“Annabelle: Creation”: This follow-up to 2014’s “Annabelle” makes it the fourth film in the popular “Conjuring” horror series, centering on the back story of a possessed doll that terrorizes the home of a grief-stricken couple (Anthony LaPaglia,“Without a Trace” and Miranda Otto, “Lord of the Rings”) who have turned their house into an orphanage. Co-starring Stephanie Sigman (“Narcos”) and Joseph Bishara (“Insidious”). 1 hr. 49; R.
“Baby Driver”: For his first film since 2013’s “At World’s End,” director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) helmed this action comedy about a music-obsessed getaway driver nicknamed Baby (Ansel Elgort, “The Fault in Our Stars”) whose plans to go legit and run away with waitress Deborah (Lily James, “Cinderella”) are jeopardized by a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) and his gang of crooks that includes Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm. 1 hr. 53; R.
“The Big Sick”: After scoring big with 2015’s “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” director Michael Showalter returns under the guidance of producer Judd Apatow (“Trainwreck”) for this romantic comedy, co-written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), based on the real-life courtship of Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, played on screen by Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”). Holly Hunter and Ray Romano co-star. 2 hrs; R.
“Birth of the Dragon”: This pseudo-biopic portraying the early days of Bruce Lee (Philip Ng, “New Police Story”) sees the future martial arts legend challenge Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu, “Dragon Squad”) in 1965 San Francisco at the urging of a fictitious student (Billy Magnussen, “Into The Woods”). The film has been dismissed by Lee’s daughter, Shannon, and criticized for fabricating characters. 1 hr. 29; PG-13.
“Cars 3”: Billed as a “sports comedy-drama,” the latest in Pixar’s anthropomorphic automobile series was announced via a gritty, heart-pounding teaser that featured panicked breathing over the image of lovable Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) flipping over and breaking into pieces on the track. The film features a host of familiar celebrity voices returning to the cast as well as several NASCAR personalities. 1 hr. 48; G.
“The Dark Tower”: Combining elements from author Stephen King’s long-running series of hybrid fantasy novels, this ambitious attempt at bringing the mind-bending story of gunslinger Roland (Idris Elba, “Thor”) and his arch enemy The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey, “Gold”) was in various stages of development since the 1980s before finally landing with Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”). 1 hr. 55; R
“Despicable Me 3”: French filmmaker Pierre Coffin isn’t just the co-director of all the “Despicable Me” movies (and last year’s spin-off, “Minions”), he also provides the voices of all the Minion characters, and star Steve Carell pulls double duty in this sequel as the voice of Gru and his brother. Also featuring the voices of Kristin Wiig (“Bridesmaids”), Trey Parker (“SouthPark”), Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) and Steve Coogan (“The Trip”). 1 hr. 30; PG.
“Dunkirk”: Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) wrote and directed this World War II drama that depicts the 1940 evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, near the beginning of the war as told from the perspectives of air, land and sea. The cast of newcomers and familiar faces includes Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy. 1 hr. 47; PG-13.
“The Emoji Movie”: Considering how often emojis (also known as emoticons or smileys) are typed on a moment-to-moment basis by most everyone who uses a computer or mobile device, it’s a wonder that we’re just now getting a feature-length film about them. The responsibility of making it entertaining fell on Tony Leondis (director of the 2008 dud “Igor”)and the requisite avalanche of celebrity voice talent. 1 hr. 32; PG.
“Girls Trip”: Regina Hall (“Scary Movie”), Queen Latifah(“Chicago”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“The Nutty Professor”) and Tiffany Haddish (“Keanu”) star in this R-rated comedy about four childhood friends who travel to New Orleans together for an intentionally wild weekend. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (“The Best Man” series), and co-starring Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”)and Larenz Tate. 2 hr. 2; R.
“The Glass Castle”: Based on the 2005 memoir by Jannette Walls (played by Oscar winner Brie Larson from “Room”), this drama tells the true story of four children brought up by alcoholic Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson, “Wilson”) and his eccentric painter wife Rose Mary (Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”), who grew up in poverty, moving every few months to escape debt. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term 12”). 2 hr. 6; PG-13.
“Good Time”: A nearly unrecognizable Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”) stars as a bank robber desperately trying to free his disabled younger brother (Ben Safdie) from jail in this indie crime drama from the Safdie brothers (“Heaven Knows What”). The supporting cast includes Academy Award nominees Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”). 1 hr. 40; R.
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”: Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”) stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson (“The Avengers”) in this ‘80s-style buddy action comedy about a special agent (Reynolds) hired to protect an infamous assassin (Jackson) who also happens to be his No. 1 nemesis. 1 hr. 51; R.
“Ingrid Goes West”: Those who missed Aubrey Plaza in the recent period comedy “The Little Hours” will get a chance to see her in another darkly funny role here as an internet stalker who moves to Los Angeles to befriend a social media star (Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla”). Co-starring O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Wyatt Russell (“Table 19”). 1 hr. 37; R.
“Kidnap”: Halle Berry (“The Call”) stars as Karla Dyson, a waitress-turned-action hero in this tense thriller from Spanish director Luis Prieto (“The Pusher”). Seizing the moment when her son Frankie (Sage Correa) is kidnapped, Karla takes the law into her own hands and relentlessly pursues the abductors. Due to studio delays, the film was shot in 2014, but pulled from release six times over three years. 1 hr. 42; PG.
“Leap”: Released overseas last year under the original title “Ballerina,” this outstanding French adventure comedy was re-dubbed and re-titled for American audiences. Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) provides the voice of Félicie, a young orphan who sneaks into a prestigious ballet school in Paris. Other celebrity voices include Kate McKinnon, Mel Brooks, Dane DeHaan and Carly Rae Jepsen. 1 hr. 29; PG.
“Logan Lucky”: Prolific director Steven Soderbergh (“Magic Mike”) assembled an impressive ensemble cast for this goofy heist comedy about three North Carolina siblings (Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver) who conspire with a career criminal (Daniel Craig) to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600. Katie Holmes, Hillary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan co-star. 1 hr. 59; PG-13.
“The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature”: Despite grossing over $120 million in North America, no one involved in the production team behind 2014’s animated squirrel adventure “The Nut Job” returned for the sequel aside from the celebrity voice cast. 1 hr. 31; PG.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming”: After two franchise reboots by Sony (with Tobey Maguire in 2002 and Andrew Garfield in 2012), the friendly neighborhood web-slinger (now played by Tom Holland from “The Impossible”) finally joined his Marvel companions with a guest spot in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War.” For his new solo outing, Spidey faces off against villain Michael Keaton (“Spotlight”) as The Vulture. 2 hr. 14; PG-13.
“Wind River”: Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) wrote and directed this noir thriller starring Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”) as a US Fish and Wildlife Service agent who teams up with an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen, “I Saw The Light”) to solve a murder mystery on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Featuring music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. 1 hr. 50; R.
“Wonder Woman”: After the iconic character’s big-screen debut in last year’s “Batman v Superman,” Gal Gadot (“Fast &Furious”) reprises her role as Wonder Woman and her secret identity, Diana Prince, in the heroic Amazon’s first major headlining gig. Her origin story takes place during World War I with co-stars Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) and Robin Wright. Directed by Patty Jenkins (2003’s “Monster”). 2 hr. 21; PG-13.
– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff