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Alice Through the Look­ing Glass

(USA) 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 Big­ger Splash

(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.

Cold War 2 (Hong Kong) See re­view, above.

Fifty Shades of Black

(USA) 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. (No Stars)

The Hand­maiden

(South Korea) From di­rec­tor Park Chan-wook (“Old­boy”) comes a tale of a con man in 1930s Korea hop­ing to se­duce an heiress for her money and the pick­pocket he hires to be her hand­maiden who ends up fall­ing in love with her. A sen­su­ously wo­ven tale with nu­anced char­ac­ters by a master film­maker. In­de­pen­dence Day: Resur­gence

(USA) 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.

The Jun­gle Book

(USA) 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.

The Le­gend of Tarzan

(USA) Tarzan, played by Alexan­der Skars­gård (TV’s “True Blood”), re­turns back to the Con­golese jun­gle with his wife Jane Porter (Mar­got Rob­bie) af­ter a life of aris­toc­racy in London. While it was en­ter­tain­ing to watch a shirt­less Skars­gård swing­ing through the jun­gle with amazing CG go­ril­las, the story de­picts a tired and ret­ro­grade white colo­nial­ist fantasy where a hot white dude can save an en­tire jun­gle.

Man Up

(UK) Si­mon Pegg and Lake Bell are the leads of this rom-com which starts with the cutest of meet-cutes: a mis­taken woman on a blind date, a per­fect date, the heart­felt re­veal, an unan­tic­i­pated re­ac­tion, and in between, high-fly­ing highs, des­per­ate lows, and a drunken melt­down to boot.

The Man Who Knew In­fin­ity

(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.

The Nice Guys

(USA) Writer and di­rec­tor Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”) is back with an­other wind­ing tale of mys­tery in the neo-noir shad­ows of gritty porn-ad­dicted, disco-driven 1977 Los An­ge­les. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a mis­matched pair of mis­fit PIs look­ing to un­cover the truth behind the death of an adult film star and the dis­ap­pear­ance of a young girl.

Now You See Me 2

(USA) Fol­low­ing up 2013’s “Now You See Me,” a band of pro­fes­sional ma­gi­cians/ bank rob­bers is goaded into their big­gest heist yet by tech ge­nius Wal­ter Mabry (Daniel Rad­cliffe). Magic buffs will be daz­zled by the tricks, but the rest of us will be more in­trigued by the Ma­canese back­drop, plus a sig­nif­i­cant cameo by pop star Jay Chou.

The Se­cret Life of Pets

(USA) What hap­pens to our fa­vorite fur­balls when we leave the house ev­ery day? A beloved dog Max (Louis CK) is taken out of do­mes­ti­cated bliss to the sew­ers in New York af­ter his owner adopts a new dog. The team behind “De­spi­ca­ble Me” brings us a mod­ern and co­me­di­anstuffed call­back to “Aris­to­cats” and “An Amer­i­can Tail.” The Se­cret Life of Pets is charm­ing, funny and end­lessly ex­cit­ing.

Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles: Out of the Shad­ows

(USA) The Ninja Tur­tles are back, and this time they’ve got their work cut out for them: First they’ve got to de­feat mu­tant neme­ses Be­bop and Rock­steady, and then join April O’Neil (Me­gan Fox) and Vern Fen­wick (Will Ar­nett) to de­feat an alien in­va­sion led by su­pervil­lain Krang (Fred Ar­misen).

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