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From left, Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne, Luke Evans as Dr. William Marston and Rebecca Hall as Elizabeth Marston in "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." The film opened at the AMC 12 in Corvallis.

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Movies playing in mid-valley theaters as of Friday. Complete and updated Movie Scene listings can be found online.

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HAPPY DEATH DAY

3 stars

(Horror, PG-13, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) In this horror take on “Groundhog Day,” a college student (Jessica Rothe) is trapped in a time loop that forces her to keep reliving a birthday that ends with her murder at the hands of a masked madman. As she repeats the same day over and over again, she tries to figure out her killer's identity. It's a smart, witty and well-acted horror film. (Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service)

THE FOREIGNER

2 stars

(Action-adventure, R, 114 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis) A London businessman (Jackie Chan), devastated when his daughter is killed in a terrorist attack, seeks revenge. The pursuit leads him to a shady British politician (Pierce Brosnan). Martin Campbell, who directed “GoldenEye” and “Casino Royale,” is behind the camera. Chan and Brosnan deserved better that this dull outing, which feels like two different movies pasted together. (Katie Walsh, Tribune Media Services)

PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN

4 stars

(Biographical drama, R, 108 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) This biopic of “Wonder Woman” creator and Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) details how his beloved superhero was inspired by his polyamorous relationship with his wife (Rebecca Hall) and a younger student who became their lover (Bella Heathcote). It’s incredibly empowering to experience a film that so warmly embraces — even worships! — powerful women and their sexuality. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)

VICTORIA & ABDUL

2 stars

(Historical drama, PG-13, 111 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) An Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels to London to present Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) with a ceremonial coin for her Golden Jubilee. The pair form an unexpected bond upon meeting, but the lifelong friendship that develops is threatened by the disapproval of Victoria's inner circle. Dench is terrific, as always, but the movie isn’t able to illuminate Abdul’s character, leaving a void at its center. (Mark Kennedy, Associated Press)

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES

3 ½ stars

(Sports biography, PG-13, 121 minutes, playing at the Pix in Albany, the Darkside in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Instead of impersonating Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, Emma Stone and Steve Carell create full-fledged, complex characters — flawed but endlessly fascinating. This finely tuned period piece about their 1973 tennis matchup works as a vibrant comedy, an effective character study and, yep, an inspirational sports movie. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)

BLADE RUNNER 2049

4 stars

(Sci-fi action, R, 164 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) The tight control of Ryan Gosling makes him the perfect choice to play a replicant cop that just might be human. This vibrant, gorgeous and occasionally incomprehensible hallucinatory epic stands with the likes of "The Godfather Part II" as a sequel worthy of the original classic. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE

(Animated, PG, 99 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the pony crew must defend their homeland from invaders. The voice cast includes Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana and Tara Strong. Really.

WIND RIVER

4 stars

(Western thriller, R, 111 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) An FBI investigator (Elizabeth Olsen) needs help from a wildlife agent (Jeremy Renner) to find a girl's killer in the snows of Wyoming. It's a stark and beautiful and haunting 21st-century thriller, filled with memorable visuals and poetic dialogue — and scenes of sudden, shocking, brutal violence. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

2 ½ stars

(Drama-adventure, PG-13, 111 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Two strangers (Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) on a chartered flight to Baltimore end up stranded on a snowy mountain after their plane crashes. The actors’ skill almost saves what essentially is a Harlequin-worthy romantic fantasy masquerading as an outdoor-adventure film. Based on the novel by Charles Martin. (Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times)

TE ATA

(Drama, PG, 105 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) This new drama is based on the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, who overcame cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. The cast includes Q’Orianka Kilcher, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene and Mackenzie Astin.

AMERICAN MADE

2 ½ stars

(Action, R, 115 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Tom Cruise stars in the true-life story of Barry Seal, a pilot, drug smuggler and informant in the middle of the U.S. government effort during the 1970s to essentially allow the illegal import of cocaine while providing guns to the rebels fighting the Communist Sandinista army in Central America. The movie has some glorious moments when it’s firing on all cylinders at once, but it can’t sustain that throughout. It shows its references, a combination of “Goodfellas,” “Blow” and “Scarface,” but never achieves the internal consistency of those films. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

2 ½ stars

(Animated, PG, 101 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) In this latest entry in the “Lego” series of flicks, a team of ninja warriors must defend their city from a sinister warlord. Trouble is, the sinister warlord is the father to our young hero. Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, and Olivia Munn provide the voices. It’s a light, serviceable romp, but doesn’t come close to the high-key antics of the first two films in the series. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

1 star

Members of the elite British spy group must team up with their American counterparts to battle a drug lord’s evil plan. Despite a terrific cast, with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Mark Strong and Halle Berry, this is a cynical and offensive work, fueled by the shallowest of pop references, strung together in an incredibly stupid plot and peppered with adolescent body humor. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)

IT

4 stars

(Horror, R, 135 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis) This R-rated interpretation of Stephen King's masterful 1986 novel is a bold, intense, beautifully paced, wickedly hilarious, seriously scary and gorgeously terrifying period-piece work that instantly takes its place among the most impressively twisted horror movies of our time. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)

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