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Movie Reviews: Life, Power Rangers, The Last Word, Song to Song, Raw, Wilson

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A trio of new multiplex releases all skitter in with late or absent press screenings, while art house fare includes a Daniel Clowes adaptation, new Terrence Malick and cannibal coming-of-age horror.

Life offers a few tense, unsettling moments in its "alien on the International Space Station" premise, but can't make its CGI threat threatening enough. The Daniel Clowes adaptation Wilson sands down the rough edges of its misanthropic protagonist too much to give his story meaning. Cannibalism becomes a weirdly potent metaphor for sexual awakening in the body horror thriller Raw.

Eric D. Snider finds that the "gritty reboot" of Power Rangers  (pictured) can't escape the franchise's cheesy, simple-minded roots. The Last Word drowns Shirley MacLaine's feisty performance in a sitcom full of shallow platitudes.

In this week's feature review, Terrence Malick once again explores questing souls seemingly without bodies in Song to Song.

Also opening this week, but not screened for press: CHiPs, the latest cinematic incarnation of an old TV show nobody really misses.