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Ben Hur

(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.

Heart­fall Arises

(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.

Lights Out

(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.

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