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Rating Title/Year Author
8/10 Screwdriver (Mafak) (2018) Jared Mobarak Whether Ziad is a martyr, hero, or terrorist-Jarbawi reveals how nothing has changed. Self-defense becomes aggression in a world where empathy equates to treason. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
7/10 Sibat HaMavet (2018) Jared Mobarak Katz isn't filming a cold case gone hot, but a man's quest for answers beyond his brother's heroism being used as a shield his champions can hide behind. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
8/10 Advocate (2019) Jared Mobarak Advocate is a document of a hopeful figure willing to block out the screams for fealty to a flag when an obligation to human life should forever be of greater importance. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
7/10 () Jared Mobarak Marry that carnage with performances hinged upon authenticity specifically because of what kind of film this is rather than despite it and you're in for an entertaining treat. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
8/10 Bacurau (2019) Jared Mobarak It all leads to a rousing climax of violent surprises and poignant commentary as far as where [forgotten] communities stand against behemoths with unlimited resources. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2019
8/10 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jared Mobarak That starkly dangerous tone is probably Doctor Sleep's best attribute because it refuses to forget the futility we felt while watching The Shining. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
8/10 Dolor y gloria (2019) Jared Mobarak Salvador says he writes to excise pieces of himself too difficult to face when it actually renders him vulnerable enough to revisit and embrace the fondness [that remains]. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
7/10 Harriet (2019) Jared Mobarak We're very much watching the origin story of a superhero guided by God's hand. When Tubman speaks, every man stops to listen. That's more than power. It's respect. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
8/10 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Jared Mobarak Even though we're talking about a citywide issue moving well beyond these individual characters, Motherless Brooklyn never allows itself to bite off more than it can chew. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
8/10 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Jared Mobarak It seems Brewer's cast and crew had as good a time as Moore's did forty-five years ago. [Dolemite Is My Name] is a bona fide crowd-pleaser as a result. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
10/10 Parasite (2019) Jared Mobarak A wild ride [where] privilege and exploitation prove to be traits that are at once synonymous and adversarial depending on who wields which and upon whom. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8/10 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jared Mobarak [It] ultimately finds itself growing very heavy while approaching its climax. Waititi does well to make certain this shift [from irreverence] doesn't arrive out of nowhere. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
5/10 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Jared Mobarak It's fun to see these characters again and be back in this world, but "Better Call Saul" does exactly that in a substantive manner. El Camino is saddled with a hollow center. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
7/10 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Jared Mobarak Regardless of whether you think he was a man of integrity or the reason authoritarians have risen to power, [the film] is entertaining because Cohn was himself an entertainer. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
6/10 Paradise Hills (2019) Jared Mobarak [A] fun ride as guilty pleasure enthusiasm usurps any flirtations with thoughtful discourse. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
6/10 Gemini Man (2019) Jared Mobarak [HFR 3D in a theater] is the only way to truly witness Lee's vision. While the experience is better for it, however, the film's quality isn't automatically better too. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
8/10 Honeyland (2019) Jared Mobarak We watch capitalist greed enter this sanctuary to destroy it before moving on as though nothing happened. There's no clearer evidence of humanity's impact on nature. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
7/10 Buffaloed (2019) Jared Mobarak Leave it to an actual Buffalonian to write a screenplay set in the city without one mention or frame of snow. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
7/10 Crown Vic (2019) Jared Mobarak The result isn't perfect, but there's enough to peek inside this complex argument surrounding the police with nuanced emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
7/10 Knock Down the House (2019) Jared Mobarak [It proves] a bit superficial [since it's] less about what standing up entails than the circumstances that got them to stand in the first place. [But it's] interesting enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/10 Joker (2019) Jared Mobarak Everything that captivates us about Arthur is inevitably forgotten and everything he becomes is beholden to familiar tropes. It does look great, but I left feeling nothing. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
6/10 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Jared Mobarak Think of Philippe's journey into O'Bannon's imagination as a syllabus presenting an overview on a wide range of captivating topics for which Alien becomes a palatable gateway. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 Judy (2019) Jared Mobarak It's a complex role depicting a complex soul and Zellweger is stunning in her portrayal even if the package does little to advance the bio-pic beyond its generic machinations. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
8/10 Monos (2019) Jared Mobarak Intensity grows until ambiguity between childhood and adulthood fades away. Those with capacity to kill lose their virtue and those without realize there's nowhere to turn. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
8/10 Hustlers (2019) Jared Mobarak Where the [article] screams "revenge" on scumbag men, the film takes aim at a system these women conquered as a means for survival. This makes a huge difference. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
