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Run Time: 2:46
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-29
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Cast: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto

The movie does many things - some are wrenching, some pose unanswerable existential questions, and some make one wonder whether the film should exist in the first place.

Exists as a reminder not only of a time when filmmakers had more latitude but of the types of production that would find little traction in today’s changed cinematic marketplace.

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Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-04-07
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Musical
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Francesca Hayward, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Laurie Davidson

An individual’s appreciation may rest on a previous love of the stage play; others are more likely to throw up a hairball than purr in contentment.

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-04-07
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Drama
Director: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Chris Cooper, Louis Garrel, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep

Because of the strength of the acting (Ronan’s in particular) and Gerwig’s unusual reworking of the novel’s chronology and ending, it deserves to be seen.

The subject matter is inherently non-cinematic and, regardless of how many swoops, tilts, and fast cuts the director employs, his sense of visual flair never overcomes the underplayed drabness of the narrative.

The last "Star Wars" movie is the most bloated and least satisfying of all the main-line adventures.

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: War
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

A war movie of uncommon vision - by turns startling, gut-wrenching, exhausting, and satisfying.

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Feels a little too much like a money grab and, although moderately entertaining on a popcorn level, there’s a sense of missed opportunity.

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Paul Walter Houser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda

Eastwood has crafted an engaging (albeit fictionalized) account of the triumph of ordinary men over the establishment.

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-03-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie, Dean Jones

There are enough good things to warrant a look for those who may have dismissed the film in 1991 or who never saw it.