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"These new release capsule movie reviews are for films currently on circuit. Use the /10 rating, quick overview and similar movie title to gauge expectations."


2:22 (13 V, 98 min) - A third-rate 3! While promising, this insubstantial thriller is contrived, dull, muddled and lacks suspense. Like: Repeaters


20TH CENTURY WOMEN (13DLS, 120 min) - A solid 7! Strong performances and a nostalgic mood propel this affable and uplifting coming-of-age comedy drama. Like: Almost Famous


A BAD MOM'S CHRISTMAS (16 DLS, 104 min) - A flat 5! While reasonably entertaining and wilder, it's uninspired and not as funny or fun as the original. Like: Bad Moms


A DOG'S PURPOSE (10-12 PGV, 120 min) - A flat 5! A touching, wholesome, family-friendly movie for dog lovers or a cloying, manipulative, melodramatic mess. Like: Max


A FAMILY MAN (16L, 110 min) - A flat 5! While Butler swings with promise, it's a generic, pedestrian, melodramatic and formulaic miss. Like: The Circle


ACCIDENT (16 LV, 92 min) - A third-rate 3! While promising, a sluggish detour and underdeveloped script leave this over-ambitious film high and dry. Like: The Final Destination


AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (PG, 114 min) - A solid 7! While somewhat repetitive and overlong, it's a timely, fiercely relevant, provocative and stirring documentary. Like: An Inconvenient Truth


ALIEN COVENANT (16 HLV, 122 min) - A satisfactory 6! An uninspired and ultimately disappointing Alien sequel, subpar and content to revel in its own mediocrity. Like: Prometheus


ALL EYEZ ON ME (16 DLPV, 140 min) - A flimsy 4! A good-looking, well-acted yet largely underwhelming and surface-skimming biopic of a revered pop culture icon. Like: Straight Outta Compton


ALL SAINTS (PG, 108 min) - A solid 7! Strong performances, an inspirational story and steady direction underline this upbeat and entertaining faith-based drama. Like: Soul Surfer


AMERICAN ASSASSIN (16LV, 112 min) - A satisfactory 6! While lightweight this old school by-the-numbers espionage action thriller is earnest, nimble and enjoyable. Like: Kill the Messenger


AMERICAN MADE (16 DLS, 115 min) - A solid 7! A larger-than-life true story, a charming lead performance and good production values drive this trashy yet entertaining thriller. Like: Lord of War


AMERICAN PASTORAL (13LS, 109 min) - A flat 5! While promising and full of talent, it's stunted by slow pacing and disconnected by contrived scenes. Like: The House of Sand and Fog


AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (13 HLV, 97 min) - A flimsy 4! A good cast struggle through this formulaic, predictable and disappointingly dull horror thriller sequel. Like: Wish Upon


ANNABELLE: CREATION (13 HV, 109 min) - A solid 7! Strong performances, a chilling atmosphere and good production values prop up this unsettling origin story. Like: Annabelle


ARMED RESPONSE (16 HLV, ) - A third-rate 3! While a promising concept, this low budget action horror suffers from a flimsy screenplay and lacklustre execution. Like: Revolt


ASTERIX & OBELIX: MANSIONS OF THE GODS (7-9 PG, 85 min) - A satisfactory 6! Familiar, funny and entertaining for the whole family, the new Asterix is just fine, in spite of so-so animation. Like: Asterix the Gaul


ATOMIC BLONDE (16LV, 115 min) - A solid 7! What the narrative lacks, Theron makes up for with panache in this violent and stylish spy action thriller. Like: John Wick


BABY DRIVER (16LV, 113 min) - An excellent 8! A cool and curious blend of heist and romance powered by a fine cast, sharp editing and creative use of music. Like: La La Land


BATTLE OF THE SEXES (10-12 PG P, 122 min) - A solid 7! A well-acted, thoughtful, entertaining and relevant sports dramedy crowdpleaser based on real events. Like: Anchorman


BAYWATCH (16 LNV, 117 min) - A third-rate 3! Even Johnson's charm can't save this crude, dumb, uninspired albeit star-studded attempt at "parody". Like: CHIPS


BEAUTY & THE BEAST (PG V, 123 min) - A solid 7! While not as charming, this faithful adaptation is powered by a first class cast, lush production design and nostalgic music. Like: Beauty & The Beast


