Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Treat Williams

Second Act

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The Story: A grocery store manager lands her dream job by faking her resume and credentials. The Lowdown: A typical romantic comedy, only with all the cringe-worthy and annoying elements removed.
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Adlon, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Bumblebee

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The Story: In this prequel to the Transformers series, a teenage loner befriends the wounded, stranded Autobot scout Bumblebee in 1987 California. The Lowdown: The smartest, sweetest coming-of-age story of the year that also happens to feature giant alien robots.
Starring: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Gwendoline Christie, Diane Kruger

Welcome to Marwen

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The Story: Robert Zemeckis' hyperstylized retelling of Marwencol, the true story of a traumatized artist coming to terms with the assault (and assailants) that changed his life. The Lowdown: An insulting and dehumanizing nightmare that doubles as a truly bizarre look into the director's own creative process.
Starring: Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Robert Sheehan, Jihae

Mortal Engines

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The Story: A thousand years in the future, an orphan seeks to avenge the death of her mother while mad scientists in roaming, rolling cities piece together the history of an ancient society. The Lowdown: One of the biggest box office flops of the year is also everything Ready Player One should have been and…
Starring: Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe

Vox Lux

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The Story: After surviving a horrific school shooting, a young woman transforms herself into one of the biggest pop stars in the world and prepares to debut her new sci-fi-themed concept album. The Lowdown: Vox Sucks.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, Mamoudou Athie, J.K. Simmons, Sara Paxton

The Front Runner

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The Story: Gary Hart's bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination is undone by a sex scandal. The Lowdown: Not an exposé,  political statement or even really a biopic, it's a film with nothing to say about a man who didn't want to be known.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz

Instant Family

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The Story: A couple become foster parents to a trio of siblings, broadening their understanding of what it takes to be a family. The Lowdown: A kindhearted but thoughtless film that contains some troubling metaphors and doubles as a huge PR stunt for National CASA, an organization that would have been better served by simply throwing…
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Pharrell Williams, Cameron Seely

The Grinch

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The Story: The Grinch who stole Christmas is back on the scene, prowling and scowling on big silver screens. The Lowdown: While it's beautiful, bouncy and bright, the book or the short are your best bets tonight.
Starring: Tika Sumpter, Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick, Whoopi Goldberg

Nobody’s Fool

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The Story: When her sister Danica is catfished, newly released ex-con Tanya goes to great lengths to help her solve the mystery. The Lowdown: An extremely raunchy, emotionally dead and typically tone-deaf Tyler Perry comedy.
Starring: Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Mick Wingert, Wendi McLendon-Covey

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

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The Story: A haunted ventriloquist dummy turns a small town into a "living Halloween" by bringing to life Halloween costumes and decorations. The Lowdown: A sometimes inspired but overall chaotic grab-bag of kiddie horror imagery that will entertain, if not exactly scare, its target audience.
Starring: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish

Night School

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The Story: A dyslexic high-school dropout must attend night school and get his GED to land his dream job and win back the love of his life. The Lowdown: Try as he might, director Malcolm D. Lee can't recapture the near-transcendent raunchiness of his hard R-rated Girl Trip within the softer, cuddlier PG-13 formula.
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas

Life Itself

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The Story: A sprawling, time-hopping metanarrative on the subjects of love and loss. The Lowdown: Yet another insipid and cringe-worthy melodrama taking the "it's all connected" route while landing the biggest dissociative emotional belly flop of the year.
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater

The Wife

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The Story: The secret history between a novelist and his wife is revealed after he wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Lowdown: A good story, interesting characters, and a great cast can't quite make up for the leaden and obvious filmmaking.
Starring: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., Juan Pablo Raba, John Ortiz

Peppermint

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The Story: Jennifer Garner goes full Death Wish after seeing her husband and child gunned down by gangsters. The Lowdown: A cool, violent, entertaining-as-hell 75-minute movie with an extra 30 minutes tacked onto the end of it.
Starring: Alex Neustaedter, Becky G, Thomas Jane, Dominic Rains

A-X-L

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The Story: A robot dog soldier escapes its government facility and bonds with two teen outcasts.  The Lowdown: A silly but enjoyable movie that would have felt right at home in the VHS era.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich

Mile 22

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The Story: An off-the-books intelligence mission goes wrong when the team, headed by Mark Wahlberg, realizes it doesn't have all the pieces of the puzzle. The Lowdown: Berg's and Wahlberg's worship of the military and hatred of nerds continues.
Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso

Slender Man

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The Story: The Slender Man, summoned from an internet video, abducts and possesses a group of high school friends, forcing them to make a sacrifice that will send him back to the internet. The Lowdown: I actually have no idea what this movie was supposed to be about, but Eighth Grade, Skate Kitchen, and BlacKkKlansman…
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech

The Darkest Minds

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The Story: In the wake of a mysterious epidemic that killed most of the planet's children, the surviving teens must now hide their emerging superpowers before the government hunts them down. The Lowdown: Bare-bones X-Men facsimile combines all the worst elements of recent young adult fantasy franchises.
Starring: Colin Woodell, Stephanie Nogueras, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Douglas Tait

Unfriended: Dark Web

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The Story: A group of friends discovers that their friend's new laptop is linked to the dark web, while a shadowy group watches their every move. The Lowdown: A lean and mean thriller that works more often than not, but nonetheless falls victim to its own conceit.