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Rating Title/Year Author
Charlie's Angels (2019) Kenneth Turan Despite all its hand-to-hand fighting, the latest "Charlie's Angels" never really gets a proper grip on things. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
() Lorraine Ali "My Favorite Shapes" - part performance art, part stand-up and part therapy session - highlights Torres the twisted storyteller. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Robert Lloyd It's perfectly fine though also, perhaps, pointless, if not a slap in the face of the glory that was 2-D cel animation. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Charles Solomon "The Great Mouse Detective" reflects the energy and enthusiasm of a talented group of young artists stretching their wings for the first time. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
() Michael Rechtshaffen Ultimately more a curio than a bona fide buried treasure, the forward-thinking production... nevertheless serves as a valuable reminder that imagination and creativity needn't ever be limited by the going technology. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Kimber Myers While "Disco'd" is an unvarnished, moving look at the lives affected by the rising crisis of homelessness, it could have used a bit more polish and structure in telling these stories. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Gabriel (2018) Carlos Aguilar In his feature debut "Gabriel," seasoned TV director Nuno Bernardo follows suit throwing a series of ordinary narrative jabs with the distinction of also denouncing pervasive anti-black racism in Portugal. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
1.5/4 Playing With Fire (2019) Katie Walsh Haven't firefighters had it hard enough this fall? EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Katie Walsh Slightly more elevated than your standard TV holiday rom-com fare, with a twist that can be seen coming from a mile away, it's the performances and well-earned character arcs that make "Last Christmas" a satisfying holiday flick worth giving your heart to EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Burning Cane (2019) Robert Abele Even when the images edge toward the self-consciously authorial... there's always something to latch onto... "Burning Cane" also gets us excited about what else Youmans can do. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
American Dharma (2018) Kenneth Turan "American Dharma" is the gospel according to Stephen K. Bannon - a feature-length conversation with the Trump White House's former chief political advisor that is both more interesting and more depressing than you might be expecting. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) Gary Goldstein A wan crisscross of romantic issues and missteps involving several of the supporting characters ineffectively pads the thin central story scripted by John Silverstein, David Chudnovsky and Joan's now-late husband, Raphael D. Silver. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Light From Light (2019) Justin Chang [Light From Light] knows that the most resonant movie isn't a creed, but a question. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The Kingmaker (2019) Justin Chang "The Kingmaker" may end on a queasy note of alarm about the Philippines' future, but it also reminds us that we neglect the past at our peril. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Midway (2019) Kenneth Turan Ambiguity is not its goal, nor is nihilism its motivating philosophy. It aims to celebrate heroism, sacrifice, determination and grit, and if you don't like that it really does not care. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Casque d'Or (1952) Kenneth Turan The favorite role of star Simone Signoret this is a bravura period romance costarring Serge Reggiani that masterfully interweaves love, violence and fate in turn-of-the-century Paris. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) Michael Rechtshaffen Enhanced by playful animations, this nicely composed documentary serves as an engagingly honest profile of a driven man and his prodigious movement. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Look Away (2019) Kimber Myers Shot by Whitebloom, "Love Is Blind" bursts with saturated colors and well-framed shots, but it's simply a layer of artifice that can't distract from the shoddy script. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Jen Yamato Buoyed by sensitive and ferocious ensemble turns, "Honey Boy" is a cinematic salve for a tortured soul, in many regards a powerful vehicle for its star-screenwriter-subject and a vibrant narrative debut for documentary and video artist Har'el. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Such a Funny Life (2019) Carlos Aguilar Mann, an emerging Latino filmmaker, exhibits signs of vocation for the craft that could lead to a more fruitful product some day. For now, what he serves is a tortuous trick with a confusingly dark punch line for an ending. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
To Be of Service (2019) Gary Goldstein More specifics about the dogs' training, care and the costs involved would have been a plus. Otherwise, it's a stirring portrait of war, duty, sacrifice and the love of a good dog. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
