(USA) A remake of the masterful 1959 historical epic that nobody asked for, the 2016 version starring Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Morgan Freeman brings 3D digital technology to the Biblical age and features a Jewish prince who spends his time sometimes epically chariotracing and mostly pandering to Christian viewers. Opens Aug 18.
Call of Heroes
(Hong Kong) Sean Lau (“Mad Detective”) heads this explosive new period action film by Benny Chan, along with Louis Koo and Eddie Peng. Set after the collapse of the Qing dynasty when warlords ruled, a group of villagers in rural Pucheng band together to overthrow an invading tyrant. Opens Aug 18.
(Hong Kong) This thriller starring (again) Sean Lau and Nicholas Tse (“The Man From Macau”), is about two master chess players who are entangled in a serial murder case related to organ transplants. Opens Aug 18. A Hologram for the King
(UK/USA/France) Tom Hanks and director
Tom Tykwer’s second collaboration since
“Cloud Atlas” finds Hanks’ post-recession American salesman trying to peddle holographic technology to a pre-Arab Spring Saudi Arabian government. Based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name. Opens Aug 18.
(USA) A good old-fashioned ghost story that hinges on a creature you can only see when the lights are, erm, out. “Lights Out” links unusual and violent sightings with a woman’s (Maria Bello, “Prisoners”) past experiences in a mental institution and the strange friend she met there. Opens Aug 18.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
(USA) As the title suggests, this Zac Efron/Anna Kendrick vehicle centers around two rowdy brothers (Efron and Adam DeVine from “Pitch Perfect”) who are coerced into finding nice, respectable dates for their sister’s wedding. Instead, they get hard-partying Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. Opens Aug 18.