Despite offering a riveting, high-energy origin story, "Alita" lacks a genuine ending and this leaves the narrative frustratingly unfinished.
Devoid of complex plotting, comprehensive world-building, and narrative twists, "Aquaman" seems strangely out-of-step with where the genre is going.
The gallows humor is pervasive, giving the production, which sometimes crosses over a line into outright parody, a quirky tone.
Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Stephen Merchant
Cast: Florence Pugh, Lena Heady, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne Johnson
Pugh’s performance is the best thing about the movie but the story, despite Merchant’s comedic flourishes, feels stale at times.
Overlong, talky, filled with meta references, and with a strangely low-energy tone, the movie never fully gels.
A passable way to throw away 100 minutes if you’re willing to turn off your brain and pretend it’s making sense.
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.
This fantasy-adventure inspired by Arthurian legends, although entertaining for children in the age 8-12 bracket, may be a bore and a chore for adults.
Kids will enjoy it more than adults, although there’s enough to keep older viewers from zoning out (at least most of the time).
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.
For "Roma" to attain its full power (which is considerable), a viewer must exhibit not only patience but fortitude.
Esoteric qualities don’t merit an unqualified recommendation for a production more apt to deliver frustration than gratification.
A fresh and breezy way to steer the superhero genre and a testimony to the main character’s appeal and versatility.
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.
Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2019-01-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Adult Themes, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: Drama
Director: Neil Burger
Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies
The film’s predictability is offset by what Hart and Cranston bring to the proceedings.
Wastes its premise while offering little more than a sparkling Henson performance to distract us from the underwritten screenplay.