Weekend movies: Mr. Right, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass and more

A quick scan of new releases in theatres. Plus what to watch right now on Netflix.


>>> Mr. Right might be the best date movie ever, an action-comedy starring Anna Kendrick as a freshly dumped New Orleans paleontologist who falls for a loose, charming, perfectly wonderful fellow (Sam Rockwell) who’s secretly a former top-tier assassin with a price on his head. Director Cabezas struggles with some tonal shifts in the first half, but Kendrick and Rockwell are so utterly in their wheelhouses that their daffy line readings and simpatico physicality create a kind of delirious super-chemistry. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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 Almost Holy is an almost unceasingly grim documentary about Ukrainian pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko. A controversial figure in the town of Mariupol, he’s established an orphanage for street children who’d otherwise be lost to drugs or prostitution. This is, on its face, an inarguable good it’s just that the means by which he rescues his charges are questionable.  (See full review).

Opens May 27. See listing.

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>>> Love & Friendship is the writer/director’s first official adaptation of Jane Austen, based on her early novel Lady Susan, but really, Stillman’s been making Austen movies all along. His class consciousness and fondness for spiky, self-absorbed characters are utterly of a piece with the author’s catalogue. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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Hevn (Revenge) is designed like an airplane novel, opening on a cold night in Norway as a woman (Siren Jørgensen) arrives at a remote hotel to insinuate herself into the lives of a successful couple (Frode Winther, Helene Bergsholm). Her agenda is vague, her name an alias. But from the movie’s title – and the knife in her bag – we know she can’t have anything good in mind. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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Alice Through the Looking Glass plays like one of the Star Wars prequels – a dull, joyless, pointlessly complicated story featuring characters you’re supposed to care about. Not that Tim Burton’s 2010 predecessor was good, exactly, but at least Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter were invested in their roles, and we were given time to enjoy the sights of the digitally realized Underland. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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The Boy And The Beast is the overstuffed but frequently charming anime story of Ren, a Shibuya lad who discovers a passage to Jutengai, a world populated by beast-people, and becomes the apprentice of cranky bear-like samurai Kumatetsu. It’s as if someone threw The Jungle Book and The Karate Kid in a blender, and for its first hour or so the film gets by on its weird, idiosyncratic odd-couple charm. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in 1983, when Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) find themselves back on the same side to battle an ancient mutant (Oscar Isaac) who’s recruited their old frenemy Magneto (Michael Fassbender) for his extinction-level scheme. With newbies Isaac, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Kodi Smit-McPhee joining series veterans McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters, this may be the most gifted cast yet assembled for a superhero movie, and it’s enjoyable to simply watch them play pretend together. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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>>> Sour Grapes opens with the tender process that goes into making quality wine and the auctions where people with “fuck you” money snap it up. The makers of this hilarious, fascinating and entertaining doc show how the cross-pollination between these two cultures lays the groundwork for a great wine fraud. (See full review). 

Opens May 27. See listing. 

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a clever and very funny sequel to 2014’s raunchy parents-vs-students comedy. This time out, 30-something parents Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are selling their home because they need more room for baby number two. When a group of alternative, party-loving sorority sisters moves in next door before their sale’s escrow period is over, the Radners try to cover it up. (See full review). 

In theaters now. See listing. 

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Available now on Netflix


Bridge Of Spies is Steven Spielberg’s second consecutive movie about idealism and negotiation. In 1957, a British national named Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) was arrested in New York and charged with spying for the Soviet Union. His lawyer was James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), who got him a 30-year sentence rather than the electric chair, arguing that showing mercy to Abel would keep the Soviets from executing any American spy who might fall into their hands. (See full review). 

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Available to watch here. 

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