Outside the theater where I saw “Night School,” there was a cardboard standee that depicted star Kevin Hart (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) trying to climb out of a locker he has presumably been shoved into while an unimpressed Tiffany Haddish (“Uncle Drew”) stands outside with her arms crossed. Walking in, I took it as a piece of marketing and nothing more. Walking out after two hours of the sort of banal anti-comedy that has come to define Hart’s movie career, I’m not gonna lie, the image of his character being shoved in a locker took on a sort of cathartic quality.
There’s not much to “Tag” that you won’t get out of most big-budget comedies. The cast is almost unanimously made up of names you’ll recognize from their previous work, and you’ll leave the theater feeling like at least one of your favorites was shafted for screen time.
The watchability of “Bad Samaritan,” the latest nonsensical schlock fest from producer-turned-director Dean Devlin (“Geostorm”), depends entirely on its star. No, not Robert Sheehan (“Mute”), who never quite makes an impression despite playing what's ostensibly the main character of the piece, a small-time crook who accidentally robs the house of a sadistic kidnapper. Instead, the indisputable star of the film, for better or worse, is David Tennant (“Jessica Jones”) as the villain.
“Every Day” tells the story of A, an entity that wakes up in a different body every morning and has to live a day in that person’s literal and metaphorical shoes. After sixteen years of this, A meets a teenage girl named Rhiannon (Anghourie Rice, “The Nice Guys”) and begins to fall in love with her. This raises a lot of interesting questions that could lend themselves to any number of ingenious stories. How does A explain his predicament to Rhiannon, and how does she react? What are the moral consequences of taking over someone’s life for a day?
“Truth or Dare” — oh, sorry, I mean “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” — is the kind of movie that asks a lot of questions. That isn’t to say it has anything on its mind; in fact, it’s hard to think of more than a handful of movies released in the last couple years with such a gaping black hole in which their plot, character development and themes should be.