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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Fantastic Fungi (2019) Rex Reed Fascinating, informative, educational and totally entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/4 Mary (2019) Rex Reed It's a watery tale of supernatural nonsense at sea as lost and immobile as a beached mackerel. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
1/4 Gemini Man (2019) Rex Reed The plot makes no sense, the dreary script is dead on arrival, and Smith is just as blank and lost at 23 as he is at 51. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3.5/4 Joker (2019) Rex Reed A movie that borders on genius-repellant, dark, terrifying, disgusting, brilliant and unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Rex Reed Painful for sure, but glorious too, Pain and Glory is Spanish wunderkind Pedro Almodóvar's best and most moving film in years-a brave and wrenching self-portrait of an aging artist under the siege of age and the fear of death. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/4 Low Tide (2019) Rex Reed There is insufficient character development and insight, and the film has no ending, so the viewer just hangs in space, asking a million questions for which there are no answers. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Oliver Jones Sometimes we look on confused and shaking our head, but more often we stare with glassy-eyed wonder at a world-and a movie-that is teeming with all sorts of messy life. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 Judy (2019) Rex Reed What Judy misses is the unimpeachable fact that helped her survive the punishing ordeals, both personal and professional-her dazzling sense of humor, none of which is in evidence here. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
1/4 Running With the Devil (2019) Rex Reed Ho-hum. Running with the Devil is yet another generic drug trade thriller that defies coherence, embraces clichés, and wastes the time and talent of Nicolas Cage. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 Villains (2019) Rex Reed I enjoyed the humor derived from the unfailing ineptitude of all four villains, and as they met their fates, one by one, I was sort of sorry to see them go. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
0.5/4 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Oliver Jones This sloppily conceived and muddily rendered Rambo picture does not merely insult any audience member unfortunate enough to see it; it does something far worse. It insults Rambo. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
0/4 Corporate Animals (2019) Rex Reed It's good to have Demi Moore making a comeback after a prolonged absence from the screen, but not in a load of unmitigated crap called Corporate Animals. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) Oliver Jones Combined with the film's lavish technical achievements, [Pitt's] classic movie star sturdiness makes Ad Astra a memorable filmgoing experience even as the story it tells slips off into the ether. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/4 Hustlers (2019) Rex Reed J-Lo is the only reason to see it. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Rex Reed Chaos reigns. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Oliver Jones The new chapter doesn't bring much fresh psychological shading to this process. Instead, the film bombards us with plot and monsters that pile up like toys in the attic. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 Official Secrets (2019) Oliver Jones As concisely informative as an Economist article and as gripping as a beach read. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
1/4 The Fanatic (2019) Rex Reed It's a disaster. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Angel of Mine (2019) Rex Reed Angel of Mine is a much better meld of psychodrama and soap opera than it appears on the surface. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/4 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Oliver Jones It is a doom-invoking, cathartic and strangely satisfying head-trip that's also a bit ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
1.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Oliver Jones As troublesome and overstuffed as Blanchett's performance might be, it's also one of the few interesting things going on in this troublesome and overstuffed misfire of a book adaptation. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Oliver Jones It's far from subtle, more than a little sudsy, but also pleasingly direct and full of heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 Good Boys (2019) Oliver Jones We may wish the boys had found another path, but at the same time, we feel fortunate to accompany them on their journey. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
1/4 The Kitchen (2019) Oliver Jones Give us real characters; give us good writing; give us a compelling story. Otherwise, don't bother. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Oliver Jones An effective answer to the question of what to do with the kids who have aged out of trick-or-treating but still want to do something fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 After the Wedding (2019) Rex Reed As a director, Bart Freundlich knows how to frame a scene and enhance visual beauty with a sharper edge, but his writing leaves gaps in the plot that raise more questions about logic than he satisfactorily answers. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 Light of My Life (2019) Rex Reed Another dour end-of-the-world epic that fails to live up to the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Oliver Jones Ultimately, The Art of Racing in the Rain has a dog's pure-heartedness that manages to beat strongly despite generic direction, milquetoast performances, and twelve cubic tons of Costner voiceover. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
1.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Oliver Jones The real problem is not simply the paucity of squealing rubber on road; it's the filler that pads the more than two-hour film while we wait impatiently for fixes of fuel-injected mayhem to arrive every half hour. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/4 Luce (2019) Oliver Jones The film comes off as an icy cross between Ordinary People and Six Degrees of Separation. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
2/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rex Reed Frankly, I find the entire experience baffling, and any attempt to laugh off the Manson murders as sitcom fodder embarrassing. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/4 Dead Water (2019) Rex Reed Plot twists multiply, turning Dead Water into nothing more than one huge red herring in an attempt to distract viewers from the sorry fact that nothing of substance is really happening. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 Skin (2018) Rex Reed If you have a strong stomach it is well worth seeing for the lessons it teaches about the value of survival in the pursuit of redemption. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Oliver Jones Belkin uses entirely existing footage to tell a story not just of a man's life but also the evolution of broadcast journalism. It's both a novel choice and a largely effective one. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 The Nightingale (2018) Oliver Jones Kent provides the ultimate response to and corrective for every colonization myth we have ever been force fed, whether by grade school textbooks or widescreen Westerns. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
1.5/4 The Lion King (2019) Oliver Jones This Lion King is retrograde-a cinematic expression of the kind of toxic nostalgia that has infiltrated our national discourse. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/4 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Oliver Jones While he may look like a white-haired hippie shaman on his last legs, the David Crosby of today may be more musically vital than ever before. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Rex Reed I'm afraid none of this makes much valid sense. The movie fails to offer a cogent point of view. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/4 Crawl (2019) Rex Reed While Crawl never quite achieves the classic status of Jaws, it's so convincing that you forget about the mechanics and become petrified by the gore. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 Lying and Stealing (2019) Rex Reed It's all been done before, but the reason it's worth watching is to see James do it again. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
1/4 Desolate (2018) Rex Reed Everything else in Desolate is dreary, violent and pointless. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 The Farewell (2019) Oliver Jones A film that movingly shows the importance of taking advantage of fleeting chances and closing windows is itself the rarest of opportunities. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
1/4 Phil (2019) Rex Reed Character development is non-existent, and isolated scenes resonate with occasional whimsy, but they don't add up to a satisfying whole. The adjective that best describes Phil is preposterous. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
0/4 Cold Blood (2019) Rex Reed Nobody should have to sit through junk like this, even in summer, and I don't know anyone who will. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
2/4 Midsommar (2019) Rex Reed Grim, grisly and downright sickening, Midsommar is a feel-bad horror film about suicide, mercy killings, insanity, graphic nudity, religious hysteria, and the kind of grotesque imagery that exists for no other reason than shock value. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
1/4 Ophelia (2018) Rex Reed It's a revisionist attempt to make the denizens of Elsinore seem modern and more accessible, but comes off more like a sophomoric re-make of Citizen Kane in the image of Fox News. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
1/4 Euphoria (2017) Rex Reed Euphoria should be called Dyspepsia. It lulls you into a disagreeable stupor clearly labeled "who cares?" EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 Drei Zinnen (2017) Rex Reed An exceptional film, well worth savoring. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Oliver Jones If Spider-Man Far from Home is a triumph, as many will argue and its box office will undoubtedly confirm, it is a triumph of capitalism, not art. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Sanju (2018) Siddhant Adlakha The film demands sympathy for a symbol-not of hope or strife, but of privilege. It demands empathy for an empty vessel, embodying a rich, nepotistic, narcissistic status quo, without putting in the groundwork to craft character through visual expression. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019