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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C+ ALIEN: COVENANT Sequel to “Prometheus” and prequel to “Alien” proves an uneven blend of sci-fi horror and existentialism with plenty of scares, if lack of freshness from other “Alien” films. Rated R. Profanity, some sexuality/nudity, bloody images, sci-fi violence. 2 hours, 3 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
D DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL The “Wimpy Kid” series takes a family road trip, but it’s more a joyless exercise in gross jokes than family-affirming comedy. Rated PG. Rude humor. RJ16, SG16.
C EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Chemistry between leads Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson can’t overcome sodden dialogue and implausible characters in this romance between a teenager in a hermetically sealed home and the boy next door. Rated PG-13. Brief coarse language, brief sensuality, mature thematic material. 1 hour, 36 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
NR T2: TRAINSPOTTING The lively characters of 1996’s “Trainspotting” return, as does director Danny Boyle, 20 years later to find time and circumstances have changed some things and not others. Rated R. Frequent profanity, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, some violence. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Premiere Cinema 6.
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.
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 FATE OF THE FURIOUS Latest in the “Fast and Furious” series has Toretto (Vin Diesel) opposed by his old crew, but plot takes a backseat, as always, to plenty of action. Rated PG-13. Strong profanity, suggestive content, prolonged sequences of violence and destruction. 2 hours, 16 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
C GIFTED Flat, disappointingly contrived drama about a custody fight between mother (Lindsay Duncan) and son (Chris Evans) over the brilliant niece (Mckenna Grace) that he’s been raising. Rated PG-13. Profanity, some suggestive material, thematic elements. RJ16.
B GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 Silly, sarcastic and better than the original with the oddball team of galaxy-protectors proving characters to care about. Rated PG-13. Brief suggestive content, sci-fi violence. 2 hours, 16 minutes. RJ16, SG16, WH.
B HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER Broad, good-natured but uneven comedy about a gigolo (Eugenio Derbez) between patrons who’s forced to live with his sister and her young son. Rated PG-13. Crude humor, sexual references and gestures, brief nudity. 1 hour, 55 minutes. SG16, RJ16.
C+ KING ARTHUR: THE LEGEND OF THE SWORD Rated PG-13. Brief strong profanity, some suggestive content, sequences of action and violence. 2 hours, 6 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
NR LOWRIDERS An East LA graffit artist finds himself caught between his art and the lowrider car culture of his father and ex-con brother. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 39 minutes. SG16.
C+ SNATCHED Occasionally funny, but often lazy mother-daughter comedy that fits lead Amy Schumer, but largely wastes co-star Goldie Hawn. Rated R. Frequent coarse language, crude sexual content, brief nudity. 1 hour, 40 minutes. RJ16, SG16.
B THE WALL Tense standoff between two American soldiers and an Iraqi sniper is more thoughtful than action-packed. Rated R. Frequent profanity, some war violence. 1 hour, 30 minutes. SG16.
IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM Documentary on Israel’s surprising victory in the Seven Days War of 1967. 7 p.m. Tuesday. RJ16.
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT 40th anniversary of the action comedy starring Burt Reynolds as a trucker hauling beer on a fast run through the South. 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. RJ16.