The Young Folks

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Rating Title/Year Author
10/10 Parasite (2019) Manzanares de la Rosa Parasite is the most powerful, most important, most essential film of 2019, a perfect distillation of style and substance, an ideal conclusion for such an amazing decade for Asian cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/10 Gemini Man (2019) Jon Winkler Hackneyed, uninspired and most of all boring, there's no excitement in the story and no drive from the characters. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
9/10 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Tyler Carlsen This movie makes a perfect companion piece to the beloved series and fans should be happy to know that Vince Gilligan took his time to ensure that this was the best possible finished product that his show deserved. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
6/10 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Jon Negroni [The Death of Dick Long] strikes a far more authentic balance, even though the film itself never quite lands on a similar balance when it comes to driving its point all the way home. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/10 In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Jon Winkler In the Shadow of the Moon has two pretty good movies in its 115-minute runtime that just can't seem to come together. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/10 In the Tall Grass (2019) Nguyen Le In concept the augments ensure this telling of In the Tall Grass is distinctively Natali's; in reality they are proof of follies taking roots in the field. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/10 Judy (2019) Andrea Thompson Renée Zellweger incredible efforts can't save it despite throwing herself into the role with an abandon that most likely would've been appreciated by the much-missed Judy Garland. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
7/10 Loro (2018) Manzanares de la Rosa Loro is a highly-stylized, unabashedly exuberant, gorgeous mess of a film. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
6/10 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Tyler Carlsen It's a short, ultra-violent, briskly paced film that sprints to the finish and doesn't care if it tripped a few times. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
8/10 Ad Astra (2019) Katey Stoetzel Perhaps the most significant part of Ad Astra is showing how our ability to love and forgive not just those who have hurt us, but ourselves as well, is what makes us human. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Gabrielle Bondi It's a great ensemble. And it works! EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
() Nathanael Hood [Scattering CJ is] not a feel-good post-mortem of a social movement but a portrait of ongoing grief and recovery. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
() Nathanael Hood This is a film so enamored with its subject that it tries to mimic him. And miraculously, it succeeds. That old saying about imitation and flattery has never been more true. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
() Nathanael Hood The documentary itself assumes a similar chameleon fluidity, beginning as a rote musical biopic before morphing into, respectively, a true crime mystery, a found footage collage, and finally a gutting meditation on healing and forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Célébration (2018) Nathanael Hood [Celebration is] a madcap collage of bits and pieces that somehow coalesce into something greater than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
9/10 Hustlers (2019) Yasmin Kleinbart In the hands of the wrong director, Hustlers could have turned gratuitous and exploitative. However, Scafaria handles it with a dynamic female gaze that seeks to celebrate women's bodies instead of sexualizing them. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/10 The Goldfinch (2019) Jon Winkler On a storytelling level, The Goldfinch is both confusing in its structure and boring in its execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
8/10 Ms. Purple (2019) Melissa Linares This poignant story about the love we have for our family captures how our cultural specificities truly do reflect universalities. It shows how we are more alike than we are different, and that is a story worthy of our attention. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
8/10 Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) Jon Espino Everything in Steven Universe: The Movie will seem familiar, but only because that's the film's entire purpose. There is a newfound maturity that the show promises with this film; a glimpse into the new direction the show will take when it returns. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
9/10 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Andrea Thompson A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood deftly sidesteps the schmaltz to give us a genuinely moving portrait of sincerity. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 () Nathanael Hood Much of the movie is practically a meditative still life... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
8/10 () Nathanael Hood But the heart of the film is Ellison's observations of [his subjects] simply existing in stasis in Tijuana as they navigate America's Kafkaesque immigration processes. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
8/10 Evelyn (2018) Manzanares de la Rosa [Orlando von Einsiedel] has made a career out of exploring the raw, unfiltered brutality of war... But it is this new film, Evelyn, in which he finally addresses the most important, most difficult and definitive event in his life. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/10 Joker (2019) Andrea Thompson This movie is indeed terrifying, but that's because it's horrifically, unintentionally insightful of how such men are viewed, both from without and within. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Cheetah Girls (2003) Alejandra Torres I think that's one of the reasons why I enjoyed the music as a kid so much, and watching the film now again as a young adult, I realized how inspirational and powerful these lyrics were. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Brink! (1998) Bri Lockhart [A] highly enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7/10 High School Musical 2 (2007) Michael Fairbanks High School Musical 2 is more confident in its absurd premise and as such, is a much more entertaining film than the first. It's a goofy summer romp that knows exactly what it is and relishes in that. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
