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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Waves (2019) Alissa Wilkinson What sets Waves apart is its complex understanding of what it actually means for love to conquer fear and hatred. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Ad Astra is beautiful, contemplative, and loaded with meaning -- not an action movie, but one that leaves you with plenty to ponder. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Alissa Wilkinson While it's hugely entertaining, Parasite is also thought-provoking. By the time the catharsis arrives, you think you're at the end of the film, but a coda adds a new wrinkle to the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Alissa Wilkinson To get a story like this right requires a sense of the comical and the absurd along with the devastating -- and Marriage Story delivers. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4.5/5 Hustlers (2019) Emily VanDerWerff Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It's a worthy tribute to Agatha Christie, a light but pointed rebuke, and a delectable time at the movies, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Alissa Wilkinson [Donna] Tartt's novel comes in at such great length because it's trying, for better or worse, to emulate that artistic technique. And in sticking so closely to the plot of the novel, The Goldfinch loses the story, and the soul, of its source. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Joker is a tightly directed mood piece with an unforgettable performance at its center, but it's not much more than a mask, with nothing but banality behind. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Alissa Wilkinson With rising tides of hate and ignorance, where demagogues have groupies and neo-Nazis are easy to find on the internet, preying on the weak, what Jojo Rabbit has to say is both hysterically funny and grim as hell. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Alissa Wilkinson In spite of its shortcomings, Just Mercy is still the sort of film that's worth watching and absorbing and discussing, because the story it tells has not stopped being relevant in the decades since [Bryan] Stevenson and [Walter] McMillian met. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood sneaks around the barriers we throw up in adulthood, finding the kid inside of us who just wants to know we are loved. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Aja Romano While Chapter Two works perfectly fine as a complement to Chapter One, it still falls short in that the closer our heroes come to triumphing over "It," the further they get from a satisfying conclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 Jawline (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Jawline is both disturbing and empathetic, and an important peek into the glory and angst of being a teenager on the internet today. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Woodstock (1970) Alissa Wilkinson [Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music] is an outstanding documentary, a joyful musical experience and a playful artifact of an era, even at its butt-busting length. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Ready or Not looks and feels like a straight-ahead horror thriller, but the opportunity to do something truly mind-bending is squandered. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4.5/5 American Factory (2019) Alissa Wilkinson American Factory tackles the challenges of globalization with much more depth and nuance than most reporting on the topic, precisely because it steps back to watch a story unfold over time and resists easy generalizations. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
1.5/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Alissa Wilkinson There's a story buried in here about a woman with a seemingly happy life who's nonetheless lost her sense of self, but it feels too pasted together from disparate parts to not leave the audience just scratching their heads by the end. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Aja Romano Given that I was mainly expecting monsters with a side of more monsters, I can't complain too much. I got what I came for, and this is certainly not the first horror film to serve a sloppy social allegory along with its chills. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Caroline Framke Haddish unleashes hilarious, filthy, and even moving anecdotes to tell the story of her life to this point, without anything holding her back, at long last. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) Caroline Framke Where "Live" saw Notaro reeling from a bruise, Boyish Girl Interrupted celebrates the healing. Notaro found a way to build upon her previous set without dismissing it entirely, and her joy at cracking that code radiates from every punchline. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 The Great Hack (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Great Hack isn't revealing much that hasn't been reported elsewhere, but it's powerful in the ways it does so. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Stuber is part of a breed of summer movies that I think of as "aggressively fine": They're not unwatchable, and you'll laugh sometimes, but they're also not very good, and there's no particular reason they couldn't be. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Lion King has always been a film with quite a lot to say bubbling below its surface. But 2019's telling adds bloat, and nothing more. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Alissa Wilkinson [The Farewell] is a finely tuned drama that finds humor in the everyday absurdity that comes from belonging to a family. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Alex Abad-Santos Spider-Man: Far From Home is great - once it gets out of its own way. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Aja Romano It's silly, even nigh nonsensical, full of flat stock characters, plot non sequiturs, and a hand-wave-y take on technological dystopia that never manages to get above eye roll levels of sincerity. But it's also fun and funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Alissa Wilkinson There's no cutting away from the disturbing in Midsommar (in fact, the camera prefers to push into the worst of it); you will look at this, and you will see the violence that is life and death, the movie says. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 The Edge of Democracy (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Edge of Democracy is not an impartial piece of journalistic filmmaking; indeed, Costa makes no pretensions to objectivity. She weaves in her own family's story and the film takes on the quality of a lament. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
2.5/5 Murder Mystery (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It's just the kind of movie to pop on one night when you're looking for something fun, silly, and a little mysterious. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Alex Abad-Santos In Woody's search for love, Toy Story 4 reminds us how hard it is to let go. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Last Black Man in San Francisco is heartbreaking and elegiac in all the best ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4.5/5 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Emily VanDerWerff I'm about to say is a compliment, even if it might not sound like one: Deadwood: The Movie feels like the best TV episode of 1997. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Godzilla: King of the Monsters has big monster fights in the rain. But it feels by the end like you've just spent hours of your life on a fleeting amusement park ride. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) Emily VanDerWerff This special might have grown out of nostalgia, or Jimmy Kimmel's ego, or a genuine desire to fete [Norman] Lear while he's still alive. But there's a comfort in ritual, in recreating the same basic ceremony over and over again. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Aja Romano In essence, the movie looks like it should be a slick, thrilling emotional arc that speaks to women. But beneath the surface, it's something more regressive. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Alissa Wilkinson [Booksmart] is a very satisfying movie for anyone who was never cool enough to see themselves in the star of a '90s teen comedy. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn't have a lot to say, in the end. And yet it manages to capture some of that old-time Hollywood movie magic. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Aja Romano The terrible musical sequences, the lackluster CGI, and the strange creative and emotional restraint that permeates the film frequently flatten Disney's original Aladdin into a cardboard version of itself. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Probably the most delightful thing about The Lighthouse is that it gives Willem Dafoe the role of a lifetime. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A Hidden Life is everything [Terrence] Malick's devotees could want from a movie: beautiful, poetic, hewing closely to films like Days of Heaven and Tree of Life. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Rocketman sometimes feels like it's lost its way, especially near the end. But it's still a joyous celebration, a colorful story about love that can help people heal. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Though The Dead Don't Die feels like a gently resigned take on the apocalypse, what lurks below is a pessimism and maybe even nihilism that feels very much of a piece with our time. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Souvenir is a painfully precise story of what it is to be in love with someone with addiction - to weather the disappearances, the stolen money, the lies, the heartbreak. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Whatever it lacks in narrative intelligence it makes up abundantly in visual moxie, and in a medium that is first and foremost visual, that's what makes something great. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Wine Country (2019) Alissa Wilkinson For a group of actresses with improv comedy chops, it feels labored at times. And it doesn't have the zany, unpredictable energy of a movie like Bridesmaids. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Emily VanDerWerff I don't know a dang thing about Pokémon, and I really had a great time with Detective Pikachu... I found plenty to enjoy here, and I was never once confounded by what was happening onscreen. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today's American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Alex Abad-Santos The most shocking thing about Avengers: Endgame is that there are several moments within this colossal movie that feel like a Marvel miracle. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 Someone Great (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Someone Great is both sentimental and melancholic, and feels a bit disjointed in the way these movies always do. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 The Perfect Date (2019) Constance Grady It's a perfectly middle-of-the-road teen flick, and it is notable mostly because it gives [Noah] Centineo plenty of opportunities to do what he does best: gaze longingly at girls. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019