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As I bravely do every year, here's a list of TEN REASONS why you should have avoided cinemas like the plague in the year that was, followed by a detailed listing of every 2017 film that disappointed me in one form or another.

  Posted January 13, 2018

MOLLY'S GAME (R) jjjj

Sorkin and Chastain are all in

The timing of MOLLY'S GAME could not have been any better, seeing as this reality based crime drama has been released in a post-Harvey Weinstein Hollywood and contains a story of a fiercely savvy and indomitable career minded woman that - through self-empowerment and gritty determination - becomes a success by having huge power over powerful men...and men that once had power over her...

Posted January 13, 2018

MOLLY'S GAME (R) jj1/2

Rich premise, poor execution

My main issue with Ridley Scott's new fact based crime thriller ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD is that the late breaking story behind the scenes of the making of his film has not only overshadowed it...but it's also more compelling than the final product itself.  Of course, I'm referring to the fact that as the film was nearing release Scott decided to recast Kevin Spacey in one of its more crucial roles...

Posted January 13, 2018

DOWNSIZING (R) jj1/2

Big ideas, small returns

DOWNSIZING represents an absolutely compelling change of pace for Nebraska born and raised writer/director Alexander Payne, whom up until this point in his career has made charmingly idiosyncratic dramedies of a decidedly modest scale (he made one of the best high school comedies of all time in 1999's ELECTION, followed that up with memorably strong observational pieces like SIDEWAYS and THE DESCENDANTS, and recently made the sublime NEBRASKA in 2013)...

Posted January 7, 2018

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

(PG-13) jj

There's a sucker born every minute

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is, as far as musicals and biopics go, so trivially soft pedaled and rose covered that it almost feels like the movie screen that it was projected on was sprayed with disinfectant.  Engineered for maximum crowd pleasing entertainment value while wholeheartedly ignoring some of the sketchier aspects of its subject matter's life and legacy, the film comes off more as a saccharine TV movie of the week than it does a sprawling and epically staged musical worthy of its budget, scale, and stars...

Posted January 7, 2018

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

(PG-13) jjj

We got fun and games...

I'm not sure whether I should be shocked, embarrassed, or a strange combination of both by how much I enjoyed - to quote its full title - JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, the long awaited sort of sequel, sort of franchise reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams starring original.  There has been a loyal contingent of fans out there that have coveted that 27-year-old film, which represented, for its time, a cutting edge CGI-infused fantasy action spectacular...

Posted January 7, 2018

BRIGHT (R) jj

A dull infusion of cop thriller and fantasy

The ironically titled BRIGHT is a would-be compelling genre mishmash effort that's so dull and uninspired in terms of execution that you have to wonder where its near $100 million budget went.  Netflix's most expensive feature film in their history was able to use that capital to nab a high marquee star and director in Will Smith and David Ayer away from theatrical productions and to the streaming service, and the end results clearly reveal that their talents were never fully utilized...

Posted January 7, 2018

DARKEST HOUR (R) jjj1/2

Never, never, never give up

 

It's positively baffling to consider that Gary Oldman - one of our greatest living actors - has never won an Academy Award.  Even more shocking is the fact that he has only been nominated once during his entire illustrious career, one that has seen the chameleon-like thespian play roles as varied as Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald, Beethoven, Count Dracula, and Commissioner Gordon, just to name a few...

 

Posted January 7, 2018

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

(PG-13) jj1/2

A disturbance in the Force

Reviewing any STAR WARS movie has always been difficult for me, mostly because I have a painfully thorny task of placing myself within a tightly sealed critical bumble apart from my obsessive fandom of this series, which began as soon as I was relatively out of diapers.  Part of my vocal disappointment for the first Disney helmed entry in this iconic space fantasy saga...

Posted December 21, 2017

THE DISASTER ARTIST (R) jjj1/2

Finding cinematic success in absolute failure

 

Like Tim Burton's ED WOOD before it, the infectiously entertaining THE DISASTER ARTIST is a fact based comedy about a spectacularly awful filmmaker that also happens to be spectacularly passionate about making films, despite his genuine lack of talent.  Of course, I'm talking about the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, the writer, director, producer, star and financial backer of the 2003 drama THE ROOM, a film that took me three tries to get through, but once finished I realized what a special class of aggressive mediocrity it achieved..

