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Rating Title/Year Author
B Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Leah Greenblatt That Perkins has honed in on such sympathetic subjects makes it almost impossible not to be moved, even if Tell Me often feels less like forensic truth than an intriguing fragment of something that may, in the end, be impossible to tell in full. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
A- () Leah Greenblatt Feels both familiar and bleakly necessary. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Leah Greenblatt A black-and-white fever dream of a film that keels between sea shanty and psychodrama, with heavy doses of the absurd. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
B Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Leah Greenblatt For all the flying intestines and skulls that split open like past-due melons, Double Tap has another squishy organ at its center: a big, goofball heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Leah Greenblatt It mostly registers as a series of elaborate fauna-drenched screensavers stretched to fit across two hours of vague Disney myth. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
B+ El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Darren Franich El Camino is a playful project, very fun, not always necessary. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B The King (2019) Leah Greenblatt What's left is primarily a series of grand battleground set pieces - filmed crunchily, and well - and a series of consistently strong performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
B Little Monsters (2019) Leah Greenblatt The stakes are never really life or death, even when they are, but writer-director Abe Forsythe has clearly taken his lessons from Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and other flesh-rotting comedy jewels of the genre. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
C Not Quite Human (1987) Jill Rachlin These may not be Disney comedy classics on the level of The Absent-Minded Professor, but they sure beat most summer reruns. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
B+ Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Leah Greenblatt Murphy... brings so much hope and hunger and pure life force to the role that he makes you believe in every punchline, pelvic thrust, and egregiously misplaced karate kick. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
B- The Laundromat (2019) Leah Greenblatt If a motley crew of movie stars is what it takes to shine more light on government malfeasance, then let Meryl carry that torch in a wig and a bucket hat. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
C+ Lucy in the Sky (2019) Christian Holub Lucy in the Sky has plenty of arresting cosmic visuals, and on the other hand tries to portray a human drama about an overachiever pushed to her breaking point. But those two halves never cohere into a whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
B- Perfect Harmony (1991) Ken Tucker Despite the film's solid performances - careful understatement by Scolari, straightforwardness by the young men, as well as sharp work in a small role by Darren McGavin - Perfect Harmony remains just a well-crafted TV movie, no more, no less. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
B Heidi (1993) Ken Tucker Heidi has both tenderness and spunk. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
D Airborne (1993) Glenn Kenny High production values and a moderately appealing cast do nothing to ameliorate the tedium. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
B+ The Irishman (2019) Leah Greenblatt There's an enormity to almost everything about The Irishman: the casting, the killing, the Iditarod run time. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
B+ Dolor y gloria (2019) Leah Greenblatt Pain is probably too small, too sad, and too obtuse to really recommend as any kind of starting point. For longtime fans, though, it's a gift; the kind of quiet glory worth waiting a few decades for. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
C Mark Twain and Me (1991) Mark Harris As a coming-of-age drama, Mark Twain and Me is sensitive and handsomely made, but any movie that reduces Mark Twain to a plot device has some growing up of its own to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
A The Ernest Green Story (1993) Jill Rachlin If they can get past the ugliness, children may be enlightened by the common message of [The Ernest Green Story]. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
B Abominable (2019) Christian Holub Abominable's themes and arc are familiar kids' movie fare, with only one real plot twist. But its reverent attitude toward nature and wonder is a welcome addition to the cartoon canon. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
B+ Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Leah Greenblatt [A] shrewd, illuminating exploration of a man whose influence, for better or worse, may have far outdone even his wildest dreams. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
A A Friendship in Vienna (1988) Jill Rachlin In the touching Friendship in Vienna, a young Jewish girl and the daughter of an Austrian Nazi remain best friends even as outside forces try to tear them apart. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
D Freaky Friday (2018) Darren Franich [Cozi] Zuelhsdorff and [Bridget] Blickenstaff give good age-crossed performances, but the tone around them is all over the place. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B+ Ad Astra (2019) Clark Collis A genuine space epic which also succeeds in being a very personal film, thanks in large part to Pitt's performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) Jennifer Armstrong While Camp Rock 2 might not have the cred of School of Rock or the subversive edge of Glee, it's a true pop song of a movie EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) Whitney Pastorek Yes, it's a bit ridiculous watching four calculatedly multiracial girls lip-synch to peppy songs about changing the world. But even a saccharine version of girl power is better than other tween-bait options, like MTV's The Hills. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
