Starring: Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Rory Fleck Byrne, Orla Brady, Charlie Murphy

The Foreigner

The Story: After the death of his daughter in a bombing, an unassuming Chinese immigrant with a past goes searching for the men responsible. The Lowdown: With only flashes of vintage Jackie Chan, what should at the very least be a fun little action picture is instead an overly serious and drab movie that's far too…
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney

The Mountain Between Us

The Story: After a plane crash, a doctor and a photographer find themselves stranded in a snowy, mountainous wilderness and must figure out how to survive.The Lowdown: A fairly mediocre survival picture that slowly devolves into exaggerated schmaltz.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutsch, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber

Rebel in the Rye

The Story: The life and artistic struggles of reclusive author J.D. Salinger. The Lowdown: A generally solid biopic that wants to cover too much of its subject's life and instead glosses over too much.
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, Michael Gambon

Viceroy’s House

The Story: The final days of British rule in India, as seen through the clashes of different ideologies happening in the country. The Lowdown: A well-made period piece that does nothing exciting, new or unexpected.
Starring: Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steven Van Zandt


The Story: The untold tale of Native American's influence on the history of rock 'n' roll. The Lowdown: An interesting facet of our national culture that's unfortunately hindered by its documentary format.
Starring: John Chu, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin


The Story: After his father ends up on his deathbed, a son travels to a small town to look after him and ends up in a friendship with a young woman. The Lowdown: A surprising little movie, gorgeously shot and intricate, with a wonderfully genuine humanity to it.
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Bario, Claire Keenan

The Trip to Spain

The Story: Two friends travel through Spain eating at fine restaurants and dealing with the intimate problems of their lives. The Lowdown: A classic case of diminished returns from a film franchise that was already a bit flimsy. Unfortunately, more of the same with only a good cast and an interesting ending going for it.
Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie

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The Story: A down-on-her-luck bartender in a run-down New Jersey town dreams of becoming a hip-hop star. The Lowdown: A sometimes interesting film about misfits and underdogs that never quite transcends its melodramatic leanings and any real emotional resonance.
Starring: Brittany Ferrell, Tef Poe, Kayla Reed, Tory Russell

Whose Streets?

The Story: The story of the police shooting of Michael Brown and its aftermath. The Lowdown: A powerful document of a tumultuous time that nevertheless remains hopeful.
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Taliah Webster, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Good Time

The Story: After botching a bank robbery, a small-time hood must figure out a way to get his brother out of Rikers Island jail. The Lowdown: An unintentionally silly and not very interesting deep dive into crime-ridden streets that's not very intelligent or entertaining.
Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Chandler Head

The Glass Castle

The Story: The story of a woman, from her impoverished upbringing by dysfunctional parents to the way this affects her in adulthood. The Lowdown: A good (if unspectacular cast) can't push this film beyond its wonky structure and confused characterizations.  
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank

Lady Macbeth

The Story: Stuck in a loveless marriage, a woman begins an affair that leads to many dastardly things. The Lowdown: Punctuated by an excellent, entertaining performance by Florence Pugh, the movie is a curiosity in what it has to say about repression and gender dominance but suffers from some plot and characterization issues.
Starring: Jenny Slate, Abby Quinn, Edie Falco, John Turturro, Jay Duplass


The Story: In '90s Manhattan, a family struggles with their personal lives, as well as their own relationships with one another. The Lowdown: Believably drawn characters are brought down by a lack of emotion and a '90s setting that serves little purpose beyond being generally distracting.
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett


The Story: The story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis and her husband, Everett. The Lowdown: A slow, serious portrait of an ugly marriage and an unlikely artist that lacks the proper heart to work.
Starring: Reginald Askew, David Perry, Davonte Harrell

Raising Bertie

The Story: A look at the lives of three young African-American men coming into adulthood in poor, rural North Carolina. The Lowdown: A worthy topic and very human study of struggle, race and class that falters due to the flaws built into its cinema verite style.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll

The House

The Story: After realizing they can't afford to send their daughter to college, a married couple decide to risk it all and open an illegal casino in their suburban neighborhood. The Lowdown: A surprisingly watchable comedy, though that's all it really has going for it, with hardly a laugh or a memorable moment to be found.
Starring: Cate Blanchett


The Story: A selection of famous manifestos, turned into monologues and recited by numerous strange characters. The Lowdown: A generally weird little movie that goes far beyond its original conceit.
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Starring: (voices) Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy

Cars 3

The Story: While quickly being pushed out of racing by a younger, faster generation of cars, Lightning McQueen looks for one last shot at glory. The Lowdown: A serviceable animated film that gets some things right but is never the type of movie to get excited about.
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Starring: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin, Elise Tielrooy

Paris Can Wait

The Story: The underappreciated wife of a busy movie producer takes an impromptu road trip with a decadent Frenchman. The Lowdown: A generally pointless, meandering attempt at an adult romantic drama, with no romance, no chemistry and no real plot.
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Starring: Bruce Weber, William McDonald, Margalit Fox, William Grimes, Jack Kadden


The Story: A look inside the world of The New York Times obituary writers. The Lowdown: An interesting behind-the-scenes view into a fascinating, complicated aspect of journalism that's often ignored.