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Posted December 18, 2017

GOOD TIME (R) jj1/2

Ironically titled

I have to be completely honest upfront in this review:  Robert Pattinson has never been an actor that I would describe as having any level of range and/or charisma; I've rarely liked him in anything.  Watching GOOD TIME, though, has forced me to re-evaluate that stance, seeing as former sparkly vampire heartthrob from TWILIGHT so fully immerses himself in his role here of a lowlife criminal that memories of Stephanie Meyers' laughably awful young adult series is all but forgotten...

Posted December 18, 2017

LADY BIRD (R) jjjj

Youth is wasted on the young

There have been many coming of age films that have traversed the life and times of an adolescent going through a tumultuous year in school, but very few are as exceptionally well written, flawlessly acted, and authentically rendered as LADY BIRD.  Written and directed with great observational honesty by Greta Gerwig - making her solo directorial debut - the film deals with a rather troubled young girl as she tries to make it through her final year at her Catholic high school...

Posted December 12, 2017

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (R) jjjj

To catch a killer

Martin McDonagh's intoxicating and masterfully constructed THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is one of the better films that I've seen as of late that's able to seesaw rather delicately and confidently between emotionally ravaging drama and ultra black comedy.  It's a film punctuated by multiple flawed and tortured characters - in one form or another - that coalesce together and are forced head on to deal with their own respective baggage...

Posted December 12, 2017

INGRID GOES WEST (R) jjj

#InstaStalker

Social media is a fundamentally powerful force in modern culture, especially as a mass communication medium.  However, it also has a decidedly macabre underbelly as a highly dangerous force of ill will when utilized by the wrong people, which is precisely the main message contained within the exceedingly bleak black comedy INGRID GOES WEST, which concerns a fanatically and clinically sick woman that goes well beyond normal means to become friends with another woman that she's been essentially stalking online via her Instagram page...

Posted December 6, 2017

TULIP FEVER (R) j1/2

A dramatically wilted period romance

Very few period dramas featuring Academy Award winners both in front of and behind the camera are as criminally dull and amateurishly constructed as TULIP FEVER.  This laughably wrongheaded film stars the likes of Oscar winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Judi Dench and is written by Tom Stoppard (who won a Best Screenplay Oscar for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE decades ago) and finds very few ways to properly harness their not so inconsiderable talents...

Posted December 6, 2017

WONDER (PG-13) jjj1/2

Never judge a book by its cover

When I stop and think about how eye rollingly sentimental and shamefully manipulative WONDER could have been under the wrong direction it literally makes me shiver.  Here's an uplifting and inspirational coming of age family drama - based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio - that concerns a 10-year-old boy that suffers from a socially distancing congenital disorder that has horribly deformed his face...

Posted November 30, 2017

JIM AND ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND

(No MPAA rating) jjj1/2

"Thank you very much!"

Nearly twenty years ago when I heard that Jim Carrey was going to be playing Andy Kaufman in the Milos Forman directed biopic MAN ON THE MOON it felt like a cinematic marriage made in heaven.  Kaufman himself made a huge and notorious name for himself as a cult comic until his cancer related death in 1984, whose absurdist antics on shows like TAXI, SNL and appearances on Late Night with David Letterman were largely well ahead of their time and the stuff of performance art legend...

Posted November 30, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE  

(PG-13) jjj

Super friends united

There are two distinct ways that I could sum up my thoughts about JUSTICE LEAGUE, the long awaited super hero team up film and fifth entry in the DC Extended Universe.  The 10-year-boy in me that plays with action figures and reads comic books unequivocally loved JUSTICE LEAGUE.  It's a living manifestation of my wildest childhood fantasies come thrillingly to life...

Posted November 25, 2017

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS  

(PG-13) jjj

Everyone's a suspect

There have been so many countless Agatha Christie inspired whodunit murder mystery movie thrillers over the decades that one has to wonder whether or not a literal adaptation of the author's literary work, at this stage in the cinematic game, is even creatively worthwhile.  Her 1934 classic novel MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS has been appropriated on the silver screen before, most famously in the Sidney Lumet directed 1973 version, not to mention a 2001 made for TV iteration...

