Christopher Nolan stuck to his guns and insisted that Tenet would play in theaters, and Warner Bros. had a hell of a time trying to figure out the best way to respect Nolan s wishes. Disney s live-action remake of Mulan, however, chose not to follow suit, opting instead to premiere on the Disney+ streaming service for a premium fee. This is, of course, the latest in the Mouse House s efforts to reimagine some of their most beloved animated classics as live-action films, and unlike some of their recent attempts, Mulan is impressing the critics so far. Liu Yifei stars in the title role as a young woman who dresses as a man in order to represent her family in the Chinese imperial army, and the reviews say she offers a charismatic performance that holds the film together. They also say the action choreography is fantastic, the visuals are stunning, and the choice to eschew the original film s musical elements in favor of a more grounded action-drama results in a more mature film. The youngest viewers may not find Niki Caro s film as compelling, but you can always throw on the colorful animated original for them.Available on Disney+ for .99 on September 4; available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4.
Highly rated horror-comedies are always a fun watch, but when you add in werewolves, things just get even better. Werewolves Within utilizes this formula and serves as a whodunit and a what-dunit. Moreover, this is worthy watch whether or not you were a fan of the VR game on which it s based. If you re into Among Us, you would also feel right at home; just add a werewolf into the mix. Stacked with an all-star cast of comedy/improv heavyweights led by Veep s Sam Richardson, Werewolves Within is a new comedy classic whodunnit in the honored tradition of Clue [that] finds the laughs in the jump scare and brings back the uproarious joy of the it s behind you! creeping fright, writes Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle.Playing Select theaters.