A scifi tale by virtue of its setting, but an old-school film noir at heart thanks to its story, Mute is a puzzle with eccentric pieces that eventually all fit together - perhaps a bit too neatly, given its fondness for jagged edges. But its love of sleazy neon and some unusual themes do much to make up for its contrivances.
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Darren Aronofsky's mother! is gruelling and gruesome. It's a deliberately pretentious art-house movie, cast with some of the biggest stars on the planet. It's horrifying on many levels -- and yet there's something deeply admirable about it. Whatever the opposite of "crowd-pleaser" is, this movie is it.
In many ways, aspects of Atomic Blonde will be really familiar to fans of high-octane action movies. It invests a lot in ambitious set pieces and fight choreography, and features many predictable character archetypes. But it manages to tie together its Cold War setting and character arcs into a larger theme very, very well.
The Mummy is the first movie in the "Dark Universe," a planned series of films that will intertwine the ghoulish tales of the classic Universal Monsters. But it contains zero scares and is devoid of any sense of fun. What it does have is whole lot of Tom Cruise, and a Mummy whose motivation feels very, very problematic.
A tale of scientists creating a monster isn't quite a tale as old as time, but it is a familiar one. Director Luke Scott -- second-unit director on father Ridley's The Martian and Exodus: Gods and Kings -- uses his expertise to turn Morgan into a gorgeously shot film, but unfortunately it's one that doesn't break much new ground with its story.