Ad Astra
Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: James Gray
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga

The autumn movie season has a history of hosting impressive, thought-based science fiction movies. To that list add "Ad Astra," a film that uses space exploration as a means to look inward at the essence of humanity.

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-20
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Michael Engler
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, ...

A plot-lite opportunity for fans of the long-running TV series to reconnect with old friends and see what they’ve been up to.

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, ...

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.

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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, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard

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.

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.