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No Time to Die

In all the years I have watched James Bond movies, I will confess to rarely having been shocked by a narrative development or twist. Prior to No Time to Die, there was one exception: the conclusion of OnHer Majesty’s Secret Service, when Bond...

Run Time: 2:43
U.S. Release Date: 2021-10-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rory Kinnear, Billy Magnussen, ...
Venom: Let There Be Carnage

If 2018’s Venom felt like an afterthought, then the sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, feels like an afterthought to an afterthought. With its short running length, this drunk-on-CGI production is less a movie and more the outline of somet...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2021-10-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, ...
Dear Evan Hansen

While watching Dear Evan Hansen, I was reminded of the 1994 film I’ll Do Anything. Originally designed as a musical (with eight songs by Prince), the decision was made in the editing room to release the Nick Nolte vehicle as a straight drama...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-24
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Suicide, Mental Illness)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, ...
Everybody's Talking about Jamie

Whether as a result of coincidence or intent, the COVID pandemic has issued in a new era of motion picture musicals. Not since mid-20th century, when Musicals were perennially the biggest earners, has the genre been this popular. Everybody’s...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Mature Themes)
Genre: Musical/Drama
Director: Jonathan Butterell
Cast: Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Richard E. Grant, ...
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Note: I consider this review to be “spoiler-lite.” Although there are no overt revelations of things that can’t be learned by scanning published cast lists or watching the trailer, if you don’t want to know anything about the movie, co...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2021-09-03
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Fantasy
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, ...
He's All That

1999’s She’s All That was a fine, forgettable slice of mediocrity. In my naivete, I assumed the film’s bland anonymity was the reason it was accorded a gender-swapped remake. After all, while there’s danger in remaking a good movie, when ...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis, ...
Reminiscence

For her feature-film debut, Lisa Joy (Jonathan Nolan’s partner-in-crime on the HBO Westworld series) has attempted to graft futuristic elements onto an old-fashioned noir detective story. The result is disappointingly drab with contrived act...

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Lisa Joy
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, ...
Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China was released at a time when John Carpenter’s white-hot career had begun a downward trajectory. His third feature starring Kurt Russell, Big Trouble matched the action-adventure elements of Escape from New York wit...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-08-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, ...
Respect

Respect uses vignettes to provide an overview of the early years of Aretha Franklin’s life and career. Along the way, the movie touches on a number of weighty issues including domestic abuse, alcoholism, and Civil Rights activism. The film c...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2021-08-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama
Director: Liesl Tommy
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, ...
Free Guy

As a comedic satire of gaming and an offbeat romantic comedy, Free Guy is amiable and entertaining, if a little too long (an unfortunately common problem among big-budget movies in the 2010s and 2020s). When it comes to the film’s “deeper...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-10-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, ...