Opening in Orlando: Ben-Hur, Hell or High Water, War Dogs and more 

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OPENING THIS WEEK:

Ben-Hur Jack Huston takes over for Charlton Heston in this remake of the chariot-racing epic. Includes the greatest credit line of the summer: "... with Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ." (PG-13)

Hell or High Water A friend of mine plays this fun game in which he retells the plot of an indie film, but with the character descriptions replaced by the names of superheroes the featured actors have played in other movies. Examples: In American Psycho, Batman puts on a raincoat and hacks the Joker to death with an axe; in Monster's Ball, the Earth 2 Joker shoots himself in the chest so he doesn't have to watch his dad bang Catwoman on a sofa. This time, let's get right down to the point before the movie even opens, shall we? In Hell or High Water, Wonder Woman's boyfriend teams up with Angel from the X-Men to rob numerous branches of the bank that's foreclosing on their shared property. Out to stop them is Tony Stark's old nemesis, the Iron Monger. And if you need any of that translated, boy are you reading the wrong publication. (R)

Kubo and the Two Strings The mythology of ancient Japan provides the narrative fodder for this latest animated outing by the team behind the acclaimed ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. Lots of roundeyes in the voice cast, unfortunately, but you've still got the occasional George Takei to prevent things from going totally Ghost in the Shell on your ass. (PG)

War Dogs Jonah Hill and Miles Teller try to rake in the yuks as entrepreneurs who stumble into lucrative careers as military contractors in the early days of the Iraq conflict. I'm not sure that the moment for this movie is now – and if you've lost a loved one to a roadside attack on foreign soil, it's probably never. But I'll be interested to see what happens in the sequel, War Dogs 2: Wrath of the Khans. (R)

Also playing:

Blood Father Mel Gibson once again tries to slither his way back into Hollywood's good graces and prove he's not just a far-right crank at home only in the dankest corners of Trump Nation. His onscreen adversary this time? Drug-dealing Mexicans. Swing and a miss! (R)

The Fight Within In the second extreme-fighting drama that's limped into limited release this summer, an MMA contender finds that his greatest battle may be with his own thorny personal history. But don't tune out just yet: It's also a Christian flick! OK, now you can tune out. (PG-13)

Gleason A documentary about former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who suffers from ALS. Which, of course, is not to be confused with MMA. But what a summer picture that would make! (R)

Mohenjo Daro Disney India distributed this story of a farmer who, in 2016 BC, fights to save the Indus Valley civilization. Today, all that remains of that civilization is an archaeological site in Pakistan. Damn, I guess Jonah Hill just couldn't get there fast enough. (NR)

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