By placing itself in the shadow of "Twister" and relying so much on story beats of the original, it feels like the most unnecessary of films.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2024-07-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Mark Molloy
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige, ...

Although better than it has a right to be and represents a worthy way to dispose of a couple of hours lying on the couch at home, this is hardly a triumphant return for Axel.

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2024-07-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Oz Perkins
Cast: Maika Monroe, Nicolas Cage, Blair Underwood, ...

Does a great job setting up a sense of deep unease but that quickly evaporates when it becomes apparent the movie isn’t going anywhere worthwhile.

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2024-07-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Jim Rash, Anna Garcia

Although not a complete failure to launch (thanks primarily to the charisma and energy of Johansson), neither does it have the thrust to make it into orbit.

More of a big screen cartoon than a legitimate animated feature, this sixth outing for Gru and his Minion cohorts shows how overextended the franchise has become.

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

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2024-06-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama
Director: Annie Baker
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Zoe Ziegler, Elias Koteas, Sophie Okonedo, Will Patton

"Janet Planet" is emotionally inert, with the straightforward style keeping viewers at arms-length from the characters.

Run Time: 3:01
U.S. Release Date: 2024-06-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Western
Director: Kevin Costner

The first chapter of a multi-episode cinematic epic hints at potential greatness if not quite reaching that pinnacle on its own.

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2024-06-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Director: Michael Sarnoski
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou

This works effectively as a stand-alone film and part of a larger story, and finds a way to extend the "Quiet Place" concept without feeling redundant.

It is not a masterpiece nor is it even a great movie, but the inherent unpredictability in the approach makes for a fun and surprising three hours.