While Fifty Shades Darker exceeds its predecessor in some ways, in other respects it's just as ridiculous (if not more so) by comparison.
John Wick: Chapter 2 delivers plenty more of what fans want, while fleshing out the property's mythology and lore in fascinating ways.
The LEGO Batman Movie works as not only a funny riff on the Batman character and his legacy, but also as a great action/comedy on its own terms.
Rings is a mediocre horror sequel handicapped by poor writing that will only appeal to die hard fans of the genre and source material.
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.
The Final Chapter meets the standard for mindless thrills set by the previous Resident Evil films, ending the series on more of a shrug than a bang.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage serves up all the expected over-the-top action, but it won't win the series any new fans due to various shortcomings.
Split is the best M. Night Shyamalan creation in recent memory, as anchored by a great performance (or, rather, performances) by James McAvoy.
Monster Trucks is an OK kids movie that lacks most of the substance of the classic 1980s Amblin productions it tries to emulate.
Silence is beautifully-crafted and well-acted, but often frustrating in the way that it examines spirituality through historical drama.
Patriots Day is more effective as a suspense thriller than a stirring docudrama that explores the complexities of real-life heroism.
Live by Night is a dense and disorganized movie adaptation in which Ben Affleck covers too much ground for any one story or character to succeed.
Underworld: Blood Wars is a poorly-constructed slog of a sequel that fails to engage the audience in any impactful manner.
Hidden Figures is the rare true story-based historical drama that succeeds at being as inspirational and feel-good as it aspires to be.
A Monster Calls is a beautiful and inspirational depiction of a young person's battle with grief - but that doesn't mean it's for every young person.
Fences struggles to make the leap from the stage to the big screen, but is kept afloat by the powerhouse performances of its leads.
Why Him? falls victim to its genre's clichés, but Cranston and Franco make for an entertaining odd couple comedic pairing.
Despite decent chemistry between the leads and a fascinating concept, Passengers is a bland, unsatisfying sci-fi story that fails to connect.
Sing is a narratively slight, but energetic animated musical romp that succeeds in staying light on its toes through its running time.