2 star movies
Murder Mystery is a bland crime-comedy that features Sandler on autopilot and struggles to deliver enough thrills to make it a worthwhile endeavor.
Shaft is a bland requel that sacrifices the qualities that make this franchise relevant, in order to crack tired jokes about millennials instead.
Dark Phoenix provides an unsatisfying ending to the X-Men film franchise, with a storyline that's neither character-driven nor well-developed.
Even with an enjoyably cheeky performance by Anne Hathaway at its disposal, The Hustle makes for a tedious repackaging of a fun comedic premise.
Netflix's The Last Summer is a hodgepodge of better teen movies, failing to say anything new or poignant about the transitionary period to adulthood.
Despite a potentially compelling lead, Hellboy is a surprisingly boring superhero epic that drags between sequences of fantasy action spectacle.
Disney's live-action Dumbo movie has threads of a heartwarming family story, with good performances, but is as shallow as its overly CGI-ed world.
Netflix's The Dirt has all the sensationalist sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of Mötley Crüe, but little heart despite its attempts to humanize the band.
Captive State makes an admirable attempt to buck genre conventions, but the resulting film is a muddled and otherwise incoherent sci-fi allegory.
The Kid is a well-intentioned attempt to make a contemplative western, but ultimately mistakes gritty violence and broodiness for substance.
Though its big ideas don't work, Serenity's narrative miscalculations result in some pretty entertaining - if completely unintentional - comedy.
It has some promising elements, but on the whole Replicas is a campy sci-fi movie that's more likely to elicit unintended laughs than anything else.
A Dog's Way Home is a fine family-friendly adventure about man's best friend, hitting the same emotional chords as (better) movies that came before.
Welcome to Marwen is an ambitious, but miscalculated and otherwise misguided attempt to blend effects-driven filmmaking with grounded storytelling.
Asher tries to get by on the talent of its leads, but it's a dull thriller hamstrung by sloppy pacing and a poorly-constructed screenplay.
The Girl in the Spider's Web is a generic franchise revival hamstrung by an uninspired story and poor character development.
Johnny English Strikes Again is harmlessly silly on the whole, but may even leave fans of the previous Johnny English movies feeling underwhelmed.
Night School is a by-the-numbers and forgettable studio comedy that fails to realize the full potential of its promising cast and concept.