Snyder takes some chances, doesn’t skimp on the gore, and offers a shock or two.
Sketchy character development and poor world-building keep the film and its protagonists at arm’s length.
The magic previously enjoyed by "The Conjuring" movies has failed to materialize for this journey into the supernatural.
If one puts aside the film’s antecedents, what’s left is an unremarkable family film that lacks a compelling reason to exist.
It’s the words of the men and women giving their “final account” that makes the movie sufficiently important to warrant viewing.
An unfortunate example of what happens when the financial gains of a stand-alone film cause everyone involved to envision a franchise-in-the-making.
Run Time: 2:23
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Musical
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Olga Merediz, Gregory Diaz IV
The high-energy musical numbers represent the motivation to stick with the movie when the narrative momentum flags.
Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-18
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Enrico Casarosa
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Marco Barricelli, Saverino Raimondo, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan
The message is laudable and Luca’s heart is in the right place but its sledgehammer tactics make parts of the movie feel more like a homily than summer entertainment.
Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-12
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Melanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric
The bad aftertaste from the contrived conclusion diminishes the experience but doesn’t undo the prior 90 minutes of mystery and tension.
Krasinski makes the most out of the meager material - the story, limited though it may be, moves like a juggernaut, gaining momentum as it rolls downhill.
Run Time: 1:33
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols
The "plot" is just an excuse to present long, lovingly-filmed instances of sadism and torture.
As generic, made-for-quick-consumption animated productions go, there’s nothing especially bad about "Spirit Untamed." Unfortunately, there’s nothing especially good, either.
An example of something that can work well on the written page but loses a lot when condensed and brought to the screen.
All the ingredients seem to be in place for a rollicking violent time but the elements don’t gel.