ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
This sequel to the 2010 smash Alice in Wonderland doesn’t have director Tim Burton, but many cast members return — most important, Johnny Depp reprises his Mad Hatter role. James Bobin (The Muppets) directs this installment, set three years after the first film, in which Alice (Mia Wasikowska) learns that the Mad Hatter is getting madder, and sets out to travel through time to save him and all of Wonderland. In his final production credit, Alan Rickman once more voices the Caterpillar. Rated PG. 113 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14; Dream Catcher. Screens in 2-D only at Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
A BIGGER SPLASH
Italian director Luca Guadagnino ( I Am Love ) returns with a mostly English-language story about a celebrity couple (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) whose idyllic vacation is upturned by the arrival of an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). This drama is a loose remake of Jacques Deray’s 1969 film La Piscine. In English and Italian with subtitles. Rated R. 125 minutes. Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
THE CASE OF THE THREE-SIDED DREAM
Not rated. 88 minutes. The Screen. See review, Page 44.
CINE FESTA ITALIA
This four-day film festival (Wednesday, June 1, to Saturday, June 4) focuses on contemporary Italian films from the last few years, over half of which feature first-time and/or female directors. Highlights include Le Meraviglie (The Wonders, 2014), a winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, which details the tribulations of a beekeeping family; Per Amor Vostro (For Your Love, 2015), in which a woman (Valeria Galino) reinvents her place in the world; and Italyina Day (2014), a documentary that gives an hour-by-hour account of a day in the life of various Italians. Other movies focus on Italian cuisine (Terra Madre (Mother Earth); Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution) and film (L’ Ultimo Metro di Pellicola, or The Last Reel). Most films in Italian with subtitles. Venues are Jean Cocteau Cinema and Violet Crown. For a complete schedule, visit www.cinefestaitalia.com. See stories, beginning on Page 36.
This Frank Capra pastiche by novice directors Jared Martin and Robert Mrazek starts off engaging, but soon bogs down in a swamp of cliché. Maine Congressman Charlie Winship (Treat Williams) is in hot water with the loyalty police for failing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of each House session. And scheming lobbyist Laird Devereaux (an exquisitely coiffed George Hamilton) is plotting with Charlie’s ambitious chief of staff, Jared (Ryan Merriman) to oust Winship from his seat and rake in the spoils of his elective office for themselves. The screenplay creaks and bleeds through the celluloid as Charlie and Jared go on a field trip to an endangered fishing island off the Maine coast, where they learn lessons in life, love, and lobster. Rated R. 98 minutes. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)
Not rated. 100 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See review, Page 42.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
Rated PG. 92 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts; Violet Crown. See review, Page 40.
PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
Kevin de Paula plays Brazilian soccer legend Pelé in this biopic, which focuses on his rise from the slums of São Paulo to World
Feed your head: Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp in Alice Through the Looking Glass, at Regal Stadium 14, Regal DeVargas, and DreamCatcher