Run Time: 2:21
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-06
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Leos Carax
Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell
There comes a point when the weirdness and non-standard storytelling ceases to be effective and becomes a detriment.
Would that more genre films were as thoughtful and thought-provoking, mixing substance with splatter in a fashion that builds uneasiness on more than one level.
Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Paul Schrader
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe, Tye Sheridan, Tiffany Haddish
As a mood piece, the film works well, but as a character study, it’s flawed and as a narrative, it’s erratic.
Looking at the list of "Cinderella" adaptations I have seen, none comes close to this level of badness.
Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Joe Callahan
Cast: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder, Toby Huss, Ryan O’Nan
Among the best Tarantino-influenced thrillers to have made it to theaters in the last quarter-century.
A lively, crowd-pleasing story with heart to go along with the glitter and glitz.
Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Joe Keery, Lil Rey Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Reynold’s charisma and some solid gags hold things together for a while but the movie ultimately comes up short despite its promising premise.
A day-glo, forgettable rom-com demanding minimal attention that rewards those make it through the 90-minute brain-dead experience with the expected sappy ending.
Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Veronica Falcon, Edgar Ramiez
The filmmakers show a keen understanding of what worked in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and pilfer shamelessly from the formula, coming up with 2021's equivalent of "Romancing the Stone."
Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Disturbing Images, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Horror
Director: David Bruckner
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin
A quietly intense alternative to generic horror movies that provides its share of scares without the need to splatter the screen with blood and viscera.
The movie doesn’t make a lot of sense and it doesn’t help that the dialogue is poorly written and clumsily delivered.
Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.
Hudson’s powerhouse performance gives "Respect" more passion and energy than what one often encounters in a straightforward biopic.
For the most part, this movie features a different way of doing things even if it eventually loses some of that originality in order to conform to the comic book aesthetic.
From a pure entertainment perspective, "The Suicide Squad" is one of the most entertaining comic book movies in recent years.
Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-06
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Kirk DeMicco
Cast: Ynairaly Simo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Gloria Estefan
While a majority of the movie is a rambunctious road trip, there’s heart in the evolving relationship and a solid emotional payoff at the end.