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Rating Title/Year Author
9.0/10 Downton Abbey (2019) Allison Keene There are some incredibly funny sequences, a few genuinely heartwarming ones, and so many plots it will nearly make your head spin. But that's the Downton we know and love... EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
8.0/10 Promare (2019) Toussaint Egan Promare is a visually stunning, narratively anemic and predictable blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
7.3/10 Ad Astra (2019) Will Leitch [James] Gray is too skilled a filmmaker to leave us wandering and astray. And in Pitt, he has a solid emotional center that the audience will still follow anywhere, even if it's to the ends of the solar system just to confront his daddy issues. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
8.8/10 Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Andy Crump The amateur terror of Higurashi's guerilla filmmaking gives way to winning charms as the audience gets to see who he really is, what this project means to him and just how hard it is to make a movie in a single take. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
8.5/10 () Joi Childs Boasting a solid story about profound loss, a knockout performance by [Riz] Ahmed, and award-worthy sound design, Sound of Metal cuts through the clutter. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
7.5/10 Chained for Life (2018) Kyle Turner What's so curious about Chained for Life, and its effortlessness in gliding from the real to the surreal, is how easy it is for its cast of differently-abled actors to seize the camera and its gaze. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
8.4/10 () Joelle Monique Deeply personal, sometimes tipping into the experimental, Radioactive is like no biographical feature I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.4/10 Don't Let Go (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak [Don't Let Go 's] premise could open up a bevy of clever and twisted narrative possibilities, but writer/director Jacob Estes settles on the most generic thriller tropes at every turn EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
8.5/10 Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) John-Michael Bond [Bill] Burr is equally the guy who thinks it's funny to tease feminist protestors and the man fighting his own devil to be a good father. He doesn't have to be right, he just has to be funny, and Paper Tiger is a furious work of art. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
9.3/10 Waves (2019) Joi Childs Frenetic, anxious and visually stunning, the cinematography of Waves invites us to wade into this world, never warning us there's still a chance we could drown. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7.2/10 L'homme fidèle (2018) Andy Crump Clocking in at 75 minutes, A Faithful Man nips along, efficiently assigning comic duties to [Lily-Rose] Depp and [Joseph] Engel and dramatic responsibility to Garrel and Casta. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
9.7/10 Hustlers (2019) Joelle Monique Exceptional performances, an unbelievable story, and a soundtrack for the ages make for a viewing experience worth revisiting again and again. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Keri Lumm Descendants 3 will leave you entertained and then probably heartbroken, but like so many good things in life, even though your heart might hurt, for those we love, it's totally worth it. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5.4/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Will Leitch It, Chapter Two is nearly three hours, and it feels every second of its running time, oddly meandering when it should be barreling toward its conclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
7.7 Ms. Purple (2019) Andy Crump [Justin Chon] work is haunting and flirts with delirium, but at all times feels urgently alive. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
8.0/10 Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) John-Michael Bond Quality Time isn't his best work, but it's still incredible. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.0/10 Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Garrett Martin Sticks & Stones is terrible, and [Dave] Chappelle can only blame himself for that. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
7.0/10 Villains (2019) Jim Vorel Villains is a workmanlike thriller with a pair of memorable performances and a simplistic premise that would seemingly make it an obvious choice for release via VOD or a major streaming service. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
9.4/10 To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Alexis Gunderson This sweetness works because, like Johnson et al., we in the audience know what shape rom-coms have historically taken, and are thus ready and able to have our expectations subverted in the purest of ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
8.0/10 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Andy Crump [Salvador] Simó achieves a lot with a little. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
() Joelle Monique A visceral expression of fear and longing, 1BR could be a new cult classic. With incredible performances, a solid twist and the possibility of a franchise sequel, 1BR aims high. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
6.9/10 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Dom Sinacola It isn't a handsome movie so much as sufficiently tonally on point, shot through with a sense of suffering at the heart of Mike Banning, knowing that, in the end, he'll return to President Trumbull having defeated his enemies EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
6.6/10 Ready or Not (2019) Dom Sinacola Ready or Not revels in expectations, but rarely exceeds them, treading well through each genre signifier, as suspenseful and funny and violent as any one of us could hope. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
7.5/10 Good Boys (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Good Boys manages to find that happy medium between outrageous and heartstring-pulling. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
7.8/10 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak The Art of Racing in the Rain is just the right kind of tearjerker with an injection of positivity that our understandably pessimistic society needs. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
