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Rating Title/Year Author
9/10 The Lighthouse (2019) J.R. Kinnard Director Robert Eggers' emotional powerhouse, The Lighthouse, is a profound allegorical reminder that no man is an island. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
8/10 The Last Seduction (1994) Imran Khan Linda Fiorentino pulls out all the stops and delivers a tour-de-force performance in John Dahl's gripping neo-noir, The Last Seduction, a film full of blue moods, dark humour, and hairpin turns. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
8/10 Dolor y gloria (2019) Alex Leininger Pain and Glory is a celebration of art, not just as a form of entertainment or provocation, but as lifeblood. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Prospect (2018) Shaun McMichael Prospect offers a riveting survival story in space. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
7/10 Dominique (1978) Imran Khan Dominique won't raise the hackles of anyone looking for deep scares, but it is an absorbing suspense-drama that will at least keep you in your seat, if not the edge of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Prayers for Bobby (2009) Michael Abernethy Weaver gives what is undeniably one of her best performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
6/10 Bacurau (2019) Chris Barsanti Loony anti-colonialist Brazilian satire 'Bacurau' doesn't always balance its humor with its bite, but its communitarian soul, oddball wit, and dark vision of the future still hits home EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Let It Shine (2012) Lesley M. Smith Let It Shine sometimes zings, thanks to excellent acting by Tyler James Williams in the Cyrano role (here, Cyrus DeBarge) and a starry soundtrack melding hip-hop, gospel, and rap. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
7/10 Candyman (1992) Imran Khan Bernard Rose's Candyman offers a moody "elegance", if you will, that's sorely lacking in other horror films of the era. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
6/10 Ad Astra (2019) J.R. Kinnard Ad Astra succeeds as mildly entertaining 'soft sci-fi', even if it fails to land a substantial existential punch. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
7/10 Tesis (1996) Imran Khan Tesis won't exactly knock the socks off of viewers; However, it is exceptionally acted, with all actors delivering solid performances and fully submitting to the demands of some of the more arduous action sequences. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Death of a Cyclist (1955) Marco Lanzagorta The result is a dramatic story that deeply resonates with the cultural anxieties that Spanish society endured under the regime of General Francisco Franco. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
6/10 Official Secrets (2019) Chris Barsanti ...nothing special artistically, but its intense relevance burns the screen. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
8/10 The Wind (2018) Paul Risker To anyone skeptical of the merits of genre cinema that is prone to immature bloodletting and superficial themes, The Wind, while quietly impressive, shows the mature side of genre storytelling. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
7/10 Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)(The Mind Benders) (1967) Brian Holcomb Kier grounds the film with his sober and serious presence. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
7/10 The Fate of Lee Khan (1974) Michael Barrett If King Hu is no longer around, the legacy of his films remain, and we continue to be glad that they're no longer neglected. Here's hoping the remainder are on their way. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed (2003) Sean Murphy He retains some spin on his curveball and it is obvious he still belongs in the big leagues. But then he starts in on the Middle East, and things begin to derail as the stand-up turns into an occasionally ugly right-wing rant. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
El increíble finde menguante (2019) Paul Risker The unexplainable events in this story allows us not only to revisit the infinite imagination we possessed as children, but casts cinema as a transformative and time-travelling experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Sean Murphy It's not terrible; Miller is simply too intelligent, too witty and too observant to flop onstage. But one might think he would feel obliged (for the sake of his comedy, for the sake of his integrity) to reign in the rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
8/10 One Child Nation (2019) Chris Barsanti Starting as a personal look at the damages wrought by decades of China's one-child policy, 'One Child Nation' exposes a deeper, baser level of national corruption. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
6/10 Russell Brand In New York City (2009) Evan Sawdey [Showcases] Brand as someone capable of making some remarkably insightful comments amidst his clownish, schoolboy antics. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Daniel Carlson It's taken Oswalt a while, but he's finally developed a voice based on his own nerdy neuroses. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
7/10 John Oliver: Terrifying Times (2008) Andrew Winistorfer Terrifying Times isn't likely to end up as anyone's favorite stand-up film of all time, but it offers a smart take on some of the major topics facing the civilized world in the 21st Century. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009) Evan Sawdey Once Ferrell launches into Bush's biography, we get what we'd expect from a 90-minute, Ferrell-lead Bush-bashing Broadway show -- and for the most part, it's good. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Chris Barsanti Tarantino's surprisingly warm fantasy mash-up of California dreamin' and arthouse B-movie revenge fantasy is dreamy but sacrifices coherence for the indulgence of changing history. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Alex Leininger Not only is this one of Tarantino's least risky films, it's also one of his most forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
