The summer of 2016 will be a big one for Florida’s theme parks: five major attractions opening, plus lots of smaller additions and upgrades. More details coming soon, but here are what we’re calling the Big Five in the order that (we think) they'll open:
When Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action version of “Alice in Wonderland” raked in a billion dollars there was no question that Disney would pounce on the opportunity for a sequel. Helpfully, Lewis Carroll did write a second book about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, “Through the Looking-Glass,” but it proves to be only a suggestion for the film, which arrives this weekend, to a very diminished return. It feels reverse-engineered to fit a release date, with a story that, though it takes wild liberties with the book’s plot, manages to feel largely unimaginative and low-stakes.
“X -Men: Apocalypse” is a veritable pinata of mutants, a picturesque eruption of the world as we know it — or at least as comic book fans do — scattering trails of smoke, rubble, dead bodies and genetically enhanced superheroes every which way. With a main cast of 20, including four unnamed mutants who are quickly dispatched during a prologue in ancient Egypt, the latest sequel in the beloved Marvel Comics movie saga about freaks of nature is, even by today’s bloated standards of the genre, a bit overstuffed. It’s as if “Captain America: Civil War” ate “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” swallowing everything except the most indigestible bits of social commentary.
Seven people suspected of involvement in stealing five paintings by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon worth more than 25 million euros ($27.8 million) have been arrested, Spanish police said Saturday.