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Starring: (voices) Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy

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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.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach


The Story: A group of lifeguards must stop a drug trafficker from taking over their beach. The Lowdown: A dumb, pointless and needlessly macho attempt at both an action comedy and a reboot of the old TV show of the same name.
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May

A Quiet Passion

The Story: The troubled life, both personally and artistically, of poet Emily Dickinson. The Lowdown: Told in the driest terms possible, A Quiet Passion is a slog through a swamp of mediocre performances and listless drama.
Starring: Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, Thomas Campanella, Mindy Fullilove, Steven Johnson

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

The Story: The life of activist and writer Jane Jacobs and her battles against urban planner Robert Moses. The Lowdown: On the surface, a fairly basic documentary that raises lots of interesting ideas on the purpose of cities and how we approach the places we live in.
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack


The Story: After narrowly escaping their kidnappers, a vacationing mother and daughter find themselves lost in Colombia, trying to find their way home. The Lowdown: A tortured premise and hackneyed presentation combine with pretty idiotic comedy to make for one of the year's more obnoxious offerings.
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt

The Circle

The Story: An entry-level employee in a giant tech company starts learning that their intentions might be less than innocent. The Lowdown: A silly drama with touches of satire that has little to say and says it in the most inept ways imaginable.
Starring: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter

I Called Him Morgan

The Story: The life of jazz musician Lee Morgan and his wife, Helen, their marriage and the tragic end to the trumpeter's life. The Lowdown: An affecting documentary that doesn't really push the boundaries of the form but is worth watching for fans of Morgan's music.
Starring: Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, Dolores Fonzi, Oriol Pla


The Story: A man flies to Spain to spend time with his best friend, who's dying of cancer. The Lowdown: A quiet, gentle and human film about death and friendship that manages to avoid melodrama and cheesiness.
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley. Michael Smiley

Free Fire

The Story: After a gun deal goes bad, a disparate group of quirky criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse, pitted against one another. The Lowdown: A curious concept with some entertaining characters and smart moments, but these get dragged down when the film's muddled action scenes take hold.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham

The Fate of the Furious

The Story: After their leader is turned into their nemesis by a nefarious hacker, a crew of car-driving outlaws must save him and the world. The Lowdown: The usual nonsense, namely lots of car chases and explosions, all absurdly accomplished, but not very memorable.
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Veronica Echegui, Ashley Grace, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, Jadyn Wong

You’re Killing Me Susana

The Story: A husband leaves Mexico to track down his wife, who's unexpectedly left him for a writing workshop in Iowa. The Lowdown: Despite some great performances and occasional flashes of insight, this is a generally overlong and unfortunately unlikable portrait of a failing marriage.
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margaret, Joey King

Going in Style

The Story: Three elderly men on the verge of losing their pensions decide to rob a bank. The Lowdown: A charming cast makes the film watchable, but drab comedy and a lack of anything to actually say make the rest pretty forgettable.
Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Yoko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Taiyo Yoshizawa

After the Storm

The Story: A private detective and failed novelist tries to reassemble his tattered family. The Lowdown: A quiet, deliberately paced drama that takes patience but holds rewards in its human insights and gentleness.
Starring: (Voices) Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Christopher Bakshi

The Boss Baby

The Story: A suit-wearing baby and boss of Baby Co. infiltrates a family in order to stop puppies from monopolizing all the world's love. The Lowdown: A pretty brain-dead animated flick that's colorful and cartoonish but little else.
Starring: Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Dario Grandinetti, Inma Cuesta


The Story: After hearing news of her estranged daughter, a woman reflects on the actions that got her to this point in life. The Lowdown: Wonderfully acted and shot and masterfully constructed, the film lacks a certain entertainment value that keeps it from being near the best of Almodovar.


The Story: The lives of a handful of stray cats who live on the streets of Instanbul, and the people who encounter them everyday. The Lowdown: A gentle, quiet documentary that's a bit smarter and more affecting than your run-of-the-mill nature documentary.

The Red Turtle

The Story: A man washes ashore on a deserted island, only to find his plans for escape thwarted by a large, red turtle. The Lowdown: A gentle meditation on family, love and life that demands an appropriate emotional connection to get the most out of.
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant

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The Story: A recently dumped ex ends up at a table of misfits and weirdos at a wedding. The Lowdown: A potentially interesting set-up soon dips into the world of cinematic clichés and flat, uninspired comedy.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Marwan Kenzari


The Story: After a heist goes wrong, a young man must thwart various baddies and save the love of his life. The Lowdown: Inconsequential, sure, but a surprisingly fun and engaging action film with a cast that knows how to have fun with this kind of schlock.