Under ordinary circumstances, it would have been among a select group of “must see” releases during the summer of 2020. As things have turned out, it may be the only one.

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2020-10-02
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Documentary
Director: John Scheinfeld
Cast: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall Alpert, Randy Badazz Alpert, ...

This movie will likely go down as the definitive documentary about Herb Alpert and, as such, it’s not a bad way to be remembered.

As science fiction, it's a little disappointing but as horror, it’s a rousing success – a shocking and disturbing gem.

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Still, there’s the “charming” factor, and it’s hard to deny. Chalk it up to star power, which Millie Bobby Brown has.

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Director: Miranda July
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins, Gina Rodriguez

Could be loosely described as a coming-of-age story for a thirtysomething woman who exists in a state of extreme arrested development.

Engrossing but conventional – a well-told story whose evocative setting and vivid performances combine to produce a grim and lurid tableau.

Too little about the film feels like real life and who wants a fantasy film that’s such a relentless downer?

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: William Olsson
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Takehiro Hira, Carice van Houten, Andrew Rothney, Misuzu Kanno

The film suffers from an overly-familiar narrative – other films have told with greater power similar stories of lost, self-destructive souls.

"Twilight Zone" elements aside, the movie never loses sight of its twin objectives: maintain suspense and emphasize a message about the enduring, pernicious power of racism.

Geraldine Viswanathan is the reason to see this by-the-numbers rom-com.