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Uses reliable science fiction/time travel/alien invasion tropes in ways that could be interesting but ultimately turn out to be regurgitations of stories we’ve seen before.

Too little use of a rich palette of music and too much peddling of important themes like diversity and the evils of cultural appropriation.

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-03
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: AJ Jankel
Cast: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Emun Elliott, Gregor Selkirk, Lauren Lyle, Kate Dickie

The framing of characters is black-and-white and the far-too-pat ending offers an unearned resolution.

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jeff Tomsic
Cast: Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher, Jeremy Renner, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb

Falls prey to two common problems: (1) predictable, uninspired humor, and (2) inept attempts to inject drama into the proceedings during the last act.

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2015-06-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi

The film fumbles its lame narrative and, although some of MacFarlane's jokes are hilarious, they're just blips on the radar.

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2015-01-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Dougray Scott, Sam Spruell

Taken 3 is exactly what one might anticipate from ...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2014-07-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Gary Cole

Tammy is a road trip movie and, like many road ...

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2014-04-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION
Director: Wally Pfister
Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser

To be fair, Transcendence contains its share of "...

I'm of two minds about Breaking Dawn Part 2. ...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2012-10-05
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija

The original Taken, released in the United States ...