Proving you can't judge a book -- or movie -- by its cover, "Fahrenheit 451" turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts. Featuring the tantalizing tandem of Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, this HBO movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel grinds along sluggishly, eclipsed by similar visions ("The Handmaid's Tale," anyone?) and becoming one of those films that, alas, looked better on paper.
As "Rogue One" demonstrated, there's a rich vein of material in "Star Wars" prequels, just waiting to be mined. "Solo: A Star Wars Story" will surely make off with plenty of that loot, even if the movie requires considerable time to take flight, recovering from a messy, flat opening half before rallying and picking up speed down the stretch.
Gleefully trying to outdo the original, "Deadpool 2" serves up a veritable smorgasbord of pop-culture and comic-book references, from James Bond to X-Men. There's a hit-miss quality to that, but enough of them connect to ensure that this proudly R-rated action vehicle won't leave many of the fans who helped will it into existence feeling disappointed.