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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: 2:04
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-08-18
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jacques Tati
Cast: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek

With no real plot and little in the way of character definition, "Playtime" exists as a two-hour exploration of Tati’s thesis about the dehumanizing implications of modern society.

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.

An effective recipe that's one-third Bruce Springsteen hagiography, one-third kitschy ‘80s recreation, and one-third feel-good father/son coming together.

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.

Feels drawn-out, like a film school short that has been stretched beyond its natural length.

An engaging batch of campfire stories told from a fresh perspective, and that’s worth something in the stale world of PG-13 horror.