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Is mankind worth saving? It’s one of the many profound things you’ll have time to ponder during “Voyagers” (2021), a slow-paced, space-based reenactment of “Lord of the Flies.” With their home succumbing to climate change, earthlings plan an 86-year mission to the nearest inhabitable planet. The eerily quiet spaceship is populated with test-tube babies turned twentysomethings who’ll need to produce two successive generations and won’t live to see touchdown. Colin Farrell plays their astronaut guidance counselor until the kids (finally) start getting a little fidgety and arise from their chemically assisted calm. Hormonal hijinks ensue, hitting all the predictable notes.

It was an inspired bit of casting for writer-director Guy Ritchie to make former heartthrob Hugh Grant the weasely linchpin of his British caper flick “The Gentlemen” (2020). Ritchie brings a unique style to this type of film and Grant proves to be a worthy air traffic controller as scenes cut from one character’s perspective to another and back and forth across time. Matthew McConaughey is trying to sell his (illegal) business and he thinks he has a buyer, but cutthroat hijinks ensue. There’s bullets, blood and belly-laughs – sometimes all at once. Ritchie makes it look easier than it is.

In 2003, Marvel wasn’t a Universe and movie special effects weren’t scarily surreal. Those are two reasons “Daredevil” misses the mark, but they’re more like excuses. Nobody had to make the writing so ham-fisted and nobody had to make Ben Affleck a ridiculously computer-aided cross between Batman and Spiderman. Jennifer Garner’s Elektra is reduced to sugarless eye candy and Colin Farrell’s Bullseye comes off as some kind of crazy Irish Andre Agassi. And the courtroom scenes (Affleck’s a lawyer by day) are as preposterous as the special effects. Hopefully, he didn’t represent himself when he divorced Garner in real life.