Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Aldis Hodge

What Men Want

The Story: After a bump on the head, a sports agent finds that she can suddenly read men's minds. The Lowdown: Way too long and with a lopsided supporting cast, the film still finds some bright spots and is a good showcase for Taraji P. Henson's underused and gloriously lowbrow side.
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen, Peter Mooney

The Prodigy

The Story: A serial killer reincarnates into a young boy in order to carry out a grisly plan. The Lowdown: Happy Death Day 2U opens nationwide on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Cristina Rodlo, Matt Lauria, Anthony Mackie

Miss Bala

The Story: A beauty pageant contestant is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel to move money and product across the border. The Lowdown: The rare remake that makes you wish the original had never existed.
Starring: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie

The Kid Who Would Be King

The Story: When a bullied teen pulls Excalibur from the stone, he learns his true identity and must recruit his own Knights of the Round Table. The Lowdown: A smart and kid-friendly retelling of the King Arthur legend from the director of Attack the Block should be an easy sell, but see it soon because it's…
Starring: Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton

Ben is Back

The Story: A mother spends a harrowing Christmas Eve searching for her son after he unexpectedly returns home from a sober living facility. The Lowdown: A clumsy, meandering film that will test your patience long before it has a chance to break your heart.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz


The Story: A brilliant scientist brings his wife and children back to life by uploading their consciousnesses into new bodies. The Lowdown: If anyone out there is looking for a movie that combines I, Robot with Upstream Color, you just hit the jackpot.
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Treat Williams

Second Act

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.