Posted November 20, 2017

DADDY'S HOME 2 (PG-13) jj

A sluggish homecoming

Outside of massive paydays for all involved, I'm frankly stumped as to why anyone thought that DADDY'S HOME 2 was a sequel worth exploring. It's the follow-up film to 2015's sort-of-okay, but sort-of-mediocre Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg revenge comedy featuring a pair of dads - one a biological father and the other a stepfather - ferociously waging war on one another for the ultimate affection of their family members...

Posted November 20, 2017

THOR: RAGNAROK  

(PG-13) jj1/2 

The god of thunder...ous quips

In my original review of the first THOR movie - a Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise installment that I was in the minority for greatly enjoying - I spoke of what a thanklessly difficult job Chris Hemsworth had in playing the titular character: Too much self aware camera mugging and the Norse God would approach levels of high camp, but a performance too needlessly solemn and the character would be a monotonous bore...

Posted November 14, 2017

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

(PG-13) jj 

A mountain of survival drama clichés

There are only two things that help elevate the new outdoor survival/romance drama THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US above the moniker of a cheaply disposable and utterly forgettable TV movie of the week: (1) The committed performances by stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba that work relative wonders with such relatively mediocre material and (2) it contains a few moments of natural beauty that looks sensational on the silver screen...

Posted November 14, 2017

SUBURBICON (R) jj

Pleasantville it ain't

SUBURBICON is a new black comedy/social satire that's constantly at war with itself.  The problem with this film is not that it lacks narrative and thematic ambition, but rather that it has no idea whatsoever how to marry all of its discordant tones and story threads smoothly together to create a unifying and meaningful whole...

Posted November 7, 2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE 

(R) jjj

A war on the homefront

Movies about the hellishly brutal nature of war and combat and the effects that it has on soldiers after they leave the battlefield and return home are not only a relative dime a dozen, but are also a very tricky genre to pull off effectively, mostly because of the overt familiarity with the underlining material...

Posted November 7, 2017

GEOSTORM (PG-13) 1/2j  

A tidal wave of awfulness

GEOSTORM is new disaster porn film of tsunami-sized idiocy and mediocrity, made all the more shamefully wretched because it squanders the decent talents of multiple actors appearing in it, all of whom are pathetically trying to make this insufferably silly material work.  It also marks the directorial debut of Dean Devlin, perhaps best known for co-writing INDEPENDENCE DAY and STARGATE back in the 1990's...

Posted October 29, 2017

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (PG-13) jjj  

More than just a tennis match

BATTLE OF THE SEXES deals the very well publicized tennis match between then 55-year-old Bobby Riggs and 29-year-old Billie Jean King at the Houston Astrodome on September 23, 1973.  The match had a winner-take-all prize of $100,000 and was watched live by over thirty thousand spectators (still the largest audience to watch a tennis match in the U.S.).  An estimated 90 million more tuned in on TV from around the world, witnessing King beat Riggs in three sets.  It was considered a milestone in the general public's acceptance of female athletes deserving as much equal respect as their male counterparts...

Posted October 29, 2017

THE SNOWMAN (R) j  

All thawed out

THE SNOWMAN is a new serial killer murder mystery of limitless badness, one that's so inapproachably messy, ineptly scripted, frustratingly edited, and morosely performed that you kind of have to wonder how a film with such remarkable skill in front of and behind the camera could make something as creatively wrongheaded...

Posted October 29, 2017

THE FOREIGNER (R) jjj1/2

Refreshingly unfamiliar territory for Jackie Chan fans

The new political revenge thriller THE FOREIGNER is unlike any other Jackie Chan movie he has made...which may disappoint those looking for another lively and action packed martial arts epic.  THE FOREIGNER is, as just mentioned, unlike any other Jackie Chan movie he has made...which will greatly satisfy those dire hard genre fans of his that are looking for something from the 63-year-old chop socky legend that's decidedly against the grain...

