Latest 2.5 star movies

  • The Mummy Review

    The Mummy Review

    The Mummy tries a fresh spin on the classic monster with a gender-swapped villain and Dark Universe connections but winds up a stale action reboot.

    (29) by Molly Freeman
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

    Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

    The Lost Village is standard, kid-friendly entertainment, but it succeeds at bringing the colorful Smurfs universe to playfully-animated life.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Ghost in the Shell Review

    Ghost in the Shell Review

    Ghost in the Shell struggles to dig below the surface of its thought-provoking concepts and bring real depth to its striking visuals.

    (83) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Life Review

    Life Review

    Despite some promising elements, Life amounts to a middling (and derivative) sci-fi horror/thriller that never fully realizes its potential.

    (20) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Belko Experiment Review

    The Belko Experiment Review

    The Belko Experiment makes for a truly fascinating concept, but is dragged down by mundane execution that doesn’t always engage the viewer.

    (9) by Chris Agar
  • Fist Fight Review

    Fist Fight Review

    Fist Fight may be as slight as a half-hour sitcom comedy, but enough of its R-Rated jokes hit their target to sustain the movie’s brisk runtime.

    (1) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Great Wall Review

    The Great Wall Review

    Despite some inspired elements, The Great Wall is an odd mashup of Hollywood monster blockbuster and sweeping Chinese fantasy epic.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sadako v Kayako Review

    Sadako v Kayako Review

    Sadako v Kayako (The Ring v The Grudge) won’t win over the uninitiated, but fans of both franchises should have a good time with this crossover.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Monster Trucks Review

    Monster Trucks Review

    Monster Trucks is an OK kids movie that lacks most of the substance of the classic 1980s Amblin productions it tries to emulate.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Why Him? Review

    Why Him? Review

    Why Him? falls victim to its genre’s clichés, but Cranston and Franco make for an entertaining odd couple comedic pairing.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • Assassin’s Creed Review

    Assassin’s Creed Review

    Assassin’s Creed is a step in the right direction for video game movies but slick action and beautiful visuals are undercut by a hollow hero story.

    (19) by Ben Kendrick
  • Office Christmas Party Review

    Office Christmas Party Review

    Office Christmas Party is a decent studio comedy, but its entertaining parts do not add up to a cohesive whole.

    (4) by Chris Agar
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Review

    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Review

    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a well-intentioned misfire that cannot live up to its higher aspirations.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • Trolls Review

    Trolls Review

    Trolls is solid, visually-stunning entertainment for kids with a positive message, but there isn’t much there for adults.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • The Birth of a Nation Review

    The Birth of a Nation Review

    The Birth of a Nation is a work of passion-fueled filmmaking and messy storytelling that struggles to make the grand statement it aims for.

    (18) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Jason Bourne Review

    Jason Bourne Review

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

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

    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

    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

    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 Review

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

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

    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 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 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 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

    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.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer