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.
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.