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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.

(USA)

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.

(Spain) (Italy/France)

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.

(USA)

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.

(USA)

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.

(USA) (No Stars)

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.

(USA) (UK)

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.

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