If you're feeling extra jingoistic and xenophobic around Independence Day, why not check out the latest right-wing hootenany from writer-director Dinesh D'Souza (2016: Obama's America)? In this ... let's charitably call it a "documentary," D'Souza calls out all the Americans who hate America (read: "democrats") and imagines an alternate reality in which America lost the Revolutionary War. The point of all this? Liberals are stupid, and slavery wasn't all that bad. (It was character-building, black people!) Also, Saul Alinsky was Satan, Matt Damon is a poo-poo head, and Mexicans are destroying our country. Good night. Sleep tight. 103 minutes PG-13.
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this Independence Day-meets-Groundhog Day sci-fi flick. Cruise plays an ordinary dude who gets drafted to fight off an alien invasion. Unfortunately he dies--just like everybody else on Earth. Fortunately he gets stuck in a time loop--which sends him back to the beginning of the day every time he kicks the bucket. With the help of a tough female soldier, he decides to use his endless regenerations to learn from his mistakes and become the ultimate alien-fighting machine. Based on the book All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. 113 minutes PG-13.
Hollywood has finally realized there's more to Young Adult lit than sparkly vampires and post-apocalyptic romance. This comfortingly ordinary drama about two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group is based on the smash hit book by John Green. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (who just got done playing brother and sister in the post-apocalyptic romance Divergent) star. ... And you thought Love Story was a weeper. 125 minutes PG-13.
That 1998 thing with Matthew Broderick never happened. Are we agreed? Good! Now we can move on to this proper reboot directed by Gareth Edwards (of the excellent indie Monsters). This time around the King of Monsters is pitted against a couple of malevolent creatures bent on destroying humanity. Also, he's being hunted by a vengeance-minded military dude (Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Kick-Ass) and his shell-shocked dad (Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad"). Edwards is a smart director, giving the film tension and drama and playing it all quite seriously. The monsters are more interesting than the people, sure--but these are still the most interesting humans in any Godzilla movie ever. And the epic destruction? It's a thing of beauty. 123 minutes PG-13.
Viking teen Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his best dragon friend Toothless discover a hidden ice cave, home to hundreds of new wild dragon species. Having only recently made peace with their fire-breathing allies, the dragonriders must now deal with a whole new monstrous threat. This sequel to DreamWorks' surprisingly solid CGI hit from 2010 ups the ante, turning the original boy-and-his-dog variation into a full-blown fantasy war epic. 102 minutes PG.
Disney reboots Sleeping Beauty with this live-action fairy tale concentrating more on the (apparently not-so-)evil sorceress (played by Angelina Jolie) and her tragic backstory. Elle Fanning (Super 8) is our soon-to-be-somnolent princess. Jolie is mesmerizing, and the film does a credible and ultimately quite likeable job melding Disney sentiment with certain aspects of the original fairy tale. But it's an odd fantasy that takes a long time to find its tone. 97 minutes PG.
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Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are a couple of suburban parents who find out their new neighbors are a bunch of drunken frat boys. Oddly enough no one else in the neighborhood seems to notice the all-night parties and the lawn full of beer cans. That leaves our unhappy couple to feud it out with the frat boys. There are some epically raunchy jokes here, but none of the characters are very sympathetic, and the plot is merely an excuse for a string of mean-spirited pranks. 96 minutes R.
Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson and the rest of the cast from the 2012 comedy hit (based loosely on Steve Harvey's tongue-in-cheek marriage advice book) return for more wacky romance. This time around they're all in Las Vegas for a weekend wedding. As you can reasonably expect from the premise, "various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event." Or as I like to say, "hijinks ensue." 106 minutes PG-13.
In his most restrained film to date, Michael Bay ... just kidding. This thing's 2 hours and 45 minutes' worth of exploding and screaming. The original cast has been ditched. (How will we ever survive without Shia LaBeouf?) Mark Wahlberg takes over human hero duties as a poor mechanic who buys a smashed-up semi, only to discover it's a Transformer. This would be more fun to watch at home where you can play the drinking game: Take a shot every time there's a giant fireball, an expensive piece of actual US military hardware races by or an American flag waves in slow motion. 165 minutes PG-13.
The swingin' '60s X-Men of X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult) unite with the older, more grizzled X-Men of X-Men: The Last Stand (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry) in order to prevent a future in which fascist robots have taken over the United States and hunted mutants to near-extinction. The story lacks a clear villain and there are too many characters to keep track of, but it still amounts to some breathless popcorn movie fun. 131 minutes PG-13.