The following movies are showing at first-run theaters Regal Jewel 16 (RJ16), Starplex Galaxy 16 (SG16) 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 THE CASE FOR CHRIST Journalist Lee Strobel, now a Houston Baptist University professor, tells of how his investigation of Christianity turned him to personal belief. Rated PG.Thematic elements including a medical description of crucifixion, incidental smoking. 1 hour, 52 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
B GOING IN STYLE Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine make enjoyable watching in an otherwise routine tale of a senior trio attempting a bank robbery. Rated PG-13. Profanity, some suggestive material, drug reference. 1 hour, 36 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
D SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Undiscriminating children will go for this brightly colored, forgettable story of Smurfette’s search for identity. Rated PG. Rude humor, mild action. 1 hour, 30 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
B BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Rich visuals and capable acting highlight an expanded, live-action version of the classic 1991 Disney animated feature. Rated PG. Frightening images, some action violence. 2 hours, 9 minutes. RJ16, SG16, WH.
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, 40 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
B THE BOSS BABY Credible sibling relationship/rivalry between a seven-year-old (Miles Bakshi) and a management baby (Alec Baldwin) sent from heaven proves the key in this family animation. Rated PG. Mild rude humor. 1 hour, 37 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
C THE BELKO EXPERIMENT Violent, but limited horror film about occupants of a sealed Colombian office building forced into a deadly fight to survive. Rated R. Profanity and sexual references, some drug use, strong bloody violence. 1 hour, 28 minutes. SG16.
D CHIPS Leering, sexist reimaging of 1970s television series about two California motorcycle cops that plays like a bad frat boys comedy. Rated R. Frequent profanity, crude sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, some violence. 1 hour, 41 minutes. 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 GHOST IN THE SHELL Visually dazzling, yet somewhat dull live-action adaptation of the classic 1995 Japanese anime feature about a cyborg haunted by fragments of its human memory. Rated PG-13. Suggestive content, some disturbing images, intense sequences of sci-fi violence. 1 hour, 42 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
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.
C LIFE Astronauts to Mars bring back mutating lethal lifeform in “Alien”-like story that’s more tense than terrifying. Rated R. Profanity, some sexuality, nudity. 1 hour, 43 minutes. 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- POWER RANGERS Uneven film adaptation of the cheesy Japanese action series starring superpowered teens loses steam when it can’t decide whether to go serious or campy and tries both. Rated PG-13. Profanity, some crude humor, sci-fi violence and action. 2 hours, 4 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
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. RJ16.
FACING DARKNESS Dramatic account of the efforts to save the life of Christian doctor Kent Brantley, who contracted Ebola while fighting the disease in West Africa in 2014. 7 p.m. Monday. RJ16.
RIFFTRAX LIVE: SAMURAI COP The Rifftrax comic commentary team tackles the 1990s grade-Z action film “Samurai Cop.” 7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m April 18. RJ16.