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

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.

A blood-soaked revenge tale with a high body count that refuses to pull its punches to make the protagonist more likable.

"Madame Web" is another example of a comic book movie no one was clamoring for.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Home Release Date: 2024-02-06
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Louis Malle
Cast: Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory

Issues about the current relevance of the dialogue aside, the presentation offers a clinic in the importance of the non-verbal aspects of filmmaking.

The haphazard fashion in which the movie has been assembled argues that this should have been left on the stage where a live production can cover all manner of missteps.

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2023-11-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Smoking)
Genre: Drama
Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Matt Bomer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Rogan, Maya Hawke

This telling of the life story of Leonard Bernstein contains moments of cinematic passion and poetry that make it worth seeing even if specific choices create an underlying sense of frustration.

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2023-12-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Sakura Ando, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa, Hinata Hiiragi, Yuko Tanaka

Challenging but neither inaccessible nor impossibly dense; director Kore-eda invites intellectual engagement but does not leave the viewer unrewarded.

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2023-11-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton, Gabriel Chung, Elizabeth Yu, Piper Curda

Highlights the ability of director Todd Haynes to explore complex and dysfunctional human relationships with insight and intelligence.

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2023-11-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Nia DaCosta
Cast: Brie Larson, Toyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Seo-Jun Park

Instead of offering engaging storytelling, it give us flashes, bangs, bad dialogue, and a mountain of fakery.