BEAUTY AND THE DOGS (13, 103 min) - A satisfactory 6! This ambitious, edgy, important, harrowing yet uneven Tunisian crime drama explores socio-political themes around a rape. Like: The Accused


BEFORE I FALL (13LV, 98 min) - A satisfactory 6! While familiar and even predictable, this entertaining YA mystery drama is buoyed by a strong lead. Like: Groundhog Day


BELOW HER MOUTH (18 LNS, 92 min) - A flimsy 4! While sleek, this uninhibited erotic romance drama is exploitative and superficial. Like: Fifty Shades of Grey


BEYOND THE RIVER (7–9PG, 111 min) - A solid 7! a powerful message underpins this well-acted, determined, stirring and crowdpleasing sports drama. Like: Invictus


BIG SICK, THE (16L, 120 min) - An excellent 8! A funny, smart, touching and charming cross-cultural "romcom" with winning co-leads. Like: Ruby Sparks


BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK (16 LV, 113 min) - A satisfactory 6! Hyperreal visuals jar in this flawed yet heartfelt, star-studded and thoughtful war drama. Like: The Book Thief


BLADE RUNNER 2049 (16LV, 163 min) - A solid 7! This bleak, dark visual masterpiece is painstakingly beautiful yet emotionally hollow. Like: Blade Runner


BLEED FOR THIS (13, 120 min) - A solid 7! Teller carries this inspirational yet cliched underdog boxing biopic with a compelling performance. Like: Hands of Stone


BOO 2: A MADEA HALLOWEEN (16 L, 101 min) - A third rate 3! While it has one or two laughs, it's a dumb, messy, lacklustre and boring horror comedy. Like: Boo! A Madea Halloween


BOSS BABY, THE (PG, 101 min) - A satisfactory 6! While subpar by Pixar standards, this silly, lightweight animated comedy works for the whole family. Like: Megamind


BOUNCE BACK, THE (10-12 PG LS, 104 min) - A flat 5! An appealing cast try to inject life into this likable albeit dull and predictable romcom. Like: Hitch


BRIMSTONE (18SV, 148 min) - A flat 5! While overlong and bordering on exploitation, this grim, brutal, sadistic and wild Western will get under your skin. Like: Pale Rider


BYE BYE MAN (16HV, 96 min) - A flimsy 4! While spooky fun at its best, this uninspired horror is riddled with genre clichés, poor acting and weak writing. Like: Candyman


BYPASS (13, 90 min) - A flat 5! A thin script undermines a promising cast and noble intentions in this painless medical thriller. Like: Extreme Measures


CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (PG, 89 min) - A solid 7! Crisp animation, waves of nostalgia and potty humour rule in this zippy, playful and faithful adaptation. Like: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


CARS 3 (PG, 107 min) - A solid 7! While sweet-natured, fun, poignant and visually compelling, this much improved sequel is aimed at kids. Like: Cars


CASE FOR CHRIST, THE (7-9PG, 112 min) - An excellent 8! While flawed, it remains a well-acted, compelling, thoughtful and intriguing faith-based investigative drama. Like: Risen


CHIPS (16 LNV, 101 min) - A flimsy 4! While this buddy cop movie enjoys good chemistry, it's messy, vulgar and at odds with the original TV series. Like: Let's Be Cops


CIRCLE, THE (7-9 PG L, 110 min) - A flimsy 4! While the ideas are haunting, intriguing and timely, the execution of this star-studded thriller is frustrating, choppy and dull. Like: Antitrust


CHURCHILL (7-9 PG, 98 min) - A flat 5! A towering performance from Cox and some beautifully photographed moments can't save this diffused and underwhelming biopic. Like: Iron Lady


COCO (PG, 101 min) - A near-perfect 9! A dark, visually sumptous and heartrending family-friendly animated adventure tribute to Mexican culture. Like: Kubo and the Two Strings


COLLIDE (13V, 139 min) - A flat 5! Electric pacing and full throttle action rule in this star-studded and mindlessly entertaining autobahn thriller. Like: Jack Reacher - Never Go Back


DADDY'S HOME 2 (10-12 PG DLV, 100 min) - A satisfactory 6! Dumb fun and guilty laughs abound in this improved yet over-the-top, silly and star-studded Christmas comedy sequel. Like: Daddy's Home


DARK TOWER, THE (10-12 PG V, 91 min ) - A flimsy 4! A bland, dull, messy, over-simplified and stilted mix of genres ultimately disappoint despite two fine co-leads. Like: Cowboys & Aliens


