Although the series hasn’t been reduced to the harebrained level of a big-screen children’s cartoon, the latest chapter is the least sophisticated of the movies.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Horror
Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, ...

A passable way to throw away 100 minutes if you’re willing to turn off your brain and pretend it’s making sense.

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: : Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz, ...

Despite offering a riveting, high-energy origin story, "Alita" lacks a genuine ending and this leaves the narrative frustratingly unfinished.

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Kids will enjoy it more than adults, although there’s enough to keep older viewers from zoning out (at least most of the time).

The gallows humor is pervasive, giving the production, which sometimes crosses over a line into outright parody, a quirky tone.

Wastes its premise while offering little more than a sparkling Henson performance to distract us from the underwritten screenplay.

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Emma Forrest
Cast: Jemima Kirke, Lola Kirke, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, Billy Crystal, Jennifer Grey, Alice Eve, Scott Caan

The screenwriter’s guiding hand is too obviously present and becomes an impediment to any appreciation of the characters’ evolutions.

Although the lead character’s arc is troubled and conflicted, the ending makes her seem more like a superhero than the material warrants.

Run Time: 1:21
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa

The director’s macabre flourishes and garish visuals can’t completely camouflage the hollow space at the production’s core.

Esoteric qualities don’t merit an unqualified recommendation for a production more apt to deliver frustration than gratification.