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At Cafe 6

(Tai­wan/China) Adapted from the pop­u­lar Tai­wanese novel, “At Cafe 6” is a light hearted com­ing of age film about a group of high school stu­dents who are deeply in love and try­ing to fig­ure out how to con­tinue their lives af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

The BFG

(UK/Canada/USA) 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.

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.

The First Mon­day in May

(USA) Doc­u­men­tarist An­drew Rossi (“Page One”) takes au­di­ences into one of the most glam­orous events of the year, the Met Gala, and the most at­tended fash­ion ex­hibit in the his­tory of The Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art: “China: Through the Look­ing Glass.” Beau­ti­fully shot with some killer footage of Anna Win­tour, but strug­gles to deal with its sub­ject mat­ter with­out seem­ing Ori­en­tal­ist.

Flo­rence Fos­ter Jenk­ins

(UK) A gilded Age-era New York so­cialite’s (Meryl Streep) as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a fa­mous opera singer are not to be held back by any­thing—not even her to­tal in­abil­ity to carry a tune.

Ge­nius

(UK/USA) “Ge­nius” takes au­di­ences back to the Roar­ing 20s, and all the heavy hit­ters make an ap­pear­ance: Hem­ing­way, the Fitzger­alds, and the man who cleaned up their great­est works, Max Perkins (Colin Firth). His next big­gest project? “Look Home­ward, An­gel,” by the ex­ceed­ingly promis­ing (if not slightly long­winded) Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law).

Hap­pi­ness

(Hong Kong) In this new film by Andy Lo, a lost man finds him­self in Hong Kong, re­jected by his fa­ther and mourn­ing the death of his mother. He be­friends a reclu­sive and tem­per­a­men­tal aun­tie, but their re­la­tion­ship deep­ens af­ter she is di­ag­nosed with early-on­set Alzheimer’s.

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.

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