DENIAL (7-9 PG, 109 min) - A solid 7! What this compelling, intriguing and timely holocaust courtroom drama lacks in cinematic finesse it makes up for with strong performances. Like: The Holocaust on Trial


DESPICABLE ME 3 (PG V, 90 min) - A satisfactory 6! Another colourful, zany and mostly funny animated sequel that will entertain and appease fans of the family series. Like: Minions


DETROIT (16 LVP, 144 min) - A satisfactory 6! This intense, powerful, timely and well-acted ensemble crime drama thriller is overlong and stunts itself. Like: Dark Blue


DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, THE (PG V, 92 min) - A flimsy 4! An all-new cast work through juvenile humour in this harmless and unfunny family road trip comedy. Like: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days


DUNKIRK (16, 107 min) - A near-perfect 9! Elegant visuals, masterful direction, great suspense, a driving soundtrack and solid performances make this an authentic war drama thriller. Like: Das Boot


EMOJI MOVIE, THE (PG, 87 min) - A terrible 2! A nice concept devolves into a predictable, boring, confused, cynical and shameless animated product placement. Like: Inside Out, The Lego Movie


EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (10, 96 min) - A satisfactory 6! A sweet young adult romance, preposterous and melodramatic at times, yet buoyed by strong performances. Like: The Fault in our Stars


EXCEPTION, THE (16 NS, 107 min) - A solid 7! While clunky at times, it remains an elegant, well-acted and handsomely mounted war romance thriller with Plummer in fine form. Like: The Zookeeper's Wife


FATE OF THE FURIOUS, THE (10-12 PG LV, 136 min) - A solid 7! More mayhem and family values in yet another spectacular and entertaining albeit silly FF sequel. Like: Fast and the Furious 6


FENCES (10-12 PG, 139 min) - A solid 7! Two strong co-leads power this dense, slow-moving and timely domestic drama stage play adaptation. Like: Loving


FIRST KILL (16 LV, 101 min) - A flimsy 4! While promising, it devolves into a bland, dull, uninspired and convoluted action thriller. Like: The Cold Light of Day


FOUNDER, THE (10-12 PG, 115 min) - A satisfactory 6! A compelling performance from Keaton drives this competent and callous coming-of-age case study drama. Like: Jobs


FIFTY SHADES DARKER (16LNS, 118 min) - A third-rate 3! A lack of co-lead chemistry, clunky dialogue and a bland story make this trashy film series dumber and duller. Like: Fifty Shades of Grey


FIST FIGHT (16L, 91 min) - A flimsy 4! A talented cast and great energy is channeled into a coarse, hostile and thin concept comedy remake. Like: Three O'Clock High


FLATLINERS (16HSV, 110 min) - A flimsy 4! An unnecessary, bland, dull and forgettable remake of a mediocre horror thriller. Like: Flatliners (1990)


FOREIGNER, THE (16 LV, 113 min) - A satisfactory 6! A well-made, old school and violent revenge action thriller that showcases Jackie Chan's dramatic ability. Like: Death Wish


FREE FIRE (18LV, 90 min) - A satisfactory 6! A stellar ensemble drive this cheeky, stylish, violent yet insubstantial fixed location shootout crime thriller. Like: Reservoir Dogs


FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET (16 HLV, 97 min) - A flimsy 4! While creepy, promising and stylish, this horror thriller is thwarted by a thin, uneven and muddled screenplay. Like: The Vatican Tapes


FUN MOM DINNER (16 L, 89 min) - A flimsy 4! A predictable, lightweight and bland comedy romp with a few scattered laughs. Like: Bad Moms


GEOSTORM (10-12 PG LV, 109 min) - A flimsy 4! While spectacular, it's a predictable, underdeveloped and ridiculous by-the-numbers disaster movie. Like: Into the Storm


GET OUT (16 HLV, 104 min) - An excellent 8! A smart, entertaining, thought-provoking and unsettling comedy horror thriller that toys with social tensions. Like: The Cabin in the Woods


GHOST IN THE SHELL (10-12 PG V, 106 min) - A satisfactory 6! Dazzling visual effects and a solid ensemble root us in this brooding, immersive and stylish sci-fi thriller. Like: Blade Runner


GIFTED (7-9 PG, 101 min) - A solid 7! Heartfelt performances drive this competent, touching yet predictable and formulaic family drama. Like: Little Man Tate


