Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Jahi Di'Allo Winston

Proud Mary

The Story: Mary, a mob assassin who takes in a young boy she made into an orphan, threatens to kick off a full-fledged street war when her motherly instincts turn deadly and she murders the boy's abusive guardian. The Lowdown: Don't lose any sleep worrying about the way things might've been.
Starring: Lin Shaye, Spencer Locke, Caitlin Gerard, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell

Insidious: The Last Key

The Story: Time-hopping from the 1950s to the film's version of the present day, we witness series star Elise grow up and come to grips with her burgeoning powers while years later confronting the truth about her own past during an investigation at the house where she grew up. The Lowdown: While adding little to…
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, John Lithgow

Pitch Perfect 3

The Story: The Bellas, all realizing they're only at their best when they're together, reunite for a European USO tour. The Lowdown: A lot more knife fights and exploding yachts than you might expect, plus some bad covers of boring songs, but still a perfectly acceptable way to kill a couple hours.
Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Peyton Manning


The Story: Munro Leaf's classic story of Ferdinand the Bull, who only wants to sit under his favorite tree sniffing the flowers rather than follow the more expected path of becoming a famous fighter. The Lowdown: Loud and raucous while staying gentle and sweet, the film has its heart in the right place and is…
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo

Just Getting Started

The Story: The manager of a Florida retirement community enlists the help of a new rival when his criminal past catches up with him, while both seek the attention of a corporate auditor threatening to shut the whole thing down. The Lowdown: Scripts this bad will sometimes seem fun with enough enthusiasm behind or in…
Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Morfydd Clark, Anna Murphy

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Story: Charles Dickens struggles with writers' block while trying to come up with his next project, ultimately leading to the creation of his classic, "A Christmas Carol." The Lowdown: A much weirder and more interesting film than you might expect, featuring a great supporting cast and beautiful photography capturing a fairy-tale-like 19th-century London.
Starring: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey

The Star

The Story: Bo, a recently escaped mill donkey dreaming of a better life, is adopted by the biblical Mary and Joseph and accompanies them — along with his other animal friends and enemies — to the birth of their son, Jesus. The Lowdown: A weird and off-putting story conceit that doesn't add anything new to…
Starring: Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley, Jaden Michael, Julianne Moore, James Urbaniak, Tom Noonan, Michelle Williams


The Story: In 1927 New York, Rose runs away from home to see her favorite movie star on Broadway, while in 1977, Ben searches the city for details about his long-lost father.  The Lowdown: An underrated master delivers one of the best films of the year.
Starring: Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski

A Bad Moms Christmas

The Story: The bad moms (and grandmoms) are back for another round of raucous mayhem, this time while learning how to create the perfect Christmas season for their families. The Lowdown: Every time a cash register rings, a studio executive gets his wings.
Starring: Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Hanna Emily Anderson, Clé Bennett


The Story: Two detectives seek the help of forensic pathologists to investigate a new wave of murders that appear to be the handiwork of the original Jigsaw killer, thought to have died ten years earlier. The Lowdown: Fun and gruesome thought it may be, it's too little too late to save the now eight-deep Saw…
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Zazie Beetz, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, Alexandra Maria Lara


The Story: After the global severe weather safety net malfunctions, threatening to disrupt nature and wipe out life on Earth, its chief engineer must board the space station control room to figure out what went wrong while investigating a larger conspiracy back on Earth. The Lowdown: Standard action movie plotting is watchable but forgettable, with…
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Rob Mello

Happy Death Day

The Story: Sorority sister Tree finds herself reliving her birthday on a loop, with each iteration ending in her death by a mystery assailant, and so must solve her own murder to break the cycle. The Lowdown: Turns out being a shameless Groundhog Day rip-off is not the worst thing that can happen to your…
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, James Cromwell


The Story: In 1941, young Thurgood Marshall travels to Connecticut on behalf of the NAACP to defend Joseph Spell, a chauffeur accused of raping the wife of his employer. The Lowdown: Marshall deserves better than Marshall.
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Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, James Norton, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland


The Story: Five medical students stop each others' hearts, or "flatline," in order to report back on their near-death experiences, with life-changing consequences. The Lowdown: A heartless remake of already brain-dead material.
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Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Liesl Ahlers, William Moseley, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Connor Paolo

Friend Request

The Story:  After being unfriended by a popular classmate, a loner with a dark past takes her own life in order to haunt the social media profiles of the friends who rejected her. The Lowdown: A darker, weirder film than it might appear, this is surprisingly fun low-budget horror.
Starring: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Peña, Zach Woods

The Lego Ninjago Movie

The Story: Lloyd, bullied at school for being the son of a local supervillain, battles his father as The Green Ninja, part of a warrior clan led by his mentor, Master Wu. The Lowdown: The newest offering in the Lego Movie franchise is the low point of the series, dropping the ball hard by being…
Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement

Brad’s Status

The Story: Pushing 50 and looking back in anger, Brad takes an extended trip down not-so-good memory lane while his son is off on his first round of college interviews. The Lowdown: A good cast and an OK script are let down by directorial fumbling and an ending that leaves you wondering just what exactly,…
Starring: Michael Keaton, Dylan O'Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Charlotte Vega, Shiva Negar

American Assassin

The Story: After his girlfriend is killed in a terrorist attack, a young man joins a CIA black ops mission to take revenge on the organization responsible. The Lowdown: Brainless, heartless, and all around miserable, this is typical back-to-school studio dumping-ground fare.