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Rating Title/Year Author
Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly (2019) Benjamin H. Smith It's not often that rappers allow themselves to be shown as vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) John Serba Between Two Ferns: The Movie is ultimately a smidgen more funny than it is uneven. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
() Anna Menta Atlantics is a well-shot, elegant film bursting with compassion for characters who don't often get it. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() John Serba A thoughtful documentary with good intentions and astute execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea (2019) John Serba Pretty damn good. For someone who can be the loudest and most entertaining person in near any room, Handler shows a remarkable knack for shutting up and listening to others. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Benjamin H. Smith At times emotionally overwhelming in its beauty and passion. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() John Serba Should I say Tall Girl ultimately falls short? EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006) Cody Schmitz Brenda Song is one of the best stars that Disney Channel has ever produced. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Sean L. McCarthy if you go along for the ride, then you'll still be with Burr when he pivots to make broader points that you may find yourself agreeing with, despite any initial reluctance to do so. That's his particular set of comedy skills, working once more. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Evelyn (2018) Joel Keller A tough film to watch at times, but if it helps you think about someone in your life who either isn't here anymore because of suicide or might harm his or herself, it becomes a completely worthwhile watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Cow Belles (2006) Cody Schmitz The plot is far from groundbreaking... but there is enough slapstick comedy involving yogurt to warrant a spot on the lower half of this list. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Tyler Coates Bringing a free-flowing and European cinematic style to tell the story of a modern American woman, Gloria Bell will have you rooting and swooning for its title character as she tries to be the auteur of her own biopic. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Cadet Kelly (2002) Cody Schmitz Cadet Kelly is a fantastic fish-out-of-water film about an eighth grade girl learning to appreciate both her father and stepfather, befriend people who don't think the same as she, and twirl ribbons like nobody's damn business. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
When the Screaming Stops (1973) Josh Sorokach It's 50% absurd, 50% touching, and, most importantly, 100% captivating. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Once in a Lifetime Sessions With Noel Gallagher (2018) Benjamin H. Smith Though he's earned a reputation for hilarious and irreverent take downs of his fellow musicians, Noel Gallagher is one of the most insightful people you'll ever hear discussing music EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Falling Inn Love (2019) Joel Keller Falling Inn Love aims to be featherweight wish-fulfillment escapism, but it's so forgettable, it dissipates expeditiously like a quiet, odorless fart. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
At the Drive In (2017) Josh Sorokach At the Drive-In is a feel-good underdog story that highlights the restorative power of cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019) Joel Keller You may think you know a lot about the early years of Motown, but Hitsville: The Making of Motown will still surprise you at almost every turn, which is one of the highest compliments any documentary can get. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Jawline (2019) Joel Keller Despite the film's flaws, it will be a good primer for parents to show them what their kids might be doing on their phones and laptops. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy The British comedian explores his struggles with intimacy in his first Netflix special. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
American Factory (2019) Joel Keller If you want to know what the future of the American working class might look like, take a look at American Factory. It's not a pretty picture, but it's fascinating to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Zombie Tidal Wave (2019) John Serba Use once and destroy - your IQ! EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Photograph (2019) John Serba The cinematography is beautiful and the setting is intricately realized, but it's unfocused in intent, and the characters are ultimately impenetrable. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
La Pequeña Suiza (2019) John Serba It's colorful and mostly endearing, but as a collection of jokes and light romance, it never really gets much of comedic traction. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) John Serba There's no reason Gaffigan's legion of fans wouldn't find Quality Time funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Joel Keller Your BS detector may go off early, but it's still a funny and fascinating portrait of a guy who used to be on top and is trying to recapture some of that glory, even though he's on death's door. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Sextuplets (2019) John Serba It's tedious. Comedically torpid. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Mitchell shows off a strong Obama impersonation. And the rest of his gags are all charming and amusing enough, if also inoffensive. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy For all of his eccentricities, Torres also has plenty of material that's accessible to pretty much anyone. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) John Serba Static Cling (which I believe is a nonsense title) retains the look and feel of the old hand-drawn Rocko series in a defiant thumbing-of-the-nose at contemporary animation. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019) Benjamin H. Smith David Bowie: Finding Fame covers much of the same ground as Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story and Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World, it's just much better done and more more enjoyable to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Eddie Griffin: Undeniable (2018) Sean L. McCarthy When Griffin jokes about politics or celebrities outside of his comedy sphere, his hold of the facts may slip... The details are incidental to the larger truth of the black experience in America. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy [Rory Scovel] wants to make you laugh at the absurdity of his observations, certainly, but also get you to thinking after your laughter dies down. And that's what makes him one of our most compelling comedians today. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate (2019) Joel Keller Despite the fact that the show felt longer than its hour runtime, Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate is a fun nostalgia trip and certainly is a good entry for people to seek the original out, wherever it may be. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward (2019) Sean L. McCarthy Jeselnik operates on elite levels of comedy misdirection. He's beating Deep Blue at chess and AlphaGo at Go while others are amusing themselves with Pong. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Adams has become a typical middle-aged curmudgeon, railing against how much easier the younger generations have it in comparison. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy This may very well be your first true discovery of Heller's sense of humor and her talent. You'll soon realize that she has a wicked wit. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Cannon is willing to crack jokes at his own expense, regarding his marriage and divorce to Mariah Carey, and raising his own children. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Joel Keller Woodstock has a complicated legacy and a lot of myths surrounding it, but Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation decided to go with the story that most of us know by heart. But it's still an entertaining watch, if not overly informative. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Tiffany Haddish sashays her way onstage to open her first solo stand-up comedy special, and closes it by spreading her joy and newfound success across the audience and into the camera. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy It doesn't declare itself quite as boldly as Chris Rock's Kill The Messenger triptych did for HBO in 2008, yet Abroad Perspective does show how proficiently Das can translate his observations for fans on either side of the globe. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy ... it's rather astonishing and refreshing to see a stand-up comedian blossom fully-formed in his or her debut on the world's electronic stage. Ryan Hamilton does just that in Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Von probably isn't trying to make America great again so much as he's trying to make waves and create more attention for himself. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Reggie Watts keeps you on your toes in his first Netflix hour, Spatial. You don't know what you're seeing, and never know what to expect. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy While others zig, Macdonald doesn't zag, but instead chooses to plow straight ahead. His observational comedy can focus so narrowly on the target that it strikes the true bull's eye of the premise. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy Swagger with a side of raunch, he keeps that coming throughout. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
DeRay Davis: How to Act Black (2017) Sean L. McCarthy His lighthearted anecdotes about his hometown prompt him to acknowledge that he should say or do more about the recent uptick in gun violence there, although he stops short of getting too political, calling Trump 'President Dude' instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() Sean L. McCarthy No matter how many times I hear Al Madrigal's 22-minute story that produces the title of his Showtime special, I laugh out loud. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Otherhood (2019) Anna Menta Life is short, wine exists, and this movie, while not strictly good, is as harmless as it is fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (2017) Sean L. McCarthy Miller's a highly skilled improviser, which he uses to great effect not only playing off of the randomness of audience members, but also in his joke-writing, following premises to absurd heights and tangents. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019