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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.

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.

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: 2:24
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-08-04
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Drama
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cast: Shotaro Hanayagi, Kakuko Mori, Kokichi Takada, Gonjuro Kawarazaki

The characters feel real and their circumstances are less an attempt to manipulate a viewer’s emotions than to offer a commentary on the social and cultural standards of the day.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2019-07-19
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Adventure
Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard

Although it qualifies as solid entertainment for a 2019 family with its technically superior look, the film struggles mightily to find the magic that came so easily to its predecessor.

A much different breed of horror than one typically finds in multiplexes, trading in jump scares for something longer and lingering.

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2019-06-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Jamal Trulove

Even though Talbot opts for a quasi-humorous approach to the subject matter, the comedic edge can’t hide an underlying sadness about what this all means.

With a dose of comedy, a dash of romance, and some CGI-heavy battles, the film accomplishes what it needs to do.

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 2019-06-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Romantic/Fantasy
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Alexander Arnold

Weaknesses aside, it’s a feel-good experience with more to recommend it than the obligatory nostalgia trip associated with half-century old songs.

A respectable afterthought sequel that is paradoxically welcome and unnecessary.