Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (War Violence, Profanity)
Genre: War/Thriller
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, Navid Negahban, William Fichtner
For those who enjoy war films, especially those with an “old fashioned” bent, "12 Strong" offers two solid hours.
The movie feels like what it is – a moderately low-budget action/adventure outing designed primarily for the Asian market.
Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O’Hare
The screenplay doesn’t rise to the level of the behind-the-camera craftmanship or the acting.
Garland’s unwillingness to compromise has resulted in a film whose ideas and philosophy demand thought and dissection and are not easily dismissed or forgotten.
It sloughs off the generic label that adheres to many films of the genre, providing an experience that is by turns exciting, emotional, and funny.
A kluge of bad science and worse science fiction clichés, it tries to be atmospheric and scary but succeeds only at being frustrating and tedious.
Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks
"The Commuter" delivers exactly what’s advertised – a turn-off-the-brain action film starring Liam Neeson that doesn’t moralize or overplay its hand.
Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Drama
Director: David Freyne
Cast: Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Ellen Page, Paula Malcolmson, Oscar Nolan
The allegorical central subject matter encompasses themes of guilt and cultural repression.
A recognition that historical politics can be just as bizarre and absurd as the modern flavor.
Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, Beau Knapp
In many ways a throwback, which would be okay if there wasn’t already an okay version of the same story kicking around from the 1970s .
Run Time: 2:20
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Christian Gudegast
Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, Evan Jones, O’Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent
The movie may not be the second coming of "Heat" but it’s good enough to turn up the temperature to “warm.”
Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Graphic Nudity, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Francois Ozon
Cast: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Rénier, Jacqueline Bisset
The movie touches on issues of duality and psychology but often uses shock tactics to shake things up.
Although there are numerous problems with "Fifty Shades Freed," the fundamental one is also the most obvious: the lack of a compelling story.
Canny enough to go full-throttle with the absurd and not bother trying to do much with its meager dramatic and/or sentimental elements.
"Gringo" is messy and at times incoherent, filled with pointless subplots and confounding “twists.”
An improvement over the 1995 original, this quasi-sequel mixes adventure with humor, fun performances, and a canny understanding of late 1990s-style video games.
Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Tim Hunter
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney, Marc Blucas, Ernie Lively, Jacque Gray, Kassia Conway
Although the screenplay knows how to set things up, it fails to deliver down the stretch, leaving us with a by-the-numbers resolution.
Part romantic-comedy and part coming-of-age story, this is an upbeat, uplifting, and teen-friendly crowd-pleaser.
Pointless, loud, seemingly longer than a Peter Jackson film, and missing a credible story, this is for "Maze Runner" completists only.
Run Time: 1:33
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Julius Ramsay
Cast: Alex Essoe, Dylan McTee, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ward Horton
The movie works as a tightly-plotted excursion into the terror that evolves when circumstances prod normal people to commit ugly acts.
The muddling of historical fiction with the Grand Guignol is an uneven mix that never fully gels.
Run Time: 1:11
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Sally Potter
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy
With a svelte running time of about 70 minutes, "The Party" doesn’t overstay its welcome.
A deliciously perverse, unflinchingly violent espionage thriller that breaks with the tradition of making the spy business the purview of suave characters.
An adult fairy tale that encourages the same emotional responses often engendered by such simple, heartfelt stories.
Standout, signature scenes make for moments of great viewing power but can’t hide the flaws of an untidy, overlong story.
Run Time: 1:32
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Cory Finley
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks
This dark twist on the female coming-of-age story is worth seeing as much for its subdued thriller aspects as for its warped sense of humor.
Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Roar Uthaug
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Walton Goggins
Possibly the most faithful adaptation of a video game to-date but faithfulness to the source material doesn’t always result in the best cinematic experience.
Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-09
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis
Saddled with an unevenly paced screenplay and overly reliant on generic CGI, "A Wrinkle in Time" fails to convey the magic of the book.