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Leaves no spy cliché unturned while offering little that’s interesting or compelling.
Thoroughly conventional by the director’s standards, the central narrative is accessible and offers a wrenching emotional experience.
A well-made, artistically effective motion picture but its appeal is limited to those who appreciate movies that are driven as much by the aesthetics as the narrative.
Uses tone, location, and a string of expert performances to leave an impression, even if the story itself is unremarkable.
U.S. Release Date: 2021-12-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Lana Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Christina Ricci, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jada Pinkett Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Yaha Abdul-Mateen II, Carrie-Ann Moss, Lambert Wilson
For fans of the series, it’s a betrayal that deserves to be ignored and forgotten as soon as possible.
U.S. Release Date: 2021-12-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Comedy/Science Fiction
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott Mescudi, Ariana Grande, Ron Perlman, Timothee Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Melanie Lynskey
With this star-studded cast, the classification of a “missed opportunity” doesn’t do it justice; it feels closer to a tragedy.
U.S. Release Date: 2021-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Cooper Hoffman, Maya Rudolph, Christine Ebersole, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, John Michael Higgins, Benny Safdie, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, Sean Penn, Alana Haim, Skyler Gisondo
Sweet and romantic with plenty of offbeat quirks and unexpected beats while never becoming saccharine or artificial.