How can a movie feature such a talented cast and still suck so bad? Emma Watson can make almost anything worth seeing. And Tom Hanks is one of my all time favorite actors. But “The Circle”, written and directed by James Ponsoldt from a novel by Dave Eggers, just lays there onscreen, untouched by human hands and with no thrills to make us give a damn. The plot seems intriguing at first: Watson is hired by a powerful tech company called The Circle. What seemed like a dream job at first will soon turn into a nightmare when she discovers the real purpose behind the company. It goes on, stranding a good cast, including John Boyega (who literally had nothing to do here) and the late, great Bill Paxton, who plays Watson’s dad. The last third of the film, where the explanations come, degenerates into pure nonsense, before reaching a preposterous conclusion. I don’t know what director James Ponsoldt was hoping to extract from this surprise-free script, but he should know better than to let bad things happen to good actors. It pains me to say this, but “The Circle” is one of the worst movies of the year so far.
The Circle  ★½