8/10 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) J.R. Kinnard If for three hours, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood forestalls cynicism and irony to indulge a simpler time in the world of make-believe. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Jim Gaffigan - King Baby (2008) Andrew Winistorfer It is a tighter performance DVD than Beyond the Pale but it lacks the truly memorable riffs that the latter had. If anything, King Baby confirms Gaffigan's comedic chops, and further cements his position as one of the better working comedians today. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
8/10 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) J.R. Kinnard Still, it's a successful provocation and a damn funny one at that. This movie has 'cult classic' written all over it. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/10 Vita & Virginia (2018) Paul Risker Looking upon Virginia Woolf with an immature and childish creative lust, writer/director Chanya Button and co-writer Eileen Atkins reduce her to a bland literary figure in Vita & Virginia, leaving us to remember the contrarian truth. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/10 Rocketship X-M (1950) David Maine Mars segments make this worthwhile, but the rest is pretty slow. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
7/10 Missile to the Moon (1959) David Maine Rock monsters, moon girls and spiders, oh my! Unexpected twists enliven this truly fantastic voyage: settle in for a hilarious good time. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
8/10 Sword of Trust (2019) Chris Barsanti Lynn Shelton's lo-fi Southern satire yokes historical artifacts, the quest for meaning, Civil War Truthers, and the devastation of addiction to a pleasingly ramshackle comic quest. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
8/10 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Bernard Boo Spider-Man: Far From Home is arguably the cutest, funniest, most entertaining comic book superhero movie of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
8/10 Midsommar (2019) J.R. Kinnard While its artistic and thematic audacity are undeniable, Midsommar is sure to be one of 2019's most divisive films. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
End of Evangelion (1997) John G. Nettles This may be, if not the greatest, certainly one of the most harrowing anime experiences ever made. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
7/10 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Daniel Reynolds In its spikes of terror, its glimpse into a void between order and chaos, its basic ticking suspense, it effectively approaches the timely subject matter of gun ownership and gun violence -but it also creates something timeless. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Alex Leininger It's a smart if minor work from a masterfully innovative director. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Echo in the Canyon (2018) Megan Volpert Music documentary Echo in the Canyon beautifully captures Jakob Dylan's search for the best lessons in collaboration from pioneering California Sound supergroups. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Michael Barrett Seamlessly combines noir with the women's film and gothic suspense tropes. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
5/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) J.R. Kinnard Calling the plot of Godzilla: King of the Monsters stale would be an insult to the fossilized potato chips hiding between your sofa cushions. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 Booksmart (2019) Alex Leininger Booksmart's greatest strengths are in its actors and its script, both of which help elevate these admittedly low-stakes shenanigans into undeniably entertaining territory. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
10/10 () Michael Patrick Brady With simple narration and still photographs, Burns is able to evoke joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. It's a singular achievement, beautifully composed and profoundly moving. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) Mike Ward In Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, not only don't we know where we are, we also don't know how seriously we're supposed to take the movie. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
8/10 The Souvenir (2019) Alex Leininger It's clearly a relationship destined for failure, and yet Hogg doesn't take it where one might expect. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
() Sachyn Mital All I Can Say is a unique documentary that offers an unfiltered view of a young man from a small town making it to the big league before falling. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
5/10 Double Lives (2018) Chris Barsanti In Olivier Assayas' speedy, slightly wan dispatch from salon society, Parisians have badly concealed affairs and argue loudly but inconclusively about books and society. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Cold Sweat (1971) Michael Barrett It comes across as almost a dry run [to Death Wish], but more intelligent, humane and European while still delivering plenty of violence and thrills. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Rider on the Rain (1970) Michael Barrett This fascinating, labyrinthine film pulls off the rare trick of maintaining its heroine's POV for the first 90-minutes. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
6/10 Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Katherine Murray Because it's such an earnest, grounded film, in terms of both script and performance, the casually sexist premise is impossible to avoid. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019