2010’s

[7.5] Director Alexandre Aja (High Tension) serves up a father/daughter survival thriller that takes place primarily in a basement full of alligators during a hurricane. Sound preposterous? Well, that’s part of the charm. But Aja and screenwriters Michael and Shawn Rasmussen give the tale enough verisimilitude to suck you in and make you root for these people — and their dog, too. Kaya Scodelario and …

[7.5] Jakob M. Erwa directs his own adaptation of Andreas Steinhöfel’s novel about a 17-year-old who returns from summer camp to find his hedonistic mother and twin sister have become uncomfortably distant. At the same time, he enters into his first romantic relationship with the new boy at school and seeks the aid of close family friends and his mother’s latest boyfriend to help him figure …

[7.0] Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston star in this comedy about at pot dealer (Sudeikis) who hires a stripper (Aniston), a lonely teen virgin (Will Poulter) and a homeless girl (Emma Roberts) to pose as his nuclear family as he smuggles an obscene load of marijuana out of Mexico. We’re the Millers generates laughs by seeing this team of misfits hide their agenda (and their …

[7.0] With all due deference to his accomplishments, Steve Jobs’ career isn’t something I thought I needed to see a movie about. Faithful biopics generally make for uneven films, and how the hell can a dork making computers make for an exciting movie? Well, leave it to eminent screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) and maverick director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Sunshine) to …

[3.0] In this third Meet the Parents film, Robert DeNiro’s characters suffers a heart attack, causing renewed concern that his son-in-law, played by Ben Stiller, be able to carry on as the family’s patriarch when he’s gone. Little Fockers feels hastily concocted with a script that’s overly-contrived and an ensemble cast that is barely ever in the same room together. As much as I’ve enjoyed …

[7.5] Writer/director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One) serves up an authentic-feeling monster movie that takes place in the near-future, after NASA accidentally releases an alien life form in the sky over Mexico. The enormous tentacled creatures begin destroying cities and towns, causing mass casualties — but after a few years, the country (and the world) adapt to this new reality. Monster sightings become like tornado …

[4.5] The late Chadwick Boseman stars in this mediocre actioner about a New York City detective trying to stop two cop killers from leaving Manhattan by closing all the island’s bridges and tunnels. But along the way, Boseman’s eyes are opened to a broader conspiracy that could endanger his own life. 21 Bridges benefits from Boseman’s reserved coolness and two great supporting turns from Sienna …

[6.0] Ted the foul-mouthed teddy bear wants to have a baby with his human wife, but the government doesn’t acknowledge Ted as his own person. This sets Ted, his human pal played by Mark Whalberg, and a new lawyer friend played by Amanda Seyfried off on a quest to prove Ted’s humanity in a court of law before a toy company legally reclaims Ted as …

[7.0] Tom Hardy stars as an investigative reporter who becomes the unwilling host body for a gloppy alien creature — named Venom — that gives him superhuman powers. At first the possession experience is scary, with Venom being very much in charge. But eventually Hardy and his counterpart negotiate a relationship as they seek to stop an rich, evil scientist from bringing more dangerous aliens …

[5.5] Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star as survivors of a small plane crash who must brave snowy mountain terrain and try to stay alive long enough to find help. I was in the mood for a survival flick when I settled in for The Mountain Between Us, but the film barely delivers the goods on that mark. No, it’s very much a romance movie. …

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