Alice Through the Looking Glass
In this sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 hit Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter find themselves once again in Wonderland. It’s another visual stunner and an enjoyable film, despite the drawn-out storyline and Disney cheesiness.
A Perfect Day
Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa’s first English film centers on a group of aid workers (Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins and Mélanie Thierry) who have to retrieve a corpse from a well at the end of the Yugoslav Wars. A darkly whimsical film with strong performances from Del Toro and Robbins, though it’s marred by its 2D female characters.
Rock star Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) and her photographer boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) escape to a remote island on holiday. But when they’re joined by her ex Harry (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter, played by Dakota Johnson, things start to heat up. Despite moments of slightly iffy writing, this gorgeous movie holds up to the complexities of its source material. The Conjuring 2
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to north London to investigate the 1977 Enfield Poltergeist. Brace yourself for Madison Wolfe’s all-too-real performance of a possessed girl, the inevitable jump scares, and a confusing mix of supernatural creatures.
Fifty Shades of Black
Not an official sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey”—you’ll have to wait until 2017 before Mr. Grey will see you again—but a spoof starring Marlon Wayans (“White Chicks”),
Kali Hawk (“Bridesmaids”) and Fred Willard (“Anchorman”). Unfunny and offensive is right: Fifty shades of fucked up that we wouldn’t recommend to anyone.
Independence Day: Resurgence
The sequel to 1996’s “Independence Day” brings former President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) back together, along with a new generation of unreasonably beautiful scientists and pilots including our very own Angelababy. What’s different from the last one, you ask?
Well, they killed off Will Smith’s character because he’s too expensive, plus the entire fight with the grotesque aliens is silly and corny.
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The Jungle Book
The beloved 1967 Disney cartoon gets a CG/live-action makeover and they’ve packed the screen with star A-listers. Bill Murray voices Baloo, the lovable bear; the Bengal tiger baddie, Shere Khan, is played by Idris Elba.
This remake won’t replace the original, but with stunning jungle landscapes and heartwarming characters, it comes close.
Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons star in this biopic of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician who quickly rises from his poor Tamil Brahmin family in Madras to become one of the most brilliant innovators of formulas and theorems in pre-war Cambridge, with the help of an English professor (Irons). Stand-out performances and strong source material take this cookie-cutter biopic to the next level.
A Bigger Splash
The Man Who Knew Infinity