6.0/10 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Even though it suffers from tonal and narrative inconsistencies, Dora and the Lost City of Gold deserves just enough praise for working as a gateway action/adventure exotic exploration movie for kids to eventually get into Indiana Jones. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
9.7/10 () Garrett Martin Julio Torres might be the funniest person in the world today, and My Favorite Shapes is easily the best stand-up special in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
7.9/10 Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Jacob Oller With a meta plotline about the cancellation and subsequent rebooting of a beloved cartoon, [Rocko's Modern Life] Static Cling isn't afraid to be self-effacing about the revival process. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
8.9/10 The Nightingale (2018) Andy Crump This is neither a pleasant movie nor a pleasing movie, but it is made with high aesthetic value to offset its unrelenting pitilessness. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Garrett Martin [Rory] Scovel balances conceptual metacommentary on the conventions of stand-up with fully-formed political material as biting as any other comic working today in an hour that sends up the very idea of stand-up even while showing how powerful it can be EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.9/10 () Amanda Wicks Weird is wonderful, as [Rory] Scovel has proven time and again throughout his career, but that means creating new structures to showcase it, not relying on the scaffolding that already exists. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5.4/10 () Robert Ham What was missing was the kind of audience response that I think Cannon was looking for. Maybe it was the editing or sound mix, but it never felt like the audience was falling out laughing in the way that he was anticipating or reacting to. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Robert Ham Eugene Mirman is one of the rare comics that has found a way to mesh his more writerly sensibilities with those needed to perform stand-up. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
9.5/10 7 Days in Hell (2015) Shane Ryan Throughout the absurdities and the provocations, 7 Days in Hell never loses its intelligence, and importantly, it adheres closely to documentary techniques with an exquisite attention to detail that proves HBO spent real money on the project. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Chris Tucker Live (2015) Robert Ham Live also serves as a reminder of just how gifted Tucker is as a mimic and a physical comic. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
7/10 () Chris Morgan It may be, on the surface, pretty much the same old stuff, and that does hold it back a tinge, but there's nothing inherently bad about traditional fare, especially when it is handled so expertly. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/10 () Laura Jayne Martin The authenticity of the comedy from Cummings' life is the bright spot of the special. Unfortunately, I Love You was bogged down under the weight of her endless, dated generalizations. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() Ross Bonaime Oswalt has gone into aspects of his life before, but never before as much as he does here, where he contrasts his depression with the surprising amount of hope for the future. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Robert Ham Don't get me wrong; Oswalt lands plenty of blows in this hour-long set. It's just that the majority of his material doesn't have as much of an impact as it could have. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Ross Bonaime Oswalt has said that this was the last time he made a special on someone else's schedule and you can hear a slight exhaustion in the older jokes... combined with the newer material, No Reason to Complain plays like a greatest hits of his last few years. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
9/10 Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) Robert Ham Shirt on or shirt off, Notaro is still going to remain one of the best standup comics around. Long may she run. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour (2012) Ross Bonaime This evolution of Oswalt shows him as a comedian that has honed his craft with impeccable writing and a distinct viewpoint that can withstand age, life changes and huge evolutions in who he is. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) Christian Becker It's loud, fast and full of hit-or-miss jokes, but never boring. If absurd specials such as this one are what Miller chooses to spend his time creating from now on, then I welcome that plan with open arms. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Jerrod Carmichael: 8 (2017) Garrett Martin What links all of this together is Carmichael's patient delivery -- he speaks softly, slowly, drawing the audience into a conversation that's consistently funny without having much in the way of jokes. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
5.6/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Dom Sinacola Compared to the eight films preceding it, the mindlessness of Hobbs & Shaw isn't a sign of humble poptimist genius, just of something less than what it could have been. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
8/10 Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Garrett Martin Live at the Apollo is her funniest and most thoughtful stand-up yet, but it proves she still has room to grow as a comedian, if she doesn't devote herself to movies full-time. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
() Robert Ham The comedy vet looks electrified and coiled for attack as he stalks the stage of The Fillmore in San Francisco, and he sweats like he's doing dead lifts. His delivery is equally punchy and fierce. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
8.7/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Will Leitch This is a movie I suspect you'll someday want to put on like an old pair of slippers. It's his warmest movie since Jackie Brown. It is imperfect and erratic and sometimes infuriating. But it is nearly impossible not to love. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
8.0/10 () Amy Glynn In terms of cinematography and editing, Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist is well-executed, and it's certainly informative. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
() Mark Lore Gaffigan is still one of the few stand-up comedians who keep their acts clean. But you hardly notice. His observations on the every day American (and the food we consume) are hilariously spot-on. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019