C Camp Rock (2008) Gillian Flynn Camp Rock is so rigidly formulaic, so unremarkable, that by the time the cast sings its finale, "We Rock," it's hard to agree. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B Harriet (2019) Leah Greenblatt An impassioned, edifying portrait of a remarkable life, and a fitting showcase for the considerable talents of its star, Tony-winning British actress Cynthia Erivo. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Leah Greenblatt A silly, stabby, supremely clever whodunnit that only really suffers from having too little room for each of its talented players to fully register in the film's limited run time. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
C High School Musical 2 (2007) Gillian Flynn I wanted to enjoy High School Musical 2 as much as I enjoyed High School MusicalWell, bummer for me! This inevitable sequel feels too simplistic, too low-bar. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Joker (2019) Leah Greenblatt A movie with the message this one hammers home again and again... feels too volatile, and frankly too scary, to separate from the very real violence committed by young men like Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck in America almost every day. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Descendants (2015) Shirley Li Descendants moves quickly through its two-hour-long running time, builds momentum off of a handful of peppy tunes, and delivers a colorful confection that's sure to impress the younger crowd. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B- The Goldfinch (2019) Leah Greenblatt Somehow, The Goldfinch feels like more than the sum of its disparate parts; a painting in the wrong frame, maybe, but one whose imperfect beauty still draws you in. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B Descendants (2015) Isabella Biedenharn It's no High School Musical, but the songs are catchy, and the junior villains are worth rooting for. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- Jojo Rabbit (2019) Leah Greenblatt [Waititi] finds such strange, sweet humor in his storytelling that the movie somehow maintains its ballast, even when the tone inevitably (and it feels, necessarily) shifts. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Leah Greenblatt Nearly impossible not to L-I-K-E it, exactly as it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ Hustlers (2019) Leah Greenblatt Beneath all the chinchilla and body glitter, there's a smart, beating heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Leah Greenblatt A meticulously, lovingly made mood piece, full of empathy for the ones who can't speak - at least not always the way they want to - for themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
B Judy (2019) Leah Greenblatt Zellweger... subsumes herself completely in the role, without ever tipping over into some kind of gestural Judy drag. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ Ford v Ferrari (2019) Leah Greenblatt A big, glossy crowd-pleaser of a film, high on horsepower, engine grease, and clean-sweat '60s masculinity. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
C- The Fanatic (2019) Christian Holub The Fanatic has contempt for both its characters and audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
C+ It: Chapter Two (2019) Leah Greenblatt Really, the main problem with Chapter Two is that it goes on, and on, for so very long. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
B Official Secrets (2019) Leah Greenblatt Gavin Hood's earnest whistleblower drama does a stirring if occasionally didactic job of reminding us why speaking truth to power, even at the highest personal cost, still matters. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ American Factory (2019) Leah Greenblatt Sharply delineates the possibilities - and the limits - of a modern global economy. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
B+ Ready or Not (2019) Leah Greenblatt Come for the crossbows, etc., and to watch Weaving's star be born in real time; stay for the socio-economic lessons and sweet, sweet revenge. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
B- Good Boys (2019) Leah Greenblatt Mostly, the story is just scant scaffolding on which to hang cheerfully crass jokes about Stranger Things, anal beads, and cocaine. But it's a winning showcase... EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Leah Greenblatt Linklater seems to treat [Semple's] tale of a blue-mood Seattleite who goes on the lam in Antarctica as literally as he can, streamlining the narrative into a sort of contained Wes Anderson whimsy. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
B After the Wedding (2019) Leah Greenblatt If the script's epiphanies don't feel quite as shocking or profound the second time around, it's still pleasing to watch these beautiful, troubled people move through their equally beautiful spaces... EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Clark Collis Blessed with some firm hands on the terror tiller and a winning cast, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a handsome, and deliciously horrible, horror movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C- The Queens of Comedy (2001) Troy Patterson Is this in the tradition of the great Moms Mabley? Sure. Does it rise to the sophistication of Married ... With Children? Rarely. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019