Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo

No Good Deed

The Story: An escaped convict terrorizes a woman home alone. The Lowdown: For such a sleazy concept, the outcome is especially tedious, something that doesn’t do much for the general dunderheaded character of the script.
Starring: Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman

Dolphin Tale 2

The Story: A marine hospital struggles to find a partner for a tailless dolphin after her surrogate mother passes away. The Lowdown: Innocuous, dull familycentric drama that’s the kind of pap better suited for basic cable.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic

The November Man

The Story: A retired spy is pulled back into action and hunted by a former protégé. The Lowdown: A generally unlikable, convoluted, silly and worn out espionage thriller that’s needlessly overwrought and brainless.
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown

When the Game Stands Tall

The Story: A high school football coach — burdened with an over-decade-long winning streak — must learn how to motivate his players and bond with his family. The Lowdown: A dull, preachy, troublesome film that’s dramatically inert and purely predictable from a storytelling standpoint.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes

The Expendables 3

The Story: The Expendables go after one of their own, a nefarious villain long thought dead. The Lowdown: A superbly uneven and overtly uninteresting journey into machismo and stuff blowing up.
Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans, Jr., Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy

Let’s Be Cops

The Story: Two bored pals take up pretending to be cops and become entangled in taking down a crew of mobsters. The Lowdown: Meandering, joyless tedium in the form of a buddy cop comedy.
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritchson

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Story: Four mutated turtles and a plucky journalist try to stop an evil scientist and an even eviler samurai. The Lowdown: Bargain-basement Michael Bay pastiche and a lot of sound and fury make for a noisy, not very fun action flick.
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Lennie James

Get on Up

The Story: The life and times of James Brown, from extreme poverty to the height of his fame and beyond. The Lowdown: While its non-linear narrative is interesting as filmmaking, it’s not enough to conceal the numerous biopic pitfalls that drag the film down.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Annie Parisse, Frances Sternhagen

And So it Goes

The Story: A grumpy widower is forced to take in his estranged granddaughter, who he helps raise with a widowed neighbor. The Lowdown: An unfunny, flat piece of melodrama that wants desperately to be adult and a little bit raunchy but instead comes across as childish and boorish.
Starring: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Mandy Patinkin

Wish I Was Here

The Story: A struggling actor whose father is dying of cancer tries to keep his life — and family — together. The Lowdown: With a pile of needless quirk, here’s a movie that feels like rudimentary indie filmmaking from a decade ago, only more insufferable and out-of-touch.
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe

Sex Tape

The Story: A married couple accidentally lets their raunchy sex tape escape into the outside world. The Lowdown: A flatly directed, wholly unfunny R-rated comedy that’s devoid of edge, laughs or even titillation.
Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Story: With humanity nearly wiped out by disease and supersmart apes living in the wilderness, human survivors and their intelligent simian counterparts attempt to build an uneasy alliance. The Lowdown: Deceptively goofy and far too self-important, the attempt to be a thoughtful, intelligent spectacle isn’t enough to give a free pass to what amounts to little less than the usual special effects-heavy summer blockbuster.
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass, Kathy Bates, Gary Cole


The Story: After discovering her husband’s infidelity, a down-on-her-luck former fast-food employee and her alcoholic grandmother set off on a road trip. The Lowdown: An ugly, unfunny comedy of the supposedly raunchy R-rated variety that’s little more than noisy and grating.
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Starring: Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm, Ella Wahlestedt

Earth to Echo

The Story: On their final night living together, three best friends find an extraterrestrial that shadowy government agents are after. The Lowdown: While it has its heart in the right place, this tween adventure flick is far too derivative and far too distracting within the confines of its found footage artifice to be more than passable entertainment.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Story: Giant robot Optimus Prime must stop an old nemesis and his former allies — mankind. The Lowdown: A loud, noisy, stupid and incredibly angry movie that’s far too long and only occasionally interesting thanks to its screwy worldview.
Starring: Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Terrence Jenkins, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy

Think Like a Man Too

The Story: Two groups of friends head to Vegas for a wedding — and bachelor and bachelorette parties. The Lowdown: A meandering, overstuffed rom-com that is innocuous at best, but force-feeds its points and is often too shrill and aimless to work.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Amber Stevens, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell

22 Jump Street

The Story: Officers Schmidt and Jenko head undercover again, this time at college. The Lowdown: Not as fresh as the original, the movie’s more interesting as a parody of Hollywood franchises and a critique of gay panic in buddy cop flicks, but doesn’t have much going for it as a comedy.
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe

The Fault in Our Stars

The Story: Two teens suffering with the effects and after-effects of cancer fall in love. The Lowdown: A goopy, manipulative little movie that suffers from inefficient plotting, flat direction, a milquetoast disposition and some truly wrongheaded story decisions.
Starring: Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Robert Lustig, Michael Pollan

Fed Up

The Story: Documents America’s obesity epidemic and the various nefarious causes of it. The Lowdown: A well-intentioned, occasionally convincing doc that simply goes on too long, often losing focus.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Kevin Nealon


The Story: Two single parents and their kids end up on the same African safari. The Lowdown: An unsurprisingly puerile and needlessly sentimental comedy from Adam Sandler.