Opening this week
The Conjuring 2 The Nick and Nora of the ghost-hunting set are back, this time helping a British single mum with four kids battle a houseful of poltergeists. Hmmmm ... a household turned upside down by malicious sprites? Four kids? I think Supernanny would have definite opinions as to where the real problem lies here. (R)
Now You See Me 2 The success of 2013's prestidigitation-themed thriller Now You See Me came as something of a surprise – which makes sense, since that's kind of the whole point of a magic trick anyway. So the movie's quartet of master illusionists are back for another caper, this time at the behest of an evil tech tycoon they'd rather take down than serve. As for top-billed star Jesse Eisenberg ... well, let's just say this isn't the movie we wanted to see him disappear from. (PG-13)
Warcraft Multiplayer, meet multiplex. The gaming world yields a narrative feature directed and co-written by Duncan Jones, helmer of 2009's acclaimed Moon (and now the only Bowie that matters). Jones' involvement with gaming actually goes all the way back to 2003, when he was one of the creators of the politically themed Republic: the Revolution. Now if only we could do something to get those poor Sims out of development hell. (PG-13)
Approaching the Unknown A sci-fi flick about an astronaut who gets in trouble on the first-ever solo flight to Mars – that sure sounds like prime summer fare. So why did Approaching the Unknown get dumped in a very limited release, with almost no promotional fanfare? Maybe because the Village Voice pronounced it the most melancholy space opera since the original Solaris. And maybe because star Mark Strong's last two forays into the genre were as supporting characters in John Carter and Green Lantern. Playing while you can catch it at Disney Springs – as always, your home for melancholia. (R)
Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe Public outcry caused this anti-vaccination position paper to be pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. But it's still seeing release in some theaters across the country, including our very own Regal Winter Park Village. Autism hoaxster Andrew Wakefield directed the thing, so you know you're going to be getting the very best in rigorous scientific analysis and even-handed evaluation. Me, I might have considered checking it out – but I'm home with the zika. (NR)
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