() Noel Murray "Acceleration" is like a quest story with all the cool complications and nifty narrow escapes removed. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Ballet Blanc (2018) Noel Murray It's admirable that she's trying to defy convention here, but the result is something ultimately too befuddling to disturb. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Noel Murray Anyone interested in the complexities and controversies surrounding Australia and New Zealand's involvement in Vietnam may find "Danger Close" disappointing. But the movie actually works OK as one long fight scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Cold Brook (2018) Noel Murray Ultimately, though, strong performances and a deep level of personal feeling can't keep "Cold Brook" from feeling scattered and slight. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Primal (2019) Noel Murray Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The Tower (2018) Charles Solomon "The Tower" is an angry, ambitious and often moving film from an underrepresented group, but its story might have been told more effectively in live action. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Justin Chang "Marriage Story" is an emotionally lacerating experience, a nearly flawless elegy for a beautifully flawed couple, a broken-family classic to set beside "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Fanny and Alexander..." EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Klaus (2019) Robert Abele [A] serviceably sprightly mix of attitude and altruism that purports to explain how children every Christmas came to eagerly await the wrapped bounty from a kind, portly figure in a red suit. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The All-Americans (2019) Michael Rechtshaffen Billy McMillin's rousing "The All-Americans" serves as a timely take on finding one's identity both on and off the field. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Image Makers: The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers (2019) Kenneth Turan History, even film history, has rarely been so gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The Best Man Holiday (2013) Betsy Sharkey The result is a joyous, raucous, righteous film but also a frustrating and disappointing one. Not quite the gift of the season some had hoped for. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Badland (2019) Noel Murray "Badland" is ultimately too beholden to the past to be as energized as it should be. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Eminence Hill (2019) Noel Murray Writer-director Robert Conway takes chances with his gothic western "Eminence Hill," and though he lacks the budget or chops to realize his vision, the sheer nerve keeps the movie engaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Crepitus (2018) Noel Murray Though the ugliness in "Crepitus" persists, the promise dissipates. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Spell (2018) Noel Murray Genre fans may be disappointed that "Spell" is more of an artful character sketch than a supernatural thriller. But by focusing on despair and regret, the movie is still pretty haunting. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Bloody Marie (2019) Noel Murray But even at its most pulse-pounding, "Bloody Marie" remains locked on its sympathetically pathetic protagonist, as she hops across rooftops and slithers through windows, all the while muttering to herself, "Stupid drunk, stupid drunk ..." EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Cubby (2019) Kimber Myers Directors Mark Blane and Ben Mankoff bring a kinky sweetness to this oddball dramedy, but audience's appetites for it will depend on their patience with its lead character. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Harriet (2019) Kenneth Turan Though "Harriet" falters when it adds increasing amounts of action melodrama to the mix, the truth of Tubman's life, like leading Union soldiers during the Civil War, continues to astonish, as does the performance of the woman who brings her to life. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Stuffed (2019) Michael Rechtshaffen Effectively blowing the dust off those natural history museum dioramas, Erin Derham's "Stuffed" takes a lively look at contemporary taxidermy in a documentary that's as fascinating as it is freaky. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Inside Game (2019) Michael Rechtshaffen Although the film dutifully follows a familiar path to the courtroom, along the way, it serves as a solid demonstration of the fissures that can form when the bonds of friendship are tested against those of familial loyalty. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Unlikely (2019) Carlos Aguilar More digestible than a thick academic study, "Unlikely" was obviously designed as an issue-driven program without cinematic aspirations. That's likely for the best. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Gary Goldstein If often sad and unsettling, the film is also livelier and less oppressive than it may sound thanks to the fine writing, deft direction by Adrian Noble, and the superb, if painful interplay between Redgrave and Spall. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Synonyms (2018) Justin Chang [A] searing, maddening, explosively brainy movie about the mutability and immutability of the self that, appropriately enough, never stops changing shape. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Apollo (2019) Robert Abele [E]ssential history and quintessential performance expertly woven together to remind us what lasting, vibrant artistry and community looks like. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Queen of Hearts (2019) Robert Abele The tricky brilliance of "Queen of Hearts" is in how el-Toukhy uses a well-worn narrative - the unsuspecting, hidden passion with the appearance of erotic freedom - to unveil what in reality is a poisonous tale of abuse. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Justin Chang "Motherless Brooklyn" is the kind of knotty, ambitious, character-rich, politically conscious entertainment the studios so rarely get behind anymore, you can't help wishing it were better. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
The Portal (2019) Kimber Myers If you weren't already meditating, you're unlikely to care enough to listen to the inevitable closing call to action. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Justin Chang In a way that poignantly echoes the plight of young Danny himself, the new movie sometimes brings to mind a child caught between two quarreling parents, and attempting to stage a reconciliation. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Ximei (2019) Kimber Myers The documentary isn't a dour investigation of corruption - though the subject certainly merits it - instead placing Ximei and her kindness at its heart for an even more moving, effective story of resilience. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019