"Maxxxine" has the ideas. It has the style. It has Mia Goth. But somewhere along the way, writer/director Ti West lost the story.

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 2024-06-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon, Boyd Holbrook, Emory Cohen, Norman Reedus

A passable production with some interesting performances but the bumpy screenplay and uneven pacing keep the audience at arms-length and limit the effectiveness of the narrative.

Although there are stretches when the movie generates tension, the seeming inevitability of the endgame limits its power.

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 2024-04-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, Mike Faist

This middling melodrama about power, sex, and tennis is heavy on homoeroticism and light on meaningful storytelling.

Like many recent Ritchie movies, this one has a lot of frenetic action, a fair amount of spectacle, some cheeky dialogue, and a hefty dose of machismo.

Designed to be corny and loopy but with a kernel of sentimentality at its core, and is sufficiently different to make it almost worth seeing for that reason alone.

As a comedy, it hits many of the right notes but as a mystery, it is less than impressive.

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2024-04-05
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Director: Ned Benson
Cast: Lucy Boynton, David Corenswet, Justin H. Min

The actors do what they can with underwritten roles but it is hard not to see that a lot more could have been developed from the premise.

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2024-03-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Robert Lorenz
Cast: Liam Neeson, Kerry Condon, Ciaran Hinds, Jack Gleeson, Sarah Greene, Colm Meaney, Desmond Eastwood

Director Robert Lorenz does a good job of generating suspense but his handling of smaller, character-based moments is uneven at best.

Run Time: 1:29
U.S. Release Date: 2024-03-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Michael Mohan
Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Alvaro Morte, Benedetta Porcaroli, Dora Romano, Giorgio Colangeli

It is at times unsettling and the ending contains a strong shock element but the movie as a whole feels a little too familiar to engage its audience.