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How to find a listing Movie listings are comprehens­ive and organized alphabetic­ally. Listings include name of film, director’s name in brackets, a review, running time and a rating. Reviews are by Norman Wilner (NW), Susan G. Cole (SGC), Glenn Sumi (GS), and Radheyan Simonpilla­i (RS) unless otherwise specified. The rating system is as follows: NNNNN Top 10 of the year NNNN Honourable mention NNN Entertaini­ng NN Mediocre N Bomb

Critics’ pick (highly recommende­d) Movie theatres are listed at the end and can be cross-referenced to our film times on page 52 or online at 13 miNuTeS (Oliver Hirschbieg­el) 114 min. See review, page 48. NNN (NW) Opens Jul 7 at Canada Square alieN: CoveNaNT (Ridley Scott) compounds the long-running sci-fi franchise with another unnecessar­y layer of space junk as another starship crew investigat­es a mysterious deep-space signal and runs headlong into all the hanging plot threads from Prometheus. Yes, it’s visually striking – except for the aliens themselves, rendered in weightless, glossy CG – but it’s also incoherent and pointlessl­y complicate­d. 122 min. NN (NW) Kingsway Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre all eyez oN me (Benny Boom) is an exhaustive but narrativel­y stilted approach to Tupac Shakur’s life, from the cradle to the grave. Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. does a good- enough impersonat­ion of the slain rapper in his Karl Kani gear, but he doesn’t bring that fire to the screen that made Tupac such an engaging personalit­y. The rapper’s personalit­y towers over his music, his death and this movie. 139 min. NN (RS) Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Yorkdale

The B-Side: elSa dorfmaN’S PorTraiT ñ PhoTograPh­y (Errol Morris) is a profile of a Boston photograph­er whose large-format Polaroid images are so intimate and vivid that they practicall­y seem to breathe. Clearly spurred by the wane of traditiona­l photograph­y and the demise of Polaroid, director Morris is meditating on the impermanen­ce of the image and the inexorable march of time. The film is suffused with an awareness of mortality – but Dorfman is giggling against the dying of the flashbulb. 76 min. NNNN (NW) Regent Theatre

BaBy driver (Edgar Wright) is a ñ

movie-going experience so giddy that at times it feels like a wholly new kind of cinema. The syncopated crime thriller’s cut almost entirely to the northern soul classics and newer hip-hop playing in the earbuds of a fresh-faced Atlanta wheelman (Ansel Elgort) who dreams of going straight with a sweet-hearted civilian (Lily James). If Walter Hill and Jean-Luc Godard had a movie baby, it’d look just like this – but it wouldn’t sound half as good. Some subtitles. 112 min. NNNNN (NW) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Market Square, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24 The Bad BaTCh (Ana Lily Amirpour) is another subversive investigat­ion of genre from the writer/director of the striking A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Maybe tomorrow or a hundred years from now in a sun-blasted wasteland where Texas dumps its undesirabl­es, an exiled Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) meets a cannibal chieftain (Jason Momoa) and an EDM-loving cult leader (Keanu Reeves). At nearly two hours, it does overextend itself a bit, but I was always interested in seeing what came next. 118 min. NNN (NW) TIFF Bell Lightbox BalleriNa (Eric Summer, Éric Warin) follows a red-headed orphan who escapes to Paris to become… you guessed it. She doesn’t have the trained posture or grace, but as we’re repeatedly reminded, she’s got passion. The inverse is true of Ballerina. The anachronis­tic Canada-France coproducti­on knows the moves from previous animated hits, from Cinderella to Frozen, but feels utterly soulless. 89 min. NN (RS) Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale BaywaTCh (Seth Gordon) goes on the shelf with Dax Shepard’s Chips as another unnecessar­y big-screen adaptation of a vaguely remembered TV show, a film that isn’t quite self-aware enough to pull off a 21 Jump Street. Imagine how low the bar was for a Baywatch movie in the first place and maybe you’ll understand my frustratio­n. 116 min. NN (NW) Kingsway Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre BeaTriz aT diNNer (Miguel Arteta) has a premise that can’t miss – a working-class Mexican masseuse (Salma Hayek) winds up at a dinner party with a Trumpian real estate mogul (John Lithgow). Yet somehow it still misses. Hayek and Lithgow are always watchable, but the whole thing feels smothered in the kind of righteous sanctimony with which White and Arteta engaged so brilliantl­y in the short-lived HBO series Enlightene­d. Sad! Some subtitles. 83 min. NN (NW) Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola) reinterpre­ts Thomas Cullinan’s 1968 novel by bending the material inward, exploring how an injured Civil War corporal (Colin Farrell) taken in by women at a girls’ school (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst) manipulate­s both their repressed desires and the awakening sexuality of their young charges (among them Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence and Angourie Rice). But between the careful framing and the deliberate pace, The Beguiled fails to turn intensity into urgency. 93 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

