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Rating Title/Year Author
Honey Boy (2019) Ren Jender Har'el... continues the use of surreal imagery that made her documentaries so striking and emotionally resonant. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Andrew Lapin Feig gets too lost in the messy material to put his usual irreverent spin on it, and there's a big, silly twist in the middle of this thing that doesn't really work, but none of it can harsh the rest of the movie's good-natured vibe. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Midway (2019) Chris Klimek Midway isn't a movie about World War II. It's a movie about World War II movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Scott Tobias Like poor Danny, the film cannot escape its ghosts. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Bob Mondello While "The Irishman" is like many mob movies about violence and betrayal, it's a work of a filmmaker who has earned the right to sum up this genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
American Son (2019) Andrew Lapin The next time Netflix goes sniffing around Broadway, it should bring back something with brains to match heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Harriet (2019) Mark Jenkins If the movie doesn't burn as brightly as Tubman's legacy, the tale it tells is illuminating nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Scott Tobias A mediocre municipal noir that's a copy of a copy of Chinatown, like an East Coast cover of L.A. Confidential. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Chris Klimek A mostly successful stab at making the The Force Awakens or the Creed of the Terminatorverse, wherein the old-timers deliver rich and elegiac performances as they buttress a younger, more diverse cast of new characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Frankie (2019) Ella Taylor Sachs builds a physical world so relentlessly clean, classy, and gorgeous it teeters on the edge of travelogue. But he fails to people it with characters we could care much for or about, so busy are they shilling for banal observations on life. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Western Stars (2019) Chris Klimek For Springsteen diehards - I'm raising my hand now - this is not the rich visual expansion of a very good album that its author hoped to make. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Kill Team (2019) Scott Tobias Krauss cannot bring this story through with the necessary urgency, despite the additional wrinkle of a hero who is both alarmed by and complicit in his superior's crimes. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Current War (2017) Mark Jenkins This cut of The Current War packs enough cinematic flash to be a fitting homage to the inventor of the kinetograph. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Synonyms (2018) Danny Hensel Small details... create a compelling portrait of modern immigration. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Glen Weldon Has abject misery ever been such fun to watch? Has soul-sick dread ever looked so gorgeous? EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Andrew Lapin The immediacy of the story (the film was shot, with the permission of survivors, even before the verdicts could be delivered) gives it tremendous power. Imagine if All The President's Men came out before Nixon's resignation. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Greener Grass (2019) Andee Tagle It's gloriously nonsensical - and yet, it reverberates with eerie truth. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Chris Klimek For all the snacked-on viscera and exploding brains this low-ambition, slightly-higher-return sequel asks you to stomach, its Muppety determination to please is even sort of sweet. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Scott Tobias While it's a pleasure to see Pfeiffer lay into a regal villain, it's odd to see a Maleficent film with so little Maleficent, and all the giggly little sprites in the world can't make up for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Bob Mondello Jojo Rabbit is gently comic for a while, and then surprisingly affecting at the end, so perhaps it's not fair to wish that Waititi had opted to deal more directly with the horrors of the Third Reich. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Jexi (2019) Andrew Lapin The stranded DeVine, for all his goofy charms as an actor, quickly exhausts our patience; he's in nearly every frame of this movie, and his screen partner is a phone, which means a hell of a lot of mugging for the camera. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Linda Holmes One of the most compelling things about Breaking Bad is that it's always tried to be a very moral show, and this is in many ways a very moral movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Danny Hensel Like the candy that will inevitably get loaded into Addams Family-branded buckets on stoops at the end of the month, it's only empty calories. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Bob Mondello The colors alone will inspire doctoral dissertations. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Ella Taylor Performing at his mature finest, Banderas moves up and down the emotional register from mournful to puckish to regretful to freshly hopeful with a restraint that dials down Almodovar's breathy melodrama almost to straight realism. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Low Tide (2019) Scott Tobias McMullin could have done more to evoke his Jersey Shore setting or develop Alan's romantic interest without leaning on star-crossed clichés, but he makes up in tension and pace what he misses in local color and richer character detail. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Glen Weldon It devotes so much of its energy into not being about a comic book villain that it neglects being about ... much of anything, really. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
The Day Shall Come (2019) Scott Tobias While satire relies on a level of absurdity, Morris also presses the humility and humanity of the film's patsies, and the two different angles don't really go together. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Andrew Lapin Dick Long often doesn't seem to know what it's doing from scene to scene, and it's hard to say if that's by design. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Glen Weldon It's fascinating, and very funny, but it completely punctures the entire conceit. Be warned. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Judy (2019) Justin Chang Renée Zellweger may not be Judy Garland, but she reminds us that technical perfection is no match for emotional truth. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Loro (2018) Mark Jenkins Sorrentino's stylish but overloaded satire is less sober narrative than drunken tone poem - a buzzing, throbbing attempt to simulate the experience of living in Berlusconi-world. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Ella Taylor Flamboyant, terrifying, and pointedly timely... EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Chris Klimek It makes its observations about our place in the cosmos with... grace, even majesty. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Glen Weldon Everything about the film has been finely tailored to deliver precisely what the series did, albeit in a form both more condensed and more diffuse. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Scott Tobias The first It brought a robust blockbuster maximalism to the horror genre, and the sequel, like many blockbuster franchises, starts to list from all the baggage. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Ren Jender The film has Ronstadt's full cooperation, including her funny, charming narration throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Ms. Purple (2019) Andee Tagle Together, these various shades of misery swirl together to create a beautiful portrait of a fractured but resilient family. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Load (2018) Scott Tobias The Load is thoughtful enough as a character study, but its true subject is the war-ravaged landscape that unfurls through the truck's windshield and the various pit stops its driver makes along the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
The Fanatic (2019) Simon Abrams The Fanatic stinks because Durst doesn't really care about whatever it is that's motivating Moose. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Before You Know It (2019) Ella Taylor Wise, witty, and richly specific in its evocation of a family limping along on a wobbly foundation of secrets and lies. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Andrew Lapin As the Iraq War recedes into our rear-view mirror and our current news cycle spins blindly from one world crisis to another, films like Official Secrets, bland as they may seem, will serve as crucial efforts to keep our past mistakes in our minds. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
American Factory (2019) John Powers Reichert and Bognar are clearly on the side of the workers, both American and Chinese, yet their film is no Michael Moore polemic. It's an old-school observational documentary in the very best sense of the term. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) Vincent Acovino Enter the Florpus serves as a excellent reminder of why the series holds such a special place in the Nicktoon canon. It's weird, smart and bracingly unsentimental. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Linda Holmes Brittany Runs a Marathon is reaching for a freshness it doesn't really have and for an interest in unexplored lead characters it doesn't quite demonstrate. But if you don't expect too much, you likely won't leave disappointed. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Vita & Virginia (2018) Mark Jenkins The two women don't really seem to know each other very well. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Give Me Liberty (2019) Andrew Lapin There are precious few victories to be found in Give Me Liberty, and yet the film feels victorious all the same. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Justin Chang The title more or less gives away the entire plot, which just goes to show that unpredictability can be overrated. Even a formulaic crowd-pleaser can be hard to resist if the formula is this well executed. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Glen Weldon It's fast and fun, Weaving's pretty spectacular, and the finale is as cheerfully hokey as one can hope for. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Justin Chang Notably, this is the first Linklater movie to feature a solo female lead, and Bernadette instantly emerges as one of the most vibrant and complex characters in the director's filmography. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019