The turtles are thriving, and the apocalypse is still happening, but for this weekend three kinds of magic are poised to cast their names as king of the box office. And no, Disney is not on the list.
A dark portal has opened, and the human world lies on the brink of ruination at the hands of violent orcs looking to leave their dying planet. From both sides, heroes and villains will emerge who will determine whether war or peace will reign the land. Utilizing groundbreaking motion capture technology and, for once, a director plus cast who adore the source material, the adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s first Warcraft game teases the notion of the first game-to-film outing. But for a $160-million budget, they could have definitely used dubstep-free marketing.
The Conjuring 2
Despite being close to losing the first case, paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are needed in Enfield, London to save an 11-year-old girl from a vicious poltergeist. Although director James Wan wanted to explore different creative avenues, letting go of the genre that made him a household name is hard. And from the trailers plus early reviews the man remains a master at the art of freaking viewers out. Who needs sleep, eh?
Now You See Me 2
Magical Robin Hoods, or more precisely The Four Horsemen, have returned to make jaws drop again, but this time they are not in control of the act. After escaping authorities in the U.S. to emerge in Macau, the quartet falls into the hands of Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who will present to them their biggest challenge yet. Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher this time around, and Director Louis Letterier’s frantic style is replaced with the occasionally surreal fluidity of Jon M. Chu from the Step Up franchise.
Charms, dark spells and sleight of hands all promise impact but yield unforeseeable results. But a surprise is always welcoming at the cinema.