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.
(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.
(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?
(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.
(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.