Thor: Love and Thunder
for this spirited and unprecedented fourquel in what is now Marvel's longest-running solo film series. Natalie Portman returns as Thor's lost love Jane Foster, who has some big changes afoot, while Russell Crowe enters the fray as Zeus and Christian Bale plays the menacing villain Gorr the God-Butchcer. Full review.
Academy Award winner Taika Waititi remains in the director's chair
Showy director Baz Luhrmann shatters the stale musician biopic mold with this flashy and compelling look at the life of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) and his complicate relationship with his business manager (Tom Hanks). This dynamic production has a long way to go before Oscar contention, but it might very well deserve to be remembered by next winter. Full review.
If you love Toy Story, you'll be moderately entertained by Pixar's miscalculated attempt to present the space adventure that made Andy fall in love with the space ranger action figure. It's the technically dazzling, socially progressive, narratively bland origin story no one asked for. Full review.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Universal's second trilogy of big budget dinosaur blockbusters comes to a conclusion with this nostalgia-driven installment that brings back Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum from Steven Spielberg's original '90s masterpiece. Full review.
The Bob's Burgers Movie
Fox's popular, long-running animated series makes the leap to the big screen in this witty feature-length diversion. Full review.
Top Gun: Maverick
Even with his sixtieth birthday just weeks away, Tom Cruise still has summer movie heroics to give in this long-brewing sequel to the biggest blockbuster of 1986. Full review.
Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness
The summer movie season kicks off with -- what else? -- a Marvel superhero movie. This one is directed by Sam Raimi, the man at the helm of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man Trilogy, although his touch is easily missed here. Full review.
The writer-director of The Witch and The Lighthouse immerses us in another old world with this bold and striking adaptation of the Scandinavian legend of Amleth. Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe star. Full review.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Nicolas Cage plays himself in this clever action-comedy which sees the downtrodden film star accepting $1 million to appear at the birthday party of an influential fan (Pedro Pascal) he later learns has ties to a drug cartel. Full review.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
The third and probably final installment in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise replaces Johnny Depp with Mads Mikkelsen but remains on its mediocre course with its overlong and underwhelming tale of an election that Grindelwald crashes. Full review.
Mark Wahlberg plays an amateur boxer turned unlikely Catholic priest in this meant to be inspiring true drama which co-stars Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, and Malcolm McDowell. Full review.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The second highest-grossing film of 2020 inevitably gets a sequel in this overlong, overcooked comedy adventure adapted from the '90s video games. Full review.
Jared Leto plays a brilliant scientist who uses vampire bat DNA to combat his rare blood disorder in this Marvel comic book adaptation from Sony's Spider-Man universe. Matt Smith and Jared Harris co-star. Full review.
The Lost City
A romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) and her cover model (Channing Tatum) find themselves on an actual island adventure when an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) believes they are the key to genuine treasure. Full review.
Mark Rylance plays an English
tailor cutter who one night finds himself in the middle of a 1950s Chicago crime outfit's backroom attempts to find the rat in their ranks. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) makes his directorial debut. Full review.
This horror movie depicts the fall semester at a predominantly white New England college for two black outsiders, one a freshman and one a master (Regina Hall). Now available to stream on Amazon Prime. Full review.
The Caped Crusader gets yet another go, this time from director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Robert Pattinson fills the title role and is joined by a distinguished cast that includes Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, and Paul Dano. The dark, nearly three-hour crime drama opens on Friday. Full review.
The PlayStation treasure hunting video game franchise gets the feature film treatment in the most banal way imaginable. Spider-Man's Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star in this uninspired globe-trotting adventure. Full review.
Death on the Nile
Eight-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh (Belfast) reprises his roles as director and eccentric detective Hercule Poirot in this adaptation of another Agatha Christie mystery. The Frenchman tries to solve the baffling murder during an Egyptian wedding party cruise in this lavish and nicely-photographed ensemble piece. Full review.
I Want You Back
Charlie Day and Jenny Slate star as freshly dumped thirtysomethings who team up to help one another win their ex back in this R-rated romantic comedy premiering on Amazon Prime. Full review.
Writer-director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) serves up more global destruction in this effects-driven sci-fi thriller. In the present day, two disgraced astronauts (Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist (John Bradley) emerge as our planet's greatest hope against apocalypse brought on by the Moon shifting its orbit. Full review.
but all is not what it seems in this duplicitous thriller written and directed by Spain's Pedro Almodovar. Full review.
Penelope Cruz stars as a photojournalist who becomes unexpectedly pregnant with the child of an anthropologist helping her on a project,
The iconic horror franchise returns for a fifth installment, with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette all reprising their most famous film roles as Ghostface resurfaces to terrorize a new crop of
Woodsboro teenagers. Full review.
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Joel Coen leaves his brother and his sense of humor behind for this dry, faithful monochromatic adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star as the Macbeths. Full review.
A Journal for Jordan
Adapted from Dana Canedy's memoir, Denzel Washington directs this romantic drama about a journalist (Chanté Adams) and an Army sergeant (Michael B. Jordan) who embark upon a long-distance relationship and joint parenthood. Full review.
The King's Man
Matthew Vaughn's comic book-adapted action-comedy franchise takes a step back in this prequel set against the start of World War I and starring Ralph Fiennes as the aristocratic founder of the secret service. Full review.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The most-anticipated movie of the season arrives to nearly insurmountable expectations and yet somehow doesn't disappoint with its epic adventure full of nostalgic delights and surprises. Full review.
Being the Ricardos
Aaron Sorkin imagines the behind-the-scenes drama the cast and crew of "I Love Lucy" faced during a week in which married stars Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) had to deal with revealing a pregnancy and dealing with a news report of communist ties. Full review.
West Side Story
Steven Spielberg directs his first musical in this ambitious remake of 1961's winner of Best Picture and nine other Academy Awards, a tale of young love set against the backdrop of a gang war in 1950s New York. Full review.
Disney adds another lively and colorful musical fantasy to the canon, this one the celebration of a Colombian family with a magical house that bestows special powers upon its residents. Full review.
House of Gucci
Ridley Scott serves up the story of the Italian fashion empire, with a focus on a doomed intraclass marriage. Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and an unrecognizable Jared Leto headline the stellar cast. Full review.
A tour-de-force Oscar-bound Will Smith performance is only one of many reasons to check out this inspiring feel-good story about tennis' legendary Williams sisters' humble origins. Full review.
Sony again tries reviving their flagship 1980s comedy series, this time with Jason Reitman taking the reins his father once held. Full review.
Kenneth Branagh's more than slightly autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in 1969 Northern Ireland is getting Oscar buzz. Does it deserve it? Full review.
The French Dispatch
Style again conquers substance in the creatively dazzling and narratively underwhelming new film from the writer-director of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Full review.
Hot on the heels of her Oscar winning Nomadland, Chloe Zhao wrote and directed this mythology-heavy superhero film, the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be classified as rotten on that popular site that reduces all film criticism to a number which equates a movie to two classes of fruit. Full review.
Last Night in Soho
Edgar Wright gives us his first female leads in this stylish psychological thriller of parallel timelines. Full review.
Scott Cooper's dark Northwest horror mystery proves to be much less than meets the eye. Full review.
No Time to Die
Eon Productions' 25th James Bond film and Daniel Craig's last is a cinematic epic. Full review.
The Last Duel
This Rashomon-esque period epic from director Ridley Scott subverts expectations agreeably, making it one of the best films of the season that nobody saw. Full review.
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