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Rating Title/Year Author
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) A.O. Scott A subtle and thrilling love story, at once unsentimental in its realistic assessment of women's circumstances and almost utopian in its celebration of the freedom that is nonetheless available to them. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) A.O. Scott [A] mesmerizing, tender, painful documentary... EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Jeannette Catsoulis Equal parts dizzying and dippy, "The Aeronauts" is family entertainment at its most charming and chaste. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
A German Youth (2015) Ben Kenigsberg This documentary is fitfully thought-provoking, and particularly good at illustrating political fault lines of the time. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Glenn Kenny The film spaces out several nasty and effective frights. And as its narrative seems to deliberately devolve into a dissociative dream, even the funny material hits with a choke in the throat. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Little Joe (2019) Glenn Kenny "Little Joe" manages to exert a peculiar pull in spite of being constructed with material you've likely seen elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Teo Bugbee What starts as a mediocre psychological thriller finishes as a surprisingly toothsome and creative horror film, complete with creature features and journeys into the abyss. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Glenn Kenny Kasbe spent years among these people, and his movie is an intense 74-minute distillation of his dedication. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
A Million Little Pieces (2018) Jeannette Catsoulis Yet another ruin-and-rehab tale, one that initially tantalizes then flatly disappoints. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
The Wolf Hour (2019) Jeannette Catsoulis A sometimes punishingly theatrical experiment that teeters on the verge of surreality, transfixing us with the promise of something terrible lurking just beyond those ratty curtains. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Midnight Family (2019) Manohla Dargis Periodically while watching "Midnight Family" you feel as if you can't look at the screen for another second. But you can't look away either. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Ben Kenigsberg There is genuine eeriness here, and Reeder makes distinctive use of color and music. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (2019) Jeannette Catsoulis Filmed almost entirely in real time, and using a series of long, intimate takes, "The Body Remembers" is about privilege and its lack, motherhood and its absence, race and its legacy. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
() Ben Kenigsberg This isn't a groundbreaking documentary, but it does pay its subjects the ultimate courtesy, treating them as officials have not: as fully rounded human beings. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Cavale (2018) Teo Bugbee As a trio, Viance, Zaghouani and Pellizari are bright and full of energy, and Gourmel allows their scenes together to play with improvisational looseness. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Feast of the Epiphany (2018) Ben Kenigsberg It is easier to like "Feast of the Epiphany" as an idea for an uncompromising film than it is to reconcile its pretensions. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
After Parkland (2018) Ben Kenigsberg The movie succeeds where it counts: showing the reverberations of violence long after most cameras left. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Melody Makers (2016) Glenn Kenny [A] hardly epochal but largely pleasant documentary... EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Baishe: Yuanqi (2019) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim The film's landscape shots look breathtakingly real, but animated figures, especially during fight scenes, are tripped up by a dimension-flattening veneer that makes "White Snake" look more like an iPhone game. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Les misérables (2019) Glenn Kenny Ly shows command of staging and shooting throughout, simulating documentary form while maintaining a tight grip on narrative coherence. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) Jeannette Catsoulis Shot mostly in black and white and with an improvisational feel, "My Friend the Polish Girl" is cool and clever, feigning social realism with winking calculation. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Devika Girish The film's "temblores" - Spanish for "tremors" - are emblematic of the script's preference for allusion over depth. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Manohla Dargis A genre savant, Johnson understands that one of the pleasures of mystery stories is how they turn viewers into detectives, eager amateur sleuths who also sift through the clues, false and not. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
