Lackluster and restrained, it employs a dull story to present a message about the importance of diversity and the evils of assimilation.
The subject matter is inherently non-cinematic and, regardless of how many swoops, tilts, and fast cuts the director employs, his sense of visual flair never overcomes the underplayed drabness of the narrative.
Reasonably faithful to the source material while at the same time existing as a direct sequel to Kubrick’s adaptation.
A solid re-examination of a bygone era and genre with a strong performance of a character worthy of biopic treatment.
Run Time: 2:32
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Matt Damon, Tracy Letts, Ray McKinnon, Noah Jupe, JJ Field, Caitriona Balfe, Josh Lucas, Jon Bernthal, Christian Bale, Remo Girone
Broadens the sports movie without sacrificing the integrity of its essential elements.
Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong, Douglas Hodge
Can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a popcorn thriller or something with an existential bent, and isn't fully satisfying as either.
By blending facts, myths, and made-up material, Lemmons weaves a strong, engaging tale but there’s a sense of a missed opportunity to do something grander.
Whether seen on the big screen or a small one, "The Irishman" is among 2019’s best motion pictures and should receive its share of Oscar attention in 2020.
Falls afoul of tonal inconsistencies which can be especially detrimental in a story with its roots so deeply embedded in an abhorrent historical episode.
Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Horror
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp
Although it may be difficult to “like” this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.
Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-08
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Lydia Leonard, Boris Isakovic
If it doesn’t find its niche in theaters, it will certainly surface again in the home video market and become a favorite for Christmases to come.
Soderbergh uses this as an opportunity to educate as much as entertain, but there are times when the scattershot approach is more frustrating than fulfilling.
Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
The movie achieves its objective of placing the viewer in an uncomfortable situation and allowing it to play out around him or her; a riveting but decidedly non-mainstream horror film.
Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-18
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: Fantasy
Director: Joachim Ronning
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay
Makes a conscious decision to address a subject that not many family films would touch with a ten-foot pole…then bungles the implications and the message.
"Mary" is more mediocre than bad but there’s nothing here to catch the attention of anyone serious about their horror.
Made by a movie-lover for movie-lovers. And even those who don’t qualify may still enjoy the hell out of it.
Just as many of the director’s previous efforts have defied pigeonholing, "Parasite" delights in ping-ponging from one genre to another, defying expectations along the way.
Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Tim Miller
Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna
Feels like an echo of "T2," doing many of the same things and offering similar narrative perturbations but without the verve of the earlier movie.
If you liked "Zombieland," you’ll probably like "Zombieland: Double Tap," just not as much.