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Rating Title/Year Author
() Anne Cohen It's a cute conceit for a rom-com...or, at least, it would be, if Tall Girl weren't so lacking in self-awareness. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Tall Girl (2019) Anne Cohen On the whole, it's a charming movie about the mental toll of insecurity that also has major blind spots. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Anne Cohen Downton has always been about spectacle, and the movie doesn't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
How to Build a Girl (2019) Anne Cohen Feels like an extension of my own teenage dreams...a loving tribute to young women with overactive imaginations, and a desire to reinvent themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Anne Cohen A thrilling story filtered through the female gaze - and all the more commanding for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Anne Cohen The second film meanders, sagging in the middle, and devoting far too much time to a final showdown between our protagonists and their foe. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Anne Cohen The most powerful moments in Untouchable come thanks to Weinstein's victims, who once more bear the burden of reliving their past trauma in an effort to make a difference. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Casper (1995) Anne Cohen It's a funny and often poignant film that's worth reexamining today. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) Anne Cohen That Official Secrets is still compelling is largely down to its powerfully competent cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Anne Cohen This movie is the kind best enjoyed by knowing as little as possible going in. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Anne Cohen That message hits especially hard in a time rife with rumors, malicious gossip and so-called "fake news," which, through repeated exposure, have threatened to dismantle our very conception of what is "real." EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Anne Cohen The Kitchen is very much its own scrappy little movie, clunky at times, but with a surprisingly gritty underbelly that feels oddly refreshing in a space that still overly sanitizes women's action scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Natalie Gil Somehow, the team behind a new BBC Three documentary, Inside The Secret World Of Incels, managed to convince three self-described incels to share their stories on camera - and the results are disturbing. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Whitney Cummings: I'm Your Girlfriend (2016) Courtney E. Smith While Cummings makes compelling observations about her own behavior as a successful woman dating non-alpha males she falls short when she starts calling out other women for exploring their sexuality. Apparently, no one has told her that it's 2016. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Courtney E. Smith Props to Schumer for finding the humor in the bulls---. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Luce (2019) Anne Cohen The truth is that life isn't a single-issue journey; it's messy, and complicated, and Luce goes a long way in depicting that. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Valley of the Dolls (1967) Anne Cohen A must-watch even if the movie had nothing else going for it, which happily, it does. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Anne Cohen But even with the updated dialogue and jokes about "local" produce, the result still feels less magical without the original's dynamic spurts of originality and weirdness that allowed us to suspend our disbelief, and revel in the moment. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Anne Cohen What makes The Farewell so unbelievably moving is that, through that very specificity, it touches on fundamentally universal themes. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017) Ariana Romero Packed with her signature blend of self-deprecation and graphic sex stories. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Rosie Knight Midsommar is an incredibly inventive, smart, and thoughtful horror film. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Ariana Romero Iron Man may be gone, but we're officially in good (if web-sticky) hands. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Anne Cohen The entire film feels like a slow descent into frenzied, ritualized madness - you don't realize what's happening until it's too late to stop it. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Anne Cohen It's a clever and interesting premise, but one that's wasted on this film... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Kaitlin Reilly Toy Story 4 is a straight-up sequel with all your favorites returning - if nostalgia is more your thing, you know what to do. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Kaitlin Reilly If you are the person who whispers to your friend "The robot revolution could happen," then you'll appreciate Child's Play's "the internet will kill us all!" attitude. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Anne Cohen A dynamic, inspiring tale of setbacks and unexpected victories, set to a vibrant, raucous country soundtrack full of old classics and new original songs. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019) Anne Cohen The crime? A truly boring movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Kelsea Stahler For the fourth outing from a group of cartoon characters who've been at it since 1995, it's a pretty decent ride. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Plus One (2019) Anne Cohen For all the laughs involved - and there are many - the strength of this film is the way it tackles loneliness in wedding guests. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Anne Cohen It all feels very formulaic. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Late Night (2019) Anne Cohen It's hard to deny that the two are a joy to watch. Late Night is at its best when Kaling and Thompson are locked in a battle of wits. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Anne Cohen It's a letdown. The script is clunky, the plot barely worth dwelling on, and the most compelling character development arcs belong to the wrong people. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) Anne Cohen The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a little ahead of its time... it dreamed big, floundered and eventually petered out, making way for better versions of itself. But that doesn't mean it wasn't important. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Anne Cohen Rocketman is a fun, poignant rhinestone of a movie that proves that a musical biopic can be a powerful force - if done right. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Anne Cohen Nothing about The Perfection is what you'd expect, which is what makes watching it such a weirdly thrilling experience. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Anne Cohen Kids who are unfamiliar with the animated classic will most likely find it magical, and even adults will surely be charmed. It is a version of Aladdin, after all. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Anne Cohen It doesn't try to be the "female" version of anything, but nonetheless delivers a story that's feminine, raunchy, silly, sweet, inclusive, and incredibly specific, all at once. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
See You Yesterday (2019) Anne Cohen Undeniable,... is the powerful impact of watching a cycle of violence that cannot be broken, no matter how many ways it plays out. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Anne Cohen It's that quiet specificity that makes the universe of The Souvenir feel like a small snapshot of real life. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Anne Cohen They (Wilson and Hathaway) deserve better than a movie that feels like it's just checking boxes, and an ending that's completely off. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Anne Cohen Once you get past that initial disappointment, however, Detective Pikachu is pretty fun. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Anne Cohen It's fun, and lightly mineral, with just enough depth and real-life drama to firmly anchor these friendships in earthy life experience. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Anne Cohen What's disappointing about Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (other than its ridiculously long title), is that [it] feels like a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Anne Cohen Endgame is truly a masterful piece of storytelling, which both goes exactly where you expect it to, and not at all. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Anne Cohen What makes Something Great, well, so great, is that it is both rom-com and female-buddy comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Anne Cohen Just when you think you know where it's going, it subverts the genre, telling an old story from a new, unexpected perspective. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Teen Spirit (2018) Anne Cohen Max Minghella's debut feature is entirely surprising, even if its plot is a tried and tested classic. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Anne Cohen We're getting a portrait - albeit flawed - of a woman, disintegrating before our very eyes. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Little (2019) Anne Cohen Being a teenager isn't easy. And though most of the scenes are played for laughs, the movie never downplays the plight of those who are marginalized by others for looking, sounding or feeling different. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019