Posted October 24, 2017

THE BOOK OF HENRY

(R) zero stars

Definitely not required reading

I've read that THE BOOK OF HENRY was made from on a near 20-year-old script from Greg Hurwitz, which is ultimately telling, seeing as the resulting film feels like it's about 20 years worth of re-writes away from becoming an admirable final product deserving of our consumption.  This is an indefensibly awful movie...

Posted October 24, 2017

THE BEGUILED (R) jjj1/2

Coppola's comeback

Over a decade ago I sincerely thought that Sophia Coppola would become one of the most creatively distinguished filmmakers of her generation whose films would eventually rival the high predigree body of work of the early career of her very famous father.  Early examples like the hauntingly dreamlike THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and later ones like the potently acted LOST IN TRANSLATION hinted at more future greatness to come...

  Posted October 24, 2017

HAPPY DEATH DAY (PG-13 ) jjj

Worst...birthday...ever

I have this nagging feeling that I've seen a film like HAPPY DEATH DAY before.  Not only that, but I have this nagging feeling that I've seen a film like HAPPY DEATH DAY before.  Sarcasm aside, HAPPY DEATH is a new horror comedy that utilizes a very familiar premise, especially for anyone that's ever seen GROUNDHOG DAY, EDGE OF TOMORROW, or even this year's BEFORE I FALL...

  Posted October 24, 2017

BLADE RUNNER 2049 

(R) jjj

Do androids still dream of electric sheep?

Making a sequel is tricky.  Making a sequel to one of the seminal  science fiction films of the 1980's - and arguably one of the greatest films of all time - is even trickier.  When Ridley Scott's futuristic sci-fi detective noir BLADE RUNNER was released in 1982 it proved to be a massive box office disappointment and one that polarized many a critic...

Posted October 13, 2017

AMERICAN MADE (R) jjj1/2

A fact based crime thriller on steady Cruise control

AMERICAN MADE is proof positive that Tom Cruise - at a relatively ripe, but alarmingly young looking 55-years-old - is still a bona fide movie star that can carry just about any movie he inhabits.  Echoes of one of his most famous and popular films in TOP GUN are inevitable all throughout this biographical crime film in the sense that he once again plays the role of a cocky pilot.  Yet, this go around the actor plays a character that's refreshingly against the quintessential Cruise-ian type... 

Posted October 13, 2017

STRONGER (R) jjjj

Boston Strong

David Gordon Green's STRONGER is a new biographical drama that takes an intimate look at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, but it's certainly not the first film to tackle such subject matter over the course of the last year (Peter Berg's PATRIOT DAY beat Green's film out of the gate by several months).  What chiefly separates STRONGER, though, from previous attempts at detailing such a horrendous day of terrorism is that it's not ostensibly a police procedural the way Berg's film was...

Posted October 13, 2017

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

(R) jjj

A mostly finely tailored sequel

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is, for the most part,  an exuberantly stylish and enjoyable spy adventure comedy that sometimes thinks - as most big budget and lavishly scaled franchise sequels do - that an increase in scale and scope somehow also leads to an increase in overall quality.  This follow-up entry to the series introductory chapter...

Posted September 30, 2017

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE 

(PG-13) jj1/2

A slightly misassembled animated adventure

I'll be the very first to admit that I had no faith early on that the LEGO cinematic universe - is that a thing? - would be as thanklessly good as it has turned out to be.  Going into 2014's THE LEGO MOVIE - which launched the silver screen franchise - I was overcome with feelings that it was going to be a 90-plus minute mass marketed toy commercial masquerading as a feature film...

  Posted September 30, 2017

AMERICAN ASSASSIN (R) jjj

A reasonably solid Jason Bourne clone

AMERICAN ASSASSIN is a new spy/espionage action thriller adapted from Vince Flynn's 2010 novel of the same name, which in turn is part of a 16 volume literary series.  I can see Hollywood's yearning to crack Flynn's source material and churn it into the next would-be JASON BOURNE franchise, but AMERICAN ASSASSIN lacks the consummate production values, bravura style,  and headstrong confidence of that iconic series...

Posted September 30, 2017

MOTHER (R) jj

Oh...my...God!

