A tonal mess and its inconsistencies make it a frustrating viewing experience.
With its lazy, somnambulant pace and endless stream of cameos, "Around the World in 80 Days" seems to be unfolding in real time (although it boasts stunning visuals).
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-08-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Peter Dinklage
With an unwavering devotion to spectacle and action, the film throws down a gauntlet where this kind of mass team-up is concerned.
A nicely twisty thriller replete with Hitchcockian elements that is spoiled by the string of thriller clichés resulting in a lackluster ending.
While its grandiose visuals remain impressive and the chariot race has lost none of its energy and excitement, "Ben-Hur" is overlong and bloated.
This is what ‘80s comedies were and all of them, "Better Off Dead" included, are more valuable today as time capsules than as artistic endeavors.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-08-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Director: Bill Holderman
Cast: Diane Keaton, Alicia Sliverstone, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda, Katie Aselton
Its ability to tickle the funny bone and warm the heart allow it to work as a traditional rom-com even if the participants are older than is the norm for the genre.
As the credits roll with most of the major plot threads unresolved, the frustration is palpable when one recognizes that there will be no second installment.
U.S. Home Release Date: 2018-08-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, Karan Soni, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Leslie Uggams
Despite lacking the freshness of 2016 feature, the sequel is funny, energetic, and determined not to take itself seriously.
Unfortunately, a worthy message doesn’t necessarily equate to a good movie and, in this case, the inequality is evident.