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Movies in North Texas theaters on Nov. 3 and coming soon

Sofia Coppola’s ‘Priscilla’ is among this week’s notable releases.

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5:00 PM on Nov 2, 2023 CDT

THE CHRISTMAS CLASSIC Elizabeth returns to her small hometown to persuade Randy, an old flame, to sell his local ski resort to her fiancé's large corporation. Randy agrees, but only on the condition that Elizabeth wins the annual Christmas Classic, a series of outrageous ski events that her estranged sister has won for the past nine years. Not rated. 80 mins. At Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley.

DEADLAND After covering up the murder of an undocumented migrant, a U.S. Border Patrol agent is haunted by the victim’s spirit, forcing him to confront the sins of his past. Not rated. 92 mins. At the Angelika Plano.

THE DELINQUENTS Buenos Aires bank employee Morán (Daniel Elías) dreams up a scheme to liberate himself from corporate monotony: He’ll steal enough money to support a modest retirement, then confess and serve prison time while his co-worker hides the cash. But soon, his accomplice encounters a mysterious woman who will change his life. In Spanish with subtitles. Not rated. 189 mins. At the Angelika Dallas.

DIVINITY The sci-fi thriller from writer-director Eddie Alcazar centers on two mysterious brothers who abduct a mogul during his quest for immortality. Meanwhile, a seductive woman helps them launch a journey of self-discovery. Not rated. 88 mins. At AMC Mesquite and AMC Grapevine Mills.

GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION When a toy shortage hits Santa’s workshop before Christmas, young elfling Marzipan must go on an adventure to find Glisten, a magical snow deer. The animated family film features the voices of Michael Rapaport, Freddie Prinze Jr., Chevy Chase, Dionne Warwick, Julia Michaels and Billy Ray Cyrus. G. 80 mins. In wide release.

GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH The film examines evidence and explanations relating to the miraculous events proclaiming the birth and death of Jesus. Not rated. 107 mins. At Premiere Grand Prairie.

LONESOME SOLDIER After serving in the Iraq War, Jackson Harlow returns to Tennessee and finds that his fight is far from over in this drama that explores the challenges faced by veterans and their loved ones while battling PTSD. Based on a true story. R (for pervasive language, drug use, some violent content and sexual references). 109 mins. At Premiere Grand Prairie, Premiere Burleson and Texas Movie Bistro in Lake Worth.

(C+)THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER A woman with a secret past, Helena (Daisy Ridley), ventures into the wilderness to confront her father (Ben Mendelsohn), the most dangerous person she’s ever known, after he escapes from prison. Based on novelist Karen Dionne’s 2017 bestseller, The Marsh King’s Daughter seems to have all the elements of a successful thriller. Yet despite a strong premise and a talented cast, director Neil Burger doesn’t completely sell the concept until the film’s tense final act. The lengthy cat and mouse game has a satisfying sense of closure, but the tale is too tame to hold the audience in thrall. R (for violence). 108 mins. In wide release.

(B-) THE PERSIAN VERSION Writer-director Maryam Keshavarz’s sophomore feature is an energetic and enjoyable memoir, if a bit busy. Layla Mohammadi stars as Leila, an aspiring filmmaker who is reeling from her divorce from Elena (Mia Foo) and finds herself pregnant. Meanwhile, her father is waiting for a heart transplant, and there is a family wedding on the horizon. We also flash back to Leila’s childhood growing up in Brooklyn, after her family immigrated from Iran, and her mother Shirin’s (Niousha Noor) struggles to provide for her family. Each story line could have been its own movie, but it’s easy to forgive when the film is so likable. R (for language and some sexual references). 107 minutes. In wide release.

(B) PRISCILLA Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, starring Cailee Spaeny, captures the teenage dreaminess, absurdity and nightmare of falling in love with Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi). Coppola, writer-director of Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, has always been innately attuned to the forming identities of young women. In the story of Priscilla Presley, who met Elvis when she was just 14, Coppola has found a tale tailor-made for her delicately perceptive style of filmmaking. After a somewhat traditional courtship, Elvis and Priscilla’s life together is sweet if a bit deranged. But then things turn increasingly dark for Priscilla, and Graceland turns out to be a prison. There aren’t many false notes in Coppola’s richly layered film, but the movie fades when Elvis’ downturn accelerates in Las Vegas. When Priscilla awakens, it feels underdeveloped. A constant throughout, though, is Spaeny, in a breakthrough performance. R (for drug use and some language). 113 mins.

(B-) RADICAL Inspired by a 2013 Wired magazine article, this classroom drama finds a glimmer of optimism by looking to our children. Written and directed by Christopher Zalla, the film is set in Matamoros, Mexico, where gangs have left a trail of blood around every corner. In this volatile environment, Sergio (Eugenio Derbez) is hired to teach at a primary school, where he does something unorthodox: He lets students tell him what they want to learn. His methods take a bit to work, but when they click, a whole new future appears possible. In Spanish with subtitles. PG-13 (for some strong violent content, thematic material and strong language). 125 mins. In wide release.

RUMBLE THROUGH THE DARK A desperate, bare-knuckle cage fighter (Aaron Eckhart) battles to save his family home in this action-thriller based on Michael Farris Smith’s novel The Fighter. Also starring Bella Thorne. R (for violence, language and some sexual material). 116 mins. In wide release.

(A-) RUSTIN The 1963 March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, likely wouldn’t have happened without the work of Bayard Rustin, a gay Black pacifist and socialist whose friendship with King was the engine of the Civil Rights Movement in its early days. Rustin explores the weeks leading up to the march, with Colman Domingo starring as the titular organizer. Director George C. Wolfe keeps this biopic intriguing, almost like a caper, and the screenplay isn’t shy about exposing divides within the movement as well as the homophobia of the era. Also starring Jeffrey Wright, Audra McDonald, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Chris Rock. PG-13 (for thematic material, some violence, sexual material, language including racial slurs, brief drug use, and smoking). 108 mins. At the Landmark Inwood.

SQUEALER Tyrese Gibson and Theo Rossi star in this horror thriller based on a true story. When young women start disappearing in a small town, clues lead a police officer and a social worker to a remote pig farm and a local butcher. R (for strong violence and gore, drug use, graphic nudity, some sexual material and language throughout). 100 mins. At Galaxy Grandscape in The Colony.

THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES This anime fantasy centers on a tunnel where the laws of space and time mean nothing. It is believed that those who walk through it will find their heart’s desire on the other side. In Japanese with subtitles. Not rated. 83 mins. At AMC Mesquite, AMC Grapevine Mills, AMC Parks at Arlington and AMC Stonebriar.

(B) WHAT HAPPENS LATER Meg Ryan and David Duchovny star in this rom-com about two former lovers who see each other for the first time in years when they are snowed in at an airport overnight. The wordy, whip-smart banter flows easily between the two, moving from corny generational riffs to opening old wounds; the dialogue harkens back to Ryan’s rom-coms of yore. There are a few beats of the screenplay that are a bit hokey and some secret revelations that feel forced, but the film is deeply heartfelt and beautifully performed. R (for language, some sexual references and brief drug use). 105 mins. In wide release.

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