Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Rating Title/Year Author
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) Gretchen McKay While Camp Rock 2 seems to be cobbled together out of bits and pieces of other movies, the surprise is that it's pretty enjoyable EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 Hustlers (2019) Barry Paris The movie is better than the sleazy promo: fast-paced female empowerment, with magnetic J-Lo in the driver's seat. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Maria Sciullo "The Goldfinch" is a crazy quilt of scenes that faithfully tells Tartt's story. But while the book unfolds in first-person, mostly linear fashion, the screenplay by Peter Straughan might baffle anyone unfamiliar with the novel. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) Gretchen McKay While the Cheetah Girls' "credo" gives lip service to friendship and support and commitment, they spend an awful lot of time simply wanting to be superstar divas. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008) Gretchen McKay Disney might just as well have titled this original movie Cheetah Girls: Diminishing Returns. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Camp Rock (2008) Gretchen McKay Demi Lovato has all the requirements for Disney stardom, but she doesn't really act so much as walk through this movie, stopping occasionally to flash a larger than life smile. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
High School Musical 2 (2007) Gretchen McKay Not quite as innocent as the first installment, [High School Musical 2] will appeal to a slightly older crowd. The conflicts are more realistic, and the stakes are higher, and there are even a few scenes dripping with teenage angst. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Descendants (2015) Rob Owen At 111 minutes, Descendants feels too long and overly tactical. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/4 The Nightingale (2018) Barry Paris All hail the shocking boldness of contemporary Australian filmmaking. See it at your own emotional risk. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Barry Paris What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in refreshingly empathetic charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Maria Sciullo The shifting tone and certain absurdities of plot can't be forgiven (including a Microsoft exec's wife working on a MacBook). EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/4 The Kitchen (2019) Barry Paris There's a lot of chemistry in their ill-fated, semi-Bonnie and Clyde relationship. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Rob Owen Lively, fast-paced and full of laughs, this new special showcases Ullman at her schizophrenic best. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Barry Paris "Farewell" tugs at the heartstrings in many funny, bittersweet, touching ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Katie Walsh While director David Leitch, a former stuntman who helmed "John Wick" and "Atomic Blonde," cooks up some truly breathtaking action sequences and stunts, some moments lose their crisp clarity. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Stuber (2019) Katie Walsh Stu shrieks every story point, so even watching this grating and pointless film, filled with bone-headed plot twists, is utterly unrewarding. Save the Uber fare and stay far, far away. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Barry Paris It's exultant in its chaotic excess, visually beautiful, emotionally rich and psychologically fascinating, proving both the truth - and the falsehood - that you can't go home again. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tony Norman "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a pleasant enough way to spend two hours, but it really isn't anything to get excited about. It's designed to pump the brakes after all hell broke loose in the last two Avengers movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/4 Yesterday (2019) Barry Paris I can't help thinking it might've been better - and more fun - had it eschewed the alternate time-space continuum and just chronicled the real-life electromagnetic evolution of a tune called "Scrambled Eggs." EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Maria Sciullo "Toy Story 4" moves along briskly for 100 minutes, with the level of animation excellence you'd expect from Pixar. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Late Night (2019) Barry Paris Thompson's remarkable range never ceases to amaze, moving effortlessly between high art and Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Remember Amnesia (2019) Kaisha Jantsch Also, the film is extremely well shot and edited. Shot in 4K resolution, the image quality is surreal and scenes flow effortlessly into one another... However, in terms of plot the film is a 1 hour-and-23-minute cliche. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Sharon Eberson "Dark Phoenix" is slickly made and features some typically standout computer-generated imagery... But it's not a lot of fun, nor does it provide satisfying closure in the way the standalone "Logan" did for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Barry Paris Egerton's depiction of this charismatic character is infused with eclectic electricity. He does all his own singing. EJ said not to copy him too much but make the songs his own - and he has done so. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Double Lives (2018) Ann Hornaday For audiences who love nothing better than to immerse themselves in an idealized version of high-minded bohemia at its most tastefully nonchalant, "Non-Fiction" is pure bliss. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Rob Owen (Deadwood: The Movie) belatedly puts the "Deadwood" story to bed in a manner that's appropriate, rewarding and surprisingly emotional. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Barry Paris The insanely colorful costumes and amazing special effects do their part. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2.5/4 Hail Satan? (2019) Barry Paris ...still very much worth the viewing, at 95 crisp minutes... EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 Red Joan (2018) Barry Paris This is [Nunn's] first film-directing gig in more than 20 years, and there's no denying it has certain stagebound qualities. But that may be its strength. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
The Mists of Avalon (2001) Rob Owen This feminist retelling of the Arthurian legend is dark, kinky and violent. It's also more entertaining, intriguing and thought-provoking than those godawful NBC miniseries of recent years. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Lucy (2003) Barbara Vancheri If you're a fan, you may watch in frustration, demanding, "Tell me something or more things I don't know." EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
My House in Umbria (2003) Rob Owen My House in Umbria is not sexy, not cutting edge; it does not "push the envelope." It tells a simple story about love and hope, sadness and loneliness. In the current coarse pop culture climate, that makes "Umbria" the riskiest type of film of all. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Saving Jessica Lynch (2003) Rob Owen Handsomely produced and legitimately emotional at points, "Saving Jessica Lynch" isn't a great film, but it is decent. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Born Rich (2003) Rob Owen Johnson directs, produces and narrates the program, and the fact that he's willing to explore issues of wealth and what it means earns him some admiration right off the bat. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Rob Owen Is "The Reagans" a hatchet job? Yeah, a little. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Barry Paris [Ryan White's] documentary style is rather formulaic, but he does justice to his heroine's amazing life force and energy. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Foster (2018) Rob Owen It's about time for a quality drama that explores the foster care system from all angles and perhaps in so doing encourages more adults with a stable home life to consider fostering. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/4 Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) Barbara Vancheri The premise of the movie is intriguing, but it's executed in chilly, dispassionate fashion and buried under too many bodies. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 The Brink (2019) Barry Paris Well-crafted cinema verité -- equally engaging and enraging. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 High Life (2018) Barry Paris They're all working against the handicap of Denis' ponderously philosophical script, which has more black holes than the universe. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Little (2019) Barry Paris "Little" is funny if familiar, harmlessly enjoyable in its lightweight way. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Jane Horwitz "Missing Link" is impressive, but it's still missing something. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 The Aftermath (2019) Barry Paris In The Aftermath... the Big Picture gets short shrift -- and eventually lost -- amid the romantic entanglements, even as the performances nobly (but not fully) work to compensate for it. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Barry Paris No frills, moderate thrills. Nordic stoicism on display. Much agony, little ecstasy. But all in all, a worthy endurance test for Mads Mikkelsen and ourselves. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/4 Greta (2018) Barry Paris Somehow, despite the insane ending and the fact that we pretty much see every twist coming, we buy into the horror tropes and get sucked in, thanks to Mr. Jordan's deft pacing and cockeyed humor that complements the suspense. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Tony Norman ... such a disappointment, though still worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Border (2018) Barry Paris This is a strange, fantastic mix of romantic drama, magic realism. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Marie Antoinette (2006) Barry Paris "Marie" the film, like Marie the queen, is a head of her time in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/4 Burlesque (2010) Barbara Vancheri In the end, Burlesque falls short in the originality and depth department but if you're in search of music videos masquerading as a movie, it just might be your ticket. Or soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/4 Step Brothers (2008) Barry Paris Step Brothers, in sum, adheres to the grand tradition of Apatow-Animal House-American Pie tastelessness. I tried not to laugh -- but gave in to the guilty juvenile pleasures. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019