Occupies a curious middle ground between philosophical arthouse movie and Easter-themed faith film.
"Mary Poppins Returns" is an imperfect sequel but as a throw-away holiday film designed to provide a family viewing experience, it satisfies a need.
As shepherded by filmmakers with a penchant for visual storytelling, "Mortal Engines" is two hours well-spent.
A respectable venture that fails to generate the kind of gripping, compulsively watchable melodrama and adventure needed to keep the audience engaged.
Delivers precisely what’s expected from a violent, escapist action film and does so with brevity and shock power.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-08-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Jason Statham, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Jessica McNamee, Winston Chao, Ruby Rose, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, Li Bingbing, Olafur Darri Olafsson
By failing to embrace the absurdity of the situation, the movie sets itself up as just another summer blockbuster-of-the-week.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-07-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Wes Bentley, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Alec Baldwin
Proves that this kind of adrenaline-fueled spy thriller isn’t dead – it just needs a strong leading man and an accomplished director.
Despite the fantasy setting and aesthetic, it’s a human tale about relatable characters with real emotions.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-07-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content)
Director: Ol Parker
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jeremy Irvine, Andy Garcia, Cher, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Lily James, Meryl Streep
The first movie does a better job of everything this one does rendering the second installment redundant – painless but purposeless.
If the most important thing in any coming-of-age story is for the main character to evolve, "Measure of a Man" gets it right.