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New movies in KC: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’ ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ ‘Exception’

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee return for “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Optimus Prime and Bumblebee return for “Transformers: The Last Knight.” .

“Transformers: The Last Knight,” opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday: Didn’t we just have a King Arthur movie? Yes, but now this fifth installment has Anthony Hopkins joining Mark Wahlberg in trying to figure out what the Transformers were up to in Arthurian times. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:28.

“Beatriz at Dinner,” opens Friday: At a supper party, a successful Latina health practitioner (Salma Hayek) trades barbs with a cocky billionaire (John Lithgow). Rated R. Time: 1:23.

“The Exception,” opens Friday: During World War II, a German soldier (Jai Courtney) is sent to Holland to watch over the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). Rated R. Time: 1:47.

“My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” opens Friday: An earthquake causes the comical disaster of the title in this animated adventure featuring the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham and lunch lady Susan Sarandan. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:15.

“Ripped,” opens Friday: Two stoners (Russell Peters, Faizon Love) smoke top-secret CIA marijuana in 1986 and are catapulted to the future: 2016. Not rated. Time: 1:37.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc