'It: Chapter Two' scares up $91 million with debut

Bill Skarsgård in "It Chapter Two"

Warner Bros. Pictures 

‘Aladdin’ ★★

PG • 2:08 • Guy Ritchie, who directs and is a co-screenwriter, has taken the 1992 film’s structure, added elements from the Broadway musical and made some nice script tweaks. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Associated Press

‘Angel Has Fallen’ ★

R • 2:00 • Gerard Butler and the filmmakers sleepwalk their way through the third, and hopefully last, visit with agent Mike Banning. This time, he’s a fugitive. Associated Press

‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ ★★½

PG • 1:36 • In the second film in the “Angry Birds” franchise, which is somehow even more chaotic than the first, the birds and pigs must band together to survive as a mysterious third party attacks their islands in a ruthless land-grab. Tribune News Service

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ ★★

PG • 1:49 • Adaptation of Garth Stein’s bestselling 2008 novel about a wannabe race car driver and his dog is told from the dog’s point of view. And not even that can save this movie. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Costner. Associated Press

‘Blinded by the Light’ ★★★

PG-13 • 1:57 • Gurinder Chadha’s film isn’t about Bruce Springsteen’s life or how he recorded his hits. It’s about hearing him — far away in the British industrial town of Luton, where 16-year-old Javed (newcomer Viveik Kalra) finds in Springsteen’s working-class anthems the sound of his soul. Associated Press

'Brittany Runs a Marathon' ★★★

PG-13 • 1:43 • Jillian Bell is stellar in her first lead role, as an aimless and broke 20-something who's startled when her attempt to pry an Adderall prescription from a doctor turns into a recommendation to improve her body mass index. Associated Press


R • 1:27 • Trapped in a flooding house during a hurricane, a young Florida woman and her father are menaced by alligators. With Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Not reviewed. Los Angeles Times

‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ ★

PG • 1:42 • Spinning the TV adventures of an animated 6-year-old girl into a feature-length film could have been a way for Dora to seek out a new frontier. But instead of taking her (and us) into a brave new world, this movie has a warning: Sometimes it’s better to stay home. Washington Post

‘The Farewell’ ★★★★

PG • 1:38 • Chinese American New Yorker Billi (Awkwafina) is wracked with guilt when her family decides to hide her grandmother’s (Zhao Shuzhen) terminal lung cancer diagnosis from her. Written and directed by Lulu Wang. Tribune News Service

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ ★★½

PG-13 • 2:15 • The souped-up “Fast & Furious” franchise shows no signs of slowing down. In this installment, star Vin Diesel has tossed the keys to his Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — who are upstaged by their co-stars, Vanessa Kirby and Idris Elba. Tribune News Service

'Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles' ★★★½

PG-13 • 1:32 • Max Lewkowicz’s "Fiddler on the Roof" documentary is a marvelous recollection of the beloved musical’s birth and long life as a staple of the American stage with a proud place in its national songbook. Boston Herald

‘Good Boys’ ★★★

R • 1:29 • Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg’s raucous, incredibly funny tweenage comedy dives into the sordid, silly world of sex, drugs and middle school. Tribune News Service

'It Chapter Two' ★★½

R • 2:49 • It can be a cheesy thing when a novel is split up and spread out over multiple films, but Stephen King's "It" (1986) is not one of those books. In the film follow-up to "It" (2017), in which adolescent outcasts battle a demon clown (Bill Skarsgård), the kids return 27 years later to their hometown when the clown also resurfaces. Associated Press

‘The Lion King’ ★★

PG • 1:58 • The songs are still good, the Shakespearean story is still solid and, well, Beyoncé’s in it. Yet Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s 1994 cartoon, so abundant with realistic simulations of the natural world, is curiously lifeless. Associated Press

'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool'

NR • 1:55 • Stanley Nelson’s documentary captures all the beauty and ugliness of Miles Davis’ life, explaining how he relentlessly pushed jazz forward and the costs that came with that single-mindedness. Los Angeles Times

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ ★★★

R • 2:41 • Quentin Tarantino’s Manson murders film is perhaps his most sedate and self-reflective yet, a rumination on stardom and myth-making. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. Tribune News Service

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ ★★★

PG-13 • 1:33 • A young man with Down syndrome (played by Zack Gottsagen, who also has Down syndrome) befriends a down-on-his-luck fisherman on the lam (Shia LaBeouf). They’re both in a little over their heads, but when they encounter each other, honesty commences. Austin American-Statesman

‘Ready or Not’ ★★★

R • 1:35 • Samara Weaving has a breakout performance as a new bride who tries to stay alive until dawn after her wedding day as her in-laws hunt her down and try to kill her. Associated Press

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

PG-13 • 1:51 • Teens in a small town in the 1960s discover a book of terror tales that start to come true. Based on the series by Alvin Schwartz. Directed by André Ovredal. Not reviewed. Los Angeles Times

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ ★★★

PG • 1:26 • If the sweet, animated 2016 film “The Secret Life of Pets” was mostly for kids, its sequel might be for another segment of the audience altogether — whoever is buying the tickets. Featuring the voices of Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate and Patton Oswalt. Associated Press

‘Toy Story 4’ ★★★

G • 1:40 • Though the original trilogy was perfect, this fourth installment — in which Woody struggles to remain essential after his original owner, Andy, hands him and his toybox pals off and heads to college — is a blast. Associated Press

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ ★★

PG-13 • 1:44 • Richard Linklater’s latest film, an adaptation co-written with Holly Gent and Vince Palmo of the 2012 Maria Semple novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” lands in the vexing middle ground between success and failure. It’s a morose sort of screwball comedy with heart — three elements going in related but separate directions. Chicago Tribune

‘Yesterday’ ★★½

PG-13 • 1:56 • A struggling musician (Himesh Patel) is hit by a bus and awakens in a world where the Beatles and their music exist only in his own memory. This modern fairy tale doesn’t hold up on close inspection, but director Danny Boyle does his best to make sure the ride is enjoyable. Tribune News Service

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