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Af­ter the Storm

A once-suc­cess­ful nov­el­ist turned fi­nan­cially and morally ir­re­spon­si­ble PI (Hiroshi Abe, “Godzilla 2000: Mil­len­nium”) has one night to at­tempt rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and mu­tual re­spect and un­der­stand­ing with his ex-wife, son and mother as a typhoon passes through his town. Peace­fully shot with mo­ments of true beauty from an of­ten rep­re­hen­si­ble pro­tag­o­nist, this film shows re­mark­able care and nu­ance in tack­ling themes of dys­func­tion.

(Ja­pan) (USA)

Dwayne John­son and Kevin Hart play re­united high school best friends—Hart is a mid­dling ac­coun­tant un­happy at work and at home, and John­son is a CIA agent who needs a num­bers whiz to fig­ure out an arms deal. With John­son chan­nel­ing his Dis­ney dad de­meanor with a fun psy­chotic bent, this is not your av­er­age cop buddy com­edy. Cold War 2

(Hong Kong)

Fol­low­ing up 2012’s smash hit of the same name, cop thriller Cold War 2 re­vis­its Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) and Waise Lee (Tony Le­ung) and their squad of big names as they con­tinue to bal­ance po­lice pro­to­col with an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack. De­spite strong per­for­mances from megas­tars Le­ung and Chow Yun-fat, we can’t help but stum­ble over the gap­ing plot holes and con­trived cliffhang­ers. Ghost­busters

See re­view (above).

(USA)

The Hand­maiden

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.

(South Korea)

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)

The Leg­end of Tarzan

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.

(USA)

Man Up

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, high­fly­ing highs, des­per­ate lows, and a drunken melt­down to boot.

(UK)

Me Be­fore You

This tear­jerker of Ni­cholas Spark­sian pro­por­tions brings to­gether a spunky barista-turned care­giver and her client, a for­mer high-rolling banker who loses ev­ery­thing—his job, his clos­est re­la­tion­ships, and his will to live—af­ter a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent leaves him com­pletely par­a­lyzed.

(UK/USA)

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