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Starring: Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Natassia Gorey Furber, Gibson John

Sweet Country

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The Story: After killing a white man in self-defense, an aboriginal man flees into the Australian outback. The Lowdown: A stark, often brutal movie that doesn't rely on shock and ugliness, but humanity instead.
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Starring: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Nelson Franklin, Greta Lee

Gemini

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The Story: After the death of her boss, a personal assistant goes on the run in an attempt to solve the murder. The Lowdown: A dreadfully dull, wholly uninspiring attempt at a thriller.
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Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner, Clemence Poesy

Final Portrait

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The Story: A writer sits down to have his portrait painted, with promises that it will only take a few hours quickly broken. The Lowdown: A pleasant, small film that focuses on the creative process, but with little dramatic thrust to make it anything special.
Starring: John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Ramona Young, Kathryn Newton

Blockers

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The Story: Three parents discover their teenage daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night and decide to stop them. The Lowdown: While not as puritanical as its premise might sound, any sense of progressiveness is lost in various gross-out gags, and there's nothing truly novel about the whole thing.
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Starring: David A.R. White, John Corbett, Shane Harper, Ted McGinley, Jennifer Taylor

God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness

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The Story: After his church is burned down, a reverend must go to court to secure its remaining on a hostile college campus. The Lowdown: While a bit more measured and professional-looking than previous installments, this third time around is still incredibly inert and dull.
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Starring: (voices) James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige

Sherlock Gnomes

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The Story: After a series of disappearances in the world of garden ornaments, the world's most famous gnome detective is called in to crack the case. The Lowdown: A drab retread of an animated film that wastes a talented cast.
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Starring: Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Billy Preston

Concert for George

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The Story: A reissued, remastered version of the 2002 concert celebrating the life of George Harrison. The Lowdown: A star-studded concert film that suffers a bit due to unevenness and being strictly for fans.
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Starring: August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Olivier Gourmet, Hannah Steele

The Young Karl Marx

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The Story: Karl Marx and his friend Friedrich Engels march toward the creation of their Communist Manifesto. The Lowdown: A generally stuffy biopic that's strangely structured like too many biopics, leading to a movie that's surprisingly unsurprising.
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Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski

Happy End

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The Story: An upper-class family must deal with a series of tragic and stressful events. The Lowdown: A humorless, detached film with no fun nor joy, and even less, style that screams "art" without really ever saying anything of note.
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Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons

Red Sparrow

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The Story: A Russian spy trained in seduction is assigned to target a CIA agent. The Lowdown: A brutal, grim and sometimes shocking spy yarn that's just not fun or trashy enough to really be enjoyable.
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Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen

Game Night

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The Story: A normal, monotonous game night goes haywire when a kidnapping occurs. The Lowdown: A solid, twisty comedy that focuses on plot and character while avoiding too much raunch and childishness.
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Starring: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Samia Muriel Chancrin, Johannes Krisch

In the Fade

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The Story: After the death of her son and husband, a woman must deal with the aftermath. The Lowdown: An occasionally arresting film with an excellent central performance from Diane Kruger that's harmed by an unfocused and ill-fitting final act.
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Starring: Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer

The 15:17 to Paris

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The Story: The based-on-a-true-story tale of the American servicemen who stopped a terrorist attack on a French train. The Lowdown: Besides the curio of casting the actual men involved in stopping the attack, the film they're in is clumsy and often cringeworthy.
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Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Jordan Bridges, 50 Cent

Den of Thieves

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The Story: A shady cop must take down a team of crackpot bank robbers before they take down the Federal Reserve. The Lowdown: A mind-numbingly long, dumb and noisy heist movie with nearly nothing to recommend about itself.
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Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks

The Commuter

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The Story: A man on a commuter train gets entangled in a mysterious criminal plot that he must unravel. The Lowdown: A watchable, somewhat entertaining thriller with few thrills and nothing exciting about it.
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Starring: Ai Weiwei

Human Flow

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The Story: A overview of the worldwide refugee crisis that travels the globe, attempting to show the true scope and the horror of the situation. The Lowdown: A truly exhausting and massive documentary that attempts to remind us of the human lives behind conflict and politics which, despite some flaws, succeeds.
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Starring: Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Jack Gore

Wonder Wheel

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The Story: A failed actress in a loveless marriage finds excitement in a summer fling, something that's complicated with the arrival of her husband's daughter. The Lowdown: An aggressively melodramatic picture that's watchable, but mostly only for Woody Allen die-hards.
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Starring: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Liana Liberato

Novitiate

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The Story: Set in the '60s during the time of Vatican II's reforms of the Catholic Church, a young woman surprises her mother by deciding to become a nun. The Lowdown: With a good cast and an interesting eye for composition, what's generally a strong film is brought down a bit by an unfocused plot and…
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Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic

Wonder

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The Story: A young boy with facial differences finds himself in public school for the first time and must traverse the difficulties of being different. The Lowdown: While nothing special, here's a gentle, kind little film about understanding that doesn't get too manipulative.