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Movies in theaters, 3/17/17


OPENING FRIDAY

“Beauty and the Beast”

Grade: C+. Review page 27

“The Belko Experiment”

Grade: D. Review page 31

“Land of Mine”

Grade: B. Review page 29

“The Last Word”

Grade: C-. Review page 30

“Raw”

Grade: A-. Review page 28

NOW PLAYING

“Arrival.” A-. 116 minutes. PG-13. In this science fiction film, Amy Adams plays a linguist who is dispatched to the site of an alien spaceship and charged with trying to communicate with the otherwordly visitors. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“Before I Fall.” B. PG-13. 99 minutes. After dying in a car crash, a teenage girl wakes up and relives the same day over and over again. Barton Creek. City Lights. Hill Country. Metropolitan.

“Doctor Strange.” B. PG-13. 115 minutes. In this Marvel film, a surgeon whose career is destroyed gets a second chance at life when a sorcerer teaches him how to defend the world against evil. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“A Dog’s Purpose.” C-. PG. 120 minutes. A reincarnated canine continually reunites with its original owner over a span of five decades. Hill Country. Round Rock.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” B-. PG-13. 133 minutes. The author of one of Harry Potter’s textbooks, wizard Newt Scamander sets out to rescue his magical creatures when they are accidentally set loose in 1920s New York City. Movies 8.

“Fifty Shades Darker.” R. 118 minutes. Shadowy characters from Christian Grey’s past threaten his rekindled romance with Anastasia Steele. Southpark.

“Fist Fight.” B. R. 91 minutes. When the mild-mannered English teacher accidentally angers his colleague, he is challenged to an old-fashioned after-school fight. Southpark. Tinseltown.

“Get Out.” A-. R. 103 minutes. In this horror film with a serious message, a young man discovers a dark secret upon meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Mueller. Alamo Slaughter. Alamo South. Alamo Village. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Tinseltown. Westgate.

“The Great Wall.” PG-13. 104 minutes. A European mercenary uncovers the mystery behind why the Great Wall of China was constructed. Metropolitan.

“Hidden Figures.” A-. PG. 127 minutes. Three brilliant African-American women who served as the brains of one of the greatest operations in history, are at the heart of this untold true story of NASA. Alamo Lakeline. Barton Creek. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark.

“John Wick: Chapter 2.” B-. R. 122 minutes. Infamous hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate who aims to gain control of an underground assassins’ guild. Alamo Lakeline. Round Rock. Southpark.

“Kong: Skull Island.” B-. PG-13. 120 minutes. This revival of a familar story centers on the origins of King Kong. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Mueller. Alamo Slaughter. Alamo South. Alamo Village. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Tinseltown. Westgate. 3D: Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Tinseltown. Westgate.

“La La Land.” B+. PG-13. 128 minutes. Sebastian and Mia are drawn together because of a shared love for what they do but find those career goals are tearing them apart. Alamo Lakeline. Arbor. Barton Creek.

“The Lego Batman Movie.” B+. PG. 104 minutes. With the irreverence of “The Lego Movie,” the self-described leading man of that ensemble stars in his own big-screen show. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Slaughter. Barton Creek. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Tinseltown. Westgate.

“Lion.” PG-13. 121 minutes. An Indian boy takes the wrong train thousands of miles away from his family and is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. Arbor. City Lights. Westgate.

“Logan.” B+. R. 137 minutes. The satisfying conclusion to Wolverine’s storyline has the mutant caring for an ailing Professor X at a hideout on the Mexican border when a young mutant arrives and upends his attempt to disappear from the world. Alamo Lakeline. Alamo Mueller. Alamo Slaughter. Alamo South. Alamo Village. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Tinseltown. Westgate.

“Manchester by the Sea.” A-. R. 137 minutes. Casey Affleck plays a man suddenly responsible for his nephew after the death of his brother, forcing him to return to Manchester by the Sea. Lake Creek.

“Moana.” B. PG. 113 minutes. Disney’s latest animated film is set in the islands of the South Pacific, where Moana searches for a hulking demigod named Maui. Lake Creek. Movies 8. 3D: Movies 8.

“Monster Trucks.” D+. PG. 104 minutes. Seeking an escape from the life he was born into, high school Tripp builds a monster truck from the parts of scrapped cars. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“Moonlight.” A. R. 110 minutes. This three-part narrative spans the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of an African-American man who survives Miami’s drug-plagued inner city. Arbor. Violet Crown.

“The Ottoman Lieutenant.” D. R. 109 minutes. A strong-willed woman joins a remote medical mission with the Ottoman Empire, where she falls in love with the perceived enemy. Arbor.

“Passengers.” D. PG-13. 116 minutes. The action-thriller is about two passengers on a 120-year journey to another planet — but their hibernation pods arouse them 90 years too early. Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“Rock Dog.” B+. PG. 80 minutes. In this animated romp, Mastiff leader Khampa forbids music so the dogs won’t be distracted — a plan that doesn’t quite work when his son Bodi discovers a radio and decides he wants to be a rock star. Hill Country. Southpark.

“The Shack.” C+. PG-13. 132 minutes. A trio of enigmatic strangers take one man on a life-changing journey after he undergoes a family tragedy. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Evo. Flix. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill. Tinseltown. Westgate.

“Sing.” B+. PG. 108 minutes. The animated movie colorfully depicts the hopefuls — all animals — participating in a singing contest. Lake Creek. Movies 8. 3D: Lake Creek. Movies 8.

“Sleepless.” R. 95 minutes. An undercover Las Vegas police officer played by Jamie Foxx becomes tangled in a web of corrupt cops and a casino underground controlled by the mob. Movies 8.

“Split.” B. PG-13. 117 minutes. In this M. Night Shyamalan film, a man with multiple personalities has a compulsion to abduct three teenage girls and finds when he does that he has an ominous final personality. Metropolitan.

“Table 19.” PG-13. 87 minutes. Relieved of her duties as maid of honor after being dumped by the best man, Eloise decides to attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. Alamo Lakeline. Barton Creek.

“A United Kingdom.” B. PG-13. 111 minutes. The prince of Botswana is exiled when he marries a white woman from London, but they ultimately are able to lead the African country to independence. Arbor.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“History of Television: Murder, She Wrote.” Ericca Long of the Magic Lantern Podcast is teaming up with the Austin Film Society to present two special episodes of the iconic 1980s mystery series, starring Angela Lansbury as whodunit author Jessica Fletcher, who left her typewriter each week to solve a murder. The event will provide history and behind-the-scenes information with an introduction. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. Austin Public, 1143 Northwestern Ave. austinfilm.org.

“Spirited Away.” Miyazaki’s imagination runs free once more with this animated film that channels elements of Eastern and Western mythology, Lewis Carroll’s Alice, E. Nesbit, “Where the Wild Things Are,” George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat” comic strip, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy and more. Subtitled. 9:45 p.m. Monday. $12. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. drafthouse.com.



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