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When an old property achieves new life, it’s because of better creative decisions than the ones made by the men and women behind the fifth "Scream".

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-06-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Horror
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, Michael Keaton

The kind of bland, by-the-numbers origin story that shows comic book movies at their least innovative.

An unnecessary, joyless affair, it plods along offering “canonical” tidbits to fans but very little to casual viewers.

Run Time: 2:06
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-07-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Action/Horror
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams

The movie feels like it was assembled from an unready draft even though visually, there’s no denying the film’s strengths.

About two-thirds of a creepy, unsettling story that comes unglued in the final 30 minutes.

It’s a good thing the movie offers an overdose of nostalgia, because there’s precious little else to get excited about.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2022-06-24
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen Barkin, Jasmine Matthews

Derivative and forgettable; fitfully entertaining but ultimately lacking.

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-01
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Romance/Drama
Director: Emma Holly Jones
Cast: Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton, Sope Dirisu, Theo James, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Naoko Mori, Ashley Park

Genre fans may perceive it as good enough to scratch an itch but no matter how well it incorporates the Jane Austen tropes, it’s hard to see this as more than obligatory and unnecessary.

The more familiarity one has with Jane Austen, the more likely the 2022 "Persuasion" is to be seen as an abomination.

Ponsoldt taps into nostalgia as the jumping-off point for a movie that ultimately goes nowhere, with underdeveloped characters whose stories never gel.