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Complete guide to movies in KC: New ‘Transformers’ is the worst; here’s what’s better

Mark Wahlberg faces more robot trouble in “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Mark Wahlberg faces more robot trouble in “Transformers: The Last Knight.” .

This week’s new movies:

“Transformers: The Last Knight”: 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.

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

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“The Exception”: 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. At Glenwood Arts.

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“The Bad Batch”: Woman tries to make her way through a post-apocalyptic world. Rated R. Time: 1:55. At Alamo Drafthouse.

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“My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea”: 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. At Screenland Tapcade.

“Ripped”: 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. At Screenland 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)

“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)

“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. (6/16)

“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)

“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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“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. (6/16)

“Dean”: 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. (6/16)

“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)

“Paris Can Wait”: Eleanor Coppola (director Francis Ford Coppola’s wife) embellishes a true incident when she took a car trip from Cannes to Paris while hubby was away. Rated PG. Time: 1:32. (6/16)

“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. (6/16)

“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)


“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. (6/16)

“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)

“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. At Glenwood Arts, Tivoli. (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)

“The Book of Henry”: Naomi Watts is a single mom whose son wants to help save the girl next door. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:45. (6/16)

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc