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‘Wind River’ best of big new movies; ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ ‘Logan Lucky,’ not so much

The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds, right) must guard his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson).
The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds, right) must guard his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). Lionsgate

This week’s new movies:

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”: Ryan Reynolds is an agent assigned to protect assassin Samuel L. Jackson from Gary Oldman. Rated R. Time: 1:51.

“Logan Lucky”: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Riley Keough plan a heist during a NASCAR race. Steven Soderbergh, who awhile ago insisted he was retiring, is back to direct. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:59.  1/2

“Wind River”: Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen try to solve a murder on a Native American reservation. Rated R. Time: 1:47.

“Whose Streets?”: Documentary revisits the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., through the eyes of protesters. Rated R. Time: 1:30. At the Tivoli.

“Brigsby Bear”: Twenty-something James (Kyle Mooney of “Saturday Night Live”) lives in a bunker with his parents (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams) watching tapes of an old kids’ show. And then everything changes. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:40.  1/2

“The Midwife”: A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s former mistress (Catherine Deneuve). In French with subtitles. Not rated. Time: 1:57. At the Tivoli.

Also showing:


“Baby Driver”: Ansel Elgort is a getaway driver who agrees to a difficult heist with Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. Rated R. Time: 1:53. (6/28)

“The Big Sick”: Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) tells the true story of how his girlfriend Emily (Zoe Kazan) — now his wife — went into a coma. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents. Rated R. Time: 1:59. (7/7)

“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)

“Detroit”: Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” commemorates the 50th anniversary of this city’s riots with a drama about those events, starring John Boyega and Anthony Mackie. Rated R. Time: 2:22. (8/4)

“Dunkirk”: Writer/director Christopher Nolan takes us to the French coast of World War II, where Allied forces (including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Harry Styles) are looking for escape. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:47. (7/21)

“Girls Trip”: Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish road trip their way into trouble. Rated R. Time: 2:02. (7/21)

“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. At Studio 28. (5/5)

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Ten years later, former veep Al Gore updates his fight for renewable energy in a new documentary. Rated PG. Time: 1:38. (8/4)

“Landline”: Jenny Slate reunites with her “Obvious Child” director, Gillian Robespierre, in this story about a dysfunctional family (including John Turturro and Edie Falco) coping with infidelity. At the Tivoli. Rated R. Time: 1:37. (8/4)

“The Little Hours”: The story springs from “The Decameron” of the 14th century, but it has a modern, raunchy sensibility with three nuns (Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci) lusting after a manservant on the run (Dave Franco). At the Tivoli. Rated R. Time: 1:30. (7/21)

“Maudie”: A fact-based story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), a folk art painter who lived in rural Nova Scotia with her curmudgeon of a husband (Ethan Hawke). Rated PG-13. Time: 1:55. At the Glenwood Arts. (7/21)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming”: We met this incarnation of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in the last Avengers flick. Now he gets his own movie — and villain, Vulture (Michael Keaton). Rated PG-13. Time: 2:13. (7/7)

“Step”: Documentary about the senior year of a high school step dance team in Baltimore. Rated PG. Time: 1:23. (8/11)

Rated   1/2

“Atomic Blonde”: Charlize Theron is a lethal 1980s British secret agent dropped into Berlin to investigate a spy ring. Rated R. Time: 1:45. (7/28)

“The Glass Castle”: Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family becomes a star-filled movie, with Brie Larson as the grown-up Jeannette and Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts as her eccentric parents. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:07. (8/11)

“Lady Macbeth”: In this Victorian saga based on a Russian novella, a young woman rebels against her horrific marriage. At the Rio. Rated R. Time: 1:29. (8/4)

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”: Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne are space cops in an eye-popping intergalactic city. Director Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) adapts the French graphic novel. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:17. (7/21)

“War for the Planet of the Apes”: In this third installment, Caesar (Andy Serkis) gets angry as he guides his apes in a battle against humans, led by a brutal Woody Harrelson. Rated PG-13. Time: 2:13. (7/14)

“Wonder Woman”: Gal Gadot stars in this origin story of the superhero’s 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)


“Annabelle: Creation”: The possessed doll lives on. Rated R. Time: 1:49. (8/11)

“Despicable Me 3”: Gru (Steve Carell) reunites with his long-lost twin brother Dru (also voiced by Carell), who tries to lure him back to his dastardly ways. Rated PG. Time: 1:30. (6/30)

“The Emoji Movie”: An animated adventure about the doo-dads on your phone. Why we care: KC’s Rob Riggle voices an ice cream cone, and Patrick Stewart is Poop. Rated PG. Time: 1:26. (7/28)

“Wolf Warrior 2”: Chinese special forces op comes out of retirement to rescue innocent factory workers. In Mandarin with subtitles. At Town Center. Not rated. Time: 2:02. (8/11)

Rated   1/2

“The Dark Tower”: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are locked in battle in this adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi Western. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:35. (8/4)

“The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature”: Will Arnett and his animated pals try to stop a developer from destroying their home. Rated PG. Time: 1:35. (8/11)

“Wish Upon”: A music box grants a teen seven wishes, with deadly consequences. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:29. At Ameristar. (7/14)


“Kidnap”: When her son is kidnapped, a single mom (Halle Berry) doesn’t want to wait for the police. She jumps in her minivan and sets off in pursuit. Rated R. Time: 1:34. (8/4)

“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. (6/21)

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc