By Joey Nolfi
Updated August 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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It's likely you're hanging with the Suicide Squad this weekend, but EW's handy Critical Mass guide is here to help you pick an alternative if you're not down with The Joker and co.

How about some more shakey cam and amnesiatic punching? Or what about the R-rated comedic stylings of the ladies in Bad Moms? See what the critics are saying about this week's hottest new releases in the reviews below.

Suicide Squad

Opens Aug. 4

EW's Chris Nashawaty says:

Writer-director David Ayer (End of Watch) skillfully sets up the film, introducing each of the crazies with caffeinated comic-book energy. But their mission — to take down Cara Delevingne's undersketched witch, Enchantress, and her giant golem-like brother — is a bit of a bust. The stakes should feel higher. As someone who isn't fluent in Suicide Squad lore, I can't imagine there wasn't a better villain in its back ­catalog. Still, it's nothing compared with how wasted Leto's scene-stealing Joker is. With his toxic-green hair, shiny metal teeth, and demented rictus grin, he's the most dangerous live wire in the film. But he's stranded in the periphery. For DC, which blew it with Batman v Superman last spring, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap. B–

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%

Metacritic: 42

Jason Bourne

Now playing.

EW's Leah Greenblatt says:

Director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) has always had a taste for the topical and political, and his third Bourne outing augments the usual truth-and-justice talking points with a strenuously current nod to digital privacy issues via a Zuckerberg-like social-media mogul (Riz Ahmed). If anything, he underplays those assets, shorting deeper story development for exotic zip codes, bang-up fisticuffs, and adrenalized chase scenes (one of which delivers a level of casual collateral damage that feels, after the events in Nice, ill-timed at best). Jason Bourne has already given us a hero who transcends two dimensions. We just need to know more about what he's fighting for. B+

Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

Metacritic: 58

Star Trek Beyond

Now playing.

EW's Chris Nashawaty says:

I don't want to sound too nit-picky and churlish. But the Trekverse is something that really means something to people. For them, Beyond is a fine movie, it's just not a very good Star Trek movie. After all, as summer releases have gotten more and more and sensational and trivial, the Trek franchise could always be counted on to serve up some smarts along with its sci-fi action beats. With Beyond, it feels like just another summer tentpole with not enough going on underneath the tent. C+

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Metacritic: 68

Bad Moms

Now playing.

EW's Chris Nashawaty says:

With as much insight as Bad Moms has, it's hard to believe that the film was written and directed by two men, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore—the same guys who co-wrote that ode to arrested male development, The Hangover, no less. But Bad Moms has the sting of truth about the relentless demands mothers (and yes, even fathers) face today. It's also incredibly funny in a way that that a similarly-themed show like Bravo's Odd Mom Out wants to be, but isn't. That show is so caught up in its aspirational Upper East Side milieu of one-percent privilege, there's nothing to really relate to. Bad Moms is for all the other mothers out there. The ones who'd like to bring store-bought doughnut holes to the school bake sale without being judged by Gwyneth. The ones who can't afford housekeepers or nannies. The ones who know that the promise that ‘You can have it all' is a lie. The ones who put up with more than they should have to all day-every day, and desperately need a night out with someone like Kathryn Hahn just to feel human again. A–

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

Metacritic: 60

The Secret Life of Pets

Now playing.

EW's Chris Nashawaty says:

Pets has a great premise, but it's more busy than clever. Sylvester and Tweety packed more anarchy and wit into a six-minute Looney Tunes short than Renaud and Cheney manage in an hour and a half. Like a dog that endlessly chases its tail in circles, Pets is amusing for a while, then it just tires itself out.B–

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

Metacritic: 61

Ice Age: Collision Course

Now playing.

EW's Devan Coggan says:

It's been 14 years since we first met Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) in the original Ice Age. We're now on our fifth—yes, fifth—installment in the computer-generated series, and with Ice Age: Collision Course, the novelty is starting to thaw. C-

Rotten Tomatoes: 12%

Metacritic: 34

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