subtitled)
NATIONAL THEATER LIVE: “CYRANO DE BERGERAC” James McAvoy stars as the swash-buckling, love-struck title character in a West End production of the Edmund Rostand drama. 7 p.m. Thursday. RJ16.