GIRLS TRIP (16SLD, 122 min) - A solid 7! A sharp cast, great chemistry and compelling characters drive this crude and shamelessly raunchy comedy. Like: Bridesmaids


GLASS CASTLE, THE (13 DLSVV, 127 min) - A solid 7! Strong co-lead performances elevate this gritty, taut and touching coming-of-age drama. Like: Captain Fantastic


GOING IN STYLE (10–12PG L, 96 min) - A solid 7! A stellar trio and a refreshing heist concept make for a charming, good-natured, fun and entertaining caper. Like: The Bucket List


GOLD (13 DL, 120 min) - A satisfactory 6! An entertaining and energetic lead performance powers this curious yet trashy and underwhelming adventure drama. Like: The Wolf of Wall Street


GOOD TIME (16 DLNV, 101 min) - An excellent 8! A sleazy, enjoyable, fresh, stylised crime drama thriller with a career best performance from Pattinson. Like: Baby Driver


GREAT WALL, THE (13V, 104 min) - A satisfactory 6! Action-packed and visually compelling, this over-the-top ancient mash-up is pure popcorn fun. Like: Ran, Starship Troopers


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (10-12 PG V, 137 min) - A solid 7! While the novelty is lost, this action-packed, entertaining and eye-popping sequel is stuffed full of charm and fun. Like: Guardians of the Galaxy


HAPPY DEATH DAY (13 HLV, 97 min) - A satisfactory 6! Scream meets Groundhog Day in this flawed yet charming, fun, star-making teen horror comedy. Like: Mean Girls


HIDDEN FIGURES (7-9 PG P, 127 min) An excellent 8! A solid cast and captivating true story power this crowd-pleasing and spirited biographical drama. Like: The Help


HITMAN'S BODYGUARD, THE (16 LV, 118 min) - A flat 5! While promising, this generic, middling, snarky and violent actioner struggles to find the right tone. Like: Midnight Run


HOLLARS, THE (7-9 PG L, 88 min) - A satisfactory 6! While predictable and familiar this quirky indie dramedy gets by on its charming and stellar cast. Like: Little Miss Sunshine


HOME AGAIN (10-12 PG DLS, 97 min) - A flat 5! While sweet and backed by a stellar cast, it amounts to an artificial, bland, formulaic and middling "romcom". Like: What Women Want


HOTEL SALVATION (7-9 PG, 102 min) - A solid 7! Wry humour, beautiful locations and great wisdom underscore this subtle and touching comedy drama. Like: Newton


HOUSE, THE (16 DLV, 88 min) - A flimsy 4! A talented cast and a good concept are wasted on a dark, manic, thin and underplayed satirical comedy script. Like: Get Hard


HUNTER'S PRAYER, THE (16LV, 91 min) - A flat 5! A bland, formulaic and straightforward Luc Besson-style crime thriller diversion set in Europe. Like: Taken 2


IN DUBIOUS BATTLE (16LV, 113 min) - A flat 5! Franco's Steinbeck adaptation is dull, overlong and underwhelming, despite solid cast and noble intentions. Like:


IT (16HLV, 135 min) - An excellent 8! A creepy, epic, emotionally connective, smart, well-crafted and nightmarish horror remake. Like: Stand by Me


JACKIE (13 DV, 100 min) - A satisfactory 6! Portman's outstanding performance guides this somewhat alienating yet atmospheric and intimate character study of an icon. Like: Parkland


JAGVELD (16LV, 103 min) - A flat 5! While far-fetched and tonally inconsistent, this gritty and resourceful outback crime thriller is entertaining and visually compelling. Like: Desierto


JIGSAW (18 HLV, 92 min) - A satisfactory 6! A safe, slick and serviceable Saw sequel that will appease ardent fans, despite its familiar and uninspired feel. Like: Saw IV


JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (16V, 120 min) - A solid 7! Much more of the same bloody, brooding, stylish and enjoyable '90s revenge-fueled action death dance. Like: John Wick


JOURNEY, THE (10-12 PG L, 94 min) - A satisfactory 6! While contrived and at times clunky, this pivotal historical drama is redeemed by two solid co-lead performances. Like: Frost/Nixon


JUNGLE BUNCH (PG V, 98 min) - A flimsy 4! A cheerful and zippy, yet indistinct, forgettable, uninspired and loud animated adventure for kids. Like: Madagascar 2


