"Alien" established outer space as the ultimate "nowhere to run" haunted house 40 years ago, and "Gravity" more recently highlighted its still-harrowing if more mundane aspects. "Life" rather economically mashes up the two, producing a taut, suspenseful thriller that's more enjoyable the less you think about it.
The appeal of programs that put at-risk youth on a path to redemption is as old as "Scared Straight!," the groundbreaking 1980s documentary. Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, lends his celebrity to the similarly themed "Rock and a Hard Place," which hews closer to reality TV than most of HBO's nonfiction efforts.
"Power Rangers" arrives with a pretty serious case of "Transformers" envy, hoping to transform another kids toy franchise of the past into a theatrical blockbuster. The overlong origin story, however, doesn't pack much power, while owing as much of a debt to "The Breakfast Club" as its action-figure selling namesake.