The Verge

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Rating Title/Year Author
Knives Out (2019) Tasha Robinson It lacks Hitchcockian tension or Christie-level dignity, but it's funny, surprising, and intriguing in the way it flips the usual murder-mystery script. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Tasha Robinson There are laughs in the gap between Jojo's self-image and the reality... Jojo Rabbit could use more of that dynamic, and more of Waititi's subversive voice and willingness to upend cinematic norms. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Empathy, Inc. (2018) Adi Robertson Empathy, Inc. can arguably be too effective at puncturing the mystique of its own world... Still, Empathy, Inc. uses a classic science fiction premise to explore contemporary tensions about technology and social class. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Caroline Siede [Writer-Director Issa] López gets remarkable performances from her ensemble of young actors. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Keith Phipps It's an appreciably less-engaging film in every way, suffering from lurching storytelling, wild vacillations in tone (even within scenes), and a strong cast that never fully gels as a group. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
67/100 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Noah Berlatsky Øvredal is to be commended for simultaneously staying true to a beloved franchise and twisting its head around to face in an unexpected direction. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Adi Robertson It's bizarre and often delightful. Paradise Hills captures a futuristic fantasy aesthetic that feels familiar in video games, but fresh in movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Keith Phipps Even though Statham and Johnson are both big, bald slabs of muscle, they make a fun study in contrasts. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Keith Phipps Rick is a fascinatingly contradictory character. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Galaxy Quest (1999) Keith Phipps It's a warm, appealing comedy filled with well-realized characters and jokes ranging from the wry to the slapstick-y. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) Samantha Nelson The Coming Race might not sell the need for this absurd series to continue, it at least provides a reason to go back and watch the original, and help its creators get the money they need to try to recapture their uniquely bizarre form of movie magic. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Crawl (2019) Jesse Hassenger Aja plays up the muck, gunk, and early hints of gore for all they're worth. Because the set dressing feels so tactile, the movie creates a genuine sense of atmosphere in a potentially generic setting. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Kendra James While it's a near shot-for-shot remake of the original, this version of The Lion King lacks much of the emotion and expressiveness that keeps people coming back to the first. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
92/100 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tasha Robinson It's a breathless and admirably well-assembled movie that proves the Marvel formula still isn't tired. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Tasha Robinson MIB:I is a perfectly fine piece of summer entertainment, easy on the brain and big on the shiny spectacle. But it feels polished to a fault. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Scott Tobias With this third sequel to Toy Story, Pixar has gotten away with pushing its own expiration date on the series. But those tiny spork tines won't hold it together much longer. It's time to get lost. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Keith Phipps Still, Dark Phoenix deserves points for taking a new approach. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Ma (2019) Keith Phipps As might be expected from an actress who frequently finds depths in roles both large and small, Spencer takes the chance to get beneath her character's skin. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Kendra James The whole endeavor feels unfinished and unresolved. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Jesse Hassenger Feldstein and Dever are both terrific in it. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
() Adi Robertson A moving trio of narratives about people who are trying to overcome serious physical limitations with cutting-edge brain science. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
El Chicano (2018) Noah Berlatsky [Director Ben Hernandez] Bray wants the film to be another straightforward superhero empowerment narrative. But he keeps stumbling onto complicated questions he doesn't want to acknowledge or resolve. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Adi Robertson See You Yesterday is a compelling blend of nuanced drama, teenage adventure-comedy, and thought experiment. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Shadow (2018) Keith Phipps Even without its distinctive look, Shadow would be memorable, an accomplished fusion of what Zhang does well, but the visuals take it to another plane. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Adi Robertson Yesterday is a story about the pure and timeless nature of music - but it often comes off as more rote than heartfelt. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Julia Alexander It's a hilarious, carefree, fun romp through a familiar place, and it's just different enough to add a much needed twist to a formula that was growing tired. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Tasha Robinson It was designed to cap a decade of buildup around a single gigantic story... In that sense, it's certainly a triumph: it's ambitious, towering, and above all, daring in its difference. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Tasha Robinson And over the course of two hours, the mania becomes exhausting and numbing. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Unicorn Store (2017) Jesse Hassenger The movie constantly grasps for more than its surface charms. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
High Life (2018) Scott Tobias At a time when the Earth itself seems to be hurtling toward doom, the presence of genuine wonder and new life in the film carries a sliver of optimism. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Kendra James It's particularly frustrating to watch Burton approach moments of greatness before quickly losing the thread. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Ones Below (2015) Noel Murray It's that plausibility factor that makes The Ones Below so effective. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Adi Robertson Offers catharsis in a restrained, sometimes skin-crawlingly tense story. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Keith Phipps It's almost as if superhero stories were at heart about wish fulfillment. It's almost as if they're allowed to be fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
() Adi Robertson This film could have been smarter or more distinctive, but it remains a generally good-natured comedy about the trials of being a teenager - albeit one with a lot of severed limbs. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
() Tasha Robinson For people who specifically prize meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés, I See You is a rare gift. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Us (2019) Tasha Robinson Peele directs Us with a masterful collection of horror-movie tricks - jump scares that actually pay off, a cat-and-mouse game in an isolated place filled with bright lights and deep pools of impenetrable shadow. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Shana O'Neil It rises to the occasion with strong performances and with its directors' willingness to slow down and take their story seriously, balancing humor, action, and exposition in a carefully calibrated package. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
For the Love of Spock (2016) Keith Phipps The film offers a better sense of who Leonard Nimoy was, and where Spock came from, than a more objective approach could. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Tasha Robinson This film feels like the studio wanted it to be the next step in its development toward more ambitious stories. Instead, it's a gorgeous hangout movie. There are worse things to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
The Wandering Earth (2019) Tasha Robinson Director Frant Gwo gives the film a surprising stateliness, especially in the scenes of the mobile Earth wandering the cosmos, wreathed in tiny blue jets that leave eerie space-contrails behind. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Keith Phipps Yet, regardless of how the film looks, Soderbergh's pacing and gift for editing are what keep the action tight, while McCraney's crisp dialogue livens up potentially mundane, exposition-heavy exchanges. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Tasha Robinson It ends up feeling like more than an obligatory cash-in: it builds a whole new layer on top of the Lego Movie foundations. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Jawline (2019) Adi Robertson Jawline explores what's unique about social media stardom without overemphasizing its novelty, so the film works as a dissection of modern digital celebrity, but also a classic story about beautiful young people struggling to get famous. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Tasha Robinson The setting Gilroy creates here is so much more engaging than what he does with it. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Noah Berlatsky Horror Noire's greatest strength may be the way it manages to embrace the viewpoints of scholars and fans at the same time. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
The Great Hack (2019) Adi Robertson The Great Hack is sometimes fascinating, especially when it's delving into the shady inner workings of Cambridge Analytica. And it covers timely and important themes. But for a film about resisting propaganda, it's surprisingly credulous. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Samantha Nelson It's a shame that the film doesn't stand on its own, with a story as creative and engaging as its setting. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
I Am Mother (2019) Adi Robertson I Am Mother isn't an incredibly smart or memorable take on artificial intelligence, but the film still taps into some potent cultural anxieties. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Hail Satan? (2019) Tasha Robinson It's hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019