Circle, The
Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton, Glenne Headly, Patton Oswalt, Ellar Coltrane

Has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, ...

A superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.

Run Time: 2:21
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Director: James Gray
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, ...

With too much material to fit into a 141-minute movie, there are times when the approach feels superficial.

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Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Director: Terry George
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Angela Sarafya

Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.

A stirring drama that incorporates lighter moments with scenes of deeply felt tragedy.

“Dumbing down” was coined for productions like this: big, splashy, testosterone-fueled monstrosities.

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.

At best made-for-TV quality with stars too big to allow it to go directly where it belongs.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2017-03-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl, Shira Haas

A missed opportunity to tell a powerful story.