Justice League Dark – Review (***)

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Though the fanboy-pleasing quality to this animated adaptation of the cult superhero supergroup is undeniable, fans will probably be left simply whelmed by its merely acceptable approach to bringing these beloved characters to the big screen.

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Review (***)

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Living up – or down? – to just about every expectation of a belated jolt to the heart of a long-expired franchise, the third xXx movie may be lunk-headed and wholly unnecessary, but it’s also a ton of fun thanks to a game cast, self-aware tone and wealth of ultra-absurd action.

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The Bye Bye Man – Review (**)

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Probably the most disappointing thing about¬†Stacy Title’s preposterously-titled horror flick is that it’s nowhere near as terrible as many will want it to be.¬†Touting a few more good ideas than most of its early-Jan genre brethren, The Bye Bye Man is a bad film for sure, but ultimately just frustrating given the poor execution of a fairly compelling premise.

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Arsenal – Review (**)

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Living down to the expectations of a straight-to-video Steven C. Miller (Marauders) movie starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack released in January, Arsenal occasionally benefits from Cage’s madcap presence, but is mostly a dour bore.

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Collateral Beauty – Review (* 1/2)

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Oscar bait rarely comes as tone-deaf, ill-conceived and downright mean-spirited as Collateral Beauty, a shockingly inept drama that abjectly wastes a fantastic, awards-friendly cast.

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Why Him? – Review (** 1/2)

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With its flat, made-for-TV production values, it’s little surprise that Why Him? is categorically a “wait for Netflix” effort, intermittently entertaining but utterly irrelevant as a theatrically-released film and best-suited to a streaming marathon on a hungover Sunday.

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Monster Trucks – Review (**)

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Fulfilling every expectation of a long-delayed, long-troubled blockbuster set to give Paramount a hefty $115 million writedown, Monster Trucks is a well-meaning but soullessly bland, over-budgeted misfire that’s hugely bereft of charm.

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