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From its imagination-tinged opening to its Kumbaya ending, "Wonder" never forgets that its mission is to provide a non-threatening, warm-and-fuzzy experience.

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2017-10-27
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast: Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Cory Michael Smith, Tom Noonan, James Urbaniak

An evocative movie with a vaguely disappointing narrative that doesn’t justify the patience viewers must exhibit.

The disappointment of what this movie could have been dogs it as it navigates safe, predictable roads to a preordained conclusion.

Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 2016-08-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak, Bradley Cooper

The lack of dynamism and depth in the characters hamstrings this production.

Tina Fey is the biggest asset but even she’s not sufficient to make it worth more than a marginal recommendation.

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2016-02-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Disturbing Content, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson

There are things to like about "The Witch" but not enough of them to make it worth the price of an admission ticket.

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: 2015-09-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Adventure
Director: Ken Kwapis
Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen

"A Walk in the Woods" is pleasant but inconsequential, a passing diversion rather than a worthy cinematic destination.

The musical sequences throb with energy and this allows "We Are Your Friends" to maintain its trajectory when its momentum flags.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: Drama/War
Director: Russell Crowe
Cast: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz

So jammed with subplots and secondary characters that it often feels like the Cliffs Notes version of a complex novel.

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Ben Stiller, Charles Grodin, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver

Two movies in one: one relatable and witty, the other dry and distancing. The second undermines the first.