JUSTICE LEAGUE (10LV, 120 min) - A satisfactory 6! While a fun, cool, entertaining and better-than-average DC film, it's undermined by thin characters and an uneven tone. Like: Suicide Squad


KALUSHI (16 LPV, 108 min) - A solid 7! While flawed, it remains an authentic, colourful, fierce, visceral, impassioned and important political biopic. Like: Run


KEEPING UP WITH THE KANDASAMYS (7-9 PG DL, 95 min) - A flat 5! A predictable, pedestrian concept comedy driven by a fun spirit and the cast's natural charms. Like: Bride & Prejudice


KIDNAP (13V, 95 min) - A flat 5! Berry's full tilt performance keeps this fast-paced, yet clunky, dumb, predictable and largely implausible car chase thriller alive. Like: Taken 2


KING ARTHUR (13HV, 126 min) - A flat 5! Ritchie serves up a chaotic, kinetic, messy, stylish and sacrilegious reworking of the classic Arthurian legend. Like: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (16LV, 141 min) - A flat 5! While slick and star-studded, it's another over-the-top, mean-spirited and ultraviolent send up of Roger Moore era Bond. Like: Kingsman - The Secret Service


KONG: SKULL ISLAND (13V, 118 min) - A solid 7! Eye-popping visuals, breathtaking cinematography and an A-list cast bolster this spectacularly entertaining monster adventure. Like: King Kong


KROTOA (13, 122 min) - A flimsy 4! A strong story, solid cast and ornate visuals are wasted on contrived, inert and scattershot drama and a sketchy treatment. Like: Krotoa (2013)


LA LA LAND (127 min, 7-9 PG) - An excellent 8! A charming, entertaining, moody, nostalgic and well-acted musical romance drama. Like: Singin' in the Rain, Mulholland Dr.


LAST FACE, THE (16LV, 130 min) - A third-rate 3! Contrived, overwrought drama, flat performances and flimsy dialogue sink this dismal aid worker romance. Like: Beyond Borders


LAST WORD, THE (13L, 108 min) - A flimsy 4! A promising concept and stellar cast struggle to save this cranky, clunky and dull comedy drama. Like: Danny Collins


LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, THE (PG, 105 min) - A solid 7! Ridiculously silly, beautifully animated and loaded with quickfire jokes, this Lego Movie spin-off is good fun for the young at heart. Like: The Lego Movie


LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, THE (PG V, 101 min) - A satisfactory 6! While enjoyable enough, this colourful animation action adventure is mediocre and pales next to its predecessors. Like: Lego Batman Movie


LIFE (16 HLV, 104 min) - A satisfactory 6! Immersive visual effects and great tension is undermined by a thin sci-fi script and a half-hearted ensemble. Like: Europa Report


LION (10-12 PG, 120 min) - An excellent 8! A miraculous true story and sharp lead performances drive this uplifting, heartfelt and restrained drama. Like: Slumdog Millionaire


LIVE BY NIGHT (16LV, 129 min) - A solid 7! While sporadic; fine performances, elegant cinematography and immersive production values steep us in this crime saga. Like: Public Enemies


LOGAN (16 LV, 138 min) - A solid 7! While violent, this is an unconventional and entertaining superhero film, driven by strong performances. Like: Terminator


LOGAN LUCKY (10-12 PG LV, 118 min) - A solid 7! this heist comedy caper is armed with a solid cast, an assortment of oddballs, homegrown Americana and a fun, playful tone. Like: Ocean's Eleven


LOST CITY OF Z, THE (13V, 149 min) - A solid 7! While long and sprawling, it remains a well-acted, heartfelt, moody, poetic and sumptuous adventure epic. Like: Seven Years in Tibet


LOVING (7-9 PG, 124 min) - An excellent 8! Sensitive performances and steady, nuanced film-making contribute to a deeply affecting historical drama. Like: Fences


MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, THE (PG, 104 min) - A solid 7! A fresh spin on Dickens's well-known Christmas classic makes this sweet, stellar yet frenetic tale charming and mostly entertaining. Like: Amadeus


MAN WITH THE IRON HEART, THE (18V, 120 min) - A satisfactory 6! A stellar cast back this handsomely mounted yet detached, muddled and violent war drama thriller. Like: Anthropoid


MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (13 LV, 135 min) - A near-perfect 9! An honest, authentic and wistful coming-of-age drama replete with heartfelt performances and slice-of-life humour. Like: The Edge of Seventeen