The exclamation mark in the title of MOTHER! should serve as an ample warning for anyone journeying off the cinema to seek out director Darren Aronofsky's latest offering.  His new supernatural horror thriller (if that simplistic label even does it apt justice) received equal parts cheers and boos when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and after seeing it I can most definitely understand why...

Posted September 22, 2017

IT (R) jjj

A Pennywise for your thoughts

The new supernatural horror film IT - which, unless you've been living under a proverbial rock - is based on the cherished and iconic 1986 Stephen King novel of the name, which in turn was previously adapted into a mostly misguided made-for-TV miniseries in the early 1990's.  Now, this is actually the second silver screen appropriation of King's literary work that has been released in the last two months...

Posted September 22, 2017

GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS

(R) j1/2  

This sports comedy sequel ain't any good, eh

I'm not entirely sure what GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS - which is the sequel to the 2011 cult sports comedy hit GOON - is actually trying to say about enforcers in professional hockey.  Both films deal with the loveable punch drunk and white knuckled hockey player Doug "The Thug" Glatt and his unlikely journey to becoming an on ice tough guy...

Posted September 13, 2017

ROUGH NIGHT (R) j1/2   

Mildly amusing, but rough around the edges

ROUGH NIGHT is yet another hard R-rated party comedy in an awfully long and incredibly disposable line of them that thinks it's a hell of a lot more hilarious and novel than it actually is.  Outside of this film featuring an all female lead cast and being directed by a woman (Lucia Aniello, making her feature film debut), there's very little if any creative ambition on display here, which is abundantly evident within its first 30 minutes...

Posted September 13, 2017

WIND RIVER (R) jjjj

Surviving the silence and snow

The new fact-based murder mystery thriller WIND RIVER once again champions screenwriter Taylor Sheridan as a soulful and talented force in American cinema, especially for how he deals with flawed and tragic characters set against the foreboding backdrop of frontier life.  His previous screenplays - whether it be the drug thriller SICARIO or last year's superbly rendered modern western HELL OR HIGH WATER...

Posted September 5, 2017

BIRTH OF THE DRAGON 

(PG-13) jj

Doing a legend a grave injustice

The name Bruce Lee hardly requires any introduction by me, especially for those even modestly familiar with the man.  Without a doubt, he remains to this day - even several decades after his death - to be one of the most iconic Asian movie actors of his generation, if not one of the most recognizable stars in the history of the medium.  It's surprising, in retrospect, that a definitive silver screen biopic about his life and times has never fully seen the light of day...

Posted September 5, 2017

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD

(R) jj

Reynolds and Jackson can't protect this film from stale genre conventions

 

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD works sensationally well as a showpiece for its two lead stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson; every time they share the same space in this new buddy action comedy the film coasts by on the strength of their shared charisma.  Unfortunately, nearly everything built around these actors is on regurgitated genre autopilot and becomes louder, dumber, and exponentially more generic with each new scene that progresses...

 

Posted August 30, 2017

LOGAN LUCKY  (PG-13) jjj

Ocean's 7/11

Steven Soderbergh publicly retired from directing films back in 2013 with his last feature being SIDE EFFECTS.   Or...did he?  Obvious sarcasm aside, the Oscar winning filmmaker eventually did soften up a tad on his then firm stance that he was going to actively stand down from making movies.  He made the HBO film BEHIND THE CANDELABRA and then worked on the small screen with THE KNICK.  Now comes the somewhat awfully titled LOGAN LUCKY...

Posted August 30, 2017

THE GLASS CASTLE (PG-13) jj1/2

A real life memoir that's dutifully Hollywoodized

THE GLASS CASTLE is a new fact based drama adapted from the 2005 memoir of the same name written by Jeannette Wall, which chronicled her rather unconventional and troubling childhood.  Directed by Destin Cretton (whom made a critical splash a few years back with his searing SHORT TERM 12), the film contains individual moments as powerfully raw and authentic as any that I've seen in a film this year, not to mention that its key performances are admirably moving and richly textured. ...

