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.

By-the-numbers ‘Ocean’s 8’ covers familiar territory

This image released by Warner Bros. shows Sarah Paulson, from left, Sandra Bullock and Rihanna in a scene from "Ocean's 8." (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. via AP)

Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” remake is a hard movie to live up to. Its starry charm was backed by a breezy and deceptively dense script full of memorable characters, dizzyingly complex logistics and lively filmmaking that Soderbergh himself couldn’t even recreate in the two sequels. But it is undeniable that even the near-perfect “Eleven” was missing something pretty major: Women. You know, besides Julia Roberts, that blackjack dealer and the one exotic dancer.

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