‘Independence Day: Resur­gence’ serves up dev­as­ta­tion, not much else

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - By Amy Longs­dorf

Two decades af­ter “ID4” turned de­struc­tion into an art form, along comes a fol­low-up that’s more of the same. A lot more. Will Smith skipped “Independence Day: Resur­gence” but many oth­ers from the orig­i­nal film are back, in­clud­ing Bill Pull­man, Jeff Gold­blum and Judd Hirsch.

The new­bies in­clude Liam Hemsworth as a mav­er­ick pilot and Jessie T. Usher as the son of Smith’s char­ac­ter. As with the orig­i­nal, the em­pha­sis is on spec­ta­cle. If you like dev­as­ta­tion, di­rec­tor Roland Em­merich de­liv­ers the goods. On Ama­zon, iTunes, Google, Vudu

Also new to stream­ing

King Co­bra: Back in 2007, Luzerne County, Pa., porn pro­ducer Bryan Ko­cis was killed in his Dal­las County home by ri­val pro­duc­ers Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes. This riv­et­ing thriller spins out the whole sor­did saga be­gin­ning with Ko­cis’ (Chris­tian Slater) de­ci­sion to take un­der his wing a 17-year-old named Brent Cor­ri­gan (Gar­rett Clay­ton). When Cor­ri­gan tries to leave Ko­cis’ sta­ble and go work with Cuadra (Kee­gan Allen) and Kerekes (an un­hinged James Franco), Ko­cis for­bids it and, es­sen­tially, seals his fate. A cau­tion­ary tale about liv­ing be­yond your means and spend­ing too much time on the dark side, “King Co­bra” has plenty of sting in its tail. On Ama­zon, iTunes, Google, Vudu

Blue Jay: Fresh from her Em­my­win­ning turn as Mar­cia Clark on “The Peo­ple V O. J. Simp­son,” Sarah Paul­son de­liv­ers a hearth­break­ing turn in this lovely ro­man­tic dram­edy about two for­mer high-school sweet­hearts (Paul­son, Mark Duplass) who meet by chance and de­cide to re­con­nect. At first, it’s all fun and games as they walk around their home town, munch­ing jelly beans and guz­zling beer but as the evening dark­ens, they be­gin to pick at the scabs of old wounds. Duplass nails the de­tails of young love beau­ti­fully while Paul­son de­liv­ers arias on the sub­ject of re­gret. “Blue Jay” feels bruis­ingly true. On Ama­zon, iTunes, Google, Vudu

Iver­son: The most fa­mous and con­tro­ver­sial Philadel­phia 76er of all time is the sub­ject of an en­gross­ing doc­u­men­tary which be­gins with a fresh take on his poverty-stricken up­bring­ing in Vir­ginia. Film­maker Zatella Beatty probes the bowl­ing-al­ley brawl which landed Iver­son in prison, threat­en­ing to end his bas­ket­ball ca­reer be­fore it be­gan, and chron­i­cles Iver­son’s de­ci­sion to flout NBA con­ven­tion with tat­toos and corn rows. While there’s very lit­tle info on Iver­son’s tu­mul­tuous mar­riage, this doc oth­er­wise man­ages to shed light on an ath­lete who has al­ways felt mis­un­der­stood. On Ama­zon, iTunes, Google, Vudu

Les Cow­boys: It’s amaz­ing how much first-time film­maker Thomas Bide­gain crams into 104min­utes: re­li­gion, gen­der, ro­mance and mur­der. The ac­tion be­gins when a teenage girl named Kelly (Iliana Za­beth) goes miss­ing from an out­door con­cert. In

the af­ter­math, her fa­ther (Fran­cois Damiens) and brother (Fin­negan Old­field) go to great lengths to track her down. But Kelly is a lost child who might not want to be found. A French spin on “The Searchers,” this won­der­fully rich thriller, set in the years be­fore and af­ter 9⁄11, is a pow­er­ful look at a chang­ing world. On Ama­zon, iTunes, Google, Vudu

Satanic: If such a thing as Satanic tourism ex­ists, this howler is a warn­ing against it. Af­ter pay­ing a visit to the Sharon Tate kill­house (which was, in fact, bull­dozed in 1994), a quar­tet of spring break­ers (Sarah Hy­land, Steven Krueger, Justin Chon, Clara Mamet) de­cide to stalk the owner of an oc­cult book­store and wind up sav­ing the life of a woman who seems des­tined for hu­man sac­ri­fice. But, of course, all is not as it seems. De­fi­cient in wit, style, sub­stance, logic and like­able char­ac­ters, “Satanic” is hellish for all the wrong rea­sons. On Ama­zon, iTunes, Google, Vudu


A scene from “Independence Day Resur­gence.”

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