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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

For those who thought Man of Steel was dark, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Batman v Superman, the battle royale/team-up of DC Comics’ revered superheroes, is so bleak that the sun never seems to shine, the characters’ faces can’t form smiles, a...

Run Time: 2:34
U.S. Release Date: 2016-03-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Scoot McNairy, Laurence Fishburne, ...
Batman, The

The Batman, a reboot of DC comics’ most popular character, brings the franchise back into the shadows successfully embraced by Christopher Nolan’s phenomenally popular take but without the fetishism of the Burton/Schumacher years or the excess...

Run Time: 2:56
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-05-24
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, ...
Battle Los Angeles

Perhaps it's a backhanded compliment to acknowledge that, as would-be "event" films about alien invasions go, Battle Los Angeles is superior to both Independence Day and Skyline. Nevertheless, the movie is likely to miss the mark for anyone in sear...

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 2011-03-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ACTION
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Ne-You, ...
Battle of the Sexes

About halfway through Battle of the Sexes, I found myself wishing I was watching a documentary rather than a feature film. Some of the issues raised by the movie – mainly related to a culture that marginalizes women and the struggles of thos...

Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2017-09-29
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, ...
Battleship

Let me start this review off on a positive note. Battleship is in 2-D, not 3-D, so there are no issues with motion blur, low light levels, and general eye discomfort. There are some nice establishing shots of Hawaii; I might want to go there if I w...

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 2012-05-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ACTION
Director: Peter Berg
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, ...
Be Cool

Be Cool, the belated sequel to 1995's Get Shorty, has moments when we think it's going to work. It occasionally tantalizes with witty dialogue and sharp supporting performances. Alas, those are only teases - the film is priming us for something t...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2005-03-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: John Travolta, The Rock, Harvey Keitel, ...
Be Kind Rewind

Despite some solid laughs and a feel-good ending, Michael Gondry's Be Kind Rewind exists far from the mainstream and its appeal will be limited to those who embrace the kind of awkward quirkiness that defines the production. This comedy/fantasy/dra...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2008-02-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Michael Gondry
Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, ...
Beastly

Beastly is Beauty and the Beast for the Twilight generation. Featuring a cast top-heavy with TV actors and a screenplay that could have been given an assist by Stephanie Meyer, the end result would have ended up on the ABC Family Channel if it had ...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2011-03-04
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: ROMANCE
Director: Daniel Barnz
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, ...
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Contained within Beasts of the Southern Wild are moments of fragile, understated magic that emphasize the relationship that exists even between the most neglectful, irresponsible fathers and their daughters. The problem with Beasts of the Southern ...

Run Time: 1:31
U.S. Release Date: 2012-06-29
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/FANTASY
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry
Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures is the latest attempt by a Hollywood studio to cash in on the popularity of a YA (Young Adult) series. In this case, instead of vampires and werewolves, it's witches and warlocks. When it comes to romance and interpersonal inter...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2013-02-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: FANTASY/ROMANCE
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, ...