Movies in North Texas theaters on Aug. 4 and coming soon

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Movies in North Texas theaters on Aug. 4 and coming soon


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(A-) BOBI WINE: THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT This gripping and unfailingly sympathetic documentary follows Ugandan opposition leader and activist Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned- politician from the slums of Kampala who has used music to denounce his country’s dictatorship. After becoming an independent member of Parliament, he unsuccessfully ran in Uganda’s 2021 presidential election against Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986. PG-13 (for strong violent content, bloody images and thematic elements). 114 mins. At AMC Grapevine Mills.

THE COLLECTIVE A young assassin (Lucas Till) goes on his first assignment for a mysterious group, taking aim at a human trafficking ring. Not rated. 86 mins. At Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley.

(B+) DREAMIN’ WILD In this sweet, slightly sorrowful drama based on a true story, a long-lost album recorded by brothers Donnie (Casey Affleck) and Joe Emerson (Walton Goggins) is rediscovered after three decades of obscurity and hailed as a lost masterpiece. It’s a poignant examination of what happens when a star is conceived but not born. Also starring Beau Bridges and Zooey Deschanel. PG (for language and thematic elements). 110 mins. In wide release.

MEG 2: THE TRENCH Jason Statham stars in this sequel to the 2018 action-horror flick about a killer megalodon shark. PG-13 (for action/violence, some bloody images, language and brief suggestive material). 116 mins. In wide release.

MOB LAND A local sheriff (John Travolta) tries to keep the peace in a small Southern town after a desperate family man (Shiloh Fernandez) and his reckless brother-in-law (Kevin Dillon) rob a pill mill, drawing the ire of the New Orleans mafia. Also starring Stephen Dorff and Ashley Benson. R (for violence, and language throughout). 111 mins. In wide release.

RANSOMED A young South Korean diplomat volunteers to lead a mission to retrieve an abducted colleague in Lebanon. But when the plan goes awry, he must team up with a local taxi driver — the only Korean expat he can find — to try to bring their countryman home. Not rated. 132 mins. In Korean and Arabic with subtitles. At Cinemark Legacy in Plano and AMC Grapevine Mills.

(B) SHORTCOMINGS A struggling Bay Area filmmaker (Justin H. Min) explores other romantic options while on a temporary split from his girlfriend (Ally Maki) in this amiable man-child comedy from first-time director Randall Park. For all its chatty insights into modern dating mores and its casually pointed discussions of racial identity, the film mostly adheres to familiar formulas. R (for language throughout, sexual material and brief nudity). 92 mins. In wide release.

(A) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM In this animated adventure-comedy, whose writers include Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), the turtles seek acceptance as normal teens but soon find themselves facing off against an army of mutants. The hugely entertaining and funny film seems destined to reinvigorate the franchise and attract plenty of nostalgic adults as well as young fans. Featuring the voices of Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, Brady Noon, Rose Byrne, Hannibal Buress and John Cena. PG (for sequences of violence and action, language and impolite material). 99 mins. In wide release.

TIL DEATH DO US PART In this horror flick from the creator of Final Destination, a runaway bride (Natalie Burn) must fight for survival against her vengeful former fiancé and his seven killer groomsmen. Also starring Jason Patric, Cam Gigandet and Orlando Jones. Not rated. 109 mins. At AMC Mesquite, AMC Stonebriar in Frisco and AMC Grapevine Mills.


APORIA After a woman (Judy Greer) loses her husband (Edi Gathegi) in a drunken driving accident, she is presented with the chance to use a time-bending machine that could restore her former life — while also bringing unforeseeable consequences.

JULES A small-town man (Ben Kingsley) forges a close relationship with an extraterrestrial who crash-lands in his back yard in this sci-fi comedy-drama. Also starring Harriet Sansom Harris and Jane Curtin.

THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER In this horror flick based on a chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, the crew members of a merchant ship are stalked by a merciless presence. Starring Corey Hawkins, Liam Cunningham and Aisling Franciosi.

ONE AND ONLY A street dance veteran invites a young entertainer to join his club in this Chinese comedy-drama. In Mandarin with subtitles.

