The Playlist

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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Queen & Slim (2019) Robert Daniels Melina Matsoukas' powerful debut feature is a meditation and celebration of the Black experience and an at-times searing condemnation of an apathetic white America. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
C- Last Christmas (2019) Kimber Myers Readymade to play on an endless loop on Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas ... Last Christmas is as flimsy and disposable as holiday wrapping paper with just as much substance. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
B Mickey and the Bear (2019) Andrew Bundy Filmmaker Annabelle Attanasio's debut film is an honest and empathetic look at the toughest parts of someone's upbringing with incredible performances from its two stars. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Ghost Of Peter Sellers (2018) Rodrigo Perez [I]t's ultimately an emotionally cathartic and absorbing movie about a man who can't let go, yet wants to be free. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
C- Charlie's Angels (2019) Kimber Myers Charlie's Angels struts proudly in the heeled footsteps of the '70s TV show and the McG movies of the early-2000s, offering the same silly, sexy, and utterly forgettable action. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
B The Kingmaker (2019) Chris Barsanti fascinating, necessary EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
C- Doctor Sleep (2019) Lena Wilson Doctor Sleep is a mediocre, soulless film that attempts to pay homage to Kubrick's The Shining while weaving in King's most bizarre monster lore. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
D Countdown (2019) Charles Barfield As the film not-so-eloquently points out, we're all going to die at some point, and even if its 87 years from now, you still shouldn't waste one-minute watching Countdown. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
B- The Current War (2017) Chris Barsanti The figures behind the AC/DC war of the 1880s and '90s were certainly larger than life ... But there is just no getting around the fact that this is a drama about men in top hats arguing over the best electrical current. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
C- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Russ Fischer The cast does everything possible to inject emotional energy into this slashing, crashing sequel, but in the end, even their efforts are ground up by the action movie machine. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
B Greener Grass (2019) Jonathan Christian Greener Grass earns its reputation as a delightfully nauseating charmer that should be regarded as a salvia-covered tour de force for years to come. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
C- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Charles Barfield Ultimately, Zombieland 2 fails to follow rule #1 of sequels - Don't wait ten years and give audiences the exact same thing as before. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
C- The Addams Family (2019) Asher Luberto For a film that's sole purpose is to teach youngsters the asininity of assimilation, "The Addams Family" does a lot of borrowing from better movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B- El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Jason Bailey El Camino is a pokey, introspective affair, a protracted curtain call that gives us one more look at many of our favorite characters, without actually going much of anywhere. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
C- Gemini Man (2019) Rodrigo Perez A movie drunk on the possibilities of its technology-high frame rates presented in 3D-then it is with basic fundamentals like character, story and something of worth to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
B+ Mister America (2019) Nicholas Laskin If nothing else, Mister America cements Tim Heidecker as one of our more unique and uncompromising comic visionaries. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
B Semper Fi (2019) Cory Woodroof Semper Fi is a dignified film that gives Jai Courtney room to shine and is always impressionable in its open-hearted emotions. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
B+ () Joe Blessing Fire Will Come thrives on the power of what is unsaid, the things that go ignored until they grow into a mighty roar. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
B+ Zombi Child (2019) Joe Blessing Zombi Child is the rare film that's both rich in ideas and fun, a reckoning with forces colonial powers would like buried, but that won't stay dead. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Lodge (2019) Kristy Puchko The Lodge isn't as shocking, scary, or satisfying as Goodnight Mommy, yet it is a solid sister film. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Kristy Puchko The bones of "In The Shadow of The Moon" are terrific. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
A The Irishman (2019) Joe Blessing The Irishman is a major success for Scorsese, incorporating the best aspects of his past crime dramas and their thrilling energy while adding context to those films and wrestles with their legacy resonantly. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
C Low Tide (2019) Asher Luberto Despite a script that's as obvious as a treasure map, Low Tide ultimately works because of its leads EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
B Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Christian Gallichio Trading nuance for blistering attacks, nevertheless, the film is a compelling portrait of a looming presence in American politics. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019) Kristy Puchko In The Tall Grass proves a solidly spooky film, seeded with some tantalizing moments of terror. But it never grows to outright terrifying. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
D- Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Charles Barfield Jingoism is expected, but 'Last Blood' takes extreme patriotism and adds a vulgar 2019 MAGA design flair to it EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
C 3 From Hell (2019) Nicholas Laskin Rob Zombie gives fans exactly what they want in this brutally offensive finale. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
C Zeroville (2019) Warren Cantrell Though it's something of a miss, it's certainly no zero, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- Random Acts of Violence (2019) Matthew Monagle It's best to think of the movie as a horror Rorschach test from an artist with enough 'How To Train Your Dragon' money to work through some sh*t onscreen. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- Waves (2019) Gregory Ellwood The biggest gift Shults has been granted in this endeavor is that every single actor in the film bares their souls for him. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ Judy (2019) Tomris Laffly Zellweger's poise and presence make the entire affair more than worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B- Guest of Honor (2019) Stephanie Watts While wrestling to keep its unwieldy plot twists under control at times, the result is a complex, at times melancholic study of a father-daughter relationship gone awry over with the passing of time. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
A- Western Stars (2019) Jordan Ruimy "Western Stars" is a celebration of this music and its expansive, engrossing storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
B () Christopher Schobert 'Penguins' is an involving, humorous, but rather slight film from the director of 2014's 'Red Army.' EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
A Ms. Purple (2019) Andrew Bundy It's a remarkable creative collaboration. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
C+ Harriet (2019) Jordan Ruimy "Harriet" feels pat and uninvolving. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
C- Downton Abbey (2019) Asher Luberto An unnecessary film that doesn't live up to the landmark series. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ Bad Education (2019) Charles Bramesco Jackman shines and this is precisely the sort of grown-up mid-budget entertainment that moviegoers spend the summer months clamoring for. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ () Luke Hicks "The Burnt Orange Heresy" plays like a cool, classy "Velvet Buzzsaw" for the art-obsessive, every trace of camp traded for poetry. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
D+ Lucy in the Sky (2019) Jason Bailey Director Noah Hawley wants us to understand this woman's plight, to sympathize with her dilemma, but he also wants to rib us with his cutesy needle drops and snazzy visual tics. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
D () Robert Daniels Dirt Music isn't initially a head-splitting film, but the overlong story doesn't know how to let unrequited love take center stage without dull murder mysteries attached to the side. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B () Steven Allison Despite its flaws, Sweetness in the Belly hits plenty of the right notes, featuring a breadth of insight possible only when a filmmaker truly knows the place the story is set. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
A- () Robert Daniels Larraín's Ema will grate some. Even so, it's one of the most ambitious and visually stunning films of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B The Moneychanger (2019) Joe Blessing Even if the personal and political don't always line up neatly in The Moneychanger, it's an engaging character study of a man with little character, elevated by Veiroj's unusual eye. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
D+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) Charles Bramesco "Jojo Rabbit" exists in service of a single idea, a notion so desperately idealistic that it lands somewhere between naïveté and disingenuousness. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
D () Kevin Jagernauth With little offered in the way of a point of entry, even at a slim 99 minutes, The Audition can be both an exhausting and onerous experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
D+ () Jason Bailey A sea of indie relationship drama clichés. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ () Luke Hicks Guerra clearly had no problem directing, the engrossing synchronicity of every aspect of the film a testament to his visionary mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B Color Out of Space (2020) Charles Bramesco Richard Stanley gives adventurous midnight-movie crowds enough to mull over while they're having their hair blown back by an onslaught of light and sound in Color Out of Space. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C+ Hope Gap (2019) Gregory Ellwood The problem, unfortunately, is that "Hope Gap" is based on the play "The Retreat from Moscow" and the proceedings never really leaves the theater. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019