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Rating Title/Year Author
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) William Bibbiani Never feels like a nostalgia cash-in or a cut-and-paste job made by focus groups and committee. This story actually demands to be told, and it gets told with precision and skill. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
The Current War (2017) Dave White It all leaves a weirdly bitter taste, one that suggests it's less cool to want to leave a legacy of good deeds than it is to be famous for being first. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Grâce à Dieu (2018) Carlos Aguilar One of Ozon's finest efforts to date and one of 2019's must-see releases. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The Elephant Queen (2019) Simon Abrams Not as tonally stable nor as thematically cogent as it could have been, but it does feature some child-appropriate scenes of animals relieving themselves, having sex, and even dying. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
() Robert Abele Mixes the intensity of emergency work with the occasional quiet of exhausted heroes fighting back dejection. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Greener Grass (2019) Elizabeth Weitzman The repetition can start to feel overdone, but the best jokes are acutely-crafted and sold with impressive deadpan by DeBoer, Carden and Bennett. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Female Pleasure (2018) Candice Frederick An empowering statement for women, no matter their cultural or religious background, to reclaim their bodies and celebrate their sexuality without shame or suffering. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Candice Frederick Drawing from a startling real life story, director Ed Perkins plants audiences inside a film where mounting mystery climaxes to unsettling concern as we watch an amnesiac grapple with the horrifying reality that is his life. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Monica Castillo Their adventures take on delicious new turns but never stray too far from the original idea of what it means to be a family when most of humanity has turned into brain-eating corpses. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Monica Castillo There are interesting bits within the film that are by themselves entertaining but don't always seem to fit together. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Robert Abele Ultimately serves as a coiled and heartfelt tribute to Jesse's powerful trajectory, and Paul's own chemically active, emotionally reactive brilliance in one of our peak TV era's defining series. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
Jexi (2019) Elizabeth Weitzman Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have figured out how to modernize one of the most traditional and apparently still essential Hollywood tropes: the Crazy Bitch. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Emanuel (2019) Monica Castillo It is a tribute to those who lost loved ones, but it's also a movie with a message, one that emphasizes some survivors and family members' willingness to forgive Roof just mere days after he walked into their church. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
High Strung Free Dance (2018) William Bibbiani The glossy fakeness is a signal to the audience that every single thing about these stories will stand in abject defiance of reality, and it's best just to accept them at face value. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Yolanda Machado It doesn't attempt to talk down to children, one of my biggest pet peeves about some family films. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Mary (2019) William Bibbiani The whole film plays like an extended non sequitur. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Mister America (2019) Candice Frederick Underscores recognizable themes no less irritating in mockumentary form than they are in real life: white supremacy, miscarriages of justice, and racial disenfranchisement. But the film needs to say something about it rather than merely hold up a mirror. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Dilili à Paris (2018) Carlos Aguilar Photorealistic backgrounds consistently stun as they clash with the more low-res CG characters, which emulate designs from early 21st century video games rather than fully accomplished animated characters for a production made this decade. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Elizabeth Weitzman What Nichols finds is promising, but because of the way the movie is structured, the reveal feels like a murky cheat. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Semper Fi (2019) William Bibbiani Courtney and Wolff are acting their asses off in this movie, but hardly anyone is helping them. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Robert Abele In the great whoosh of majestically profane, beaming energy he provides from beginning to end, it's clear that Murphy's brand of electrifying, in-the-moment comedy has sorely been missed. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Candice Frederick Though Portman impressively commits, the performance is ultimately empty, because Lucy's distress is explained only in vague conversations with Mark that further reduce her feelings, everything from love to anger, as "not real." EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
