In the Dark

The dismal sequel to the hit comedy “Neighbors,” which premiered this past weekend is indicative of what passes for entertainment these days. Take a modest box office winner from a couple of summers ago and use it to launch another one.

It’s easier than coming up with more original material.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr.

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

Rated: PG-13

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Summer is coming. The superhero and big action movies featuring the X Men, The Avengers, the Star Trek gang, and even the resurrection of the alien fighting force from “Independence Day,” based on a 20-year old summer hit, are the big tent poles the studios are counting on to bring in big box office. But what about the comedies, animated features and dramas that will fill out the rest of the cinemas this summer? Here’s a look at some of them:

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‘Eye in the Sky’

Starring: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Rated: R

 

A compelling take on modern day covert warfare, this offers a close up look at the combined forces that work together to rein in terrorism and the controversy that arises from these tactics.

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‘The Boss’

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell

Directed by: Ben Falcone

Rated: R

 

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‘I Saw the Light’

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olson

Directed by: Marc Abraham

Rated: PG-13

 

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Like a car limping along on under-inflated tires, this gets to where it’s going, but the ride is pretty bumpy. Revisiting the Portokalos family was probably a better idea on paper than it actually is on screen. Back in 2002, the original movie written by its star, Nia Vardalos, was a phenomenal hit with its fish-out-of-water cross culture story.

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It’s not saying much when the best movie I’ve seen so far in 2016 is “Deadpool”—and that was weeks ago. What was more memorable than the show was the theater itself. The new iPic theater in Houston is one amazing place, beginning with the seats. Not seats really, more like your own personal lounger complete with pillow and blanket. But it doesn’t come cheap.

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 ‘The End of the Tour’ is based on five days that Rolling Stone reporter David L

Now that 2015 movies are moving aside for the 2016 slate, there are some that shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle. Most of these received very little attention or screen time, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be seen.

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The 88th Academy Awards have come and gone, so let’s recap.

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