The Big SiCk (Michael Showalter) ñ

stands out from the usual rom-com fare, and not just because of its lead, Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani. The semi-autobiogra­phical story involves a serious illness that puts love interest Emily (Zoe Kazan) in a coma. Nanjiani’s slightly fictionali­zed version of himself spends half the film charming not the girl, but her parents, played with warmth and bite by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. It’s an unexpected joy. 120 min. NNNN (RS) Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, Varsity Blood huNTerS (Tricia Lee) 90 min. See review, page 48. NN (NW) Opens Jul 7 at Imagine Carlton Cinema BoN CoP Bad CoP 2 (Alain DesRochers) sends Colm Feore and Patrick Huard’s Ontario and Quebec detectives tripping south to bump up against bumbling Americans while unravellin­g a plot about Islamophob­ia. The would-be Canuck blockbuste­r chuckles at what’s going on in the U.S. – social issues as comic commodity – without considerin­g the problems in our own backyard. How does a Canadian film that deals with American Islamophob­ia cast only one identifiab­ly Muslim character in a speaking part… as a terrorist? 126 min. N (RS) Imagine Carlton Cinema The Book of heNry (Colin Trevorrow) is a vile, sadistic movie disguised as an uplifting tale of whimsy. It’s a sociopath’s ver-

sion of a homespun allegory where goodness, empathy and standing up to bullies all lead to an impossibly elaborate Rube Goldberg plot to kill a child abuser. Trevorrow and screenwrit­er Gregg Hurwitz will stop at nothing to make you feel something, steamrolli­ng over logic, credibilit­y and their talented cast to turn a movie about suffering children into, I dunno, sort of a caper comedy? It’s atrocious. 105 min. N (NW) Canada Square

CaptaiN UNderpaNts: the First epiC Movie (David Soren) has a superhero dressed only in briefs and a cape who slingshots underwear at mad scientist Professor Poopypants. Just the names had my son rolling in his seat. I cracked a few grins, too. Like the source material, the movie is catnip for any child who treasures the words “poo,” “underwear” and “Uranus.” 89 min. NNN (RS) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Queensway, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

Cars 3 (Brian Fee) finds aging race car Lightning McQueen (voiced once more by Owen Wilson) reluctantl­y turning to hightech trainer Cruz Rodriguez (Cristela Alonzo) to get his edge back. For an hour or so, it’s exactly the same story John Lasseter told 11 years ago, but then director/cowriter Fee brings in a story angle that genuinely surprises, finally investing the series with real stakes. And that’s a very good thing. 100 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Market Square, Imagine Promenade Mall, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

ChUrChill (Jonathan Teplitzky) aims to do for its iconic subject what Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln did for Honest Abe. The film charts the days leading up to June 6, 1944, when the British prime minister tried to persuade the supreme Allied commanders to abandon the invasion of Normandy. It’s an intriguing choice, but Teplitzky and screenwrit­er Alex von Tunzelmann bury Brian Cox’s rich, complex performanc­e beneath several layers of stately, prefab biopic clichés. Bah. 106 min. NN (NW) Canada Square the Colossal FailUre oF the ModerN relatioNsh­ip (Sergio Navarretta) is a pretty generic romantic comedy that occasional­ly finds a nice moment or two and sells the hell out of its Niagara wine country locations. The whole thing’s about half an hour longer than it needs to be, but at least the actors have fun, especially Enrico Colantoni, who’s so engaged he even manages to make his character’s dopey outfits feel like a deliberate choice rather than the work of a distracted costume designer. 102 min. NN (NW) Imagine Carlton Cinema

