The Playlist

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Rating Title/Year Author
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 () 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 Barfield "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+ Waiting for the Barbarians (2017) 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 (2010) 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
B () Jason Bailey That Delpy finds her way to the ending she does-and earns it is-no small accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- The Goldfinch (2019) Jason Bailey Ansel Elgort's performance is a flat, dull nothing. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
C- () Kevin Jagernauth Disco is more than happy to point out the hypocrisy and ignorance of religious instances. The problem is that it's an easy target. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B- () Jason Bailey Max Winkler's Jungleland is a confidently crafted three-hander and your enjoyment of it will depend entirely on how many times you can watch its protagonists f*** up. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
C+ () Ella Kemp Proxima tells a story so unseen it feels like an anomaly: a space movie that spends most of its time on Earth, and a space movie about a woman. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ () Ella Kemp "Rocks" is more interested in painting a truthful, colorful portrait of modern London girlhood than in scripting another melodrama. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Jason Bailey "My Name is Dolemite," is a fairly conventional biopic. But it's put together with such energy and affection that the disparity is forgivable. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
A Knives Out (2019) Charles Bramesco There's so much to love about Rian Johnson's triumph, both as gratuitously enjoyable entertainment and the first film to take on the significance of a President Trump without lapsing into corny preachiness. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
A+ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Ella Kemp Matthew Rhys delivers a transformative performance, one that begins with stony bitterness and gives way to an emotionally naked revelation without ever losing an ounce of gravitas. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ Hustlers (2019) Gregory Ellwood "Hustlers" is much deeper than all that glitters on the surface. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
A Synchronic (2019) Jason Bailey "SYNCHRONIC" can best be described as egghead indie sci-fi, in which the ideas are as exciting as the effects. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ () Robert Daniels Radioactive may follow an exciting life, but it only offers viewers and enthusiasts a dull, paint-by-the-numbers biopic. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ () Jonathan Christian Malta should be commended for her distinctive style, but Simple Women has the same problem as countless first-time feature films: too many ideas and too little depth. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ () Kimber Myers Sea Fever is a deft melding of genres, bringing together body horror, the monster movie, and ecology-driven drama in a single, well-crafted package. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B- () Jason Bailey We've seen enough movies about the familial woes of upper-middle-class white families, but if you're in the mood for one more, well, Blackbird has a lot to offer. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B The Friend (2019) Ella Kemp While the story's ending might not transcend this family's fate, "The Friend" lets its audience believe in their future-through the tears, with each other. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ () Charles Barfield There's an a-ha moment upon learning that Marder's a close collaborator of Derek Cianfrance; this feels at times like "Blue Valentine" painted black. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
C+ Just Mercy (2019) Jason Bailey "Just Mercy" is clearly a film with its heart squarely in the right place. But the broad strokes are just too familiar here, and try as he might, Cretton simply can't put a fresh spin on them. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Asher Luberto After all of these years, she still nurses the delusion that she isn't good enough. This fitting tribute is proof that she's more than enough. The sound of her voice may soon be gone, but it will never be forgotten. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ () Jonathan Christian Colewell desires merely to be good and to convey an innately relatable story, and by its own criteria, it is flawless. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
C Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Rodrigo Perez Buried underneath the shadows, rain-slicked streets and the dense thicket of plot, lays an orphan of story that might have been better served elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
B- It: Chapter Two (2019) Griffin Schiller The journey isn't as tight or as focused as the last film, but Muschietti manages to successfully close the book on the Losers' Club with his frightening and emotional It: Chapter Two. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
A- The King (2019) Christina Newland DavidMichôd's The King is an intelligent, accessible Shakespearean epic that showcases Chalamet's incredible performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019