Children go to Lewis Carroll in search of lunacy. But this soulless Disney contraption, a sequel to Tim Burton's hit Alice in Wonderland (2010), instead offers child-psyche self-pity: both the garish Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and the ranting Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) turn out to be adult victims of parental cruelty or injustice. As in the earlier movie, Carroll's wormhole narrative has been replaced by a mechanical action-movie plot, and once again there's a tedious frame set in the real world, with Alice (Mia Wasikowska) as a professional sea captain who may have to sacrifice her ship to save her mother's home from creditors. Director James Bobin is almost completely indebted to Burton's original vision, though Sacha Baron Cohen's performance as Time, and the attendant clock imagery that dominates the second half, call to mind Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011). With Anne Hathaway and Rhys Ifans.