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Complete guide to movies in KC: ‘Cars 3’ and ‘Rough Night’ are worth the drive

In “Cars 3,” Jackson Storm (left, voiced by Armie Hammer) posts speeds that even Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) hasn’t seen.
In “Cars 3,” Jackson Storm (left, voiced by Armie Hammer) posts speeds that even Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) hasn’t seen. .

These movies open in KC this week:

“Cars 3”: Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) needs to modernize his technique, with the help of a slick businesscar voiced by Nathan Fillion. Rated G. Time: 1:49.

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“Rough Night”

A bachelorette party involving Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Scarlett Johansson gets way out of control when a male stripper dies. Rated R. Time: 1:41.

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“47 Meters Down”

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt are sisters stranded in a shark cage on the ocean floor. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:29.


“The Book of Henry”

Naomi Watts is a single mom whose son wants to help save the girl next door. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who soon goes big budget with “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Rated PG-13. Time: 1:45.

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“All Eyez on Me”

A biopic about the rise of the late rapper Tupac Shakur (played by Demetrius Shipp Jr.) Rated R. Time: 2:20.

“Paris Can Wait”

Eleanor Coppola (director Francis Ford Coppola’s wife) embellishes a true incident when she took an endless and endlessly entertaining car trip from Cannes to Paris while hubby was away. Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin star. Rated PG. Time: 1:32.

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Father and son Kevin Kline and Demetri Martin (who also directed) cope with grief. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:27. At the Glenwood Arts, Tivoli.

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“Kill Switch”

In the future, an experiment to find unlimited energy goes wrong, and it’s up to a pilot (Dan Stevens) to zoom in and save the world. Rated R. Time: 1:31. At Tapcade.

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“The Wedding Plan”: When the groom backs out, an Orthodox woman decides to go ahead with her wedding, saying God will provide. But she has only one month to find a substitute. In Hebrew with subtitles. Rated PG. Time: 1:50. At Glenwood Arts. (6/2)


“Alien: Covenant”: Twenty years before “Alien” takes place and 10 years after “Prometheus” comes director Ridley Scott’s latest terrifying space odyssey. Rated R. Time: 2:02. (5/19)

“Beauty and the Beast”: Fairy tale remake about a bookish girl (Emma Watson), a cursed prince (Dan Stevens) and a muscle-bound jerk (Luke Evans). Rated PG. Time: 2:06. At Studio 28. (3/17)

“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”: Dav Pilkey’s hilarious kids books get an animated adaptation, with Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch voicing the obstreperous kids and Ed Helms as their delusional principal. Rated PG. Time: 1:29. (6/2)

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper explore exactly who is Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:16. (5/5)

“I, Daniel Blake”: A working-class Englishman with a heart condition battles government bureaucracy after he is denied benefits. Rated R. Time: 1:40. At Glenwood Arts. (6/9)

“It Comes at Night”: A deadly worldwide pandemic has Joel Edgerton and family under siege. Rated R. Time: 1:35. (6/9)

“Megan Leavey”: In this true story, Kate Mara is a Marine corporal who bonds with a combat dog as they deploy to Iraq. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:56. (6/9)

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“The Boss Baby”: In this animated comedy, a suit-wearing baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) teams with his big brother to foil a dastardly plot. Rated PG. Time: 1:37. At Merriam, Overland Park. (3/31)

“The Fate of the Furious”: Charlize Theron joins this eighth installment of the franchise as the villain, a mysterious woman who lures Vin Diesel into going rogue. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:16. At Ameristar. (4/14)

“Snatched”: Amy Schumer is a party girl who takes her uptight mother (Goldie Hawn) on an exotic South American vacation that turns into a kidnapping adventure. Rated R. Time: 1:30. (5/12)

“Wonder Woman”: Gal Gadot stole the show in “Batman v Superman.” Now her superhero gets her own movie, an origin story of her Amazonian homeland and her valiant deeds in World War I. Directed by Patty Jenkins (who grew up in Lawrence). Rated PG-13. Time: 2:21. (6/2)


“Churchill”: The beleaguered British prime minister (Brian Cox) faces mounting tensions as the Allied D-Day invasion nears. John Slattery is an uncooperative Gen. Eisenhower. Rated PG. Time: 1:50. At Glenwood Arts. (6/2)

“Everything, Everything”: Amandla Stenberg (Rue in “The Hunger Games”) is a teen with a frail immune system who falls for the new boy next door (Nick Robinson). Rated PG-13. Time: 1:36. At Barrywoods, Studio 28. (5/19)

“The Mummy”: Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman”) is the angry ancient princess, and Tom Cruise is the man who must face her. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:50. (6/9)

“My Cousin Rachel”: Sam Claflin is an Englishman who falls for his cousin (Rachel Weisz) but suspects her of murder. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:46. (6/9)

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”: Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack, once again seeking treasure: the trident of Poseidon. Javier Bardem is the bad guy out to get him. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:09. (5/26)

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“Baywatch”: In this revival of the cheesy ’90s TV series, lifeguards Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron bare their pecs and go after a beachside drug-smuggling operation. Rated R. Time: 1:59. (5/25)

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”: In this fourth installment based on Jeff Kinney’s kids’ books, Greg (Jason Ian Drucker) endures a family road trip. Rated PG. Time: 1:30. At Barrywoods. (5/19)

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc