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Warning: This review contains general spoilers. Although these have been revealed in the film’s trailer, they may provide more information than some readers prefer.Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to a filmmaker is to have an unexpe...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Nolan River, ...
Black Widow

If timing is everything then Black Widow has suffered from a buzzard’s luck in that regard. Starring a character who is already dead in the MCU, the movie is forced to pick through her past life in search of a viable story and, in terms of b...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profantiy)
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Cate Shortland
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, ...
Tomorrow War, The

Many movies would like to be grouped with the likes of The Terminator, Alien, and Predator. However, although aspects of The Tomorrow War recall those films, they often feel more like a distant echo than a new chorus. This 2021 movie uses relia...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-02
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, ...
Ice Road, The

The Ice Road may be the worst direct-to-Netflix movie to feature a major star. It may also offer the worst entry into Liam Neeson’s catalog of strong, resilient action heroes. It’s not hard to understand the potential in the premise but it...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Cast: Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas, Laurence Fishburne, ...
F9: The Fast Saga

(This may contain spoilers. Hard to say with a series like this.)Life may be like a box of chocolates, but Fast and Furious films aren’t. With these movies, you always know what you’re going to get. After two decades of increasingly improb...

Run Time: 2:24
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Action
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Sung Kang, John Cena, ...
In the Heights

When contemplating a musical, whether it’s a Hollywood classic, an original screen creation, or a stage-to-movie adaptation, there are two key considerations. The first is that the film has a story worth telling and that its raison d’etre ...

Run Time: 2:23
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-10
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Musical
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Jimmy Smits, ...
Cruella

Taking a page out of the Maleficent handbook, Disney has decided to take another of its iconic villains – in this case, Cruella DeVil – and provide her with an origin story that recasts her as a misunderstood victim rather than one of the ...

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Adult Themes)
Genre: Adventure/Comedy
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, ...
Quiet Place Part II, A

My review of John Krasinski’s 2018 A Quiet Place called the movie “a superb exercise in understated terror that puts to shame ‘horror’ films that rely on jump scares and cheap theatrics.” It was one of the best films of the year and ...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-07-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Gore)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, ...
Final Account

Final Account may ultimately be more important for the voices it immortalizes than for its worth as a conventional documentary. The film’s mission is simple: seek out as many ex-Nazi survivors as could be found at the time of the production ...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Luke Holland
Cast: Karl Hollander, Otto-Ernst Duscheleit, Hans Werk, ...
Thunder Force

They have outdone themselves. The husband-and-wife duo of writer/director Ben Falcone and actress Melissa McCarthy, responsible for four previous exercises in brain cell-killing cinematic torture (Tammy, The Boss, Superintelligence, and the cr...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2021-04-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Cartoon Violence)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, ...