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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.

Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.

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.

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Director: Jason Winer
Cast: Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy, Melissa Rauch, Jane Curtin, Shannon Woodward, Adam Shapiro

Instead of being a song to lift the heart, "Ode to Joy" is a discordant, off-key tune that lasts too long.

It reminds us that female-centered gangster movies can be just as generic and forgettable as those featuring male characters.

There are no real characters here, just quickly sketched stick figures in too-tight costumes that deliver a few solid laughs but not much more.

The movie doesn’t do anything well and it’s an open question why anyone would pay money to see a reworking of a premise that offers so little.

A lackluster, hard-to-swallow police procedural with soap opera-ish subplots and flat characters.

Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-09-10
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy/Musical
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad

For a movie about magic, that’s one element sorely lacking in this retread.