MARSHALL (13 LVSP, 118 min) - A solid 7! A charming lead drives this engaging, entertaining albeit formulaic and uneven courtroom drama biopic. Like: The Great Debaters


MAUDIE (10-12 PG D, 115 min) - A solid 7! A spirited lead performance compels this beautiful, honest, touching, sensitive and inspirational biopic. Like: Happy-Go-Lucky


MISS SLOANE (13 LS, 132 min) - An excellent 8! A brilliant performance from Jessica Chastain lifts this dense, complex and interesting political thriller. Like: Christine


MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, THE (10-12 PG, 112 min) - A flat 5! Engaging co-leads, a curious premise and majestic backdrops drive this cheesy and contrived survival melodrama. Like: The Grey


MUMMY, THE (13HV, 111 min) - A flimsy 4! While big, dark and spectacular, it amounts to a special effects-laden, dumb and miscast blockbuster. Like: Gods of Egypt


MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (13V, 114 min) - A satisfactory 6! While slick and star-studded, this redux is all CGI flash, lacking characteristic finesse, nuance and restraint. Like: Sherlock Holmes 2


MY COUSIN RACHEL (13 LVS, 106 min) - A solid 7! While this moody gothic mystery thriller is somewhat muddled and melodramatic, it's strong cast and cinematography make it beautiful to behold. Like: The Light Between Oceans


MY LITTLE PONY (PG V, 90 min) - A satisfactory 6! Enjoyable, colourful and charming enough to please fans and get by with 2D style animation. Like: Trolls


NINA (13, 91 min) - A flimsy 4! A dismal, dull, clichéd and superficial music biopic about the complex jazz legend. Like: All Eyez on Me


NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (16VNL, 117 min) A solid 7! Strong performances, great suspense and surreal visuals elevate this stylish and experimental thriller. Like: Trance


NORMAN (10-12 PG L, 118 min ) - A solid 7! A small, complex and whimsical character study drama backed by a sharp script and a strong performance from Gere. Like: Maudie


ODYSSEY, THE (10-12 PG, 124 min) - A satisfactory 6! While rich in colour, visually stunning and encompassing a wonderful 30-year career, this biopic lacks storytelling focus. Like: The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey (TV)


ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE (16 LNS, 95 min) - A flat 5! This star-studded action-comedy caper attempts to breathe life into an unfunny and messy script. Like: The Last Boy Scout


ONLY THE BRAVE (10-12 PG L, 134 min) - An excellent 8! A strong cast, spectacular visuals and gut-wrenching drama drive this powerful and heroic true story. Like: Backdraft


OUTCASTS, THE (10-12 PG V, 94 min) - A flat 5! While pretty good fun, it amounts to a rather bland, cliched, forgettable and simplistic teen comedy. Like: The Clique


OVERDRIVE (13 V, 93 min) - A flimsy 4! A dumb and blandly entertaining car actioner with a few cool stunts, some nice locations and beautiful vehicles. Like: Need for Speed


PADDINGTON 2 (PG, 103 min) - An excellent 8! A charming, heartwarming, entertaining, well-acted, distinctly British family movie and wonderful tribute. Like: Paddington


PARIS CAN WAIT (7-9 PG, 92 min) - A satisfactory 6! A beautifully photographed, charming, diverting, sumptuous yet slight and inert romantic comedy travelogue. Like: Under the Tuscan Sun


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR'S REVENGE (13HV, 129 min) - A flat 5! A watchable rehash of a sequel that coasts on Bardem's star quality, thrilling visual effects and an epic score. Like: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End


POWER RANGERS (7-9 PG LV, 124 min) - A satisfactory 6! While predictable and subpar next to Marvel, it's a fun, silly and fairly entertaining romp. Like: Chronicle, Breakfast Club


PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN (TBC, 108 min) - A solid 7! While flawed, it remains compelling thanks to a fascinating fact-based story and strong co-lead performances. Like: Henry & June


PROMISE, THE (13V, 135 min) - A satisfactory 6! A sharp cast are squandered in this beautifully filmed epic as a soap opera love triangle set against horrific genocide. Like: Doctor Zhivago


REBEL IN THE RYE (13 LVD, 109 min) - A satisfactory 6! A strong ensemble and solid performances drive this competent, fascinating yet formulaic and shallow biopic. Like: Salinger