despiCable Me 3 (Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda, Eric Guillon) slaps together exactly what makes the franchise appealing for audiences under the age of 10, while leaving adults somewhat mystified: Steve Carell’s villain-turned-spy Gru being a cuddly kind of despicable; children who say adorable things (or is it that anything they say is adorable); and of course, the Minions, whose gibberish has a sophistica­tion that kids can only aspire to. 90 min. NN (RS) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Imagine Market Square, Imagine Promenade Mall, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

the diNNer (Oren Moverman) is a curiously bland adaptation of Herman Koch’s bestseller about two couples dining out at an expensive restaurant while discussing some nasty business done by their children. Moverman never finds the right tone and fails to build momentum or suspense, hampered by awkward flashbacks and Steve Coogan’s bad Woody Allen impersonat­ion. Moverman lays on the music throughout as if he doesn’t trust his own dialogue – or the actors’ skill – to carry a scene 120 min. NN (GS) Kingsway Theatre disNey’s Newsies: the broadway MUsiCal is a high-def broadcast of the family-friendly Tony Award-winning musical about newspaper delivery kids who go on strike for better working conditions in turn-of-the-century New York City. 145 min. Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Queensway, SilverCity Yonge, Yonge & Dundas 24 the Fate oF the FUrioUs (F. Gary Gray) has Charlize Theron’s villainous hacker tap into computers in vehicles and create an army of CGI zombie cars, an idea that might be the death of the franchise. When the cars are driverless, what could the film even have going for it? The answer is in the comic relief between Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson. They’re joined by Jason Statham, whose Deckard has been drasticall­y re-branded from homicidal maniac to a perfect buddy-cop counterpar­t to Johnson. 136 min. NNN (RS) Kingsway Theatre 47 Meters dowN (Johannes Roberts) has nothing on last year’s summer shark picture The Shallows, but for an hour or so it’s a reasonably entertaini­ng B movie with Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as sisters trapped at the eponymous depth in a shark cage off the coast of Mexico. But then Roberts and co-writer Ernest Riera drop a final flourish that’s as stupid as it is utterly unnecessar­y. 89 min. NN (NW) Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Queensway, Yonge & Dundas 24

Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) stars Brie ñ

Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Control’s Sam Riley, District 9’s Sharlto Copley and Sing Street’s Jack Reynor as various parties trapped in a Boston warehouse after an arms sale explodes into violence. Wheatley and screenwrit­er Amy Jump’s last collaborat­ion, High-Rise, was debauched and delirious; Free Fire is rougher, grittier and even more chaotic. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. 90 min. NNNN (NW) Royal FroM the laNd oF the MooN (Nicole Garcia) 120 min. See review, page 48. NNN (José Teodoro) Opens Jul 7 at Canada Square GiFted (Marc Webb) stars Chris Evans as the easygoing but intensely protective uncle of a seven-year-old prodigy (Mckenna Grace) he’s determined to raise as an ordinary child. Director Webb asks very little of his cast (which also includes Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer and Lindsay Duncan) and even less of the audience, but Evans and Grace are incredibly appealing together and the whole thing chugs along at a decent clip. It’s fine, as comfort food goes. 101 min. NNN (NW) Kingsway Theatre GUardiaNs oF the Galaxy vol. 2 ñ

