Starring: Benjamin Walker, Theresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson

The Choice

The Story: A hunky veterinarian falls for his dreamy neighbor before maudlin tragedy steps in. The Lowdown: Abhorrently dull cheese of the kind only Nicholas Sparks’ pedigree can whip up — schmaltzy and oozing with melodrama, and with zero chemistry from its leads.
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger

The Finest Hours

The Story: A terrible storm gravely damages a oil tanker and the Coast Guard must risk everything to save the ship’s crew. The Lowdown: Old-fashioned to a fault, structurally flawed and an overwhelmingly schmaltzy rescue/adventure flick that’s occasionally watchable and little else.
Starring: (Voices) David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan


The Story: A customer-service guru on a business trip meets a timid yet alluring woman in his hotel. The Lowdown: Simple in many ways (at least as far as plot goes) but deep and resounding in its examination of the search for human connection.
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn

Ride Along 2

The Story: Two odd couple cops (and soon to be brothers-in-law) head to Miami to take down a drug kingpin. The Lowdown: A noisy, aimless and cliched rehash of the first in the series.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress

Daddy’s Home

The Story: A stepfather yearning for the acceptance of his wife’s children suddenly finds himself competing with their biological father, who’s decided to return to their lives. The Lowdown: About 30 minutes worth of plot stretched over an hour and a half, with the added benefit of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg at their most…
Starring: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela

Point Break

The Story: A former “extreme poly-athlete” and current FBI recruit infiltrates a crime ring of thrill-seeking Robin Hoods. The Lowdown: For all the supposedly exciting stuff happening in this movie, what a boring slog it is — short on intelligent plot and anything resembling a sympathetic character.
Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin


The Story: After finding out their childhood home has sold, two 40-something sisters decide to have one last massive party like the ones they threw in high school. The Lowdown: An occasionably funny attempt at a raunchy, slapstick-heavy comedy that’s way too long, but floats by on the strength of its cast.
Starring: Juliet Stevenson, Rutger Hauer, Max von Sydow, Priya Darshini, Tillotama Shome

The Letters

The Story: The story of Mother Teresa and her life of charity and the personal and spiritual struggles she faced. The Lowdown: A flat, schmaltzy biopic that’s too stone-faced and reverent to work.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew


The Story: The illegitimate son of a boxing legend tracks down his late father’s one-time nemesis and longtime best friend Rocky Balboa to start his climb through the boxing ranks on his own terms. The Lowdown: With no surprises, this film shouldn’t work as well as it does, but a likable cast with some genuine…
Starring: Finn Wittrock, Aaron Eckhart, Sarah Bolger, Robin Tunney

My All American

The Story: The true-life story of a perpetual underdog with aspirations of playing college football who ends up facing an even bigger challenge. The Lowdown: A paint-by-numbers inspirational sports flick that does exactly what you expect it to — with that being its biggest problem.
Starring: Laurie Anderson, Lolabelle

Heart of a Dog

The Story: Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson examines her relationship with her pet rat terrier against the backdrop of death and post-9/11 paranoia. The Lowdown: A beguiling little film that’s either brilliant or hogwash, but most likely lives somewhere in between.
Starring: (Voices) Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Anastasia Bredikhina, Alexander Garfin

The Peanuts Movie

The Story: Charlie Brown battles his inherently inept nature as he tries to catch the attention of a little red-haired girl. The Lowdown: A totally harmless little family film that’s a bit too manic for its seemingly quaint nature.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd

Our Brand Is Crisis

The Story: A retired campaign strategist is brought in to revive the struggling campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate — and to square off against an old rival. The Lowdown: An entertaining, solid film buoyed by good performances, but far too predictable, and it doesn’t have as much to say as it thinks it does.
Starring: Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Molly Ringwald

Jem and the Holograms

The Story: A teenage girl finds Internet stardom and heads off to Los Angeles to a music career with her three sisters. The Lowdown: A tedious, innocuous and overlong adaptation of the ‘80s cartoon.
Starring: Nic Bishop, Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight


The Story: An Alabama high school football team struggling through integration finds inspiration through Christianity. The Lowdown: Another corny, schmaltzy and forgettable entry into the world of Christian cinema.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells

The Intern

The Story: A bored, lonely retiree gets an internship at a Brooklyn startup. The Lowdown: A wandering, cheesy, maddeningly treacly tale of people feeling good about themselves. Pure pap.
Starring: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Michael K. Williams, Mimi Rogers, Leonor Varela


The Story: The true story of a woman who’s kidnapped by a murderer and racist, and her attempts to be free of him. The Lowdown: More warmed-over sermonizing and flat drama undermined by treacly faith-based motives.
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell, Charles S. Dutton

The Perfect Guy

The Story: A woman thinks she’s found the perfect man, until he turns violent and controlling. The Lowdown: An incredibly unimaginative “woman in peril” thriller in the vein of a Lifetime movie, but with a better budget, though that’s really the only difference.
Starring: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright

The Transporter Refueled

The Story: Ex-mercenary turned “The Transporter” returns, this time getting himself entangled in a revenge plot against an prostitute ring. The Lowdown: An occasionally clever action flick that feels a bit too padded and chintzy to really work.
Starring: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore, Michael Jr.

War Room

The Story: With the help of a new friend, a woman attempts to save her marriage through the power of prayer. The Lowdown: A treacly, unrealistic and mawkish Christian melodrama.
Starring: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez

We Are Your Friends

The Story: A young, hungry-for-fame DJ becomes entangled with an established musician — and his girlfriend. The Lowdown: A generally watchable, sometimes adventurous coming-of-age tale that can’t quite rise above mediocrity.