The Spy Who Dumped Me

Lionsgate

After discovering that her boyfriend (Justin Theroux) works for the CIA, then witnessing his murder at the hands of enemy operatives, an ordinary woman (Mila Kunis), together with her best friend (Kate McKinnon), becomes entangled in the world of espionage. Forced to go on the run, the pals must also figure out what to do with the vital flash drive the spy committed to his girlfriend’s care as he was dying. They’re chased by a British agent (Sam Heughan) who claims he wants to protect them but whose real motives are unclear. Given its blend of genres, director and co-writer Susanna Fogel’s fish-out-of-water action comedy is surprisingly violent. Add in some tawdry visuals and dialogue and the appropriate audience for the film, which has a few bright moments but eventually wears out its welcome, dwindles. Much harsh violence with some gore, glimpses of full male nudity, an implied casual encounter, frequent sexual and brief scatological humor, a few uses of profanity, pervasive rough and crude language. L; R

Dog Days

LD Entertainment

A comedy with dramatic elements, this film follows a variety of Los Angeles residents as they live their lives and face some daunting challenges during one summer. By their sides, helping with presence and love are their dogs. Directed by Ken Marino and written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama, the film follows a barista (Vanessa Hudgens) waiting for an opportunity to put her education to good use, a lonely widower (Ron Cephas Jones) whose dog goes missing, a morning show host (Nina Dobrev) who can’t quite seem to keep herself together, and others brought together by their canine companions. The film celebrates respect, forgiveness, responsibility and generosity. Two crass terms, some negative comments about marriage and pregnancy. A-II; PG

The Meg

Warner Bros.

A silly yet entertaining summer popcorn movie, a cross between “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” directed by Jon Turtletaub from the eponymous 1997 novel by Steve Altern. A deep-sea diver (Jason Stratham) is called out of retirement for an emergency rescue mission of the crew of a mini-submarine at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, piloted by his ex-wife (Jessica McNamee). With the help of an oceanographer (Li Bingbing), the mission is a success, but it releases the eponymous monster shark, which heads to the surface to feast on humanity. Perilous scenes of shark attacks, some gore, brief sexual banter and a handful of profane and crude oaths. A-III; PG-13

Alpha

Columbia

The oft-repeated tale of a boy and his dog imagines how mankind discovered man’s best friend, its canine ancestor, the wol, some 20,000 years ago in southern Europe. A sensitive teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is facing a milestone: joining his father (Johannes Haukur Johannesson) and other members of the Cro-Magnon tribe on the annual bison hunt, to provide food before the harsh winter sets in. After a tragic accident the tribe leaves him for dead, forcing the teen to embark on a dangerous journey home, with a lone wolf as his companion. Director Albert Hughes has crafted thrilling fable, a coming-of-age survival story about family and friendship that, despite a few perilous moments, is worthy viewing for older teens. A-II; PG-13

Crazy Rich Asians

Warner Bros

This adaptation of the popular novel by Kevin Kwan is a surprisingly pedestrian affair, directed by Jon M. Chu. A university professor (Constance Wu) in New York City is invited by her long-time boyfriend (Henry Golding) on a trip to Singapore to meet his family. There she discovers he is the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Asia and a sought-after bachelor. She becomes the target of scores of jealous ladies, as well as her boyfriend’s disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh), who is determined to break up the relationship. An implied pre-marital relationship, some sexual humor, mature themes and a handful of profane and crude oaths. A-III; PG-13

Slender Man

Screen Gems

“He gets in your head like a computer virus!” Slender Man, in fact does that to four teen girls (Annalise Basso, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair and Joey King) who have the misfortune to “summon” the internet goblin by watching one of his online videos. There’s not a whole lot else to this horror movie based on the tall, faceless character in a dark suit introduced by his creator, Eric Knudsen in 2009. Additionally, director Sylvain White and screenwriter David Birke seem to have been oblivious to the recent attempted murder case in Wisconsin, when two unstable preteen girls stabbed a classmate because they thought it would impress Slender Man. An occult theme, fleeting crude language and profanities. A-III; PG-13

Eighth Grade

A24

All the varied horrors of middle school are on display in this low-key, moving blend of comedy and drama, written and directed by Bo Burnham. In a riveting performance, Elsie Fisher plays an unpopular teen on the brink of graduation as she yearns for the boy of her dreams (Luke Prael), is pursued by a likable goofball (Jake Ryan), gets put down by a duo of mean girls (Catherine Oliviere and Nora Mullins) and squirms under the loving but overzealous care of her well-meaning single dad (Josh Hamilton). Positive attention from an amiable high school student (Emily Robinson) offers some relief from the protagonist’s isolation but also leads to emotional manipulation by one of her newfound friend’s peers (Daniel Zolghadri). While it implicitly condemns the low morals of the hookup culture and subtly endorses nondenominational religious faith, Burnham’s screenplay deals with sexuality in a manner that would normally prohibit endorsement for any but grownups. Much sexual humor, including a brief sight gag about masturbation and a nonexplicit sequence dealing with oral sex, fleeting scatological humor, a couple of uses of profanity, occasional rough and crude language. A-III; R

The Happytime Murders

STX

Pornographic felt appears to have been the concept behind this Los Angeles-set murder mystery in which down-on-their-luck puppets from a once-popular 1990s TV show interact with humans. A disgraced puppet police detective (voice of Bill Barretta) and his human former partner (Melissa McCarthy) try to solve a series of slayings victimizing the cast of the program. Director Brian Henson (son of Muppets creator Jim Henson) and screenwriter Todd Berger have borrowed elements from the Toontown of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and some of the crasser sight gags in Adam Sandler’s body of work. The result is little more than a series of dirty jokes, best left unwatched. Vulgar sexual sequences, pervasive profane and crude language O; R

USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting

classifications:

A-I – General patronage

A-II – Adults and adolescents

A-III – Adults

A-IV – Adults, with reservations

L – Limited adult audience

O – Morally offensive

Motion Picture Association of America ratings:

G – General audiences; all ages admitted

PG – Parental guidance suggested; some material may not be suitable for children

PG-13 – Parents are strongly cautioned to give special guidance for attendance of children under 13; some material may be inappropriate for young children

R – Restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

NC-17 – No one under 17 admitted