Latest 2.5 star movies

  • Jason Bourne Review

    Jason Bourne is a serviceable Bourne franchise installment, but an uninventive and unnecessary epilogue to the original Bourne movie trilogy.

    (39) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Purge: Election Year Review

    The Purge: Election Year is an OK sequel for die-hard fans of the series, but it won’t win any new converts.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • The Legend of Tarzan Review

    There’s a great Tarzan adventure somewhere in Legend of Tarzan, but the movie is too overstuffed and rough around the edges to fly high.

    (21) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Now You See Me 2 Review

    Despite some entertaining moments, Now You See Me 2 is largely an exercise of style over substance when it’s all said and done.

    (11) by Chris Agar
  • Me Before You Review

    Me Before You’s reliance on formula prevents it from being as compelling as it could have been.

    (6) by Chris Agar
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Review

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is essentially a solid Lonely Island sketch over-stretched to fill a feature-length running time.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Review

    Alice Through the Looking Glass is more of a shiny, yet hollow, Disney product than meaningful continuation of Alice’s story.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Money Monster Review

    Money Monster is a well-directed and well-acted dramatic thriller weighed down by heavy-handed social commentary and implausible plot beats.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hardcore Henry Review

    Hardcore Henry is only partly successful at using the first person POV format to create a unique cinematic experience.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Review

    It’s not exactly a bar-raising sequel, but My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has enough of its predecessor’s charm and sincerity to earn a passing grade.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Brothers Grimsby Review

    The Brothers Grimsby is a middle of the road action/comedy where Sacha Baron Cohen’s R-Rated comedy brand offers diminishing returns.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Review

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an uneven, but otherwise passable wartime comedy/drama anchored by Tina Fey’s performance.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Triple 9 Review

    Triple 9 has elements of greatness, but its talented cast and inspired directorial flourishes are offset by messy storytelling choices.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Zoolander 2 Review

    Zoolander 2 aims to be bigger and crazier than its predecessor, but amounts to a serviceable (though less memorable) comedy sequel.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Review

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is unwieldy horror-comedy – delivering an amusing but gimmicky blend of Regency-era romance and zombie mythology.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Finest Hours Review

    The Finest Hours is a respectful dramatization of the real-life events that inspired it, but is too by the numbers to leave a strong impression.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

    Kung Fu Panda 3 is a well-meaning piece of escapism for kids – one that shows signs of wear in the larger computer-animated kung fu franchise.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review

    13 Hours has elements of a lean and efficient action/thriller, but is bloated and overblown thanks to Michael Bay’s directorial approach.

    (45) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Daddy’s Home Review

    Daddy’s Home is a formulaic Will Ferrell comedy, but enough jokes hit their mark to make it a passable one.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Krampus Review

    Krampus isn’t as clever or scary as Christmas horror/comedies past, but provides enough kitschy fun for those craving a darker holiday yarn.

    (26) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Secret in Their Eyes Review

    Secret in Their Eyes is a well-acted and politically-charged drama/thriller with ambitions that exceed its grasp.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Spectre Review

    Unfortunately, Spectre is to Skyfall what Quantum of Solace was to Casino Royale; that is to say: less inspired in just about every way.

    (126) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Burnt Review

    Burnt fails as a character study, but thrives when bringing the fast-moving world of professional chefs to cinematic life.

    (9) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Our Brand is Crisis Review

    Our Brand is Crisis stumbles in turning the 2002 Bolivian presidential election into a cohesive dramedy but the film is packed with memorable humor.

    (1) by Ben Kendrick
  • Bridge of Spies Review

    Bridge of Spies is a bit of dull historical theater, propped up by the talents of Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the Coen Bros.

    (53) by Kofi Outlaw