(James Gunn) is a blast, pure and simple, as writer/director Gunn once again uses the financial and creative resources of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his own giddy purposes. It’s a gargantuan space opera packed with interstell­ar dogfights, giant monsters and explosions – oh, and a talking raccoon whose best friend is a sapling – grounded by its 70s soundtrack and a genuine yearning for connection. Mostly, though, it’s just so much fun. 136 min. NNNN (NW) Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Scotiabank Theatre the hero (Brett Haley) reunites the director/co-writer and his I’ll See You In My Dreams co-star Sam Elliott for another late-life study, with Elliott as an aging actor blindsided by a cancer diagnosis. As in Haley’s last film, the cast – which includes Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman and Krysten Ritter – is wildly overqualif­ied for the generic material. 96 min. NN (NW) Canada Square, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre, Varsity the hoUse (Andrew Jay Cohen) stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as middle-class suburbanit­es who resort to running an illegal casino to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. Even going in with low expectatio­ns, The House is a dud, with a stupid, unfunny script and direction that focuses more on costumes and gags than characters or plot. 88 min. N (GS) Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Imagine Market Square, Queensway, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24 i, daNiel blake (Ken Loach) is the latest signature social drama from the director and screenwrit­er Paul Laverty, this time exploring Britain’s increasing­ly privatized (and increasing­ly apathetic) welfare system through the tribulatio­ns of a widowed labourer (Dave Johns). It’s a solidly crafted drama with a couple of piercing moments, but it’s also designed to make a point rather than tell a story, seeing its characters as symbols marching toward a predetermi­ned ending rather than human beings. 100 min. NNN (NW) Fox, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Mt Pleasant iN the NaMe oF all CaNadiaNs (various) compiles six documentar­y shorts commission­ed by Hot Docs to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, exploring the legacy of colonialis­m and tensions that resulted from Confederat­ion. You can feel some of the filmmakers straining under the weight of that responsibi­lity, but when the focus is on citizens rather than institutio­ns, the results are genuinely powerful. Some subtitles. NNN (NW) Screening select days at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema iNteGral MaN (Joseph Clement) 63 min. See review, page 48. NNN (GS) Opens Jul 7 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema it CoMes at NiGht (Trey Edward Shults) is set at a remote American home where a father (Joel Edgerton), mother (Carmen Ejogo) and teenage son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are hiding out from a plague. As minimalist horror movies go it’s pretty effective, but scratch the enigmatic surface and there’s not much actually happening. 97 min. NNN (NW) Yonge & Dundas 24

JereMiah tower: the last MaGNiFiCeN­t ñ (Lydia Tenaglia) is about the creator of California cuisine, one of America’s first star chefs, who remains relatively unknown. Tower’s career starts at Chez Panisse and then Stars, where he becomes a sensation. It’s clear he possesses the obsessive, demanding and isolating qualities shared by most geniuses, but after Stars’ closure he disappears. The film’s focus on character over tantalizin­g food shots gives it a depth often missing in foodie docs. 120 min. NNNN (Michelle da Silva) Kingsway Theatre

the JoUrNey (Nick Hamm) 94 min. ñ

See review, page 48. NNNN (NW) Opens Jul 7 at Varsity kiNG arthUr: leGeNd oF the sword (Guy Ritchie) crams a Game Of Thrones season’s worth of intrigue and hyperactiv­e swashbuckl­ing into a messy and bombastic two hours. Despite all the big-budget CGI mayhem, Ritchie tries to jazz thing up by giving Lock, Stock-style banter and swagger to Charlie Hunnam’s hard-hustling Arthur. It works until Ritchie’s accelerate­d visual style reaches Michael Bay-level spectacle. The result is dizzying, exhausting nonsense. 126 min. NN (RS) Kingsway Theatre, Yonge & Dundas 24

the lost City oF Z (James Gray) turns ñ

David Grann’s best-selling book about an explorer (Charlie Hunnam) obsessed with finding an ancient Amazonian civilizati­on into a powerful study of endurance and obsession. And as is inevitably the case with Gray’s cinema, The Lost City Of Z slowly attains a feverish majesty that holds you riveted in your seat. Some subtitles. 141 min. NNNNN (NW) Mt Pleasant, Revue

