The Forever Purge (Theaters)
Starring: Ana De La Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda
Directed by: Everardo Gout
Plot: All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 52%
Critic Consensus: “The Forever Purge fails to fully engage with its most frighteningly timely themes, but the franchise remains largely — albeit bluntly — effective”
Starring: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicolas Braun, Colman Domingo, Ari’el Stachel, Jason Mitchell
Directed by: Janicza Bravo
Plot: A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida.
RT Freshness: 88%
Critic Consensus: “Zola captures the stranger-than-fiction appeal of the viral Twitter thread that inspired it — and announces director/co-writer Janicza Bravo as a filmmaker to watch”
Summer of Soul (Theaters and Hulu)
Starring: Lin Manuel-Miranda, Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, BB King, Moms Mabley, Abbey Lincoln
Directed by: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
Plot: Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.
RT Freshness: 98%
Critic Consensus: “Deftly interweaving incredible live footage with a series of revealing interviews, Summer of Soul captures the spirit and context of a watershed moment while tying it firmly to the present”
The Boss Baby: Family Business (Theaters and Peacock)
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Greenblatt, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Eva Longoria
Directed by: Tom McGrath
Plot: The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again – and inspire a new family business.
RT Freshness: 50%
Critic Consensus: “It’s more C-level than C-suite, but as a painless diversion for the kids, this Boss Baby manages some decent Family Business“
Fear Street Part One: 1994 (Netflix)
Starring: Kiana Madiera, Olivia Welch, Benjain Flores Jr, Gillian Jacobs, Fred Hechinger, Ashley Zuckerman
Directed by: Leigh Janiak
Plot: After a series of brutal slayings, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that’s plagued their notorious town for centuries.
RT Freshness: 88%
Critic Consensus: “Fear Street Part One: 1994 kicks off the trilogy in promising fashion, honoring the source material with plenty of retro slasher appeal”
The Tomorrow War (Prime Video)
Starring: Chris Pratt, JK Simmons, Edwin Hodge, Sam Richardson, Betty Gilpin, Mary Lynn Rajskub
Directed by: Chris McKay
Plot: A family man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past.
RT Freshness: 57%
Critic Consensus: “Chris Pratt ably anchors this sci-fi adventure, even if The Tomorrow War may not linger in the memory much longer than today”
No Sudden Move (HBO Max)
Starring: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Plot: A group of criminals are brought together under mysterious circumstances and have to work together to uncover what’s really going on when their simple job goes completely sideways.
RT Freshness: 85%
Critic Consensus: “While it may not be on par with his best crime capers, No Sudden Move finds Soderbergh on entertainingly familiar ground — and making the most of an excellent cast”
America: The Motion Picture (Netflix)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn, Simon Pegg, Bobby Moynihan, Judy Greer, Will Forte, Raoul Max Trujillo
Directed by: Matt Thompson
Plot: A chainsaw-wielding George Washington teams with beer-loving bro Sam Adams to take down the Brits in a tongue-in-cheek riff on the American Revolution.
RT Freshness: 36%
Critic Consensus: “America: The Motion Picture is definitely outrageous and possibly patriotic — problem is, it’s also not very funny”
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.