While checking out an abandoned building, Eli (Myles Truitt), a 14-year-old scrap metal thief, happens across a decapitated alien (with neck-embers still aglow) clutching an intergalactic weapon the size and shape of a Casio keyboard. It’s now up to the writing-directing team of Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker to build an hour’s worth of suspense as we wait to watch a child fire a gun. The time is otherwise squandered on a network TV subplot concerning Eli’s jailbird brother (Jack Reynor) and a robbery gone bad. Dennis Quaid deserves better than the abrupt gut-shot farewell afforded him while a clouded James Franco retreads his character from Spring Breakers. If the Baker boys truly were fabulous, they’d have had the guts to go all the way and earn an R rating. As the whore with a heart of gold, Zoë Kravitz works a PG-13 strip club where the women on stage wear more clothes than the goons looking on. (2018) — Scott Marks
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