4 films to see on the week of June 15-22, 2018
AFTER A 12-YEAR WAIT, the family of superheroes returns. While Hellen is in the superhero spotlight, Bob is at home with the kids leading a normal life, but they are still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging powers. But they all have to work together — along with Frozone —when a new villain emerges. Directed by Brad Bird, the movie features the voices of Craig T. Hunter, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film has a 97% rating at the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregate site. “This follow-up is every bit the start-to-finish sensation as the original, and Brad Bird’s subversive spirit is alive and thriving. Like its Oscar-winning predecessor, The Incredibles 2 doesn’t ring cartoonish. It rings true,” writes Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
MTRCB Rating: PG
IT’S THE WOMEN’s turn this time. When Danny Ocean’s estranged sister manages to put together a team of crooks after her release from prison, the women travel to New York city to gatecrash the Annual Met Gala to steal a necklace worth $150 million. Directed by Gary Ross, the latest film in the Ocean’s franchise stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Richard Armitage. Variety’s Owen Gleiberman writes, “The first thing to say about Ocean’s 8 is that it takes the bad karma that clung — unfairly — to the Ghostbusters remake and leaves it out in the trash. For here’s a gender-flipped sequel that not only works just fine, but renders the whole ‘novelty’ of the concept a borderline irrelevance.”
MTRCB Rating: R-13
Escape Plan 2: Hades
YEARS after Ray Breslin escaped from “The Tomb,” he organizes a new security force but soon finds himself having to rescue a team member who went missing in a computerized battle maze. Directed by Steven C. Miller, it stars Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, Jaime King, and Jesse Metcalfe.
MTRCB Rating: R-13
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
WHEN an unusual female corpse arrives at the morgue, a father and son team of coroners have to figure out the cause of death, and in the process they uncover secrets of her life including a possibility that she might still be alive. Directed by André Øvredal, it stars Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, and Ophelia Lovibond. With an 86% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregate site, Tom Russo of the Boston Globe calls it “A lean indie horror flick that manages to creep us out even before getting to the part that’s meant to be truly unsettling.”
MTRCB Rating: R-16