Movie capsules: June 16-22

New releases

Free State of Jones


During the U.S. Civil War, a Mississippi farmer leads a rebellion against the Confederacy. With Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali. Written by Gary Ross. Rated R.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Story on 3D. The hostile aliens who tried to conquer our planet in 1996 are back, presumably after installing computer virus software. Liam Hemsworth takes over for Will Smith, who apparently decided once was enough. Rated PG-13.

The Neon Demon

Not reviewed. Elle Fanning is an aspiring model who moves to L.A. and falls in with a bad crowd in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s blood-soaked thriller. Rated R.

The Shallows


Review on 4D. A surfer (Blake Lively) is stranded on a small outcropping of rock, just 200 yards of ocean and a great white shark between her and the shore. Rated PG-13.


Alice Through the Looking Glass


Director James Bobin (“The Muppets”) takes over from Tim Burton in this new installment in the adventures of Alice (Mia Wasikowska) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Rated PG.

The Angry Birds Movie


This animated expose reveals the real reason why those birds in that app you used to like are always so darn mad. Rated PG.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice


The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) takes on the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) in this eagerly-awaited superhero extravaganza that will also introduce other famous DC Comics characters, including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and the Flash (Ezra Miller). Rated PG-13.

A Bigger Splash

Luca Guadagnino’s movie is a swooning cinematic appeal to the senses — two hours of al fresco lovemaking, gorgeous scenery and simmering erotic warfare with Ralph Fiennes’ acting on glorious, supremely uninhibited display. Rated R.

Captain America: Civil War


Time to pick sides between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Tony Stark) as Marvel’s superheroes declare war on each other. The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) all return, joined by newcomers Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Rated PG-13.

Central Intelligence

A CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson) lures his former high school buddy (Kevin Hart) into a dangerous mission. Hilarious hijinks ensue. Rated PG-13.

The Conjuring 2


Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and director James Wan reunite for another sure-to-be-terrifying adventure in ghostbusting. Rated R.

Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren is a military officer overseeing a drone operation to find terrorists hiding in Kenya. Alan Rickman (in his final screen role) and Aaron Paul co-star for director Gavin Hood. Rated R.

Finding Dory

Pixar’s sequel to the beloved “Finding Nemo” centers on the forgetful blue tang fish voiced by Ellen Degeneres. Rated PG.

The Huntsman: Winter War

Chris Hemsworth is still swinging his axe and Charlize Theron’s evil queen is back to cause more trouble, but Kristen Stewart’s Snow White is MIA in this sequel to the 2012 fantasy. Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain join the fray for first-time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Rated PG-13.

The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau directs this live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel, starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli and Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson providing the voices for computer-generated beasties. There may be singing. Rated PG.

The Lobster


Yorgos Lanthimos’ hypnotically strange and suggestive new movie is very much its own brand of horror movie as well as a deranged thought experiment, a stealth love story, and a witty dismantling of the usual barriers separating man from beast. Rated R.

Love and Friendship


Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel and Chloe Sevigny star in writer-director Whit (“Damsels in Distress”) Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan. Rated PG.

Maggie’s Plan

Greta Gerwig stars in writer-director Rebecca Miller’s comedy about a woman whose plans to become a single mother are derailed when she falls for a married man (Ethan Hawke). Julianne Moore plays his not-so-happy wife. Rated R.

Me Before You

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin star in this adaptation of Jojo Mojes’ novel about a woman who becomes the caretaker for a man left paralyzed by an accident. Bring Kleenex. Bring a box. Rated PG-13.

Miracles from Heaven


Jennifer Garner stars as a mother searching for a cure for her daughter’s rare disease. Rated PG.

Money Monster

Jodie Foster directs this thriller, set in real time, about a popular TV show host (George Clooney) taken hostage during a broadcast by a disgruntled viewer (Jack O’Connell). Julia Roberts is the producer scrambling to prevent tragedy. Rated R.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Nearly 15 years after surviving her own tumultuous nuptial ceremony, Nia Vardalos returns for another, even Greek-ier wedding. Rated PG-13.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne return as the married couple must contend with the sorority that takes over the house next door. Zac Efron is back to give some pointers on how to deal with crazy young people. Rated R.

The Nice Guys

Two bumbling detectives (Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe) team up to investigate a kidnapping in this 1970s-era comedy. Rated R.

Now You See Me 2

The magician bank-robbers (Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine) return for more sleight-of-hand heists. Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzi Caplan join the fray in this sequel to the 2013 summer hit. Rated PG-13.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping


Andy Samberg stars as a popular singer in crisis-mode after his new album flops. Rated R.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows


The hard-shelled superheroes return to save the world again. Rated PG-13.


Director Duncan Jones (“Moon,” “Source Code”) finds out if the colossally popular computer game translates to the big screen in this big-budget, motion-capture fantasy. Rated PG-13.

X-Men: Apocalypse


Review on 3D. The world’s first mutant (Oscar Isaac) makes big trouble for Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his band of merry weirdos (including Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters). Rated PG-13.


Not reviewed. Rookie cop Judy Hopps — a bunny — teams with slick con-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve a mystery in Disney’s 55th animated feature. Voices by Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira. Rated-PG.

— Herald wire services