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Roadrunner

If one was to ask Morgan Neville, the award-winning director of Roadrunner (full title: Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain), what the movie is about, he would likely respond something along the lines of “the life of celebrity chef, ad...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Morgan Neville
Cast: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, ...
No Sudden Move

Watching No Sudden Move, the thought came to me that, if I didn’t know the director beforehand, I might guess Steven Soderbergh or the Coen Brothers. It’s the kind of production that only those filmmakers (or their proteges) would make, using...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Don Cheadle, Julia Fox, Bill Duke, ...
Forever Purge, The

I suppose the best way to characterize The Forever Purge is as “red meat for Purge fans.” When you get this deep into a franchise, the tendency is to take the safe path and regurgitate earlier narrative beats, albeit with different “char...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2021-07-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Director: Everardo Gout
Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, ...
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Four years ago, when I reviewed The Hitman’s Bodyguard, I described it as a fun throwback to the mixed-race buddy pictures of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Due in large part to the combustible chemistry between lead actors Ryan Reynolds (w...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, ...
Conjuring, The: The Devil Made Me Do It

Beware the third installment of any series. For even some of the best-conceived and executed franchises, the third time is often not the charm. It’s when things start to fall apart. It’s when ideas dry up. It’s when the creators, writers...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2021-06-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Horror
Director: Michael Chaves
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, ...
Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead isn’t director Zack Snyder’s first dance with the undead. His feature debut, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, had him remaking the George A. Romero horror classic. 17 years later, after spending a significant portion of his film...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, ...
Woman in the Window, The

For roughly its first third, Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, based on the best-selling novel by A.J. Finn, feels like a quasi-remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. It then shifts gears and enters Gaslight/Witness to Murder territ...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, ...
Spiral

It’s very difficult to kill a slasher film franchise. The existence of Spiral is proof that, no matter how many times you put down a series like this, it keeps coming back for more. The original Saw reached theaters in 2004 and, as I wrote i...

Run Time: 1:33
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-07-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, ...
Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead is the kind of straightforward thriller that was popular during the 1990s – the sort of thing that, had it come out 25 years ago, might have featured someone like Mel Gibson in the lead role. It’s a story of survival...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-08-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Aidan Gillen, ...
Profile

Profile belongs to a burgeoning genre of low-budget films that have collectively been dubbed “screenlife” movies. The natural successor to “found footage” productions, these narratives are presented entirely on a faux computer screen, ...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Cast: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams, ...