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Captain America

For younger fans of Marvel movies, it may be hard to remember anything that came before the advent of the MCU. For decades, however, studios had been trying to strike gold with Marvel properties in ways to rival the success experienced by Warner B...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-10-04
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Albert Pyun
Cast: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, ...
Avatar (2022 Re-Release)

The majority of this review is taken from what I wrote in 2009. I have tweaked and edited it to update it for 2022. Following the main review are a few new comments written following my re-watching of the film on September 23, 2022.Avatar has been d...

Run Time: 2:41
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Nudity)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, ...
Woman King, The

Once upon a time in motion pictures, the historical epic was a popular genre – big, sprawling stories featuring larger-than-life characters splashed across a wide screen. The best of these often deviated wildly from the facts that formed their f...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Adult situations & material)
Genre: Action/Drama
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, ...
See How They Run

While watching Tom George’s See How They Run, two references came to mind (in addition to the obvious Agatha Christie ones): the oeuvre of Wes Anderson and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. Although See How They Run isn’t as head-scratchingly quirk...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2022-09-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy/Mystery
Director: Tom George
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Harris Dickinson, ...
Samaritan

It’s not the 1980s anymore, so any action movie starring Sylvester Stallone should be approached with a level of skepticism. This isn’t Stallone’s first venture into comic book-inspired productions – he has recently appeared in Guardians o...

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Release Date: 2022-08-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action
Director: Julius Avery
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton, Pilou Asbaek, ...
Summering

During a short introduction filled with evocative cinematography and a wistful voiceover narrative, writer/director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) captures the essence of what summer means to a child. What can seem ephemeral to an adult feel...

Run Time: 1:27
U.S. Release Date: 2022-08-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Situations)
Genre: Drama
Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Lia Barnett, Sanai Victoria, Madalen Mills, ...
Fall

Fall, from director Scott Mann, makes for a great trailer. The camera soars up the length of a 2000-foot high decommissioned television antenna and, when it arrives at the top, we’re treated to the sight of someone dangling in mid-air. Had the m...

Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2022-08-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Intense Peril)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Scott Mann
Cast: Grace Fulton
Gray Man, The

Another Netflix would-be blockbuster, another disappointment. According to reports, The Gray Man cost the streaming company close to $200M, which puts it alongside Red Notice as having an MCU-sized budget. Unlike most MCU films, however, The Gray ...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2022-07-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, ...
Where the Crawdads Sing

The screen adaptation of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, written by Lucy Alibar and directed by Olivia Newman, comes with a built-in audience – the novel has (to date) sold 12 million copies and, if only a fraction of those readers pays ...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-09-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Violence, Sexual Assault)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Olivia Newman
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, ...
Thor: Love and Thunder

Boiled down to its essence, Thor: Love and Thunder is just another comic book movie – a celebration of the tropes that have made each new MCU entry an opportunity for Disney to fatten its coffers. Nevertheless, “it” director Taika Waitit...

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-09-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, ...