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Rating Title/Year Author
() 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
Blinded by the Light (2019) Chris Klimek While nothing that happens is surprising, nearly all of it is performed with soulfulness and conviction and charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Ella Taylor Just when you're ready to agree with Brügger's disclaiming admission that he's a lousy journalist and storyteller, the trail runs cold. Only then does the story roar back to sinister life, while the telling turns solemn. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Fin de siglo (2019) Danny Hensel Despite its deliberate storytelling, End of the Century left me cold. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Scott Tobias Stupnitsky and Eisenberg understand the age and the specific torments that go along with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Honeyland (2019) John Powers This elegant film... begins as the intimate portrait of a beekeeper who makes famously good honey, and then expands to become something of a parable. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Andrew Lapin Above all, the film celebrates storytelling as both a healing and a harming force, a way for us to put a face on something as unknowable as death. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Kyle Turner So much of what's promising about The Kitchen, including its ability to explore that question meaningfully, is hampered by its need to justify its own existence - to keep convincing you that it's sufficiently woke. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Mark Jenkins If this redo is slick and shallow, it's nonetheless meticulously constructed and entirely watchable, with only a few histrionic moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Danny Hensel It's a film made with as much love for its subject as the subject harbored for his friends and family. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Scott Tobias It's all familiar indie earnestness, full of plaintive guitar plucks and big emotions, but rarely the sense that we're accessing life "on the mountain" from the inside. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Mark Jenkins The result is not exactly the most pointed satire ever devised by a Palestinian filmmaker, but it does elicit some smiles. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Andrew Lapin Yes, the film is grim, but it builds a space where that darkness can serve a purpose. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Chris Klimek Almost everything in it has been shamelessly chop-shopped from the work of more innovative filmmakers and squished into a less memorable, more quickly digestible form, and calibrated to flatter its stars to the maximum extent possible. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Secret Obsession (2019) Linda Holmes This is a pretty bad movie, but it seems to be bad in the way it's meant to be bad. It's cheerfully trashy, and if that's up your alley, have at it. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Andrew Lapin You can sense Alverson barely containing his laughter from behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Chris Klimek You might say Tarantino's oeuvre is a box of chocolates: Some of them are more bitter and unpleasant than others, but they're all still chocolate. Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood might be the tastiest one in the box. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Scott Tobias The film makes the case that Wallace's dogged commitment to getting answers is journalism in its purest form, holding powerful public figures to account. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Scott Tobias With a running time short of 75 minutes, A Faithful Man is a deft little wisp of a romantic comedy, treating love as a mystery that's elusive in its chemistry and often inexplicable in its machinations. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Mark Jenkins Like other contemporary Romanian filmmakers, Jude is well attuned to human absurdities, especially those of pompous public officials. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Ella Taylor Passionate, wry, often bellicose, but always a candid and pithy storyteller... Crosby often seems to be writing his own self-lacerating obituary. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Justin Chang Some of these remakes have been more inspired than others, but few have felt quite as futile as The Lion King. This isn't the circle of life; it's more like a creative dead end. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Bob Mondello But as its cast of terrific comics thrusts and parries, Sword of Trust makes improvisation - something really difficult to pull off at feature length - seem an absolute snap. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Ray & Liz (2018) Andrew Lapin We often say art "cuts close to the bone," but in its depiction of clinking liquor bottles and drawers of unopened rent notices soaked in dog urine, Ray & Liz slices clean through that bone. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Stuber (2019) Chris Klimek Though it runs just 93 minutes, Stuber is padded by gunfights that are neither thrilling nor funny, though their mix of selective slo-mo and irreverent soundtrack cuts tells us Dowse wants them to be both. Or at least one of the two. He hasn't decided. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Bob Mondello The stakes this time turn out to be considerably lower, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Teen is arguably just the guy to bring things down to Earth and reestablish a human scale. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Ella Taylor Marianne Ihlen doesn't steer this moving, sympathetic, but ultimately frustrating tribute. Perhaps inevitably, Cohen does, via Broomfield's fascination with the singer's tortured relations with the many women he romanced. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Bob Mondello Brevity is the soul of wit, and sumptuousness the soul of costume drama, which the movie "Ophelia" quite extravagantly is. The images are gorgeous; the feminism, gratifying. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
The Plagiarists (2019) Mark Jenkins The Plagiarists ponders authenticity, yet its characters and conflicts feel synthetic. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Scott Tobias It might have been possible for Ophelia to survive its heresies if it broke more radically from its source, but every time the film and the play intersect, it's a supremely unflattering contrast. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Chris Klimek The movie has a bunch of winning performances from 22-year-olds still credibly playing 16, it tells a complete-ish yarn while dutifully laying track for further sequels, and it shows more visual brio than your average Marvel joint. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
The Edge of Democracy (2019) Ela Bittencourt Engrossing... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019