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Rating Title/Year Author
Frozen II (2019) Kristy Puchko It's a bit of a mess, but also a ton of fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Playing With Fire (2019) Ciara Wardlow While it's a premise with decidedly limited potential, it could have been something watchable, but terrible writing, utterly bizarre pacing, and thoughtless, rote execution doom it to a far more dismal fate. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Kristy Puchko Last Christmas is a festive mess of ideas, earnestness, and goofy gags. It's equal parts confounding and fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Roxana Hadadi It's an uneasy balance between Jojo Rabbit's "Look at these idiots" mentality and the film's more conventional "Learn to love each other" arc. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The King (2019) Roxana Hadadi Separate from Shakespeare's influence, The King doesn't quite work. Its greatest strength is its visual language, which focuses on the tedium of war. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Kristy Puchko Lady in the Tramp is an absolutely charming romp, alive with whimsical performances, studded with nostalgia, and fueled by a love story that's as enchanting as ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Kristy Puchko Jenny Slate: Stage Fright is funny, fearless, and phenomenal. It's a must-see that may make you feel seen. And if not, may still make you cackle like its charismatic comedian. Don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Roxana Hadadi Antonio Banderas is riveting in Pedro Almodóvar's pensive, nostalgic, and contemplative Pain and Glory. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) TK Burton Dark Fate stumbles a good bit, but it shows promise of perhaps leading the franchise into a brighter future. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Harriet (2019) Ciara Wardlow It's well researched, well crafted, well-acted, and ultimately well worth your time. But its overall adherence to tired old biopic conventions ultimately keeps it from being truly great, and that's a damn shame. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Roxana Hadadi Lacking a visually pleasing animation style and or a unique story, The Addams Family is less kooky and ooky than eh, okay. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Roxana Hadadi Lucy in the Sky wastes Natalie Portman in a film that fails to grasp that not every story about women is one of empowerment. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Saudi Women's Driving School (2019) Roxana Hadadi Documentary Saudi Women's Driving School goes hard on girl power moments, but its attempt at objectivity sometimes feels artificial. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Roxana Hadadi Tigers Are Not Afraid is unrelenting in the darkness of its material, but Issa López merges the genre conventions of fairy tales and ghost stories with the genuinely dizzying emotions of childhood. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Monos (2019) Roxana Hadadi Narrative details of Monos are opaque; instead, the film focuses on the shifting power dynamics of this adolescent group, playing out like a fusion of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Parasite (2019) Roxana Hadadi Bong Joon Ho's Cannes winner Parasite is a fantastically dark, horrendously bleak portrait of classist indoctrination. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Countdown (2019) Dustin Rowles I didn't like the movie at all, but damn, I had a good time. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
The Current War (2017) Steven Lloyd Wilson The movie has no idea what it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Blue Ruin (2013) Cindy Davis Rather than give away its sparse elements, I'd rather tell you it's beautifully paced, and filled with foreboding; Blue Ruin is a testament to the effectiveness of great acting and direction. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Tori Preston It'll still keep kids entertained, and give your eyeholes something really pretty to look at for two hours. Beyond that, I guess the question is: what were you expecting? EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
Wounds (2019) Kristy Puchko The actual scares and suspense within this horror-thriller are far from frightening. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Kristy Puchko Zombieland: Double Tap, a sequel that suggests it's better to let sleeper hits lie. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Greener Grass (2019) Kristy Puchko Greener Grass is a lavishly bizarre comedy that dives deep into the surreal and uncomfortable to satirize the suburban ideal of house, husband, family, stuff. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Dustin Rowles El Camino is the ending that I never realized that Breaking Bad was missing. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Steven Lloyd Wilson Just go rewatch the Coors Light twins commercial if you need a clone fix. It has more depth and pathos than this mess. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Kristy Puchko It would take him two decades to get back to Motherless Brooklyn, which might explain why the film reeks of desperation in its indulgences. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
First Cow (2019) Ciara Wardlow First Cow's unexpected wholesomeness is as refreshing as a sea breeze, cozy like old slippers, and exactly the sort of content I want tattooed right on my eyeballs in these trying times. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) Ciara Wardlow Varda by Agnès is both a heartfelt farewell and an excellent Varda primer. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Kristy Puchko This is a love story, and it is absolutely extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Swallow (2019) Kristy Puchko Swallow feels like a sister film to two of my personal favorites, David Wnendt's sickening coming-of-age comedy Wetlands and Agnieszka Smoczynska's psychological satire Fugue. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019) Tori Preston Ultimately, I can commend the parts heartily, but I'm not sure I'd recommend the whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) Kristy Puchko A fairytale set amidst a grimy backdrop of burlesque clubs, carnival freak shows, and abandoned lighthouses, The True Adventures of Wolfboy is a dark yet darling gem. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Roxana Hadadi In the Shadow of the Moon is inconsistently fascinating, often muddled, and totally ignorant of why time travel rules. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Pool (2018) Kristy Puchko The Pool is an undeniably wild ride full of gnarly ingenuity, jolting thrills, and intense sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Kristy Puchko VHYEs is a strange yet sweet film that is one-part coming-of-age dramedy, one-part found-footage comedy, and one part channel surfing. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
() Roxana Hadadi Rocks shows us British communities we don't normally see in narratives about young women, giving the film's empowering underpinnings urgency and presentness. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Joker (2019) Kristy Puchko In a sick way, all this controversy might be a boon for Joker, because the movie itself is painfully mediocre and politically dunderheaded. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Roxana Hadadi With a pitch-perfect performance from Jillian Bell, Brittany Runs a Marathon is consistently honest in its conversations about weight, wellness, and self-worth. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Low Tide (2019) Roxana Hadadi Low Tide impressively makes its own statement about the soul-decaying potential of one decision while simultaneously paying homage to the coming-of-age stories that shaped it. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
() Roxana Hadadi The elements of Calm With Horses that are successful are nauseatingly bloody, emotionally engaging, and unrelentingly tense. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Ciara Wardlow At once fresh and pleasantly familiar, innovative and nostalgic, watching The Irishman feels like meeting an old friend for the first time - the sort of delightful impossibility that can only be crafted by a true magician. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
First Love (2019) Kristy Puchko First Love is a celebration of the purity of romance set in a deeply unpure world. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Kristy Puchko The Death of Dick Long is a solidly fun and fascinating film. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Kristy Puchko There's a radiant humanity to this horror-doc that takes it from fascinating fun to truly stupendous. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Kristy Puchko [Director Michael Beach] Nichols and Wrinkles The Clown make sure the joke is on us, their audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Guns Akimbo (2019) Kristy Puchko The best bits of Guns Akimbo are when Howden leans away from the well-trod video game tropes and fanboy fantasies... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
Bacurau (2019) Ciara Wardlow It's two hours of thought-provoking entertainment that are well worth your time, even if it is tragically easy to imagine an alternate universe where a more polished version of this film exists, something truly great instead of just remarkably good. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Steven Lloyd Wilson The movie continues the show's inexplicable ability to be charmingly idiotically entertaining despite the writing, the plot, the setting, the anachronisms, and literally everything about it except for the acting. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Dustin Rowles It's a winning movie, no doubt, and one that I'd recommend to anyone that has a soft spot for romantic comedies. It's just that it's a hard movie to love. But it's an even harder movie not to love. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Tori Preston The only positive thing I can say is that the title promises this will be the "last" Rambo movie. And that, at the very least, is a good thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019