5 new movies worth watching at home (yes, including ‘Justice League’)


These movies available on demand and streaming services were all given *** reviews by Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.

Ray Fisher, left, Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa in "Zack Snyder's Justice League." HBO MAX

‘Snyder Cut’ four-hour trek

“Zach Snyder’s Justice League” (superhero action, R, 242 minutes, HBO Max). Director Zach Snyder has supersized his 2017 action film about Batman (Ben Affleck) teaming up with fellow superheroes to thwart a dastardly alien god and revive the fallen Superman (Henry Cavill). Although there are moments of levity, this is one bleak film. While the added exposition and additional action sequences don’t improve the movie, the “Snyder Cut” still is worth the four-hour trek, thanks in large part to the first-rate CGI and the gritty and game performances from the all-star cast. 

College Admissions scandal

“Operation Varsity Blues” (documentary drama, R, 100 minutes, Netflix). This solid documentary on the college admissions bribery scandal of 2019 — which resulted in dozens of arrests and high-profile parents such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman serving jail time — has an effective storytelling technique. Wiretapped calls with mastermind Rick Singer are re-created by Matthew Modine doing some of the most oddly compelling work of his career by playing Singer, who orchestrated hundreds of illegal “side door” payments that enabled under-qualified students to attend elite schools. Using other actors are the parents, the film details how it all came crashing down, as one arrest leads to another. 


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