The rating system: ☆☆☆☆, excellent; ☆☆☆, good; ☆☆, so-so; ☆, poor; zero stars, terrible. Unless noted otherwise, reviews are by Bee critic Rick Bentley. Check movie times: http://calendar.fresnobee.com/
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The Conjuring 2: The Warrens go to London to help a single mother dealing with evil spirits. Vera Farmiga stars.
Now You See Me 2: Notorious magicians are forced into one more spectacular stunt.
Warcraft: Azeroth is on the brink of war in this film based on the popular video game.
10 Cloverfield Lane: Group goes underground to escape a major disaster. John Goodman stars. Not reviewed.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (☆☆ 1/2 ): Alice returns to the weird world of Wonderland to help the Mad Hatter. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” has neither the whimsy nor wordplay of the original Lewis Carroll novel. It’s a time traveling tale driven by bland elements and characters. The movie stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen. Rated PG (language, peril). 113 minutes.
The Angry Birds Movie (☆☆ 1/2 ): A visit by green piggies leaves the local bird population very angry. You’ll know why the birds are so mad after seeing “The Angry Birds Movie.” They’ve been saddled with a thin story, juvenile writing and a look that might be great for flying through the air but otherwise seems a little creepy. Rated PG (rude humor, violence). 90 minutes.
Barbershop: The Next Cut (☆☆☆): Workers at the shop arrange a weekend ceasefire among local gangs. The script by Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris is a strong balance of serious and funny that is accented by all of the comedians who love to improvise. It’s not a matter of the comedians trying to save the story, it’s just adding comedy accents along the way. Cedric the Entertainer continues to shine as the shop’s veteran employee, Eddie. Rated PG-13 (language, sexual situations). 112 minutes.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (☆☆): Batman takes on Superman. Holy bloated muddled mess! The first 45 minutes of director Zack Snyder’s film is such a confusing menagerie of worn-out and worthless story points that only a well-staged battle and the appearance of a female savior keep this latest comic-book-inspired film from being the biggest failure in the genre. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot star. Rated PG-13 (language, violence). 151 minutes.
The Boss ( 1/2 ): Business leader (Melissa McCarthy) is not greeted with open arms after a stint in prison. The film is about as funny as getting fired on your birthday. Not only is this movie devoid of any humor, it promotes both the forced labor and physical abuse of children. Try laughing at that. Rated R (language, sexual content, drug use). 99 minutes.
Captain America: Civil War (☆☆☆ 1/2 ): Superheroes are divided by new rulings from the United Nations. The challenge Marvel Studios faced was releasing another movie after the nearly flawless “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and hero-packed “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the ever-expanding universe of comic book-inspired films, “Winter Soldier” had just the right amount of chaos and control to make it an unrelenting movie thrill ride. Anything following that would have to be bigger, louder and more exciting. Rated PG-13 (action, violence). 156 minutes.
Housefull 3: A father must be convinced by three men that they are good picks for his daughters. Not reviewed.
The Jungle Book (☆☆☆ 1/2 ): Young boy survives in the jungle with a little help from his animal friends. Director Jon Favreau, who showed with “Iron Man” his skill at handling movies with heavy special effects, uses a blend of the original writings with the whimsy of the Disney 1967 animated classic and the realism of the 1994 version starring Jason Scott Lee. It’s the way all of these bits and pieces are presented that makes this movie the new king of the jungle movies. Rated PG (scary images). 111 minutes.
Kung Fu Panda 3 (☆☆☆): It is time for the student to become the teacher. Much of the appeal of the “Panda” films is he starry cast of voices. Rated PG (martial arts action, mild rude humor). 95 minutes. (Jocelyn Noveck, AP)
The Lobster (☆☆ 1/2 ): It doesn’t just stand out but screams in panoramic letters that the norm will not be tolerated here. It’s not just a blip on the summer movie radar, but demands attention and respect. Rated R (sexual content, violence). 118 minutes.
Love & Friendship (☆☆☆ 1/2 ): Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) will use any means to win the heart of Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel). Compact, modestly budgeted, sublimely acted and almost terrific. Rated PG (thematic elements). 92 minutes. (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
Me Before You (☆☆☆ 1/2 ) : A young woman (Emilia Clarke) falls for the paralyzed man she’s been hired to accompany. The emotional energy that Clarke (“Games of Thrones”) brings to “Me Before You,” coupled with Sam Claflin’s charm, makes this new movie a love story that’s easy to believe. Rated PG-13 (thematic elements, suggestive material).
Miracles From Heaven (☆☆☆): 10-year-old is cured of a chronic illness after surviving an accident. Rated PG (thematic material). 109 minutes.
Money Monster (☆☆☆): Irate investor takes over a cable money show and threatens to set off a massive explosion. George Clooney and Julia Roberts star. There’s always the possibility that the audience will lose interest in a movie where the plot is deeply entangled in money matters. But director Jodie Foster cashes in on the superb work of Clooney and Jack O’Connell to make sure there are never any monetary dull spots in “Money Monster.” Rated R (language, sexuality, violence). 90 minutes.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (☆): It’s wedding bells again in the sequel to the romantic comedy hit. Rated PG-13. 94 minutes. (Nick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (☆ 1/2 ): Plans to sell a home are threatened when a sorority moves in next door. Rose Byrne stars. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien’s lazy script for the 2014 comedy “Neighbors” fell apart because there were plot holes big enough to sink a university. They appeared to have remedied that gaff with the sequel, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” only to return to their lazy tendencies, making the project flunk out. Rated R (drug use, language, graphic nudity). 92 minutes.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ( 1/2 ) : The second album for a rapper (Andy Samberg) is a failure. “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” offers no insight into the music world, fails to create any interesting characters, uses music that sounds like variations on the work Samberg did on “Saturday Night Live,” and never finds the kind of snappy commentary that sometimes makes the mockumentary style so brilliant. All the film does is give Samberg a chance to mug for the camera and show that he’s much better in small doses. Rated R (graphic nudity, language, sexual content, drug use) 86 minutes.
Ratchet & Clank (☆☆ 1/2 ): Space hero and his robot companion must stop an evil force. Based on the popular video game. “Ratchet & Clank” film is designed to make sure the fans of the video game get a nostalgic kick. So many years have past since the original video game was released that the movie now has to deal with comparisons to other movies and TV shows that fit the genre. Rated PG (rude humor, action). 94 minutes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: The Turtles must once again save the world. Megan Fox stars. Not reviewed.
Vaapsi: Fugitive must take a chance and return home to see his dying mother. Not reviewed.
X-Men: Apocalypse (☆☆ 1/2 ): X-Men must come together to battle the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse. It’s a bit of bad timing coming up third in this summer;s superhero lineup. Rated PG-13 (violence, language). 147 minutes. (Sandy Cohen, Associated Press)
Zootopia (☆☆☆): Fox and rabbit must work together to uncover a kidnapping conspiracy. When the new animated movie focuses on the critters, it’s a funny trip through the animal kingdom. What slows the ark (oops, make that arc) of the film is a crime story that’s in need of a few more jokes. Rated PG (rude humor, scary images). 108 minutes.
NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS
Central Intelligence: Re-uniting with an old friend pulls a man into the spy world. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart star.
Finding Dory: Blue tang fish and other sea creatures investigate meaning of family, friends.