Reasonably faithful to the source material while at the same time existing as a direct sequel to Kubrick’s adaptation.
A solid re-examination of a bygone era and genre with a strong performance of a character worthy of biopic treatment.
It unquestionably touches the funny bone but, in doing so, reminds us of some truths we’d rather ignore.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-20
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Director: Michael Engler
Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Jim Carter, Allen Leech, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Tuppence Middleton
A plot-lite opportunity for fans of the long-running TV series to reconnect with old friends and see what they’ve been up to.
Writer/director Jacob Estes has come to the project with a clever concept but his execution is weak, contradictory, and confusing.
A glimpse of The Zombie Apocalypse according to hipster director Jim Jarmusch and actor Bill Murray (with all that entails).
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-09-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Simon Kinberg
Cast: James McAvoy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain
Suffers from a massive narrative condensation that not only mutes the film’s emotional impact but creates an erratic tone.
A lackluster, hard-to-swallow police procedural with soap opera-ish subplots and flat characters.
The creative muscles flexed by Burton have allowed this version to exist as more than just a fancy live-action retread.