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

Director/writer Matt Ross offers moments of genuine power and pathos that make it easy to forgive the missteps.

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2016-06-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul

Just because a movie uses the word “intelligence” doesn’t mean it has any.

"The Conjuring 2" proves that, with a sufficient investment of time and energy, sequels don’t have to be unsatisfying cash-grabs.

Those who attend this movie expecting to see a superhero smack-down won’t be disappointed, but anyone partial to Captain America’s saga may feel shortchanged.

As a race-against-time, Jason Bourne-inspired adrenaline cocktail, "Criminal" offers a couple of hours of popcorn-munching entertainment.

"Creative Control" looks more interesting than it is

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2015-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Peter Landesman
Cast: Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, David Morse, Luke Wilson

"Concussion" isn’t always brilliant but it’s compelling enough that the lesser scenes are easily ignored.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Cory Michael Smith

"Carol" is an immersive experience that invites the viewer to slow down and amble along at its leisurely pace.

2015 has seen its share of sequels; perhaps surprisingly, "Creed" is among the best.