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10 Clover­field Lane

(USA) This loose se­quel to 2008’s “Clover­field” herds Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead, John Good­man and John Gal­lagher Jr. into a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic bunker and dares them to con­sider an out­side world where ev­ery­one is dead. A valiant ef­fort with a lack­lus­ter end­ing, this thriller keeps you at the edge of your seat without blow­ing you away.

Book of Love

(China) In the sec­ond in­stall­ment of the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful “Bei­jing Meets Seat­tle” fran­chise, the two leads Tang Wei and Wu Xi­ubo reprise their roles as star-crossed lovers—but this time they live in Los Angeles and Ma­cau, re­spec­tively. Will they or won’t they get to­gether in the end? They prob­a­bly will, but cer­tainly not without some high-fly­ing sky­line porn.

The Boy

(USA/China/Canada) Old tropes die hard for a rea­son, and that rea­son is that peo­ple will never not be freaked out by three things: dolls that come to life, mys­te­ri­ous mes­sages on the wall writ­ten in blood, and dead­pan Bri­tish chil­dren. Hor­ror vet­eran Wil­liam Brent Bell (“Stay Alive,” “The Devil In­side”) di­rects this thriller star­ring Lau­ren Co­han (“The Walk­ing Dead”) as a nanny to an English fam­ily’s porce­lain doll, which goes, in­evitably, from weird to mur­der­ous.

Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War

(USA) The gang’s back to­gether, and by “to­gether,” we mean, sep­a­rated into two fac­tions and in de­bate about whether a rag-tag group of ass-kick­ing, su­per­hu­man mis­fits with megawatt smiles should have more gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion or less. A well-de­vel­oped nar­ra­tive and ex­plo­sive in­ter-Avengers fight se­quences make this an el­e­vated, ex­cit­ing comic book movie.

The Dress­maker

(Aus­tralia) Tilly Dun­nage (Kate Winslet) is a cou­turier in the 50s who re­turns to her pro­vin­cial Aus­tralian child­hood home to take care of her ail­ing mother. Hav­ing been ac­cused of mur­der as a child and ex­iled at an early age, she’s back to find the truth and get re­venge on her ac­cusers, armed with… a sewing ma­chine?

Hard­core Henry

(Rus­sia/USA) Video gamers won’t know what to do with their hands when they sit down to watch “Hard­core Henry,” a first-per­son-shooter movie filmed al­most en­tirely on a Go­Pro worn like a mask on Henry—a newly res­ur­rected cy­ber-sol­dier with no mem­ory of his past life. A cool idea, but it’s more like watch­ing some­one play “Call of Duty” than a good movie.

The Hi­malayas

(South Korea) Two South Korean moun­taineers (played by Jung Woo and Kim In-kwon) are life­long trekkers who must scale Ever­est to re­trieve the body of a stranded team­mate un­der ev­er­more for­bid­ding cir­cum­stances.

In the Room

(Hong Kong/Sin­ga­pore) Billed as Sin­ga­pore’s first erotic movie, “In The Room” spans six decades and cen­ters around a sin­gle room in a Sin­ga­porean ho­tel and its var­i­ous in­hab­i­tants: Six cou­ples of all ori­en­ta­tions and back­grounds. Stars Josie Ho as brothel madam who’s all about the fe­male em­pow­er­ment.

The Kid from the Big Ap­ple

(Malaysia/Hong Kong/Sin­ga­pore) A lot of peo­ple will rec­og­nize this story of an as­sim­i­lated, sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Asian kid who goes back to the old coun­try and deep­ens her cul­tural aware­ness of her roots. Stars leg­endary Shaw Brothers vet­eran Ti Lung as a con­ser­va­tive grand­fa­ther and Malaysian new­comer Tan Qin Lin as Sarah, the kid in ques­tion.


(Canada/USA) This biopic of James Dean by An­ton Cor­bijn (“A Most Wanted Man”) cen­ters on Dean (Dane DeHaan) and pho­tog­ra­pher Den­nis Stock (Robert Pat­tin­son) and their un­ex­pected friend­ship while they travel the USA shoot­ing a now iconic Life mag­a­zine spread. A gor­geous film but ul­ti­mately lack­ing, “Life” seems bet­ter viewed in pho­tos than on screen.

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