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Rating Title/Year Author
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) David Edelstein I don't know why I had high hopes for Rambo: Last Blood. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) David Edelstein I could hardly agree more with the humanist message of Ad Astra, while at the same time my inner Trekkie is saying, "We came millions of miles for this?" EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Bilge Ebiri Those bite-size online interviews were an ideal match of form, technology, and content. As a movie, it all seems so mundane and forgettable. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
() Bilge Ebiri Loro made me feel dirty, and I can't wait to see it again. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) David Edelstein Though a mite long, Ford v Ferrari is so thrillingly well made that it's only later, when your pulse slows, that you see how formulaic it is. But formulas are made to be overhauled, and this film has some fascinating upgrades. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) David Edelstein But even when we don't know what the hell Lucy is doing, Portman makes her certainty a blast. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) David Edelstein The adaptation is way too reverent. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Joker (2019) David Edelstein As Hannah Arendt saw banality in the supposed evil of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann, I see in Joker an attempt to elevate nerdy revenge to the plane of myth. That's scary on a lot of different levels. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk Aside from the opening several minutes, Burr's whole set is like that: thoughtful, surprising, introspective. He keeps yelling, of course. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Jen Chaney Downton Abbey, the series, has only been gone for a little more than three years. But that's just enough time to make its return very welcome, and to make this feel like the right moment to usher it back into the zeitgeist again. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) David Edelstein Even if I don't love Jojo Rabbit (which is based on a novel by Christine Leunens that I now intend to read), I love that it exists and that Waititi has forced me to reexamine my own responses. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) David Edelstein It ought to make you roll your eyes - except that Mr. Rogers had a way of disarming doubters who fell into his orbit, and the film does, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Hope Gap (2019) David Edelstein Abrief, sad little piece that doesn't quite hurdle the blood-brain barrier and rattle you to the core, but it does achieve a half-sublimity... EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién The various ghouls that besiege the grown-up Loser's Club, all visions of Pennywise, are silly, textureless creations. With them, suspense is in short supply. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) David Edelstein After the Wedding doesn't so much as skip among its four main characters as arc and gyrate and generate emotional torque. It's intense - you break a sweat just keeping up. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Official Secrets (2019) David Edelstein Bloody hell, the Brits do low-key, paranoid procedural dramas like Official Secrets well, with a pervading chill and no flash: The crispness cuts like a knife. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Don't Let Go (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién Don't Let Go is a slog. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) David Edelstein On balance, I admire the hell out of Collaizo for choosing to tell a more emotionally convoluted story, even if it sometimes kills the momentum. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
American Factory (2019) David Edelstein The movie is eye-opening - a windshield on the new world. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién At its best, the movie is a vicious, richly funny, and artfully brutal tale that places Weaving's performance as its gravitational center. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
The Hired Hand (1971) Bilge Ebiri Mixed in with the delicate, naturalistic performances... is a sense of stylistic experimentation that also feels thoroughly new. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) David Edelstein [Linklater] can't find a suitable form for Maria Semple's patchwork best seller... EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Bilge Ebiri Some might want to leave the theater and file a lawsuit. I stayed and laughed. It's funny because it's abominable. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién I half-expected every scene to end with a freeze-frame high five or the women yelling "girl power." EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) David Edelstein People have died trying to tell this story, or appear to have died. There are photos and testimonies, and the trajectory as a whole makes terrible sense. I want to believe. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) David Edelstein This sort of film calls for bracing yourself and keeping your eyes open. Funny how many of those there are these days. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
() Kathryn VanArendonk But for those who are really tickled by Torres's comedy, the special will become exactly what one of those precious, beloved objects is to him: something resoundingly idiosyncratic, with a personality that not everyone can see. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Jesse David Fox The jokes are there, and they are funny, but the key is how he always keeps the audience on their toes. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Bilge Ebiri There is absolutely nothing original in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which just goes to show that you don't need originality to be effective. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (2017) Jason Seligson Career Suicide is hilarious, deeply sad, and ultimately cathartic to watch. Over the course of 90 minutes, Gethard forges an intimate level of trust with the audience. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Luce (2019) David Edelstein In the end, you're left with a movie that doesn't quite jell but expands in the mind. It's an excellent Book Club movie - it demands to be discussed, debated, embraced, or (perhaps) rejected. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2019
Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma (2018) Matt Zoller Seitz Maher's special is listless, comedy-flavored grumbling. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Jerrod Carmichael: 8 (2017) Jesse David Fox The most fully realized, singular expression of comedic point of view of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed (2006) John Leonard Having grown up on Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl, I'm still waiting for a 21st-century stand-up Toxic Avenger. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Bilge Ebiri It turns out that whittling the series' rapidly bulging dramatis personae down to two guys who hate each other can be strangely liberating. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) David Edelstein It's constructed like a meathead melodrama - though with odd, last-act dissonances that might reflect Kent's ambivalence. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
For Sama (2019) David Edelstein Watching the film, I felt it would be an act of cowardice to look away from what Waad was showing us. I trusted that this wasn't just propaganda - that I was being asked by a mother to bear witness. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Skin (2018) Angelica Jade Bastién The failure of the film to fully grapple with how Babs's anger pulses through the lives of the women in his orbit undercuts the tremendous work that Bell accomplishes onscreen. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) David Edelstein For a while, Once Upon a Time seems as if it's going to be nothing but a series of extended digressions. But it's shaped like a Western, and gets better, tighter, and more surprising as it moseys along... EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
() Elise Czajkowski This special is slightly racier and more substantial than they may expect, delivered in his distinct and always engaging way. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Luz (2018) David Edelstein If Luz had been a play, I'd probably have walked out halfway through, but as a film I found it eerie enough to stay rooted. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo (2017) John Hugar The problem isn't that he can't be funny, but rather that he played it too safe. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Todd Glass: Act Happy (2018) Nick Chen That Glass has a backing group at all is indicative of his show's chaotic atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Stuber (2019) Bilge Ebiri I laughed at Stuber, but I laughed less and less as the movie went on, and I cared less, too. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
Crawl (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién Crawl is a great example of a simple story exceedingly well-told. It's a bloody adventure full of teeth-gnawing turns of fortune, mordant wit, vicious gator kills, and surprising tenderness - that clocks in at a blessedly fleet 87 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016) Isaac Kozell Ali Wong's Baby Cobra rises above the crowded surface, due in part to her sharp, fearless writing, and also because she recorded the set while seven months pregnant. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017) Jesse David Fox While it's not surprising that A Speck of Dust is so good - Silverman is a great joke writer and one of the all-time joke tellers, particularly skilled at pacing and performing her sets - it is that much more impressive. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Emily Yoshida Sword of Trust feints at being an Ideas movie, but really only wants to hang - which is certainly not a crime, but given the subject matter, and These Times, it's a little disappointing. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Judah Friedlander: America is the Greatest Country in the United States (2017) John Hugar Friedlander has a great sense of when something is just a joke, and when it's not. Between that and his innovative approach to the material, America Is the Greatest Country in the United States is one of the most rewarding standup specials of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Bilge Ebiri It's a stirring reminder of what can be achieved with all the talent (and money) in the world, as well as a cautionary tale of what can happen when there's no vision to bind it all together. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019