I don’t know enough about schizophrenia to know whether “Fear of Rain” (2021) is portraying or exploiting the condition, but as a film, it’s quite compelling. It follows a path laid out by “Conspiracy Theory,” the 1997 gem with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts that illustrated the idea, “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” This time we’re in Young Adult Dramaville as a high school girl struggles to filter reality through multiple demons: teen angst and a crowd of voices inside her head. Someone’s in danger, but can she – and we – figure out who?

As much as I’d like to deploy a more current analogy in describing “The Dark Crystal,” I’ll revert to 1982, when it was released. This Jim Henson puppet fantasy is a dismal cross between Dungeons and Dragons and another popular board game, Risk. There are various clans that seem to be murky geopolitical metaphors (Fascists? Pacifists? Japanese-speaking, Irish-looking Greeks?) in a parable about the Cold War concept of mutual assured destruction. Most of the puppets are extremely creative but also extremely unattractive, as are most of the mock-Medieval settings. Can you tell me how to get back to Sesame Street?

I know close to nothing about MMA, so even after watching “Born a Champion” (2021), I still have no idea whether I was watching a based-on-a-true-story sports flick or a movie that was just pretending to be one. I do know “Born a Champion” is a pretty lame title. I also know MMA fans will probably like this film because there’s enough fighting (eventually) and famous MMA people (I think) in it. Otherwise, it’s a patently mediocre story following a well-worn, Rockyesque formula. Ex-Marine, hard life, fighting for his family, fighting because that’s all he knows, predictably bloody hijinks ensue.