MaNiFesto (Julian Rosefeldt) offers ñ

the breathtaki­ng sight of watching Cate Blanchett – styled as more than a dozen characters – performing famous statements on art, politics and life in intriguing, sometimes jarring new contexts. It takes a little while to settle into itself, but when Blanchett delivers a selection of Dada principles as a eulogy, or flows from Stan Brakhage and Jim Jarmusch into the tenets of Dogme 95 in a lecture to third graders, Manifesto snaps together in a most satisfying way. 95 min. NNNN (NW) Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema MaUdie (Aisling Walsh) tells the story of Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who was severely affected by by arthritis and found love while working for a gruff, antisocial fish seller named Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). There’s no false lyrical moments, and the humour and unadorned setting ring true. Even though there’s a lack of momentum, the performanc­es are excellent. 110 min. NNN (GS) Canada Square, Fox, Imagine Carlton Cinema MeGaN leavey (Gabriela Cowperthwa­ite) stars Kate Mara as the eponymous Marine dog handler, who spent two tours detecting explosives in Iraq and ultimately petitioned Congress to adopt her canine partner after both were injured by an IED. Mara is terrific at illustrati­ng Leavey’s complexiti­es, but the film around her never distinguis­hes itself, cranking out one familiar scene after another. 120 min. NNN (NW) Canada Square, Regent Theatre the MUMMy (Alex Kurtzman) is Universal Studios’ latest attempt to launch a new franchise on the back of its classic monster properties like Dracula Untold and The Wolfman. And like those misbegotte­n reboots, it’s far more likely to convince audiences that these properties would be better off left alone. 111 min. N (NW) Canada Square, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

My CoUsiN raChel (Roger Michell) ñ

explores the chauvinism and misogyny of the 19th century English gentry in Daphne du Maurier’s tale of a wealthy young man (Sam Claflin) falls for the widow (Rachel Weisz) of his beloved cousin, then comes to suspect she harbours ill intentions. Writer/director Michell is playing a similar psychologi­cal game as he did in 2004’s underrated Enduring Love, coming right up to the edge of a proper thriller but never quite releasing the tension. 106 min. NNNN (NW) Canada Square, Fox, Kingsway Theatre NatioNal theatre live: who’s aFraid oF virGiNia woolF is a high-def broadcast of the West End production of the Edward Albee drama, starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill. 233 min. Screening select days at Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Queensway, SilverCity Yonge, Yonge & Dundas 24 NorMaN: the Moderate rise aNd traGiC Fall oF a New york Fixer (Joseph Cedar) might have really been something if it could only have gotten out of its own way. Richard Gere, alongside a fine supporting cast, gives a very good performanc­e as an aging hustler who befriends an Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi), but Israeli director Cedar slathers everything with the same self-conscious style that made his film Footnote feel increasing­ly precious and irritating. Some subtitles. 117 min. NNN (NW) Regent Theatre, Revue Nowhere to hide (Zaradasht Ahmed) is an immersive look at life in Iraq after the U.S. pulled out that doesn’t bother debating politics or explaining the country’s

state of affairs. The doc is tethered to a hospital nurse named Nori Sharif who deems the war “undiagnose­d.” If Sharif dismisses explanatio­ns for war, it’s perhaps because he’s gotten accustomed to one cause being substitute­d with another. All he knows is the toll war inflicts on the ground. Subtitled. 86 min. NNN (RS) Imagine Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre The Old Vic’s The crucible is a high-def broadcast of Arthur Miller’s allegorica­l drama, directed by Yaël Farber and starring Richard Armitage. 218 min. Screening select days at Yonge & Dundas 24 100 shOrT sTOries (Neal Livingston) Trumping predatory capitalism, the fight won against fracking in Nova Scotia, and for renewable energy. A humorous exploratio­n of contempora­ry life in Atlantic Canada. A diaristic collage of entreprene­urship and environmen­talism. 68 min. Screening select days at Kingsway Theatre

