Failed Movie Magic: Five films to avoid in theaters this week

It sucks to waste your money and your time on bad movies. Of course, your individual enjoyment is subjective, but here are five films in theaters this week that were panned by critics — either our own or reviewers from elsewhere on the internet.

The Meg

Variety says The Meg, "Comes on like it wants to be the mother of all deep-sea attack movies. But it's really just the mother of all generically pandering, totally unsurprising Jaws ripoffs."

Slender Man

Newsweek says, "Slender Man feels as used up as any years-old meme, like trying to explain what's funny about dat boi a decade late."

The Spy Who Dumped Me

For better or worse, The Washington Post says, "The movie is the cinematic equivalent of the Cheesecake Factory." So it might be fine, for you! Kate McKinnon is great, after all. But other critics think the film falls flat, with some saying that McKinnon and Mila Kunis don't have the chemistry necessary to make it work.

Darkest Minds

Critics have been harsh on this adaptation of a young adult sci-fi novel, with Entertainment Weekly saying, "What we're left with is a Mad-Libs version of a dystopian YA adaptation done by someone who saw half of an X-Men movie on TV once, with no depth, no new ideas, and no point."

The Equalizer 2

The Boston Globe calls this sequel "a narratively and visually muddled disappointment, one that regularly confuses numbing brutality with vicariously thrilling righteous vengeance."

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