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"Fantastic Beasts" is an enjoyable stand-alone but its position as the progenitor of a new franchise remains unclear.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2016-09-09
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Documentary
Director: Adam Nimoy
Cast: Leonard Nimoy, Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, William Shatner, George Takei, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Nicholas Meyer, Neil deGrasse Tyson

A loving tribute in general to "Star Trek" and in particular to the man who gave more than half of his life to Spock.

"Finding Dory" is enjoyable in its own right even if its powerful sense of déjà vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations.

With expertly crafted high seas disaster sequences, "The Finest Hours" feels more like a summer spectacle than a winter throw-away.

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images, Profanity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Jason Zada
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

There will be worse titles released in 2016 but mediocrity of this sort isn’t an inspired way to start the new year.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2015-08-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey

As a superhero movie, it falls into the "adequate" range of the spectrum - neither memorable nor forgettable.

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2015-05-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple

What one would expect from a big budget adaptation of a Victorian classic: stately, beautifully photographed, impeccably acted, and faithful to a condensed iteration of the text.

Paul Walker's death injects an element of poignancy to this fast-free installment.

With a lighthearted caper movie, the formula is ...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2015-02-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE/DRAMA
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Who would have imagined that a movie about sex ...