RED TURTLE, THE (PG, 80 min) - An excellent 8! A quietly powerful, sparse, surreal and thought-provoking animated survival adventure. Like: Tintin, Castaway


RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (16V, 105 min) - A satisfactory 6! Explosive visuals, typical mayhem and star quality carry this frenetic and mindless actioner. Like: Resident Evil: Retribution


RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE, THE (PG, 91 min) - A satisfactory 6! This faith-based feel good comedy drama is charming and touching enough to please its target audience. Like: Me Again


ROUGH NIGHT (16DLS, 97 min) - A flat 5! While star-studded, this tonally-challenged comedy is scattered and sputters over the finish line. Like: Bridesmaids


RULES DON'T APPLY (10-12 PG LS, 127 min) - A satisfactory 6! Beatty's performance adds zest to a lightly enjoyable and nostalgic yet muddled Hollywood tale. Like: Hail, Caesar!


SALESMAN, THE (10-12 PG L, 123 min) - An excellent 8! A suspenseful, complex and compelling domestic drama turned revenge thriller with fine performances. Like: A Separation


SENSE OF AN ENDING (13LS, 108 min) - A solid 7! While meandering, it remains a dense, thoughtful and compelling mystery drama adaptation driven by a strong cast. Like: A United Kingdom


SHOT CALLER (18LV, 120 min) - A solid 7! A gripping, gritty and unsettling crime drama thriller and haunting character portrait with a sharp lead performance. Like: Felon


SILENCE (16V, 161 min) - An excellent 8! A fascinating, thought-provoking, unsettling and meditative historical drama... beautifully filmed with fine performances. Like: Of Gods and Men


SLEEPLESS (16LV, 95 min) - A flat 5! A talented cast and good premise are wasted on a visually compelling, yet cliched and forgettable crime thriller. Like: The Cold Light of Day


SLEIGHT (16 LV, 86 min) - A satisfactory 6! While flawed, it's mostly compelling as a naturalistic, slow-burning and resourceful drama thriller Like: Chronicle


SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (PG V, 90 min) - A flat 5! While more true to the spirit of the Smurfs, this colourful animated tale is bland, predictable and punny. Like: The Smurfs


SNATCHED (16LV, 91 min) - A flimsy 4! While illuminated by its stars, this is a crude, forced, predictable, thin and unfunny vacation comedy. Like: Boat Trip


SNOWMAN, THE (16V, 120 min) - A flat 5! While stellar, this Jo Nesbo Scandinavian noir crime drama adaptation is a cold, clichéd and plodding wash out. Like: The X-Files: I Want to Believe


SONG TO SONG (16NS, 128 min) - A flat 5! Light on character and story, this beautiful, existential, experimental and star-studded wander is long and testing. Like: Knight of Cups


SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (10-12 PG LV, 134 min) - An excellent 8! An enthralling, funny, playful and fresh superhero reboot with a sharp script and a strong cast. Like: Ant-Man


STAR, THE (PG V, 86 min) - A satisfactory 6! A solid voice cast shine in this sweet, often delightful, anthropomorphic faith-based version of the nativity story for kids. Like: Lion of Judah


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (10-12 PG V, 152 min) - An excellent 8! Spellbinding visuals, a classic soundtrack, a solid cast and vivid storytelling drive this cataclysmic and professional sequel. Like: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


STRONGER (16L, 119 min) - An excellent 8! A well-acted, heartfelt, powerful and timely coming-of-age drama based on an inspiring true story. Like: Patriot's Day


SUBURBICON (18 DLPSV, 104 min) - A flat 5! A stellar ensemble guide this promising, yet tonally imbalanced and unfocussed offbeat crime comedy thriller. Like: A Serious Man


T2 TRAINSPOTTING (16DLSV, 116 min) - A solid 7! While it doesn't quite recapture the original's spirit, it thrives on the characters, performances, nostalgia and chemistry! Like: Trainspotting


TABLE 19 (10-12 PG V, 87 min) - A flat 5! This awkward wedding comedy features a strong cast, who struggle through a weak and scrappy screenplay. Like: License to Wed


TESS (DLSVSV) - A solid 7! An excellent lead performance drives this beautifully shot, gritty, poetic and sparse character portrait drama. Like: Dis ek Anna


THOR: RAGNAROK (13V, 130 min) - A solid 7! An exciting, fresh, funny, high-spirited, spectacular and above all fun new chapter for Thor. Like: Guardians of the Galaxy


