Starring: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Aliocha Schneider, Joanne Kelly, Sofia Banzhaf

Closet Monster

The Story: A young gay man struggles with accepting his sexuality in the face of past trauma and an unwelcome family life. The Lowdown: A occasionally fascinating piece of filmmaking that's both flawed in its general execution and lacking a firm emotional center — two things that stunt its impact.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich

Deepwater Horizon

The Story: The based-on-actual-events story of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst ecological disasters in history. The Lowdown: A commendable film in many respects, especially in its intentions and approach, but one that can't rise above its flimsy characters and disaster-flick DNA.
Starring: Laura Albert, Bruce Benderson, Dennis Cooper, Savannah Knoop

Author: The JT Leroy Story

The Story: The tale of author JT Leroy, the creation and pseudonym of writer Laura Albert, from his creation to his rise to the ranks of celebrity. The Lowdown: An often unfocused and wandering doc that details an interesting story but, because of its one-sided nature, doesn't feel like it truly gets down to the truth.
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, David Howard Thornton, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin

The Wild Life

The Story: Based on Daniel Defoe's classic Robinson Crusoe, a cartographer is stranded on a deserted island with a motley troupe of animals as his only companions. The Lowdown: A inert, dull and cheap animated film with bad visuals, uninspired voice acting and a mess of a drawn-out plot.
Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine

The Mechanic Resurrection

The Story: In order to save the life of a woman, a retired hit man is drawn back into duty by a shifty arms dealer. The Lowdown: A flat, brain-dead action flick with a few moments of energy and creativity buried beneath too much senseless plotting.
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Our Little Sister

The Story: After the death of their estranged father, three sisters invite their young (and previously unknown) half sister to live with them. The Lowdown: A charming, quiet movie that's beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, about family history and coming to terms with the past.
Starring: (voices) Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara

Kubo and the Two Strings

The Story: A young boy sets off on an epic adventure to retrieve a mystical set of armor and stop an evil force. The Lowdown: A visually accomplished animated flick that's a bit too straitlaced and lacking in fun.
Starring: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Samuel Roukin


The Story: An investment banker tries to save her career, while her boyfriend is secretly (and illegally) trying to sabotage her. The Lowdown: A not-very-thrilling Wall Street thriller with hints of feminism that don't quite come together — and a weak cast that doesn't help things.
Starring: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban

Pete’s Dragon

The Story: After a car crash kills his parents, a young boy is taken in by a dragon who lives in the wilderness. The Lowdown: A gentle, sweet, family-centric movie that has some small points of interest, but one that's not very exciting as a whole.
Starring: Izia Higelin, Cecile De France, Noemie Lvovsky, Kevin Azais, Benjamin Bellecour


The Story: A romance between two women in 1970s Paris is transferred to the French countryside, where the stresses of loyalty and lifestyle take hold. The Lowdown: An intelligent, beautifully acted and scripted story of love and its difficulties.
Starring: WIll Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jared Leto

Suicide Squad

The Story: An expendable group of bad guys is gathered by the government as the world's final defense against catastrophe. The Lowdown: A mismatched, cobbled-together superhero movie crippled by a poor script, forced levity and, worst of all, nothing new to add to the superhero genre.
Starring: Steve Gleason, Michel Varisco-Gleason, Mike Gleason, Rivers Gleason


The Story: A former NFL player is diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) just before discovering his wife is pregnant with their first child. The Lowdown: An emotionally open picture of a family dealing with a debilitating disease that will be of most interest to people curious about the fight against ALS.
Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles

Jason Bourne

The Story: Sullen superspy Jason Bourne comes out of hiding, hounded by government agents and on the hunt for more truths about his past. The Lowdown: A poorly shot, dramatically dull spy flick with zero energy or intelligence. An amazing drop-off from the previous films in the franchise.
Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Machine Gun Kelly


The Story: A nebbishy teen joins an app that challenges her to more and more elaborate (and dangerous) dares for cash. The Lowdown: A flaccid thriller full of toothless teenage drama, floppy high jinks and flimsy characters.
Microbe et Gasoil
Starring: Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou, Diane Besnier

Microbe and Gasoline

The Story: Two friends decide to run away from home and explore France in a homemade mobile home. The Lowdown: A gentle and intelligent tale of the confusion of young adulthood told with Gondry's signature heart and whimsy.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, Karl Urban

Star Trek Beyond

The Story: The crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves stranded on a distant planet controlled by a violent maniac. The Lowdown: A glossy and occasionally fun summer action flick that suffers from a general incoherency and disposability.
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Maria Bello, Billy Burke

Lights Out

The Story: A creepy terror relegated to the shadows is stalking the family of a traumatized young woman. The Lowdown: A poorly scripted, dully acted horror film full of cheap scares and zero atmosphere.
Starring: Lou de Laage, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig

The Innocents

The Story: In post-World War II Poland, a French Red Cross nurse looks after a convent whose nuns have been sexually assaulted by Soviet soldiers. The Lowdown: A heavy, serious meditation on faith, womanhood and abuse that's not easy to watch but is worthy, thanks to its intelligence.
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth


The Story: With ghosts invading Manhattan, three scientists and a transit system worker begin hunting them down. The Lowdown: A needlessly meandering and achingly jokey reworking of a supposed classic, one that leans too heavily on in-references and wastes a likable cast.
Absolutely Fabulous The Movie - 2016
Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Chris Colfer

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

The Story: Two aging, drug-addled socialites go on the run after one of them accidentally murders Kate Moss. The Lowdown: A shrill and grating attempt at creating commentary on the rich and famous, but one with no teeth and little direction.