Independence Day: Resurgence
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Jessie Usher
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Plot: 20 years after fighting off an alien invasion, the Earth has to battle again when a new fleet comes to get revenge and destroy the planet.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 52%
Critic Consensus: “It’s undeniably visually impressive, but like its predecessor, Independence Day: Resurgence lacks enough emotional heft to support its end-of-the-world narrative stakes”
Starring: Blake Lively, Brett Cullen, Oscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Sera
Plot: A surfer gets trapped on a rocky outcropping just out of reach from the beach due to a massive great white shark stalking the area.
RT Freshness: 78%
Critic Consensus: “Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively”
Free State of Jones
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers
Directed by: Gary Ross
Plot: During the Civil War, a poor farmer leads an armed rebellion in the South against the Confederacy.
RT Freshness: 33%
Critic Consensus: “Free State of Jones has the noblest of intentions, but they aren’t enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story”
The Neon Demon
Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Plot: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
RT Freshness: 48%
Critic Consensus: “The Neon Demon is seductively stylish, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s assured eye can’t quite compensate for an underdeveloped plot and thinly written characters”