Newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli The Jungle Book.

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Kipling given the CGI treatment, that cheating Lance Armstrong, a Norwegian tsunami and a broken relationship are among the pick of the films this week

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1. The Jungle Book

Be ready to surrender yourself to director Jon Favreau’s thoroughly transfixing live-action update of Disney’s 1967 cartoon, bringing Rudyard Kipling’s story to life with computer-generated imagery and a magical touch of storytelling. (Opens on May 26)

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug tackles the disaster genre in The Wave.
2. The Wave

For those who tire of Hollywood’s incredulous spectacles, this Scandinavian disaster film by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug should enchant with its modest human drama and fleeting musings on life-and-death moral quandaries. (Opens on May 26)

Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel in Mon Roi.

It’s no easy watch, but this tortured marital drama by Maïwenn delivers on every emotion – from joy to anger and crushing sadness – through the full-throttle performances of Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel, as a couple in a doomed relationship. (Now showing)

Human is Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s follow-up to Home.
4. Human

After capturing the earth’s surface with aerial photography in the stunning documentary Home, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has made an even more exhaustive study of humanity with this film by interviewing more than 2,000 people from 60 countries. (May 31, closing film of Le French May)

Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in The Program.

Ben Foster is the star of this unsympathetic portrayal of Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace. His eerie performance aside, there’s an opaqueness to Stephen Frears’ doping drama that renders the cyclist more of an indecipherable monster than an ordinary cheat. (Opens on May 26)

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