THEIR FINEST (13, 117 min) - A satisfactory 6! A nostalgic, sweet, enjoyable and rousing romance comedy drama carried by sharp performances. Like: The Zookeeper's Wife


THINGS TO COME (13, 102 min) - An excellent 8! Huppert's extraordinary performance drives this delicate, heartfelt, perceptive and quietly powerful coming-of-age drama. Like: Elle


THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC (PG, 92 min) - A solid 7! A delightful, heartfelt and whimsical modern fairy tale brought to bear by strong character performances. Like: The Lady in the Van


TONI ERDMANN (16LNS, 102 min) - A solid 7! Sharp co-lead performances drive this awkward, absurd and funny coming-of-age fly-on-the-wall dramedy. Like: About Schmidt


TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (10-12 PG LV, 151 min) - A flimsy 4! Incoherent plotting and a thin screenplay undermine this typically flashy CGI fest turned assault on the senses. Like: Transformers 2


TULIP FEVER (16 NS, 107 min) - A flat 5! While beautifully composed, designed and stellar, this adaptation is an over-complicated and uninspired stalemate. Like: The Other Boleyn Girl


VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (10-12 PG, 137 min) - A flat 5! While star-studded and visually spectacular, this sci-fi comedy adventure is clumsy, scattershot and tonally inconsistent. Like: Jupiter Ascending


VAN DER MERWE (7-9 PG, 95 min) - A flat 5! While somewhat entertaining, this cheesy, lightweight and half-baked family comedy feels like a missed opportunity. Like: Copposites


VICEROY'S HOUSE (10-12 PG, 101 min) - A satisfactory 6! Beautifully mounted and well-acted, this ambitious historical period drama is enjoyable if clumsy. Like: The Promise


VICTORIA AND ABDUL (10–12PG L P, 112 min) - A satisfactory 6! Dench's tremendous performance powers this enjoyable, well-directed albeit underdeveloped royal drama. Like: Mrs Brown


WARRIOR'S GATE (10-12 PG V, 108 min) - A flimsy 4! A silly, lightweight and mindlessly entertaining multi-genre action-adventure aimed at teens. Like: Forbidden Kingdom


UNFORGETTABLE (16SV, 100 min) - A flat 5! A sharp cast improve this slick, silly, watchable yet underwhelming and campy potboiler. Like: When the Bough Breaks


UNLOCKED (16LV, 96 min) - A flat 5! While stellar and promising, this spy thriller is too formulaic, predictable and sluggish to truly shine. Like: The Bourne Identity


WAKEFIELD (16L, 109 min) - A solid 7! A powerhouse performance from Cranston drives this dark, hypnotic and unsettling character study dramedy. Like: Chuck


WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (13V, 140 min) - An excellent 8! Strong performances reinforce brilliant visual effects in this spectacular and epic sci-fi action-adventure. Like: Rise of the Planet of the Apes


WHOLE TRUTH, THE (16LV, 93 min) - A satisfactory 6! While it circles Grisham terrain, it makes for an entertaining yet lacklustre procedural courtroom thriller. Like: The Gingerbread Man


WIND RIVER (16 LV SV, 110 min) - An excellent 8! A compelling, smart, tense, thoughtful and well-acted crime mystery drama thriller. Like: Hell or High Water


WISH UPON (16 HLV, 90 min) - A flimsy 4! A dumb, uninspired, clumsy and camp teen horror that trades unintentional laughs for scares. Like: Final Destination 3


WOLF WARRIOR II (TBC, 126 min) - A satisfactory 6! While the patriotism is full tilt, so is the spectacular '80s style war action in this brutal and entertaining sequel. Like: Wolf Warrior


WONDER (7-9 PG, 113 min) - An excellent 8! Strong performances, deft direction and smart writing make for an entertaining and heartfelt drama. Like: Edge of Seventeen


WONDER WOMAN (10-12 PG V, 141 min) - An excellent 8! Gadot's winsome performance drives this fresh, fun, earnest and spectacular period piece superhero actioner. Like: The Dark Knight


XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (10-12 PG LV, 107 min) - A flat 5! A series of explosive and over-the-top action set pieces and daredevil stunts curated by Vin Diesel, nothing more. Like: Point Break


ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, THE (13, 126 min) - A solid 7! A quietly powerful and heroic true story and a nuanced and moving performance from Chastain guide this handsomely mounted war drama. Like: Alone in Berlin