Canny enough to go full-throttle with the absurd and not bother trying to do much with its meager dramatic and/or sentimental elements.

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Michael Gracey
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey

A family film whose infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers justify a 105-minute running length when the pedestrian story can’t.

Every aspect of the production was selected with the goal of keeping the audience in a state of escalating suspense.

Marvel’s mainline superheroes may have fallen into a rut but that ailment hasn’t afflicted this group of mismatched misfits.

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, McKenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate

Emotionally satisfying and, excepting some contortions during the final act, intellectually rewarding.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2017-02-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, LilRel Howery

It’s the proverbial breath of fresh air blowing through a stale industry.

Despite its uneven tone, the film is compelling and, perhaps more importantly, relevant.

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2016-04-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber

The movie is for anyone who enjoys sitting through 90 tense minutes and feeling the attendant adrenaline rush.

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2015-08-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

The psychological thriller "The Gift" subverts the "Fatal Attraction" genre by sprinkling it with a little "Usual Suspects" flavoring.

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2015-05-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Isabelle Candelier, Neils Schneider, Mel Raido

A nice little gem for anyone intrigued by the concept of having fun with a giant of 19th century literature.