Despite solid acting and a screenplay that refuses to cater to Hollywood stereotypes, the film is at times a chore to sit through.

Run Time: 2:21
U.S. Release Date: 2015-05-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, ...

"Age of Ultron" disappoints not because it's irredeemably bad but because it fails to achieve the level of its predecessor in nearly every facet.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: Drama/War
Director: Russell Crowe
Cast: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, ...

So jammed with subplots and secondary characters that it often feels like the Cliffs Notes version of a complex novel.

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Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-24
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker

The movie takes a detour into Nicholas Sparks territory and never fully recovers.

Run Time: 2:17
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine

The movie hints at a riveting mystery/detective story but is incapable of delivering it.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

Asks the same questions as "Birdman" but with a lot more talking and without the visual flair.

"Unfriended" relies too strongly on a gimmick that wears thin after about an hour.

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Nudity, Profanity, Sexual Content, Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno

This is a cautionary tale about where technology could be leading and its low-key, claustrophobic approach lends an immediacy that many bigger, grander spectacles lack.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones

True Story's willingness to shed the procedural approach allows it to transcend the mediocrity that often infects tales of this sort.

To say this long ride is bumpy would be to understate how uncomfortably tedious the trip is.