The plot of “Slender Man” (Screen Gems) is concisely summed up when Wren (Joey King), one of the creature’s victims, screams, “He gets in your head like a computer virus!”
Forty-three summers ago (incredibly), Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” made moviegoers afraid to go in the ocean, for fear of getting bitten (or worse) by a great white shark.
A strong sense of deja vu hovers over “The Darkest Minds” (Fox), a dystopian thriller about gifted teens running for their lives.
It’s always dangerous to tamper with perfection. And, if there were ever a perfect world, it must be that of the Winnie the Pooh literature created by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard in the 1920s.
Though a mixed bag of good values and a bit of dodgy humor renders it acceptable but not ideal for kids, sharp satire makes the witty animated comedy “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” (Warner Bros.) a hoot for their elders.
Tom Cruise’s by-now iconic American agent Ethan Hunt is at the top of his game in the engrossing espionage sequel “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” (Paramount).
omputer hackers are sometimes just like the slashers of 1980s horror films, “Unfriended: Dark Web” (BH Tilt) shows us.
Reprising his role as dispenser of do-it-yourself justice Robert McCall, Denzel Washington once again imagines that vengeance is his in “The Equalizer 2” (Columbia), director Antoine Fuqua’s follow-up to his 2014 thriller.
Like the excursion around which it’s built, the animated kids’ comedy “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (Sony) makes for a pleasant diversion.
A love of violence for its own sake, a profoundly dishonest attempt to disguise itself as a political allegory and reverse racism characterize “The First Purge” (Universal), a despicable bit of slaughter porn.