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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.

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Run Time: 2:16
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-04-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Despite the whiff of “Oscar bait” surrounding the production, it’s a well-made, affecting tale about do-gooders who do good rather than merely muddying the waters.

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-04-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
Director: William Eubank
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie

Will likely satisfy audiences who go in with appropriately established expectations because, for what it is, the film is solidly entertaining.

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.

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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.

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.

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