7/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Mae Abdulbaki It Chapter Two offers a fascinating perspective on fear, memory, the shifting dynamics of power over your childhood trauma and what it means to make someone feel small. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/10 Edie (2017) Nathanael Hood We are thankfully spared any fist-pumping needle drop when Edie decides that, old age be damned, she'll climb Suilven by herself. But the story beats are just as contrived as a few interjected bars of "Don't Stop Believin'. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
1/10 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Jon Winkler Angel Has Fallen sucked. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
9/10 American Factory (2019) Nathanael Hood American Factory is one of the most striking pieces of documentary political agitprop for organized labor since Barbara Kopple's masterful Harlan County, USA. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
8.0/10 Ready or Not (2019) Brian Thompson Wickedly smart, morbidly funny, and Disney's most entertaining release of 2019 by a mile, Ready or Not is genre cinema at its finest. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
7/10 Good Boys (2019) Jon Winkler it's very easy to write off Good Boys as Superbad Jr. But much like the other Superbad-aping comedy out this year, Booksmart, Good Boys has a touch of heart at its core. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
8/10 Blinded by the Light (2019) Mae Abdulbaki Despite some of its heavier themes, Blinded by the Light maintains a lighthearted tone throughout, cognizant of its heartwarming nature that rests at its core. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
6.0/10 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Tyler Carlsen It's by no means a fantastic movie that will change your life forever, but it will definetly help you escape your life for 90 minutes and make your heart rate spike a bit. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/10 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Andrea Thompson That a movie would twist its message so much is enough to be thankful that lobotomies have gone out of fashion. But embracing this movie might just require one. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
5/10 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Brian Thompson Predictable and bland, The Angry Birds Movie 2 certainly hits the benchmark it sets for itself, even if that's a bar so low you could almost trip over it. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
6/10 Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Jon Winkler The creators saw an opportunity to do something with bringing Rocko back and while it's a minuscule offering, it still ends up satisfying. As good as it is to look back on the past, there's better things to see through change. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
8/10 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Katey Stoetzel As far as the scares go, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has plenty, though it doesn't necessarily break a lot of ground. Still, Øvredal knows how to work with tension and the claustrophobic fear. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
6/10 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Jon Espino For the most part, I enjoyed Dora and the Lost City of Gold, but by the time the credits rolled, I was left with the same empty feeling I had come to know so well. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/10 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Nathanael Hood This was an awful movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
6/10 Kings of Beer (2019) Nathanael Hood As a fluffy bit of docutainment Kings of Beer is decent enough. It's light, happy, fun, and inoffensive. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 Them That Follow (2019) Brian Thompson With fully realized characters, awards-caliber performances, and palpable grinding tension, [Britt] Poulton and [Dan Madison] Savage's debut, while far from perfect, is sure to be a jumping-off point for a pointed philosophical discussion. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/10 After the Wedding (2019) Andrea Thompson With such willful blindness, even actresses as talented as [Michelle] Williams and [Julianne] Moore can't do much with a film that refuses to acknowledge any hint of complexity. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
7/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jon Negroni This is probably the best Fast & Furious movie of them all. It's easily the most humorous and consistently entertaining, and it functions as more of a standalone film than anything since Tokyo Drift. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jon Winkler At 104 minutes, The Art of Self-Defense starts like a off-beat comedy than slowly but surely morphs into something darker, yet it never loses its tinge of humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
7/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Nathanael Hood Perhaps Tarantino is growing melancholy as he arrives in his late fifties; this is a film infused with regret and sorrow. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
10/10 The Farewell (2019) Mae Abdulbaki The Farewell is a gift, a stunning, emotional, and nuanced piece of storytelling that will indeed make you want to call your grandmother afterward. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Another Child (2019) Nathanael Hood [Kim] Yoon-seok conducts a subdued yet surprisingly powerful film about multi-generational resentment and compassion. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Lying to Mom (Suzuki-ke no uso) (2018) Nathanael Hood A crushingly overlong, stupefyingly maudlin film that believes the odd moment of comedy is enough to provide levity amongst such severe subject matter, [Katsumi] Nojiri's film is a true test of audience patience. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019