(USA) A remake of the masterful 1959 historical epic, 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 epically chariot-racing and pandering to Christian viewers. Opened Aug 18. Call of Heroes
(Hong Kong) Sean Lau 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 bands together to overthrow an invading tyrant. Opened Aug 18.
(Hong Kong) See review, above. (Screening postponed until October.)
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 peddling holographic technology to a pre-Arab Spring Saudi Arabian government. Based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name. Opened 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. Opened 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. Opened Aug 18.