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2.5Score

Kin can’t make good from a wonderfully bad Franco

Movie review: Kin The Baker boys' debut feature may not be fabulous, but somewhere in this wannabe young adult franchise lies a message about the power of guns, and how it transforms one’s place in the American social order.
3.5Score

Juliet, Naked strips romance down to nagging self-doubt

Movie review: Juliet, Naked Director Jesse Peretz brings alt-rock authenticity to Nick Hornby’s story of a singer-songwriter who fell off the map, only to be rediscovered by the long-suffering partner of an obsessive fan. Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd offer pure performance, but it’s Rose Byrne’s quiet navigation of personal desire that redeems the ego-fest.
3.5Score

Alpha to um, mega

Movie review: Alpha Albert Hughes’s magical, 3D vision of post-Ice Age Europe forms the backdrop for a fictionalized account of how one generation of early humans domesticated the wolf.
3Score

Mile 22: 22 miles a minute and going nowhere

Movie Review: Mile 22 Mark Wahlberg plays a black ops specialist who meets his match in Iko Uwais’s cop-turned-double agent in Mile 22, a thriller that stalks, but never closes for the kill.
2.5Score

Dog Days lifts a leg on Hollywood hydrant

Movie review: Dog Days A fluffy version of Crash for canines features the lives and leashes of various Angelenos intertwining, without once pausing to smell its own assumptions.
4Score

Puzzle puzzles but finds an odd fit

Movie review: Puzzle Marc Turtletaub’s English remake of an Argentine art-house favourite is a pretty box of carefully crafted small moments that form a big picture of a still life.  
2Score

The Meh’g — a gaping maw that swallows cliché whole

Movie Review: The Meg Jason Statham proves bite-proof in a regurgitation of Jaws that sinks all the way to the bottom in a bid to go bigger
2Score

The Spy Who Dumped Me: Somebody Dumped Something

Movie Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon’s star in the cinematic equivalent of a girl turd - a predictably offensive but innately apologetic piece of digested genre that's almost funny, until you realize it stinks.
3.5Score

The Rock hits Skyscraper, doesn’t break window

Movie Review: Skyscraper Dwayne Johnson holds everything together by one hand in a predictable popcorn pleaser that turns Titanic on its side and accidentally stumbles into political metaphor. Yet, for all the non-stop action, the movie placed third in its opening weekend.
4Score

Leave No Trace Gets Lost on Purpose

Movie Review: Leave No Trace Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie take on the weight of a father and daughter looking for a place to call home in world that wavers between ambivalence and hostility.