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Rating Title/Year Author
The College Admissions Scandal (2019) Kevin Fallon ...when there's so much to be mined from this particular controversy, you can't help but think how much an approach like this is, ironically, leaving us cheated. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Joker (2019) Kevin Fallon It's the same old song over and over again, a cultural record scratch. Send in the clowns... EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Nick Schager Baumbach's devastating portrait of divorce features two of the year's finest performances courtesy of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Nick Schager Comedic elements [are] key to the film, which soon delivers a twis that casts its entire portrait in a different light, causing viewers to reassess not only what they've just seen, but also their assumptions about cinematic and internet truth circa 2019. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Cuck (2019) Nick Schager Lambert stages it with a matter-of-factness that shrewdly undercuts any sense of excitement; like his camera's early serpentine trip through a laundromat ringing with foreign voices, his handling of the finale is restrained and assured. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter (2019) Jordan Julian In Escaping the NXIVM Cult, the very real torture endured by NXIVM members is often undermined by cheesy, on-the-nose dialogue and over-acting. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Kevin Fallon Even more than its star's tortured-He-Man routine and its grisly action, it's the film's ghastly worldview that's truly archaic, and in need of retirement. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
The Painted Bird (2019) Richard Porton While The Painted Bird may not be the easiest film to sit through, it's certainly not an example of gratuitous sensationalism. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Richard Porton Heller's film is so besotted with Rogers that it's enough to turn the stomachs of the handful of misanthropes that don't view Rogers as a secular saint...I wasn't ultimately sucked in by Heller's attempts to avoid sentimentality... EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Kevin Fallon The female gaze, it turns out, depicts women as...women. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Richard Porton One suspects that it will be a long wait before Hollywood devotes a feature a film to, say, Black Lives Matter. In the meantime, we can be grateful that Warner Bros. and Cretton are, for once, invested it the fate of a black hero, not a white savior. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Natalia Winkelman A labored translation, very beautiful and very meaningless. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Satanic Panic (2019) Nick Schager [Satanic Panic] successfully swings a sledgehammer at the moneyed elite-satiric service it delivers with a devilish smile. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Marlow Stern Joker succeeds thanks to the talents of Phoenix, who's crafted a layered, terror-inducing antagonist, and earned his rightful place alongside Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson in the pantheon of all-time-great Jokers. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Seberg (2019) Marlow Stern It is such a shame, then, that Andrews' film has chosen to view Seberg's plight through the eyes of Solomon, a COINTELPRO agent who grows protective of his prey. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Nick Schager Brügger flip-flops between persuasive reality and outlandish make-believe, until the two are almost indecipherable from each other. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) Allen Barra Ferrell Takes the Field is laid-back humor, affectionate towards the game and those who work in it. It's fun rather than funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Skin (2018) Nick Schager Bell evokes a potent sense of Bryon's shifting moral compass even as his situation threatens to spiral out of control. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Kevin Fallon [A] gorgeous movie about universal themes of grief, loss, family, and identity. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Nick Schager The Art of Self-Defense [is] a ridiculously scathing satire that refuses to go easy on men's warped notions about masculinity. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Kevin Fallon The Lion King is a masterpiece feast for the eyes. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Nick Schager As a bleak comedy of romantic deterioration, it can be wittily incisive. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Drei Zinnen (2017) Nick Schager Three Peaks is a thriller of a decidedly unconventional sort...A more clichéd effort would have succumbed to third-act fireworks as a reward for enduring such a slow-burn build-up. But Zabeil rejects predictable paths. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Kevin Fallon Toy Story 4 is clever and witty, at times exhilarating, and does the little tap dance on your tear ducts that you've come to crave from Pixar films, and especially from this franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
I Am Mother (2019) Nick Schager Green's plot is occasionally predicated on too-convenient plot point...but no amount of narrative corner-cutting can undermine the aesthetic beauty of this impressive calling-card film, which suggests bigger things to come from its promising director. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Late Night (2019) Kevin Fallon In truth, delivering on expectations is Late Night's strongest suit. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
The Cold Blue (2018) Nick Schager The Cold Blue's imagery is its nominal calling card, and its sights are apt to send shivers down one's spine-including, most poignantly, its portraits of youthful faces. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness (2019) Joseph Longo Largely a convincing documentary, cashing in the brothers' deep bond and relatable New Jersey roots. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Nick Schager Child-in-peril scenarios and noble martyrdom inevitably play a role in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Along the way, many fine actors are forced to navigate nonsensical situations and spout cornball dialogue. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Ma (2019) Kevin Fallon Is it good? No, but that's the point. Or something? [Ma] is outrageous in the way that it's a damn hoot. And you know what? More movies should be outrageous, and as brazenly so as Ma is. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Kevin Fallon The Elton John biopic is as fabulous, flamboyant, and fun as its legendary subject deserves. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Nick Schager The Spy Behind Home Plate is assembled with the same deftness that Kempner brought to her prior The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Kevin Fallon I can't remember a time when I had as much fun watching a movie in a theater as when I first screened Booksmart. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Young Ahmed (2019) Richard Porton What's truly depressing about Young Ahmed is the filmmakers' capitulation to a schematic analysis of Islamism that is completely unedifying. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Richard Porton A Hidden Life demonstrates that a respect for beauty can itself function as a political act. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Richard Porton The Dead Don't Die, despite some sporadically enjoyable satirical interludes, suffers from Jarmusch's desire to pay homage to Romero's radical grittiness while winking at the audience. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
Poms (2019) Kevin Fallon Should we wish they had better material than Poms to work with? Yes. But it's still a delight to see them on screen, together, having fun. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Kevin Fallon In the end, the film is a bit like going to see a very good Beatles cover band, and maybe that's the point. It pales in comparison from the magic of the real thing, but, by nature, it's going to be a lot of fun anyway. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
() Nick Schager At a fleet 84 minutes, Plucked maintains suspense about the ultimate fate of the Lipinski Strad. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Melissa Leon Suffice to say that Endgame lives up to its promise as a gratifying, if bittersweet goodbye to modern cinema's biggest superheroes. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Nick Schager Hitting its every note with expert precision, it's a triumph of humorous, action-packed, poignant blockbuster filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Kevin Fallon Stop everything and watch Homecoming. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Best of Enemies (2019) Nick Schager This tale of a KKK president seeing the error of his ways-and bonding with a civil-right activist-feels all kinds of wrong. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Amy Zimmerman This wooden acting, and the relationships that come off as fake and far-fetched as the plot they're cycling through, are all consequences of a film that prioritizes cheap scares over convincing characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Melissa Leon Shazam! seems acutely aware of the self-serious, killjoy reputations of some of its DC universe brethren. It both celebrates the nerds who've stuck it out this long and (gently) dunks on the franchise's wonkier moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Screwball (2018) Nick Schager The saddest thing about Screwball isn't that it's eye-opening and infuriating; it's that its duplicity and villainy feel commonplace, if not inevitable. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
() Kevin Fallon If not groundbreaking, it's still relatable and funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Nick Schager The Beach Bum is a shaggy-dog story in the truest sense of the term, with Korine crafting it as a series of rambling episodes that echo the swirling, heady, digressive nature of a marathon bender. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Brink (2019) Nick Schager The Brink isn't just about how close we are to a right-wing revolution; it's about our frightening proximity to outright conflict, courtesy of Bannon and his ilk, who want to "fight the establishment" by stoking mankind's ugliest impulses. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Kevin Fallon None of the performances cohere and it's all very distracting, which is unfortunate considering what it's distracting from: Some truly spell-binding visual and action set pieces. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019