PASSAGES Gay couple Tomas (Franz Rogowski) and Martin (Ben Whishaw) suffer a marital crisis when Tomas begins a passionate affair with a young woman (Adèle Exarchopoulos). In English and French with subtitles.

THE POD GENERATION A couple (Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor) share their pregnancy experience via a detachable artificial womb in this sci-fi comedy.

SENIOR YEAR: LOVE NEVER FAILS In this sequel to 2019′s Freshman Year, CJ (Diallo Thompson) and Marcella (Natalia Dominguez) struggle to protect their relationship after a devastating discovery upends their lives. Also starring Heidi Montag and Vernon Davis.


THE BAKER In this action flick, Ron Perlman stars as a baker working to save his estranged son and protect his granddaughter from mob hit men. R (for violence, language and some drug use). 104 mins.

(A) BARBIE Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. Director Greta Gerwig cleaves through culture with gleeful spirit and savage humor in this existential exegesis on what it means to be a woman, and a human, reflecting our world back to us through the lens of Barbie. In doing so, she delivers a barbed statement wrapped in a visually sumptuous and sublimely silly cinematic confection. PG-13 (for suggestive references and brief language). 114 mins.

(A-) ELEMENTAL It’s fairly rare that animation studio Pixar makes a straightforward romantic movie, but that’s what we get in the visually dazzling Elemental, which features the forbidden love between two elements that don’t mix: fire and water. While the film is a truly eye-popping expression of animation technology, it’s the romance between Ember (Leah Lewis) and Wade (Mamoudou Athie) that makes Elemental worth your time, thanks to a romantic male lead who is sweet and adorable, a refreshing update to the proud, barrel-chested Disney princes of yore. PG (for some peril, thematic elements and brief language). 103 mins.

THE ESSENTIAL CHURCH This documentary follows three pastors who defied government edicts to shut down their churches during the COVID-19 pandemic. PG-13 (for some thematic elements and violent content). 126 mins.

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK In this animated sports tale from Japan, an Okinawa teen strives to make a name for himself on the basketball court. In Japanese with subtitles. PG-13 (for language, violence and thematic elements). 124 mins.

(D+) HAUNTED MANSION With muddy CGI, far too much story and an emotional heart in cardiac arrest, this movie — based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name — simply doesn’t hold together. The film centers on Ben (LaKeith Stanfield), an astrophysicist turned New Orleans tour guide who is particularly skeptical of ghosts. He’s approached by Father Kent (Dallas native Owen Wilson) to help single mom Gabbie (Rosario Dawson) and her son Travis (Chase Dillon) with a problem in their new home: It’s infested with poltergeists. They recruit a medium (Tiffany Haddish) and a ghost historian (Danny DeVito, who provides some much-needed energy to the film). What should have been a light summer romp is rarely funny, never scary and a boring mess. PG-13 (for some thematic elements and scary action). 122 mins.

(B-) INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY Harrison Ford is back one more time — and one last time, he has said — in the franchise’s fifth installment. To start things off, de-aging technology gives us a 45-year-old Indiana Jones doing some of the wildest stunts we’ve ever seen our beloved archaeology professor attempt, allowing us to go on one last adventure with the Indy we grew up with. Then we’re thrust back to reality with a nearly 80-year-old Ford playing a 70-something Indy, but he’s soon back up to his adventuresome self and trying to decide whether he can trust co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character, a brilliant archaeologist who sells stolen antiquities to the world’s wealthiest. Despite a cumbersome plot, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is solid, swashbuckling summer fare and a dignified send-off to one of cinema’s most flawless castings. PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action, language and smoking). 144 mins.

INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOOR Patrick Wilson makes his directorial debut with this fifth installment of the hugely profitable horror series, last visited in 2018′s Insidious: The Last Key. PG-13 (for violence, terror, frightening images, strong language and suggestive references). 107 mins.

