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Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2022-08-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Intense Peril)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Scott Mann
Cast: Grace Fulton

As B-movies go, this one is good enough to hold the attention and wring out the tension without doing anything more ambitious.

Run Time: 2:06
U.S. Release Date: 2022-08-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Brad Pitt, Zazie Beetz, Sandra Bullock, ...

There’s a time and a place for mayhem, and that’s essentially what "Bullet Train" is: two hours of fights, carnage, and witty repartee.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Andrew Semans
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, ...

More notable for the performances of Tim Roth, Grace Kaufman, and especially Rebecca Hall than the supernatural elements or the narrative.

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Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: B.J. Novak
Cast: B.J. Novak, Boyd Holbrook, Ashton Kutcher, Issa Rae, J. Smith-Cameron, Melissa Chambers, Lio Tipton

Flawed but fresh, Novak's feature got me to laugh with him and at him while taking the story seriously and becoming involved in its quirks and twists.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Quinn Shephard
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien, Embeth Davidtz, Mia Isaac

It might be fair to argue that Shephard overreaches but there’s something bracing and fresh about throwing caution to the wind the way she does.

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Angel Torres, Michael Wincott, Steven Yeun

Those who see "Nope" might not get exactly what they’re expecting but they may enjoy it anyway.

The filmmakers do a good enough job of crafting exciting moments but the lack of a compelling storyline keeps the movie from attaining escape velocity.

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: Betty Kaplan
Cast: Esai Morales, Kunjue Li, Caterina Murino

Never ascends to the level that would make it more of an experience than a way to pass a couple of hours.

It's not without flaws but it draws the viewer into its specific time and place and offers an engaging two-hour escape into the life of a memorable individual.

The more familiarity one has with Jane Austen, the more likely the 2022 "Persuasion" is to be seen as an abomination.