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Under Lester’s aegis, "Superman III" loses its identity, never emerging as a true superhero adventure or a full-blown parody.

If someone was to watch clips, they might be amused (or at least entertained) but it’s a different matter to sit through the entirety of Ed Wood’s opus of ineptitude.

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Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-12-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Regina King
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr.

Although inconsistently paced, there’s enough compelling material here to make for a challenging and thought-provoking fly-on-the-wall’s perspective.

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-12-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Joe Callahan
Cast: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder, Toby Huss, Ryan O’Nan

Among the best Tarantino-influenced thrillers to have made it to theaters in the last quarter-century.

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-12-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Suicide, Mental Illness)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg, Colton Ryan

There’s a dissonance between the film’s darker subjects and its seeming desire to offer something uplifting at the end, and the mediocre songs are a distraction.

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-11-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Fantasy
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Wong, Florian Munteanu

For the most part, this movie features a different way of doing things even if it eventually loses some of that originality in order to conform to the comic book aesthetic.

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Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-11-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Veronica Falcon, Edgar Ramiez

The filmmakers show a keen understanding of what worked in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and pilfer shamelessly from the formula, coming up with 2021's equivalent of "Romancing the Stone."

Would that more genre films were as thoughtful and thought-provoking, mixing substance with splatter in a fashion that builds uneasiness on more than one level.

Hudson’s powerhouse performance gives "Respect" more passion and energy than what one often encounters in a straightforward biopic.

Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.