(C) THE LITTLE MERMAID Halle Bailey stars as Ariel in the beloved tale about a mermaid who longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and falls in love with a human prince (Jonah Hauer-King). Although Bailey is a lovely presence and possesses a superb voice, this remake doesn’t really sing. Like several other Disney live-action retreads, it prioritizes nostalgia and familiarity over compelling visual storytelling. Also starring Melissa McCarthy as the evil sea witch Ursula and Javier Bardem as King Triton, with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. PG (for action/peril and some scary images). 135 mins.

(A) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — DEAD RECKONING PART ONE Tom Cruise is back in the seventh Mission: Impossible adventure, performing a series of death-defying stunts involving trains, motorcycles and more as he battles an all-seeing, all-knowing artificial intelligence villain known as the Entity. Though the stunts are spectacular, Cruise’s incredibly expressive eyes are his greatest tool, and it’s the humanity that really makes things interesting. Also starring Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some language and suggestive material). 163 mins.

(B) NO HARD FEELINGS In this sweet, intoxicating comedy, a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) in financial straits takes on an unusual job, hired by wealthy parents looking for someone to “date” their awkward teen son (Andrew Barth Feldman) before he leaves for college. The two forge a bond after a disastrous date, and something like a friendship blossoms. What they both really need, and what they find, is someone to just listen and to share vulnerability in return. R (for sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use). 103 mins.

(B-) OPPENHEIMER Cillian Murphy leads a stacked cast — including Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Casey Affleck, Gary Oldman and Kenneth Branagh — in this study of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist behind the atomic bomb. Director Christopher Nolan dominates viewers with a visual and sonic riptide, bringing a jagged, dissonant sensibility to a film that focuses less on facts and more on feeling as it thrusts the audience into the advent and fallout of the nuclear arms race. R (for some sexuality, nudity and language). 180 mins.

ROCKY AUR RANI KII PREM KAHAANI In this romantic comedy from India, a couple with contrasting personalities decide to live with each other’s families for three months before getting married. In Hindi with subtitles. Not rated. 168 mins.

SOUND OF FREEDOM In this drama based on a true story, a former government agent embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue children from sex traffickers. Starring Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino. PG-13 (for thematic content involving sex trafficking, violence, language, sexual references, some drug references and smoking throughout). 135 mins.

(A-) SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE Following the continuing multiverse adventures of Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), this sequel to 2018′s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse contains every element that made the first one, which won an Oscar for best animated feature film, so compelling: the characters, the eye-popping production design, the perfectly calibrated music. It goes a step further and evolves the aesthetic and story into a darker, edgier place as the writers hammer home the pertinent themes — growing up and finding yourself is hard, and so is parenting, especially letting go when your kids need to find their own way. PG (for sequences of animated action violence, some language and thematic elements). 140 mins.

(A-) TALK TO ME Teen friends learn that they can conjure spirits with the help of a strange plaster hand, but they take it too far and unleash horrific supernatural forces. In the directorial debut of Australian twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou (who go by RackaRacka on YouTube), everyone wants a turn in a ritual that provides a harrowing and addictive head rush — especially the lonely young Mia, who is played by Sophie Wilde in a star-making performance. R (for strong/bloody violent content, some sexual material and language throughout). 94 mins.

(A-) THEATER CAMP When a clueless tech bro (Jimmy Tatro) takes over a rundown summer camp in upstate New York, the staffers and students band together to try to stage a masterpiece and keep the camp afloat. This pitch-perfect mockumentary is a comedic gem, with the chops to become a beloved camp classic. Also starring Ben Platt, Molly Gordon and Noah Galvin. PG-13 (for some strong language and suggestive/drug references). 94 mins.

(D+) TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS The Transformers film franchise, spawned in 2007, was one of the first straight-faced blockbuster franchises based on a toy (and a 1980s cartoon series). It is now, astonishingly, seven films deep with the release of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, which is both a prequel to the first Transformers and a sequel to 2018′s Bumblebee. Set in 1994, Rise of the Beasts is based on the Transformers: Beast Wars media franchise of comic books and anime, which introduced the Maximal characters, alien robots that look like giant animals, not shape-shifting cars. Got all that? It’s OK if you don’t, because the screenplay will repeat the pertinent information ad nauseam. This dull and disposable film is a beast that needs to be put down. PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language). 127 mins.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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