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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Story: A look behind the scenes as master ballerina Wendy Whelan comes to terms with her aging body and the end of her career. The Lowdown: An occasionally human documentary that's best suited for those already fascinated by its topic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.