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Rating Title/Year Author
() Kayleigh Donaldson As it is, The Truth has much to offer, even in its over-familiarity, and it's another reminder as to why Kore-eda is as beloved as he is. They don't make them like this anymore. Well, unless you're Hirokazu Kore-eda. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Abominable (2019) Kristy Puchko Written and directed by Jill Culton, this is a dedicatedly cute movie with uplifting themes of female empowerment, community, and compassion. But it's not much beyond that. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Haunt (2019) Tori Preston Simple, straight-forward, and almost exactly what you anticipate, but with juuuuuuust enough attention paid to the production to make it more enticing than average. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
() Roxana Hadadi Filmmaker Drake Doremus centers a female perspective with Endings, Beginnings, but the result is a narrow view of womanhood. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Roxana Hadadi James Mangold has such confidence in Ford v Ferrari, the performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale are so solid, and the aesthetics so good that you'll steadily get drawn in. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Roxana Hadadi Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat plays with breaking down the fourth wall and self-aware performance but also ends with a scene so thoroughly condescending that I was appalled. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Kristy Puchko Don't miss Hustlers. It's not only a dazzling crowd-pleaser but also one of the best films of the year hands-down. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Kristy Puchko The richest tension in Sea Fever comes not from its monster but from those driven wild by it. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Kristy Puchko It's a savagely sharp comedy that uses the gleeful gore of zombie horror to accentuate the absurdity of filmmaking... EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() Kayleigh Donaldson Sadly it chickens out on the tough work required and Kristen Stewart is left to do the heavy lifting, but she is only one woman and not even her boundless appeal can buoy something that seems so determined to sink. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
How to Build a Girl (2019) Kristy Puchko While there's plenty that charms in this quirky misadventure, it's ultimately-and shockingly-a frustrating misfire. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Kristy Puchko Bring your tissues and your daddy issues, because Mr. Rogers is coming to heal you in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Kristy Puchko This absolute marvel of a movie is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Kristy Puchko MacKay lacks the electrifying menace or combustible bravado of his costars...so this story of an outlaw that outraged and inspired never really comes alive. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Kristy Puchko Honey Boy is boldly humane and deeply heart-wrenching. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Kristy Puchko Knives Out Is The Best Whodunnit Of The Decade EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Kayleigh Donaldson The Lost Okoroshi refuses to hold open the door for audiences unfamiliar with Nigerian culture or Igbo mythology, and it's all the better for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Judy (2019) Kayleigh Donaldson Judy is hardly emblematic of Swiss watch style fine engineering, in large part because it has no desire to be anything other than the good movie it is anchored by a great performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
() Kayleigh Donaldson I was left wanting more, but remained fulfilled by that Lina From Lima had to offer, and despite its seemingly esoteric concept, it's an accessible narrative that many of us could benefit from engaging with. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Descendants (2015) Jodi Smith The lesson of Descendants is to choose love instead of hate. Those are definitely lessons worth learning, even if they are dressed in song and dance numbers and simplistic dialogue. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Kayleigh Donaldson Chock full of charm, warmth, and actors of endless magnetism, you'll find much comfort in this one, as long as you don't expect anyone to tell you f*ckety bye. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Satanic Panic (2019) Tori Preston It's a self-aware film with biting dialogue, where characters breathlessly drop the kinds of distractingly clever lines that make you imagine writers behind the scenes patting themselves on the back for crafting them. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) TK Burton Instead of building on the foundation of its first entry, we're left with seeing a strong cast wasted and an engaging story capped by an ultimately lackluster sequel. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Dan Hamamura Sticks & Stones leaves the audience with the sense that there was more work to be done before the special was filmed. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Fanatic (2019) Kristy Puchko Travolta's performance is as bad as that haircut and as loud as his costumes. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Clownado (2019) Kristy Puchko Clownado is a grueling, unfunny watch that-at best-is a cruel joke on the audience. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Angel Has Fallen (2019) Tori Preston I'm here to tell you that there IS, in fact, one reason to watch Angel Has Fallen, and that reason is Mountain Man Nick Nolte. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) Tori Preston What makes the show unique isn't the sci-fi plot but the style and the humor, and that's why this revival is so satisfying. It hasn't matured, and it's not trying to remake itself for a new era. It's literally just... more of the same. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
I Am Patrick Swayze (2019) Dustin Rowles I Am Patrick Swayze is certainly not necessary viewing, but if you grew up on Swayze, there's enough valuable nostalgia in the fawning documentary to make the stroll back through the '80s and '90s worth the effort, but do bring some tissues. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Tori Preston Is this movie an instant classic? Probably not. But it's a good late summer get-out-of-the-heat-and-have-some-laughs flick. It's breezy and fun and manages to highlight a period in our lives that is often overlooked. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The VelociPastor (2018) Kristy Puchko This dumb movie has a surprisingly sly sophistication... EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Kristy Puchko By the second or third to last climax sequence, I was done. I just wanted this to end. Which, I guess at least means I was finally relating to the characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Tori Preston We may not have asked for a live-action teenaged Dora The Explorer movie, but we got one anyway - and it is better than we deserve. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Roxana Hadadi Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams shine in After the Wedding, in which questions about philanthropy, good intentions, and romantic honesty are all under consideration. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Kristy Puchko It's smart and gorgeous, but it lacks the heart to make it poignant or profound. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Kitchen could have been three pretty solid movies if each main character had her own separate film, but as one combined portrait of '70s womanhood, the cohesion just isn't there. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Kristy Puchko Øvredal and del Toro created the perfect adaptation for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Extra Ordinary (2019) Kristy Puchko Extra Ordinary is a demented delight. playfully weaving together horror movie references, a heartwarming romance, and cheeky laughs. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Kristy Puchko We're left with an undercooked premise, a lackluster lead, a grim tone, and a grueling pace that lumbers into an underwhelming finale. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) Dustin Rowles For a documentary made for cancer survivors, it's more than enough to be adequately amusing. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Kristy Puchko Dead Dicks tackles taboos, blending trippy horror, irreverent humor, and shocking tenderness to create a film that's both darkly challenging and wildly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7 Days in Hell (2015) Lord Castleton 7 Days in Hell is everything you expect it to be going in, but much, much better. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) TK Burton It takes too many shortcuts and fails to give its characters any real appeal, which is shocking given the stars attached. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Nightingale is an exploration into the depths which humanity will sink to in its lust for dominance and superiority, and the bodies and carnage left behind by that desire. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Red Sea Diving Resort is staggering in its utter lack of self-awareness, a movie attempting (and failing) to be very righteous in its discussion of refugee rights and displaced peoples. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) Kristy Puchko If you're hungry for something spicy and totally nuts, seek out The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Kristy Puchko Ready Or Not f*cking rocks. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Harpoon (2019) Kristy Puchko Harpoon a solidly amusing and demented romp. But there's not much there there. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Riot Girls (2019) Kristy Puchko With a slew of allusions to '80s genre cinema, Riot Girls aims to reclaim the post-apocalypse for queer girls with attitude. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Roxana Hadadi Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood may be a familiar exploration of the line between justice and revenge, but it's also Quentin Tarantino's most melancholic, introspective movie in years. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019