Earnest Civil War drama, alien invasion, a horror film about fashion modeling and a bikini-clad woman vs. a shark: Yep, it's quite a variety at the movies this weekend.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra delivers terrific stripped-down suspense (and that doesn't just refer to star Blake Lively) in the survival thriller The Shallows
(pictured). Matthew McConaughey plays a real-life rebel against the Rebels in Free State of Jones
, but the story meanders through too many events without narrowing its focus.
Andrew Wright finds Roland Emmerich's sequel Independence Day: Resurgence
spending too much time on bigger space ships and a slew of new characters to match the dorky sincerity of the 1996 original.
In this week's feature review, the surface-level gifts of Nicolas Winding Refn give The Neon Demon
some fascinating stuff to look at, even if his self-indulgence often gets in the way.