"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.
Silly, dumb, and completely nonsensical – exactly what one could reasonably expect from the movie and what the fans (given a choice) would demand.
Too little about the film feels like real life and who wants a fantasy film that’s such a relentless downer?
Geraldine Viswanathan is the reason to see this by-the-numbers rom-com.
The sentimentality and mawkishness that undermine many “heartbreaking” YA romances is kept at bay.
Engrossing but conventional – a well-told story whose evocative setting and vivid performances combine to produce a grim and lurid tableau.
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: 1:29
U.S. Release Date: 2020-08-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Drugs)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Ninian Doff
Cast: Lewis Gribben, Rian Gordon, Viraj Juneja, Samuel Bottomley, Jonathan Aris, Eddie Izzard, Georgie Glen
Doff announces himself as a talent to be reckoned with and his feature debut seems destined for admission into the cult classic hall of fame.
Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Guy Boyd
Kaufman once again reminds us that, without someone to shape the writer’s constructs, we’re destined to become stuck in a frustrating morass of eccentricity and self-indulgence.
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.
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.
Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-04
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Adventure
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Gong Li, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yonson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao
An engaging adventure that represents not only an effective retelling of the 1998 film but the best of the studio’s animated-to-live action reconstructions.
By taking a different road, Iannucci has provided something that captures the essence of "David Copperfield" without being constrained by every detail.
This movie is passable popcorn entertainment – a two-hour distraction that won’t stand the test of time but was never intended to.
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.
More interested in applying non-standard cinematic tactics to enliven the facts rather than being enslaved by them.