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Under ordinary circumstances, it would have been among a select group of “must see” releases during the summer of 2020. As things have turned out, it may be the only one.

More interested in applying non-standard cinematic tactics to enliven the facts rather than being enslaved by them.

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2020-07-03
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clementine Grenier, Manon Clavel

"The Truth" is layered and offers a treat for those who savor acting on the highest level, but it is a step down from Kore-eda's best films.

Everything emphasizes the Tall Tale aspects, from the electric, trippy cinematography to the larger-than-life performances of the lead actors.

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-05-03
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence)
Genre: Adventure
Director: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Alfonso Bedoya

A meditation about the effects of greed and isolation on the human psyche, this Oscar darling gave Humphrey Bogart his darkest role.

For the first two-thirds, it's an effecting and effective tale of female bonding; however, toward the end, melodramatic contrivances result in an unlikely climax and unsatisfying denouement.

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-07-07
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated/Musical
Director: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Rachel Bloom, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige

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

Although "Terms of Endearment" may be a passable way to spend a couple of hours, to label it as the Best Picture of 1983 (or any year) is a miscarriage.

Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Tim Miller
Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna

Feels like an echo of "T2," doing many of the same things and offering similar narrative perturbations but without the verve of the earlier movie.

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Drama
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Cast: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, So Yamamura, Haruko Sugimura, Setsuko Hara, Kyoko Kagawa, Shiro Osaka

"Tokyo Story" is as much a journey of discovery as it is an opportunity to reflect. The characters populating this film aren’t strangers. They are our parents, our children, ourselves.