A film sequel to the HKTV show of the same name, “The Menu” revolves around a group of newspaper journalists who have to figure out what to do when a bomb is detonated in the middle of a television studio, by a man avenging the grisly murder of his daughter. Opened Aug 4. The Shallows
In this ultimate summer popcorn thriller, Blake Lively spends most of the movie stranded on a coral reef a mere 200 meters from shore, and the only thing between her and safety is a great white shark. But how does she know that the shark wasn’t just going in for a hug? Opened Aug 4.
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. Central Intelligence
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.
The much-anticipated sequel to 2003’s smash hit “Finding Nemo” focuses on the lovable amnesiac Pacific blue tang played by Ellen Degeneres, who goes on an adventure to look for her long-lost parents. A feel-good film with more than a few teaching moments, “Finding Dory” hits all the right emotional notes with plenty of heart.