8/10 Ad Astra (2019) Jared Mobarak This is an inward journey illustrated by an outward push to our solar system's edge. [Roy] must confront where he came from to accept who it is that he's become. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/10 Zeroville (2019) Jared Mobarak Zeroville tries to be Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but it can't when everything happens in earnest. Purpose is lost beneath its clashing tones and hollow aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
6/10 The Goldfinch (2019) Jared Mobarak The Goldfinch as a representation of his mother that must survive no matter what becomes visible, but the denouement proves flippant about the violence [endured as a result]. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
7/10 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Jared Mobarak We easily fall in love with who she is as a person and the songs she's left behind whether for the first time or all over again. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
7/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jared Mobarak It's about self-empowerment rising to defeat the self-doubt and self-loathing spawned from vicious external sources that were often supposed to be their protectors. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
8/10 Jauja (2014) Jared Mobarak While Jauja itself is a fabled city of riches and happiness, Alonso uses the word to describe conquest alone. [The characters get lost] psychologically, [not physically]. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
7/10 The Report (2019) Jared Mobarak The information itself is dramatic and tense regardless of whether the lead has the capacity to add more to it than an incredulous face. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
C+ Just Mercy (2019) Jared Mobarak Moments of hardship and tragedy do land and [the actors are up to exposing] their characters' pain, but too often these affecting displays arrive with paint-by-number clarity. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
5/10 () Jared Mobarak [The craft on display isn't up for debate, [but] the story and motivations are. I simply couldn't engage any of it on a level beyond superficiality. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7/10 The Lighthouse (2019) Jared Mobarak You don't watch The Lighthouse. You absorb it. Pattinson and Dafoe are like caged animals slinking around the perimeter, testing each other's resolve before pouncing. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
6/10 () Jared Mobarak It's easy to get lost in the outlandish situations Abby creates without remembering her psychology creating them is what matters most. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7/10 () Jared Mobarak While the [individual music videos] often prove better in isolation, the best hit harder because of what came before them. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
9/10 The Nightingale (2018) Jared Mobarak After giving grief physical form by way of a violent monster, Jennifer Kent turns her sights on trauma and [how] our bodies, minds, and souls react to unimaginable pain. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
8/10 Blinded by the Light (2019) Jared Mobarak Goes well beyond generic adolescence-defining, coming-of-age tropes [to] toe the line between politically relevant and crowd-pleasing entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
7/10 Ready or Not (2019) Jared Mobarak When your protagonist proves equal parts badass and vulnerable, you can let the [excellent supporting cast] loose knowing [she] will keep things grounded. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
10/10 Luce (2019) Jared Mobarak [The filmmakers] put a boy on trial with no evidence [but] his accusers' own fears because half-truths & [biased] assumptions [are] easier to embrace than simple explanations. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/10 Dogman (2018) Jared Mobarak Fonte is fantastic [...] but if the narrative he's beholden to won't let me invest in his journey, it's all for naught. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7/10 Maiden (2018) Jared Mobarak Beyond the social & political ramifications of what their vessel setting off at the cannon blast meant, however, is also a riveting adventure pitting humanity against nature. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 Knife + Heart (2018) Jared Mobarak Knife+Heart is nothing if not stunning in its 70s aesthetic with film grain, sumptuous neon glows, and synth score [even if the climax] feels more convenient than fulfilling. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
6/10 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jared Mobarak Its impossible set pieces and a very game Elba ultimately overcome [its] clunky [expository] propulsion to be both Fast & Furious familiar and its own unique beast. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
9/10 The Farewell (2019) Jared Mobarak To watch [everyone's] internal war through their expressions is what makes The Farewell such an unforgettable cinematic treat of resonant catharsis. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
8/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jared Mobarak We may have come to witness [the] chaos Tarantino injects to alter history, but it's [the] more introspective and often resonant journey beforehand that truly soars. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
8/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Jared Mobarak [Stearns] isn't trying to prop one form of masculinity above another. He's dismantling the concept altogether. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
6/10 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Jared Mobarak Roller coaster of emotion that ultimately proves how incomparable the originals are. While today's artists honoring them reinforces this, it's perhaps not [how] they intended. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
6/10 Round of Your Life (2019) Jared Mobarak Despite having reservations with the type of film [it is], I can't say I hated the journey. There's an authentically bittersweet nature present [to] overcome its limitations. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019