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Philadelphia Inquirer Movie Guide

Beauty and the Beast. 2.5 stars. The beloved 1991 animated musical is given the live-action treatment with Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the prince-turned-monster. With Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson. Written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky and Bill Condon. Directed by Condon. 2 hr 9 mins. PG (some action violence, peril and frightening images)

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS. 2.5 stars. The eighth installment in the “Fast/Furious” series ranges from the shores of Cuba to the streets of New York City and the icy plains of the Arctic as the team tries to stop a global anarchist. With Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron. Directed by F. Gary Gray. 2 hrs. 16 mins. PG-13 (prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language)

GHOST IN THE SHELL. 3 stars. Stars Scarlett Johansson as a future-world cyborg. It isn’t much of a mystery, but it’s not meant to be. 2 hrs. PG-13 (sci-fi violence, suggestive content, some disturbing images)

GOING IN STYLE. 2 stars. Three retired steelworkers (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin) plot to rob the bank complicit in getting rid of their pensions. Good natured slapstick, but almost infallibly unfunny. With Ann-Margaret. Directed by Zach Braff. 1 hr. 37 mins. PG-13 (drug use, language)

THE GREAT WALL. 2 stars. A big-budget Chinese-American action-fantasy starring Matt Damon as a mercenary who helps the Chinese army (led by Jing Tian) repel an invasion of fearsome creatures. A merger of Chinese and American talent (Zhang Yimou directs) heralded as the wave of the future, but the results here are not that promising. 1 hr. 44 mins. PG-13 (fantasy action violence).

Kong: Skull Island.  3 stars. Scientists travel to a remote Pacific island and face the enormous ape. With Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 2 hrs. PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language).

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. 3 stars. Witty animated sequel to the surprise hit original, with Will Arnett providing the voice of lonely recluse Batman, who changes for the better when he falls for the police commissioner’s daughter (Rosario Dawson) and adopts an orphan (Michael Cera) who becomes Robin. Fast-paced, full of jokes that draw from the long history of Batman comic books, movies and television shows. Also featuring Zach Galifianakis as the voice of The Joker. 1 hr. 30 mins. PG (rude humor and some action).

Life. 2 stars. — An international crew investigate the first signs of extraterrestrial life on Mars. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. 1 hr 43 mins. R (language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror)

LOGAN. 2.5 stars. A promising premise has the title X-Man (Hugh Jackman) and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) stricken with old age, but the movie, which has them guiding Mexican children over the border, becomes relentlessly, gruesomely violent, and the kids get some of the worst of it. 2 hrs. 15 mins. R (strong brutal violence)

Personal Shopper4 stars. Kristen Stewart stars as the title character, also a spiritual medium, trying to make contact with her recently deceased twin brother. With Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia, Nora von Waldstätten, Benjamin Biolay. 1 hr. 45 mins. R (some language, sexuality, nudity and a bloody violent image).

Saban’s Power Rangers. 2.5 stars. After learning the globe is under threat from an alien force, five teens join together to form a resistance. With Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bryan Cranston. Directed by Dean Israelite. 2 hrs 4 mins. PG-13 (sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor).

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE. 2 stars. This all-animated installment finds the little blue creatures searching the Forbidden Forest for a lost village. Voices of Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin, Rainn Wilson, Michelle Rodriguez, Julia Roberts, Ellie Kemper, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Jack McBrayer. Directed by Kelly Asbury. 1 hr. 29 min. PG (some mild action and rude humor).

T2 TRAINSPOTTING. 3 stars. Danny Boyle’s rueful, sometimes ruefully funny, sequel to his 1996 hit about four Scots lads (Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller) and their hedonistic lives, a movie that became an anthem for a generation of U.K. youth. Now, the men are in their 40s, and hard drugs have given way to hard feelings. 1 hr. 58 mins. R (sex, language)

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE. 2.5 stars. Jessica Chastain stars in this dutiful if sometimes mechanical true story of Antonina Zabinski, a Polish woman who helped save hundreds of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation of World War II. With Daniel Bruhl. 2 hrs. 6 min. PG-13 (violence).