Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Clarice Van Houten, David Mazouz, Catalina Sandino Moreno


The Story: An unorthodox exorcist (or evictor) who enters the minds of the afflicted is called in to remove a demon from the body of a child. The Lowdown: A curious concept isn't enough to make up for the general goofiness and low budget horrors on display.
Starring: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciaran Hinds, Ted Levine

Bleed for This

The Story: A cocky boxer ends up paralyzed in a car crash and is determined to enter the ring once more. The Lowdown: A generic, based-on-a-true-story tale of overcoming odds (and such) that works reasonably well but is nothing to get excited about.
Starring: Danny Glover, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, J.B. Smoove

Almost Christmas

The Story: A widowed patriarch welcomes his out-sized, specifically dysfunctional family for the holidays. The Lowdown: Generic, flat and bloated with characters and plot, here's a holiday movie that only goes as far as its likable cast takes it.
Starring: Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt

Shut In

The Story: A child psychologist must find a way to rescue a young boy while isolated in her New England home by a deadly ice storm. The Lowdown: A flat, unoriginal thriller, with a good performance from Naomi Watts, that relies too much on its goofy twist ending.
Starring: (voices) Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand


The Story: When a group of grotesque giants threatens their way of life, a group of colorful trolls must muster the courage to stand up to them. The Lowdown: An aggressively cute animated musical, steeped in bright colors and hokey humor, that has little else to offer.
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.