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An orgy of incoherence, a sensory assault that suffocates the viewer in a cavalcade of special effects incontinence.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2017-06-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Partial Nudity)
Genre: Horror/Action
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson

One movie in, The Dark Universe is already a black hole of creativity and intelligence.

This is a bad film - at times it’s nigh unwatchable - but that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2017-01-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Betty Buckley

The narrative is choppy, the tension is less pervasive than it should be, and there’s no ending.

Unable to generate an honest emotional response, the filmmakers resort to cheap trickery and heart-string rending music.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger

A jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad “character development”, and awful writing.

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.

This isn’t about providing quality entertainment; it’s about fooling audiences into spending money by offering a familiar title with recognizable actors.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2016-04-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs, Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, Heather Lind

The production is uncomfortable and artificial, lacking internal logic and tonal consistency.

What we’re left with is a misbegotten notion that bringing back characters long past their sell-by date is a good idea.