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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 char­iot-rac­ing and mostly pan­der­ing to Chris­tian view­ers.

The (UK/Canada/USA)BFG Steven Spiel­berg brings the beloved Roald Dahl novel about a bul­lied gen­tle giant to the big screen: Young or­phan So­phie (Ruby Barn­hill) is snatched from her bed into a land where roam be­he­moth troglodytes hun­gry for “hu­man beans.” It’s a cin­e­matic feast for the eyes, and a rol­lick­ing romp into the Giant Coun­try of our child­hoods. PPPP 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. Ge­nius (UK/USA)

“Ge­nius” takes Star­ring au­di­encesColin Firth back and to Jude­the Law, Roaringan ap­pear­ance:20s, and Hem­ing­way,all the heavy the hit­ters Fitzger­alds,make and the man who cleaned up their great­est works, Max Perkins (Firth). His next big­gest project? “Look Home­ward, An­gel” by the ex­ceed­ingly promis­ing (if not slightly long­winded) Thomas Wolfe. Ghost­busters (USA) The highly an­tic­i­pated gen­ders-wapped re­boot of the 80s classic is in cin­e­mas, star­ring Melissa McCarthy, Kris­ten Wiig, Kate McKin­non, and Leslie Jones. Bal­anc­ing glo­ri­ously un­sub­tle cameos and gra­tu­itous pro­tonic un­leash­ing with strong well-rounded char­ac­ters and hi­lar­i­ous ban­ter, the Ghost­busters are back—and they ain’t afraid of no ghosts. PPPPP

High Rise (UK/Bel­gium) An adap­ta­tion of J.G Bal­lard’s slightly apoc­a­lyp­tic novel about a lux­ury high­rise filled with af­flu­ent res­i­dents with no rea­son to leave, as ev­ery­thing de­scends into chaos. We fol­low the in­san­ity through pro­tag­o­nist Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hid­dle­ston) as he os­cil­lates be­tween ra­tio­nal and dis­turbed. A darkly comic class-war para­ble that’s com­pelling but doesn’t feel wholly orig­i­nal and is let down by some abrupt tonal shifts. PPPP

A Holo­gram for the King (UK/USA/France) Tom Hanks is a postre­ces­sion sales­man ped­dling holo­graphic tech to a pre-Arab Spring gov­ern­ment. He just about man­ages to hold up this lack­lus­ter sham­ble through the desert, which may have been in­tended as a ru­mi­na­tion on the pres­sures of old age and re­spon­si­bil­ity—but turns out to be a suc­ces­sion of shots of our pro­tag­o­nist look­ing glum in a se­ries of dif­fer­ent rooms. PP Jason Bourne (USA) Matt Da­mon’s Bourne is back, and he’s get­ting closer to find­ing out about his past while evad­ing the CIA in a new post-Snow­den era. Like a fine wine, Matt Da­mon has aged well, but we can’t say the same about the shaky-cam di­rect­ing style and dis­ori­ent­ing car chases. PPP Kilo Two Bravo (UK/Jor­dan) This bru­tal, slow-burn­ing film by first-time fea­ture di­rec­tor Paul Katis fol­lows a group of sol­diers de­ployed in Afghanistan who get trapped in a mine­field. As bod­ies pile up and mor­phine runs low, the re­main­ing men have to plan their way to safety.

Line Walker (Hong Kong) Based on the pop­u­lar TVB crime thriller, this cops and rob­bers drama fol­lows un­der­cover agents deep in a triad net­work, re-emerg­ing into the world of high fi­nance and high level drug deals. Stars Char­maine Sheh and Francis Ng, both from TVB’s phe­nom­e­nally pop­u­lar show “Tri­umph in the Skies.” 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.

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