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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."


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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:


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


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


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


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


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


LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, THE (PG, 105 min) - An excellent 8! 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


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


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


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


MISS SLOANE (13 LS, 132 min) - A solid 7! A brilliant performance from Jessica Chastain lifts this dense, complex and interesting political thriller. Like: Christine


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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