The Verge

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Rating Title/Year Author
Knives Out (2019) Joshua Rivera Even though Knives Out ultimately brings its mystery to a satisfying conclusion with a culprit named and cuffed, there's another one that gets away clean: white guilt. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Current War (2017) Caroline Siede It's a solid period piece that strives to be something more, and occasionally achieves it. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Countdown (2019) Charles Bramesco Those in search of more incisive techno-horror that cuts to the core of everything frightening about phone ownership and usage will have to continue waiting. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Caroline Siede Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a much needed swing-for-the-fences dose of originality. It doesn't always hit it out of the park, but it's wickedly fun to watch it try. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jesse Hassenger It's more like an 1980s-style cheapie retread, disguised as a more respectable legacy sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Liz Shannon Miller [Aaron Paul's] work in El Camino is staggering. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Jexi (2019) Jesse Hassenger The smartphone epidemic is certainly fair game for satire, but while Jexi pokes fun at Phil, it ultimately isn't satirizing anything in particular because Phil is not much of anything in particular. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Caroline Siede The Addams Family isn't a scream, it's a painfully generic kids' film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
() Noah Berlatsky It's certainly an enjoyable documentary, and it's highly recommended to any horror fan. But the best horror movies are a little more ruthless than this. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Charles Bramesco For a film fine-tuned in pursuit of audiovisual perfection, this thing is full of narrative glitches, story elements that half work and half don't. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Joker (2019) Tasha Robinson It's hypnotic just how horrifying Arthur's existence is, just as Phoenix's performance is hypnotic as he spirals from fragile hope into increasingly outsized and confident acts of destruction. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Jesse Hassenger It's hard not to like Lucy in the Sky, not because it's especially likable or even skillful, but because Portman is so committed that she sometimes seems capable of making the movie worthwhile by sheer force of will. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Tasha Robinson It's a tightly wound thriller with a surprising speculative element. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Election (1999) Noel Murray Broderick gives a wonderfully nebbishy performance, and the filmmakers do a fine job of using visual cues to define the smallness of his world. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Jesse Hassenger The retro clunkiness of these characters, well past their physical primes, is key to what makes The Irishman often surprisingly hilarious. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Keith Phipps It's a pretty thin premise for a movie, but that's not necessarily a problem. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Gosford Park (2001) Noel Murray For a film about homicide and class conflict, Gosford Park is surprisingly congenial. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Auggie (2019) Caroline Siede Though Felix ultimately learns that virtual perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be, Auggie raises chilling, perpetually timely questions about what men really want from women. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Caroline Siede Ad Astra will work best for viewers who either don't care whether its visual wonders contain a compelling story, or those who are willing to project their own emotional profundity onto the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
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