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”
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.