63 Up (2019) Manohla Dargis There's great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) A.O. Scott This movie feels like something new, and also as if it's been around forever, waiting for its moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) A.O. Scott A subtle and engaging double portrait that touches on complicated matters of faith, ambition and moral responsibility. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Bilal Qureshi This haunting documentary is a powerful addition to a growing body of post #MeToo films... that show how cultural power is accumulated and weaponized. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Manohla Dargis It's exceedingly well executed and technically impeccable... EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Blackout (1985) John J. O'Connor With all of its twisting and squirming, Blackout manages to build up a steady steam of scary suspense. The top-flight cast, which also includes Michael Beck, gets maximum mileage out of the offbeat pursuit. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Murder in Space (1985) John J. O'Connor The flat, rather tacky production suggests that Mr. Levinson and Mr. Link, the creators of 'Columbo, didn't spend much time on the set. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) A.O. Scott It's a perfect introduction and a lovely valediction. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Manohla Dargis It's never surprising, yet its bursts of pictorial imagination - snowflakes that streak like shooting stars - keep you engaged, as do Elsa and Anna, who still aren't waiting for life to happen. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A.O. Scott It's not only Mister Rogers's kindness that hovers over "Beautiful Day," but also his creative spirit. Paying tribute to his skills as a composer, performer and puppeteer, the movie affirms his status as a hero of the imagination. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man (2019) Ben Kenigsberg This soft-edged character study lacks distance. Sim is portrayed as a quixotic figure unconcerned with practicalities, and the film would have benefited from more details on meetings and debate within Sim's organization. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
The Courier (2019) Glenn Kenny Its female-butt-kicker premise notwithstanding, this is another cinematic slab of sound and fury signifying nothing. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Hala (2019) Jeannette Catsoulis As Hala tests the boundaries of faith and sexual desire (her name means "halo" in Arabic, and it feels like a burden), the movie is unsparing about gender roles and the awkwardness of first-time fumblings. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
QA Movie Test (2014) Jeannette Catsoulis It's a big, blunt, battering ram of a movie, but it's not dumb: The stunts are sharply executed, the actors unimpeachable and Paul Cameron's lively camera turns the streets of Philadelphia into a credible-enough Manhattan. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Shooting the Mafia (2019) Glenn Kenny Longinotto clearly looks up to Battaglia. This tribute, though, is idiosyncratic to the point of alienation. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Hamlet (1964) Bosley Crowther It is a spectacle, in the main-a large, mobile, realistic rendering of the melodramatic action of the play-that depends entirely for its impact upon its striking scenery, the physical sweep of its performance and the grand effects... EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
The Desperados (1969) Roger Greenspun What The Desperados lacks in cinema sophistication it makes up several times over in dramatic density. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
The Comic (1969) Roger Greenspun It isn't a good movie but it is often an interesting one, and it is full of lovely people. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Jane Austen's Emma (1996) Caryn James It is understated and sly, loaded with a sense that even a society as well-ordered as Emma's leaves plenty of room for comic misjudgments and happy endings. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
To Kid or Not to Kid (2018) Jeannette Catsoulis Candid and empathetic, the movie's segments can feel rushed and unfocused; yet they have a ragged intimacy that argues implicitly for an individual's right to choose, without interference or condemnation. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Our Leading Citizen (1939) NYT Staff Our Leading Citizen is enjoyable, but one imagines if Mr. Ade had been permitted to write a two-reel instead of a five-reel scenario it would have been more so. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Beats (2019) Sean T. Collins There's little said here about violence or the arts that you can't find in an after-school special, and the music isn't half as ingenious or impactful as the plot demands. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Waves (2019) Manohla Dargis All of Shults's stylistic brio and formal inventiveness is finally in the service of a story about love, its mutability and fragility. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Atlantics (2019) A.O. Scott It's a suspenseful, sensual, exciting movie, and therefore a deeply haunting one as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) A.O. Scott It is, all in all, a pleasant surprise. Partly because Christian Bale and Matt Damon, the lead actors, are really good, and are supported by a fine cast that includes Tracy Letts in one of the best and least-expected crying scenes of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Hottest August (2019) Glenn Kenny This collection of interactions with ordinary people is a cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Glenn Kenny "Recorder" doesn't explore the extent to which Marion's original project of analysis was subsumed by the compulsion to tape everything. But her taping of everything created an irreproducible archive that is enlightening and the stuff of madness. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019