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Take away the anti-climactic final act and this is an effective white-knuckle psychological thriller.

The movie is imperfect and overlong but it’s never boring.

There seems to be little reason to see "The 5th Wave" unless you’re a fan of unfinished stories that likely will never be completed.

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2016-07-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julie Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks

As funny as the material sometimes is, the flimsy narrative encounters difficulties trying to sustain a 90 minute motion picture.

Provides a solid starting place for a series or, if the box office doesn’t warrant a continuation, an engaging stand-alone thriller.

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2016-05-27
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Lindsay Duncan

The movie is frequently incomprehensible and, on those occasions when it makes sense, the viewer may wish it didn’t.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2017-10-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Miguel Fernandez, Wes Chatham, Danny Huston

Despite an interesting premise, it fails to deliver much beyond a gradual descent into disinterest and watch-checking.

"Allegiant" exemplifies what happens when a book or movie exists solely for the purposes of placating fans and maintaining a revenue stream.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan

"Allied" probably isn’t prestigious enough to attract much Oscar buzz but it’s too good to be tossed into theaters without a publicity push.

Another in a long line of movie adaptations of revered novels that lose something significant in their translation from page to screen.