Lord of the Rings
Synopsis: "A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron."

Edit summary: This turns the LOTR series into a 5 episode mini-series, using parts of the Hobbit series as backstory. It's heavily cut, removing Gollum, the mad kings, and some other side plots, focusing on the parallel journeys of the party trying to defeat Sauron.

It maintains the epic pace of the adventure, while trimming enough content that the slower than normal speed of the narrative doesn't seem to drag, especially when repackaged into more digestible hour segments at natural stopping points in story.
Clean
Synopsis: "A garbage man named Clean attempts a quiet life of redemption."

Edit summary: Cuts all the voiceover and flashback explanation of who Clean is and why he's doing what he's doing, letting present events speak for themselves and not over-explain his character. Also a lot of cuts to speed up the plot, since more than two-thirds of the original movie is setting up the characters. Some of the more corny action sequences are removed or trimmed too, to make the film dark and tight.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Synopsis: "In this adventure based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Arthur Dent's house is about to be razed when he discovers that his best friend is an alien and that planet Earth is about to be destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Now, it seems that Arthur's only chance for survival is to hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy and Sam Rockwell co-star."
(Synopsis compliments of Netflix)


Edit summary: Primarily trims the failed romantic encounter subplot to make Zooey less of a manic pixie dreamgirl, and the vogon side plots like the planning office. Also a few trims to make the ending match the tone of the rest of the film, and reduce the amount of infinitesimally improbable "everything is connected" events.
Boss
Synopsis: "Kelsey Grammer stars in this dark drama as Chicago mayor Tom Kane, a viperous politician unafraid to step outside the law when it suits his interests. But as he pushes his agenda, Kane's fiercest foe may prove to be an explosive personal secret."
(Synopsis compliments of Netflix)


Edit summary: Reduces the impact of the illness, trims much of the daughter and all of her boyfriend, and makes cuts to the storylines to remove any soap opera elements and make it a political drama rather than a drama that has politics.
Happiness
Happiness (2021)
Synopsis: "Residents of an apartment building must band together to survive a deadly virus that is spreading throughout the city."
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Westworld
Synopsis: "Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence."

Edit summary: Adjusts the opening to give a truer sense of the show, rather than starting out as a western for most of the first episode. Makes the storylines, especially in the second season, less fragmented. Reduces the emphasis on Delores and puts her on equal footing with Maeve and other main characters. Removes most of the third season with the GTA plot and uses select scenes with Maeve and Delores to wrap up the story, changing the ending substantially.
The Avengers
Synopsis: "An all-star lineup of superheroes -- including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America -- team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?"
(Synopsis compliments of Netflix)


Edit summary: Combines all of the Marvel superhero movies relevant to the Avengers series together with them, while carefully cutting any bad acting, scripts, or irrelevant time wasting side-plots that don't add to the character development.
Maze Runner
Synopsis: "A teenager arrives in a glade at the center of a giant labyrinth. Like the other youths dumped there before him, he has no memory of his previous life."

Edit summary: This cuts the series into one film. Some action sequences are removed to make the action seem like less of a filler quota and focus more on the events that actually matter. Much of the first film plot is left intact but heavily trimmed, the second and third films are severely cut to make the narrative exciting but cohesive, with a flow that seems more naturally written and less cliche.
No Time To Die
Synopsis: "James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help."

Edit summary: Cut most of the movie and turned the one good act into a short film.
Squid Game
Synopsis: "Hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to compete in children's games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly."

Edit summary: Heavily trimmed the slow start to the essentials, reduced the nauseating flashing room a bit, trimmed a bunch of sections to help the pacing, and kept but heavily streamlined the cop storyline. The ending is also significantly changed, removing the twist and the open ending for a sequel season to make it a self-contained single-season show.
Las Vegas
Synopsis: "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but for the detectives who keep so-called sinners from preying on the innocent at Sin City's posh Montecito Resort & Casino, the secrets and lies are as insidious as any other poison. It's up to ex-CIA agent Big Ed Deline (James Caan) and his second in command, Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel), to rein in the cheaters and thieves -- if they can -- in this exciting first season of the NBC series."
(Synopsis compliments of Netflix)


Edit summary: The core episodes of the series with a cohesive narrative and the most interesting plots.
Black Mirror
Synopsis: "Black Mirror is three stand alone dramas that tap into the collective unease about our modern world. They are sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent. 'The National Anthem' looks at how life is much harder for the rich and powerful now that information is disseminated so quickly; '15 Million Merits' is satire on our insatiable thirst for distraction; 'In Memoriam' is an alternate reality where everyone has access to a system which records everything they do, see or hear."
(Synopsis compliments of Netflix)


Edit summary: Selected episodes that are the best sci-fi of this anthology series.
Free Guy
Synopsis: "When a bank teller discovers he's actually a background player in an open-world video game, he decides to become the hero of his own story."

Edit summary: Cut half a dozen political opinion inserts by the writers, cut the reboot to improve the flow. Trimmed the security guard who seems to think louder equals funnier, and trimmed the bad guy to be less annoying.
Zombieland
Synopsis: "An easily spooked guy, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), joins forces with wild man Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) to fight for survival in a world virtually taken over by freakish zombies. As they destroy scores of the undead, they meet up with two other survivors, Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and Wichita (Emma Stone), and journey to a supposedly safe abandoned amusement park. Ruben Fleischer directs this horror romp."
(Synopsis compliments of Netflix)


Edit summary: Cut Bill Murray, the lookalikes storyline in the second film, and some of the slapstick humor.
Shadow and Bone
Synopsis: "Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world."

Edit summary: Cut the flashbacks and the ship/storm sideplot that isn't really necessary for the first season and interrupts the pacing of the main plot. Other small cuts to help the pacing and also hide some botched special effects as much as possible.