Paris caN WaiT (Eleanor Coppola) ñ

stars Diane Lane as the wife of a famous producer (Alec Baldwin) who takes an unexpected but leisurely road trip to Paris with his business partner (Arnaud Viard). Sexual tension slowly simmers in this travelogue-heavy film, but the will-they-or-won’t-they set-up is refreshing­ly free of cliché as the pair drive through the idyllic French countrysid­e, contemplat­ing and savouring the beauty of life. 92 min. NNNN (Tina Hassannia) Canada Square, Fox, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Revue PeTer PaN – NaTiONal TheaTre liVe is a high-def broadcast of Sally Cookson’s magical staging of J.M. Barrie’s classic. 169 min. Screening select days at Yonge & Dundas 24 PiraTes Of The caribbeaN: dead MeN Tell NO Tales (Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg) offers a modest improvemen­t over 2011’s godawful On Stranger Tides, but it’s still just naked brand extension from a studio with a profitable franchise and a star in need of yet another summer house. Kon-Tiki directors Rønning and Sandberg make it look good, but the sense of eerie awe that drove Gore Verbinski’s original trilogy is long gone. 129 min. NN (NW) Eglinton Town Centre, Queensway, Yonge & Dundas 24 radiO dreaMs (Babak Jalali) is a comedy of gentle chaos, set at a fictional Farsi-language radio station in San Francisco where staff await a visit from Metallica. Not much happens, but director/co-writer Jalali (Frontier Blues) gives everything a charming, slightly shopworn vibe that echoes the early works by Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki. Subtitled. 94 min. NNN (NW) Imagine Carlton Cinema reseT (Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai) looks at choreograp­her Benjamin Millepied’s attempts to shake up the Paris Opera Ballet as its new (and it would turn out, short-lived) director of dance. Focusing on the premiere of his new work, it shows him drowning in bureaucrat­ic red tape, balking at the company’s outdated attitude toward diversity and doing press – all while trying to get an ambitious new work onstage for a gala. It’s a shame the film feels so padded and lacks dramatic shape and tension. Subtitled. 107 min. NNN (GS) Yonge & Dundas 24 rOugh NighT (Lucia Aniello) is like the all-female reboot of Peter Berg’s bachelor party gone wrong comedy Very Bad Things. Once again, a stripper is accidental­ly killed by revellers, but the girls don’t try to hack at each other in the aftermath. Instead, they reinforce female solidarity. It’s a pretty good time thanks to funny people like Jillian Bell and Kate McKinnon, who know how to make the most with off-hand comments. 101 min. NNN (RS) Imagine Carlton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre, Queensway, SilverCity Yorkdale, Yonge & Dundas 24

sPider-MaN: hOMecOMiNg (Jon ñ

Watts) 134 min. See review, page 48. NNNN (NW) Opens Jul 7 at Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Market Square, Imagine Promenade Mall, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24 TickliNg giaNTs (Sara Taksler) 111 min. See review, page 48. NNN (NW) Opens Jul 7 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema TraNsfOrMe­rs: The lasT kNighT (Michael Bay) is the fifth in the director/producer/demolition fetishist apparently endless series of epics in which a bunch of robots shoot each other in the face while a bunch of humans run around underfoot and yell encouragin­g things. This is the one with King Arthur and Stonehenge and also Nazis – though sadly not at the same time – and it’s as much of a white-noise nightmare as any of them, only louder and in IMAX 3D. 148 min. N (NW) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Carlton Cinema, Imagine Market Square, Imagine Promenade Mall, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24

The WeddiNg PlaN (Rama Burshtein) ñ asks whether God can provide you with a romantic match. A few weeks before her wedding date, Orthodox Israeli Jew Michal (Noa Koler, an extraordin­ary find) is dumped by her fiancé, yet she goes ahead with the wedding plans, convinced that a husband will show up. Writer/director Burshtein juggles a few too many details, and the climax might not at first seem straightfo­rward, but it’s in keeping with several remarkable early scenes that feel believably mystical and mysterious. Subtitled. 110 min. NNNN (GS) Mt Pleasant WONder WOMaN (Patty Jenkins) ends with the same overblown effects punchout as every other recent DC movie, but you’ll be willing to forgive that because it does the most important thing a superhero movie can do: it understand­s the hero at its centre and does justice to her conception and her spirit. Gal Gadot is terrific, Chris Pine makes a great sidekick, and the mid-point action sequence puts Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman to shame by actually being about something. Some subtitles. 141 min. NNN (NW) Beach Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, Eglinton Town Centre, Imagine Market Square, Imagine Promenade Mall, Queensway, Scotiabank Theatre, SilverCity Fairview, SilverCity Yonge, SilverCity Yorkdale, Varsity, Yonge & Dundas 24 YOur NaMe (Makoto Shinkai) is an anime film about two high schoolers who switch bodies. 106 min. Revue, Yonge & Dundas 24

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Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani star in the summer’s smart indie hit, The Big Sick.

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