Opening this week
Alice Through the Looking Glass The main cast is back for this sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, but director Tim Burton isn't. As producer Suzanne Todd told Collider, "He's never really done a sequel to his other movies." Hmmm, sounds like her next project is Batman Returns Down the Memory Hole. In Looking Glass' favor, it's based on the further adventures of Alice as written by Lewis Carroll himself, which means it should end up every bit the timeless classic as Journey Back to Oz. Mad Hatter swag on deep discount, coming in June to a Hot Topic near you! (PG)
Love and Friendship In Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan, Kate Beckinsale plays an 18th-century widow who's determined to secure husbands for both herself and her daughter. Excuse me, ladies – have you ever heard of the Parliament House? (PG)
X-Men: Apocalypse Looks like Bryan Singer's reign as the most reliable curator of the X-Men franchise may be at its end: Initial reports on his fourth mutant outing are shockingly negative, with one saying it's the kind of picture that almost makes you want to apologize to Brett Ratner. (And then what? Do we hold a séance and call up the ghost of Mussolini, so we can finally admit that the invasion of Crete wasn't such a bad idea?) Whatever the final post-mortem on Apocalypse, Singer won't be able to complain that the studio forced him to cram in too many heroes; after Civil War, that dog just won't hunt. And it isn't like he can just go back to screwing up Superman, since that position has already been filled quite handily. (PG-13) Also playing
Manhattan Night The ever-slumming Adrien Brody plays a tabloid journalist who tries to solve the murder of a world-famous filmmaker. I just love it when justice rests in the hands of guys in vanishing job sectors that never paid squat in the first place. What's next, a remake of The Maltese Falcon with a cast made up entirely of West Virginia coal miners? (R)
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