‘The King’ is guilty of an Elvis crime- excess

This image released by Oscilloscope Laboratories shows a scene from the documentary "The King." (Oscilloscope Laboratories via AP)

It’s usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it’s even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary “The King,” he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew.

Pattinson elevates the melancholy western ‘Damsel’

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows Mia Wasikowska, left, and Robert Pattinson in a scene from "Damsel." (Magnolia Pictures via AP)

Pitiful men pin their hopes on delusions of romance in David and Nathan Zellner’s clever and melancholy western “Damsel,” an offbeat odyssey about the foolhardiness of believing in the “damsel in distress.”

In ‘Jurassic World,’ a dino-sized animal-rights parable

This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the upcoming "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." (Universal Pictures via AP)

NEW YORK — The dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park” are many things. They are special-effects wonders. They are unruly house guests. And they are some of the biggest, most foot-stomping metaphors around.

‘Jurassic World 2’ leans on nostalgia, contrivances

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Chris Pratt in a scene from the upcoming "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." (Universal Pictures via AP)

Here’s the good news: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ” is more fun than “Jurassic World.” It’s not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt’s high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact, there are certainly worse ways to spend a couple hours in the air-conditioned multiplex this summer.

‘Superfly’ remakes a Blaxploitation classic

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jason Mitchell, left, and Trevor Jackson in a scene from the film, "Superfly." (Quantrell D. Colbert/Sony Pictures via AP)

Director X’s “Superfly” transplants the 1972 Blaxploitation classic from Harlem streets to suburban Atlanta mansions, flips Curtis Mayfield’s soul score for Future’s hip-hop soundtrack and forsakes the original’s politically charged grit for shallow music-video indulgence.

Once sidelined, romantic comedies rise again this summer

This image released by Netflix shows Zoey Deutch, left, and Glen Powell in a scene from "Set It Up," premiering June 15 on Netflix. (KC Baily/Netflix via AP)

LOS ANGELES — Summer is always full of action and superhero pics, but this year a once dormant yet utterly adored genre is coming back in a big way: the romantic comedy. After a 2017 without any from a major studio, this summer is proving to be a re-birth for this lost Hollywood staple with five notable releases, including “Crazy Rich Asians ” and a “Mamma Mia! ” sequel.

Family fun and insight in sprightly ‘Incredibles 2’

This image released by Disney Pixar shows the character Helen/Elastigirl, voiced by Holly Hunter, left, and Bob/Mr. Incredible, voiced by Craig T. Nelson in "Incredibles 2," in theaters on June 15. (Disney/Pixar via AP)

“The Incredibles” writer/director Brad Bird has said that his characters’ powers are all born of stereotypes. Dad is strong, mom is stretched in a million directions, teenage girls put up shields, little boys are full of boundless energy and babies are unpredictable. It’s why he decided that for the sequel, “Incredibles 2 ,” a buoyant and quick-witted romp, he’d pick up right where we left off, in that parking lot after Dash’s track meet where a new threat emerges from underground. No matter that in reality, 14 years had actually passed. Animation is not bound by time or aging actors.

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