The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | July 25’s movies rated

What were the best films that came out in the last week? What were the worst? Were there any you weren’t sure of seeing? Below are quick and easy star ratings of the past week’s releases to help you decide, including short plot details from IMDB. Full comment and opinion can be found in The Film Journal.


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Earth to Echo
★★earth-to-echo-cute

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

91 min. Director: Dave Green. Writers: Henry Gayden, Henry Gayden. Stars: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig. Watch trailer

Hercules
★★★½

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Having endured his legendary twelve labours, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

98 min. Director: Brett Ratner. Writers: Ryan Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane. Watch trailer

Joe
★★★★J1

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

117 min. Director: David Gordon Green. Writers: Larry Brown, Gary Hawkins. Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter. Watch trailer

The Purge: Anarchy
★★★purge_a

A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

103 min. Director: James DeMonaco. Writers: James DeMonaco, James DeMonaco. Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford. Watch trailer

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