Everyone is gleefully swimming in Pixar’s ocean right now, which is justified considering they have waited for 4,745 days. As this weekend will prove, however, not every place brings laughter to its inhabitants. The only way to survive is to wake up the inner fighter.
Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) loves the waves of this obscure beach called “Paradise,” so much so that she never looks out for the humongous great white shark lurking below her. She gets trapped on a rock not far from shore at all—just 200 yards—without a plan to outwit the beast. The high-concept thriller aims to please those who want their shark films more serious than this, who adore cinematic sea photography and, via a minor surprise, who know Houston.
Free State of Jones
Newt Knight, an impoverished farmer during the Civil War, forms a group of rebels with other farmers and slaves to eradicate the inequality plaguing Jones County, Mississippi. As with historical dramas, a click on the web or a visit to the library (or, in this case, a glance at the title) will let viewers know how things will end. What sets this war film apart, however, is the gritty style of director Gary Ross, the debatable allegiance of the tale’s central figure and Mr. Triple Alright making bold acting choices yet again.
Independance Day: Resurgence
Here’s another war, but the scale has increased planet-fold. Twenty years after the Independence Day victory, the aliens are back and again put our world-saving knowledge to the test. The film took its time in real life as well — tumbling around 20 years of development because technological constraints and key casting issues. One more time into the fray, one more time to not go quietly into the night.
The Neon Demon
Young, innocent and beautiful—with these three qualities, 16-year-old Jesse (Elle Fanning) becomes both a household name in the Los Angeles fashion scene and prey to every other model. Part erotic horror, part art film and part social commentary, the female-centric outing from the director behind “Drive” straddles the line between ambitious and messy. Despite a less-than-warm reception at Cannes, most agree that the film’s portrayal of the modeling world is visual artistry at its finest.
Toothy waters, oppressive government, extraterrestrial army and stylish claws—the enemies are ready for battle. Let us know who you will go up against below!