Posted August 21, 2017

COLOSSAL (R) jj1/2

Colossal creativity undone by colossally odd tonal shifts

Days after screening COLOSSAL I'm still struggling to process my feelings about how I feel about it.  On one hand, it's a highly inspired and remarkably novel genre mash-up that wholeheartedly defied my expectations.  It's also a film with more unbridled ambition and intrepid originality than most low budget indie fare.  On the other hand, COLOSSAL is so unrelentingly bizarre that it kind of becomes increasingly distracting as the film progresses...

Posted August 21, 2017

THE LOST CITY OF Z (PG-13) jj1/2

Into the heart of darkness

THE LOST CITY OF Z (pronounced "zed") is a new biographical adventure period film that concerns the real life events of famed British explorer Percy Fawcett, who made multiple attempts to locate an ancient lost city in the Amazon (which he believed to exist and be the last remains of El Dorado in the jungles of Brazil).  He tragically disappeared with his son while on an expedition in 1925 and was never heard from again...

Posted August 21, 2017

THE DARK TOWER (PG-13) j

Dark times are ahead for this franchise

Very few films that I've seen during my 13 years as a critic have failed as spectacularly at basic franchise world building as much as THE DARK TOWER, which seems to lazily rush itself out of the gate from its opening sequence with seemingly no creative game plan in place.  Of course, THE DARK TOWER is based on Stephen King's revered science fiction/fantasy/western literary odyssey...

Posted August 13, 2017

A GHOST STORY (R) jjjj

Paranormal activity

 

A GHOST STORY is not a horror thriller, despite what its title may hint at.  It's more of a hypnotically haunting mood piece than a viscerally violent and frightening film.  That's ultimately what makes David Lowery's ultra low budget $100,000 indie effort so enthralling: It's both a challenging slow burn affair about the purgatory-like existence for a recently deceased man, but it's also a deeply melancholic and thoroughly moving piece...

 

Posted August 13, 2017

DETROIT (R) jjj1/2

A timely drama about racial intolerance

DETROIT is the new period crime drama from director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mike Boal, the same tandem behind the 2008 Oscar winning film THE HURT LOCKER as well as their follow-up effort, 2012's ZERO DARK THIRTY.  Both of those films - two of the very best of their respective decades - were pulse poundingly thrilling historical narratives that dealt with deeply polarizing military conflicts...

Posted August 13, 2017

ATOMIC BLONDE (R) jjj1/2

Move over, Mr. Wick

ATOMIC BLONDE has been aggressively compared to the JOHN WICK series, which is both understandable and somewhat redundant.  The co-director of the first JOHN WICK, David Leitch, appears behind the camera in ATOMIC BLONDE, making his solo directorial debut.  The film was also heavily advertised on a level of unleashing a considerable amount of JOHN WICK-ian bone crunching and blood-spraying mayhem...

Posted August 5, 2017

 

 

 

TO THE BONE

(No MPAA Rating) jjj

 

UNFORGETTABLE

(R) j

 

DUNKIRK

(PG-13) jjj

 

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

 

(PG-13) jj

 

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES 

(PG-13) jjjj

 

THE BIG SICK

(R) jjj1/2 

 

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

(PG-13) jj1/2 

 

T2: TRAINSPOTTING

(R) jj1/2

 

THE HOUSE  

(R) jj

 

BABY DRIVER

(R) jjjj

 

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

(R) 1/2j

 

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

(R) j1/2

 

MEGAN LEAVEY

 (PG-13) jjj

 

IT COMES AT NIGHT  (R)

jjjj

 

AFTERMATH

(R) jj1/2 

 

THE MUMMY  

(PG-13) jj

 

A CURE FOR WELLNESS

(R) jj1/2

 

BAYWATCH

(R) 1/2j

 

WONDER WOMAN

(PG-13) jjjj

 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

(PG-13)

jj1/2 

 

WAR MACHINE

(No MPAA Rating) 

jj1/2 

 

ALIEN: COVENANT

(Rjj

 

SNATCHED

(Rjj1/2

 

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

(PG-13jj

 

THE WALL  

(Rjjj1/2

 

FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(R1/2j  

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL 2

(PG-13)

jj1/2

 

THE CIRCLE

(PG-13jj

 

FREE FIRE

(Rjj

 

GIFTED

(PG-13jjj

 

PHOENIX FORGOTTEN

(PG-13jj