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.
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.
Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-13
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Thurop Van Orman
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Rachel Bloom, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Leslie Jones, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown
Anyone with an interest would be advised to wait for this to reach smart phones and tablets where it can be viewed in a medium appropriate to its content and ambitions.
An effective recipe that's one-third Bruce Springsteen hagiography, one-third kitschy ‘80s recreation, and one-third feel-good father/son coming together.
Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.
Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2019-07-12
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Shuzhen Zhou, Han Chen, Hong Lu, Yongbo Jian
Wang has crafted something that is both appealing and emotionally resonant.
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.
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.
Johnson, Statham, and Kirby are tremendous together and (bloated running time aside) things are sufficiently loud and flashy to attract a large audience.
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: 2:50
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.
Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2019-07-19
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Adventure
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard
Although it qualifies as solid entertainment for a 2019 family with its technically superior look, the film struggles mightily to find the magic that came so easily to its predecessor.
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.
Made by a movie-lover for movie-lovers. And even those who don’t qualify may still enjoy the hell out of it.
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: 1:45
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.