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 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.
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.
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.
The Story: A boy raised on Mars escapes to Earth to track down his father. The Lowdown: A cornball teen romance mired in hokey, sentimental hogwash.
The Story: Superspy Xander Cage comes out of retirement to stop a cabal of evil criminals. The Lowdown: A loud, silly and mostly tedious actioner that's (at least) better than its predecessor but isn't helped by a dull performance by lead Vin Diesel.
The Story: A teenager comes across a new species of animal — one that drinks oil and can hide inside the body of a truck and power it — and the duo sets off to stop an evil oil company. The Lowdown: A fun, likable little movie in spite of (or maybe because of) its ridiculous premise.
The Story: A college student accidentally awakens a forgotten evil, one that wants to play tricks with its victims' minds. The Lowdown: A boring, unoriginal horror concept that can't overcome its amateurish cast, lack of budget or total lack of verve.
The Story: A philosophy teacher suddenly finds herself amidst a slew of life changes. The Lowdown: Though propped up by a strong Isabelle Huppert performance, the film doesn't offer more than character study.
The Story: Two dreamers with goals of making it in LA become entangled, struggling to make their dreams come true on their own terms. The Lowdown: With engaging leads, the film mostly works, faltering when its main selling point (the musical numbers) are a bit of a letdown.
The Story: An unorthodox exorcist (or evictor) who enters the minds of the afflicted is called in to remove a demon from the body of a child. The Lowdown: A curious concept isn't enough to make up for the general goofiness and low budget horrors on display.
The Story: A cocky boxer ends up paralyzed in a car crash and is determined to enter the ring once more. The Lowdown: A generic, based-on-a-true-story tale of overcoming odds (and such) that works reasonably well but is nothing to get excited about.
The Story: A widowed patriarch welcomes his out-sized, specifically dysfunctional family for the holidays. The Lowdown: Generic, flat and bloated with characters and plot, here's a holiday movie that only goes as far as its likable cast takes it.
The Story: A child psychologist must find a way to rescue a young boy while isolated in her New England home by a deadly ice storm. The Lowdown: A flat, unoriginal thriller, with a good performance from Naomi Watts, that relies too much on its goofy twist ending.
The Story: When a group of grotesque giants threatens their way of life, a group of colorful trolls must muster the courage to stand up to them. The Lowdown: An aggressively cute animated musical, steeped in bright colors and hokey humor, that has little else to offer.
The Story: A suburban married couple, bored with their marriage, discover their new neighbors are spies. The Lowdown: A flat, rote little comedy that, while mostly harmless, has nothing to recommend.
The Story: Comedian Kevin Hart's latest stand-up film, shot in front of 50,000 people. The Lowdown: A perfectly fine, mostly needless comedy feature that's really for fans only.
The Story: A young gay man struggles with accepting his sexuality in the face of past trauma and an unwelcome family life. The Lowdown: A occasionally fascinating piece of filmmaking that's both flawed in its general execution and lacking a firm emotional center — two things that stunt its impact.
The Story: The based-on-actual-events story of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst ecological disasters in history. The Lowdown: A commendable film in many respects, especially in its intentions and approach, but one that can't rise above its flimsy characters and disaster-flick DNA.
The Story: The tale of author JT Leroy, the creation and pseudonym of writer Laura Albert, from his creation to his rise to the ranks of celebrity. The Lowdown: An often unfocused and wandering doc that details an interesting story but, because of its one-sided nature, doesn't feel like it truly gets down to the truth.