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Rating Title/Year Author
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk Its dominant impression is of being extremely cute, in a way that usually means Aww, it's really a cute special! but which occasionally veers into something closer to a self-aware impish cutesiness. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) David Edelstein Baumbach's main characters are written and acted straight as befits their personal integrity, but the rest of Marriage Story is done in a satirist's broad strokes - a penetrating, often inspired satirist. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Alison Willmore It is... a cozy viewing experience, which means that it's accomplished what it set out to do and will doubtless be put into seasonal rotation on cable networks as soon as possible. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién Doctor Sleep could probably never fully stand on its own, and perhaps it's not meant to. It's a horror film with messy pleasures if you're able to meet it on its own level. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Alison Willmore [A] project that sounds like it should be an act of celebrity indulgence but that instead turns out to be one of startling poignancy. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Harriet (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién Harriet never feels like a fully formed human being with all the doubts and desires that come with that distinction. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Alison Willmore A disappointingly half-baked riff on The Stepford Wives whose brand of feminism feels more 1970s than 2010s. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Synonyms (2018) Bilge Ebiri For all the artful obliqueness of Lapid's approach, the autobiographical background of the story lends it a lived-in honesty; the incidents and interactions of Synonyms feel both symbolic and true. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
The Current War (2017) David Edelstein The Current War: The Director's Cut is visually lucid but thematically scattershot. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Frankie (2019) Alison Willmore Frankie, for all of its refusal to give into any kind of traditional narrative satisfaction, is rife with terrific little moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) David Edelstein The technology of Terminator: Dark Fate is exponentially more advanced, but the pacing is so unvaried that even the miracles make you say "Whatever." EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk In spite of my reservations, though, the final leg of Slate's stand-up does feel like a sum that's doing its best to capitalize on all of the hour's many parts. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Alison Willmore The Lighthouse is such an effective exercise in projecting claustrophobia, in both a physical and psychological sense, that it'd be unbearable to watch if it weren't so funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
Pope Joan (1972) Sally Beauman The saddest part of all this is to see Liv Ullmann, who has, like Dreyer's Falconetti, the face of a saint, and who, in her films with Bergman, has shown us what a magnificent actress she is, soldiering through this trash as if it were another Persona. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
() Sally Beauman It is made with a compassion and uncompromising intelligence all too rare among directors. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) Sally Beauman There are a few weak sequences, but everything moves at such a smart pace that it hardly matters and some of the others, anyway, are pure joy. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Angelica Jade Bastién A haphazard mess on nearly every level, only able to work in fits and starts. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() Judith Crist [Jovita] is beautifully made and offers an intriguing mixture of realism and romanticism in its themes. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Alison Willmore Sometimes it's just difficult to know where to look - in one dramatic shoot-out in a store, I couldn't stop staring at the perfectly visible selection of chips lining the shelves they dove past. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Parasite (2019) David Edelstein What keeps you rapt in Parasite is the visual wit - every shot distills the movie's themes - and the richness of the characters and performances... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Matt Zoller Seitz It's hard to imagine El Camino failing to satisfy most fans of the series. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The King (2019) David Edelstein I admire the sentiment but wish Michôd had crafted something more surprising. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) Kathryn VanArendonk The Great Depresh is also proof of the idea that a story about getting better - a story about one guy recovering and an entire culture of mental health-related shame diminishing - can also be a funny story. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Bilge Ebiri Pain and Glory is at once the gentlest and most emotionally naked movie Pedro Almodóvar has ever made. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) David Edelstein Everything clicks in the comedy Dolemite Is My Name - it's almost alarming how easily, breezily, larkishly the film goes down. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
McQ (1974) Judith Crist There are killings aplenty fore and aft, car chases galore, lots of non-actors to match Wayne; lots of actors to be wasted... lots of flashy photography of Seattle to glaze the eye, and marble-mouthed dialogue to stultify the brain. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Road Movie (1974) Judith Crist One cannot fault the actors, all of whom have shown themselves capable players in other situations. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Superdad (1974) Judith Crist It is shoddy and stupid by the lowest family-fare standards. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Ceremony (1971) Judith Crist Strictly for cineastes who can justify all sorts of incoherencies and inanities in the name of cult. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Partner (1968) Judith Crist Clementi is delightful both as the ineffective young man and his alter ego who gets things done, achieving a mad mixture of the debonair and the Byronic, hopeless intellectualizer and sardonic observer. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Thieves Like Us (1974) Judith Crist It is, is, perhaps, the most demanding of his recent films -- but as always, the demands are justified and rewarding. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Last Detail (1973) Judith Crist Add immaculate casting, a noteworthy debut for cinematographer Michael Chapman, and a spare and subtle score by Johnny Mandel, and you're left with a gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) Judith Crist With yeoman direction by Waris Hussein, the film is, in sum, a thinking-man's spectacular, with something, of course, to please even the non-thinkers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Happy New Year! (1973) Judith Crist As a triple-threat moviemaker -- producer, director, and writer -- Lelouch has provided a triple-leveled film that works as thriller, as romance, and as humanistic story, and emanates chic every step of the way. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Sleeper (1973) Judith Crist [Allen] has provided us with our comedy of the year and enabled us to call it hilarious without a quibble or a hesitation -- just with bellylaughs and guffaws. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Little Murders (1971) Judith Crist This film, with brilliant screenplay by Feiffer and matching direction by Alan Arkin and a cast that almost outshines them both, is the quintessential comment on our human and/or family relationships, our way of coping with the horrors around us. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Ramparts of Clay (1970) Judith Crist This is the rare film that brings the exotic to us in everyday terms that bring empathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Julius Caesar (1970) Judith Crist [Director Stuart Burge] has taken a pragmatic view even of the poetry; his is a virile drama of men making the most of their moments and making the world move with them. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) Judith Crist The film is as static, boringly camp-elegante and fatuous as a stack of flop issues of Vogue. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Doctors' Wives (1971) Judith Crist Doctors' Wives is so trashily awful a movie that it would be worth the wallow for those who love the sight of blood. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Say Hello to Yesterday (1971) Judith Crist Neither morals nor messages nor an iota of credibility can be found in this frenetic, pretentious pap. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
One More Time (1970) Judith Crist An exercise in tasteless tedium that doesn't merit the bottom of a triple bill at a drive-in. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Passion of Anna (1969) Judith Crist The Passion of Anna is a complex and beautiful work, one which bears the pondering and probing that so few films merit. It is an encounter, above all, with a sophisticated and subtle mind concerned with mature human relationships. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Rosemary's Baby (1968) Judith Crist The fault ultimately is in the Polanski screenplay which overlooks character for effect, disastrously. Involvement is absent; all is surface and it is a smooth one, without the shimmer of the evil that is within. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Fists in the Pocket (1965) Judith Crist Madness and murder, inversion and perversion are carried to almost ludicrous proportions but Bellocchio never loses control of a manner or a mood and there are a number of superb performers on hand to enforce the validity of the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
L'Immortelle (1969) Judith Crist The blend of style and theme result in an exciting and haunting film. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Petulia (1968) Judith Crist All is location, all is mod mood and the disappointment is bitter. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
The Irishman (2019) David Edelstein I heard all sorts of huzzahs about Pacino - and he is wonderful - but it's Pesci who thrilled me to the core. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
Judy (2019) Alison Willmore She was an immensely complicated figure, but in Judy, she's a martyr. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) David Edelstein Labored in parts but... as a whole, sensationally valuable. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019