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The Christopher Nolan “Batman” trilogy was a work of cinematic art, but there’s money to be made, so nobody thought the franchise would end there. “The Batman” (2022) continues to emphasize the dark in the Dark Knight while supplying a brooding millennial update. Robert Pattinson is our new prince of Gotham City, teaming with trusty cop Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) to chase a riddle-rendering serial killer. It’s a solid, middle-of-the-road procedural if not for the all the bat-related accoutrements attached to the man and the story, providing sometimes unwelcome weight. John Turturro is sublime as a mobster in a twisty subplot.

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.