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There’s a depressing predictability to nearly all the action scenes that saps tension and encourages boredom.

Run Time: 2:23
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-08-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Musical
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Olga Merediz, Gregory Diaz IV

The high-energy musical numbers represent the motivation to stick with the movie when the narrative momentum flags.

Run Time: 2:23
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-06-06
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Drama
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Shin’ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki, Yunosuke Ito, Miki Odagiri, Bokuzen Hidari, Nobuo Kaneko

A thoughtful, existential meditation about the meaning of life and what constitutes a life well-lived.

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis, Guy Boyd

Kaufman once again reminds us that, without someone to shape the writer’s constructs, we’re destined to become stuck in a frustrating morass of eccentricity and self-indulgence.

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2020-06-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jon Stewart
Cast: Steve Carell, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Rose Byrne, Brent Sexton, Topher Grace

The comedy offers a gentle reminder that it’s people not slogans that form the spinal cord of America’s democracy.

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2001-02-02
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Wong Kar-wai
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Wong Kar-Wai understands longing and his sublime "In the Mood for Love" brings it to life on the screen.

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2020-05-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Vaughn Stein
Cast: Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen, Chace Crawford, Patrick Warburton, Marque Richardson, Michael Beach

Despite a few effective “gotcha!” moments and Pegg’s performance, the movie is too artificial and undercooked to work.

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2020-02-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Michael Dorman

During the movie’s second half, the narrative begins to rely too much on horror/thriller conventions. All the really good stuff happens before the 75-minute mark.

Whether seen on the big screen or a small one, "The Irishman" is among 2019’s best motion pictures and should receive its share of Oscar attention in 2020.

The filmmakers underestimate the audience’s intelligence, delivering something cartoonish and unfunny that doesn’t work as a comedy, an action/adventure spoof, or much of anything else.