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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.

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Justin Chon
Cast: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O’Brien, Linh Dan Pham, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Sydney Kowalske

"Blue Bayou" channels plenty of anger and passion and the narrative lynchpin is compelling but Chon’s capabilities as a writer don’t match those as a director and an actor.

A lively, crowd-pleasing story with heart to go along with the glitter and glitz.

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.

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.

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-08-29
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence)
Genre: 1:59
Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Ralph Richardson

Those unfamiliar with the Shakespeare plays that form the basis of "Chimes" may find themselves playing catch-up or feel like they're doing homework.

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.

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.

Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.