Familiar characters—from comic books, and from a surprise hit romantic comedy—return to theaters this week, along with the new film from Terrence Malick, an Icelandic dramedy and a tale of contemporary warfare.
The highest-profile new release is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
(pictured), pitting the two familiar costumed heroes against one another in a dour, overstuffed piece of franchise machinery that's no damn fun. Nia Vardalos returns with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
, 14 years after the original, in a way that picks up the characters and humor in exactly the same way, for better or worse. Eye in the Sky
explores the politics and morality of drone warfare through a story that takes a sluggish half hour to get going, but ultimately proves tense and thought-provoking. Rams
offers a quirky story of two estranged brothers on neighboring Icelandic sheep farms, getting past its on-the-nose metaphor to find humanity in stubbornness. The indie comedy Creative Control
aims for too many ideas about urban 20-somethings and their discontents, but finds just enough perfectly-pitched moments.
In this week's feature review, the aesthetic genius of Terrence Malick requires more of a human anchor to his storytelling in the meditative Knight of Cups.