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Far better to play the game than watch someone else’s vision of it unfold on screen.

The subject matter is inherently non-cinematic and, regardless of how many swoops, tilts, and fast cuts the director employs, his sense of visual flair never overcomes the underplayed drabness of the narrative.

This example of prepackaged horror is so by-the-numbers that even the jump-scares don’t cause much of a jump.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-29
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Drama
Director: Michael Engler
Cast: Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Miranda Otto, Blythe Danner, Campbell Scott, Victoria Hill, Robert Fairchild

Despite being blessed with well-designed period sets and top-tier acting, this collaboration between writer Julian Fellowes and director Michael Engler is dramatically inert.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Torture, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Rupert Wyatt
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A weird cross between "District 9" and "The Battle of Algiers" that doesn’t do either of those apparent inspirations justice.

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2019-01-18
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Extreme Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Vicky Jewson
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nelisse, Indira Varma

Disposable action entertainment – a throw-away title that’s not bad enough to turn off but not good enough to seek out.

Mired in clichés with a narrative constrained by a bland and generic structure.

A kluge of bad science and worse science fiction clichés, it tries to be atmospheric and scary but succeeds only at being frustrating and tedious.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks

"The Commuter" delivers exactly what’s advertised – a turn-off-the-brain action film starring Liam Neeson that doesn’t moralize or overplay its hand.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton, Glenne Headly, Patton Oswalt, Ellar Coltrane

Has difficulty wedding its collage of ideas with a compelling narrative.