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Starring: Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer

The 15:17 to Paris

The Story: The based-on-a-true-story tale of the American servicemen who stopped a terrorist attack on a French train. The Lowdown: Besides the curio of casting the actual men involved in stopping the attack, the film they're in is clumsy and often cringeworthy.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Jordan Bridges, 50 Cent

Den of Thieves

The Story: A shady cop must take down a team of crackpot bank robbers before they take down the Federal Reserve. The Lowdown: A mind-numbingly long, dumb and noisy heist movie with nearly nothing to recommend about itself.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Jonathan Banks

The Commuter

The Story: A man on a commuter train gets entangled in a mysterious criminal plot that he must unravel. The Lowdown: A watchable, somewhat entertaining thriller with few thrills and nothing exciting about it.
Starring: Ai Weiwei

Human Flow

The Story: A overview of the worldwide refugee crisis that travels the globe, attempting to show the true scope and the horror of the situation. The Lowdown: A truly exhausting and massive documentary that attempts to remind us of the human lives behind conflict and politics which, despite some flaws, succeeds.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Jack Gore

Wonder Wheel

The Story: A failed actress in a loveless marriage finds excitement in a summer fling, something that's complicated with the arrival of her husband's daughter. The Lowdown: An aggressively melodramatic picture that's watchable, but mostly only for Woody Allen die-hards.
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Liana Liberato


The Story: Set in the '60s during the time of Vatican II's reforms of the Catholic Church, a young woman surprises her mother by deciding to become a nun. The Lowdown: With a good cast and an interesting eye for composition, what's generally a strong film is brought down a bit by an unfocused plot and…
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic


The Story: A young boy with facial differences finds himself in public school for the first time and must traverse the difficulties of being different. The Lowdown: While nothing special, here's a gentle, kind little film about understanding that doesn't get too manipulative.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena

Daddy’s Home 2

The Story: Two dads try and navigate the holidays when their fathers (both of whom carry wholly different personalities) come to visit. The Lowdown: What should simply be a dumb, forgettable comedy is instead one imbued with the unfortunate task of trying to soften Mel Gibson's image, something that makes the endeavor feel a bit unseemly.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan


The Story: A recounting of Lyndon B. Johnson's rise to the presidency and the passing of the Civil Rights Act. The Lowdown: A perfectly OK movie that has notions of being something more meaningful, but without the talent behind the camera to accomplish such a thing.
Starring: Dina Buno, Scott Levin, Rita Fox


The Story: A documentary about two people with Asperger's syndrome and how this affects their romantic relationship. The Lowdown: While a bit slow and meandering at times, the film has enough moments of true emotional weight to be a fascinating watch.
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

Patti Cake$

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.