There’s something delicious about the way "Hustlers" delivers on its promise of glitz, sex, and raunchiness while delving far enough beneath the surface to subvert the genre.

Run Time: 2:29
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: John Crowley
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Willa Fitzgerald, Ashleigh Cummings, ...

Although this stripped-down regurgitation of the story is faithful to Donna Tartt’s novel in the broadest sense of the word, it lacks elegance and depth.

Run Time: 2:50
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, ...

Combining the two movies, there’s a clear beginning and ending, and if the latter isn’t as strong or promising as the former, at least the entire story is told.

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Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Gavin Hood
Cast: Kiera Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, Indira Varma

Effective as both a drama and a cautionary tale and the lessons it teaches are possibly more relevant in today’s world than they were 15 years ago.

Tumbles into the lamentable category of what happens when a movie is assembled for no reason other than to make money, and when everyone involved is doing it for the paycheck.

The film’s low profile makes it one of the summer’s best hidden surprises and it should please those who revel in the horror/comedy genre.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Bart Freundlich
Cast: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn, Alex Esola

Although competently made and appealing in an exaggerated soap opera-tinged fashion, it fails to make a strong case for its raison d’être.

The movie’s charm comes from its ability to conjure up the innocence of the twilight of childhood; its humor arises from the adult perspective of certain not-so-innocent things.

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, Kristin Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Zoe Chao

Although it suffers from an ungainly structure and uneven pacing, the production as a whole is engaging and uplifting.