() Dan Callahan Might also be called The Cotton Club Transformed, because this cut makes a film that felt like a failure into one of Coppola's very best pictures. This movie is a feast with all the trimmings, and then some. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Climbers (2019) Simon Abrams Impressive sound design, which makes every carabiner clink and boulder impact seem monumental, and Lee's skilled use of close-up photography (combined with fast-cut montage editing) make The Climbers worth seeing on a big screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Alonso Duralde Scorsese's return to the gangster milieu is anything but a greatest-hits compilation from a filmmaker in his autumn years; as a storyteller and a crafter of images, he remains as bold and as provocative as ever. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Sweetheart (2019) Todd Gilchrist Not only fully delivers the conventions of genre and storytelling that audiences expect from the film's premise, but it also elevates and refines them to a sharp point. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Golden Glove (2019) Michael Nordine Another in a long line of serial-killer dramas under the impression that it needs to be as ugly as its subject in order to be authentic, ultimately serving as further proof that verisimilitude isn't a virtue in and of itself. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Death of Dick Long (2019) Robert Abele Indie moviegoers looking for an off-road excursion likely to trigger more than a few exhortations of "oh no" - as both laughs and gasps - could turn this Death into something with cult life. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Sister Aimee (2019) Candice Frederick The gendered themes at play here do little to boost the quality of Buck and Schlingmann's storytelling, which is too tangled to follow at times. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Abominable (2019) Yolanda Machado Though Culton's script plays a bit formulaic, hitting specific marks of must-have gags, jokes and sentiment at very specific moments, there are enough touches of warmth and sweetness that keep the story enjoyable for audiences both young and not-so-young. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Nicholas Barber It's difficult to care that one man is a carbon copy of the other when neither of them seems especially human, anyway. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Judy (2019) Alonso Duralde There's never a feeling that Zellweger's "doing" Judy; she's being Judy. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Black and Blue (2019) Candice Frederick For a film that suggests even in its title that it reflects a necessary and under-discussed conversation, it falters quite tremendously. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
Villains (2019) William Bibbiani Violence breaks out, mind games are played, and it's all so adorably eccentric that you don't ever want it to stop. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Robert Abele The booby-trapping is so over-the-top gory, it's as if Rambo has morphed into Jigsaw. (I smell Lionsgate crossover?) EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Don't Be Nice (2019) Candice Frederick Captures the revitalization of the artist in a world filled with doom. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Sasha Stone It is an interesting exercise, however, to leave all that good chemistry hanging literally in midair. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Carlos Aguilar A purposefully somber cry for amends and acknowledgement permeated in phantasmagoric allure. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Western Stars (2019) Steve Pond It's a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen's life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this latest, most introspective phase of his career. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Steve Pond A bold, violent take on the 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, a monumental tour through what one character calls "dirt and disappointment." EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Steve Pond The film grows more florid and dramatic as it unfolds, and more disjointed; even with reliable actors like Elgort, Wright, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Luke Wilson on hand, the storytelling feels clunky in a way Brooklyn never did. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Steve Pond Between the Robert Altmanesque sound mix with conversations jumbled on top of each other, the camera that remains jittery even in quiet moments and music that uses stately choral passages not to lull but to disrupt, the Safdies are maestros of messiness. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Steve Pond This is a dark satire that finds a way to make a case for understanding. As circumstances slowly chip away at Jojo's hate-driven worldview, the black comedy finds room for some genuinely touching moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Steve Pond But just as Mr. Rogers used his show to talk about big issues with children in a tone that was softer and more halting than you'd expect, so does Heller stick to understatement in a way that threatens to become dull or sappy but never does. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Steve Pond The kind of film that poses the question, "Is it OK to be preachy if you're doing it for a very good cause?" EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Steve Pond Iannucci has fun with the classic serial-turned-novel and throws in a bit of defiant color-blind casting for kicks, but it takes some getting used to a gentler, less biting Iannucci. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Steve Pond In an era in which the collision of Russian and American interests is never far from the headlines, a weird little story about one crazy time those interests collided might even teach us a thing or two. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Steve Pond The footage of injured children and malnourished babies is wrenching and hard to watch, to the point where you wonder how Dr. Amani and her colleagues can fail to succumb to hopelessness and rage. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2019) Steve Pond Has the power to transport you but also to break your heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) Yolanda Machado There's far too many moments where the script demands that Kent remind everyone "not all white men" that any appearance of care or understanding is quickly wiped away. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019