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Friday, June 24, 2016

In Theaters: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE SHALLOWS, FREE STATE OF JONES, THE NEON DEMON

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This week in theaters get ready for worldwide destruction as "Independence Day: Resurgence" hits theaters. If big CGI movies aren't your thing, you could go for Blake Lively in a bikini fighting a Great White shark in "The Shallows". If that still isn't your thing, check out the historical drama "Free State of Jones" starring Matthew McConaughey. For kinky horror fans, Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" is now in theaters. More about each movie after the jump.

Synopses, details, critical reception, trailers, clips and more after the jump.


INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE


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Official Synopsis

We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox, Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Fichtner, Sela Ward

  • Director: Roland Emmerich

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

  • Running Time: 120 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and destruction, and for some language


Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 39% (37 fresh, 60 rotten, score: 4.4/10).
  • Metacritic: 36 out of 100 (2 positive, 10 mixed, 9 negative).




THE SHALLOWS


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Official Synopsis

In the taut thriller The Shallows, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills. It’s Jaws for a new generation.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Blake Lively, ├ôscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen

  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

  • Running Time: 87 min.

  • Rating: PG-13 for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language


Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 74% (53 fresh, 19 rotten, score: 6.3/10).
  • Metacritic: 57 out of 100 (16 positive, 9 mixed, 3 negative).




FREE STATE OF JONES


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Official Synopsis

Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Christopher Berry, Keri Russell

  • Director: Gary Ross

  • Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

  • Running Time: 139 min.

  • Rating: R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images


Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 38% (31 fresh, 50 rotten, score: 5.4/10).
  • Metacritic: 54 out of 100 (16 positive, 17 mixed, 1 negative).




THE NEON DEMON


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Official Synopsis

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.

Film Details

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  • Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington, Alessandro Nivola

  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

  • Running Time: 117 min.

  • Rating: R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language


Critical Reception

  • Rottentomatoes: 47% (54 fresh, 63 rotten, score: 5.5/10).
  • Metacritic: 52 out of 100 (14 positive, 15 mixed, 11 negative).






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