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Rating Title/Year Author
Downton Abbey (2019) Melanie McFarland Downton Abbey is basically designed to take the edge off of 2019 life, the visual equivalent of half a Valium chased by a flute's worth of champagne. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 It (1990) Matthew Rozsa There may be others who play Pennywise, but in the eyes of this critic at least, [Tim Curry is] the definitive actor to fill those big red shoes. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Matthew Rozsa Overall, "It Chapter Two" is a fitting companion piece to the first film. There are flaws, to be sure, but nothing you wouldn't expect going in. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Melanie McFarland Sticks & Stones exists as a defiant design to intentionally offend large swaths of the audience Chappelle deems too thin-skinned and easily outraged.. while serving up simple, low-bar yucks to anyone yearning for validation of their anti-P.C. stance. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Melanie McFarland A clarifying documentary like Untouchable is in order, because the cascade of allegations and headlines that have spilled forth since late 2017 has resulted in a mass forgetting of how this all started. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Fanatic (2019) Gary M. Kramer "The Fanatic" needs to be stronger, or wilder, or creepier. Mostly, it just needs to be better. Travolta, who seems to be racing Nicolas Cage to the bottom these days, gives a cringe-inducing performance as Moose. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Matthew Rozsa The main strength of "Good Boys" is that its jokes, while derived from outrageous situations, work because the characters react in realistic ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
() Ashlie D. Stevens It's definitely bizarre and a little abstract, to the point where there are moments you may wonder if you're the intended audience. To be honest, you might not be. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed (2003) Heather Havrilesky Gloating has always been a big part of his act. His latest fare, though, is a little too immediate and vitriolic to go well with a side order of self-congratulatory glee. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Gary M. Kramer "The Kitchen" is buoyed by a fabulous soundtrack of upbeat '70s songs that keep the film's feel-good vibe going even when someone is being violently murdered. Berloff's film isn't subtle, but it sure is fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Neil Drumming Leguizamo is still able to convey the exuberance of youth and vividly recall the optimism of a big-city kid discovering his passion for the first time. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matthew Rozsa It's a thoroughly fun action comedy that delivers exactly what it promises - and if the screening I attended is any indication, kids will love it. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Matthew Rozsa It feels like Tarantino is so wrapped up in indulging in his own filmmaking style that he loses sight of what made his best movies work. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Skin (2018) Gary M. Kramer "Skin" is a superficial and disappointing look at a person, a topic, and an organization that deserve a better, more nuanced portrayal than what Nattiv delivers. This is why "Skin" is so enraging. It can only be hate-watched. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/4 Clerks (1994) Matthew Rozsa At his best, [Kevin] Smith captures the zeitgeist of an era and becomes the voice of a generation. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Gary M. Kramer "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" is Tarantino showing off what he can do, and his film practically grabs audiences by the lapels, insisting that they have a good time. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 Watchmen (2009) Matthew Rozsa When given a great story and told that his job is to simply adapt it, Snyder more than rises to the occasion. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Ashlie D. Stevens Despite the superstar talent of the cast and the stunning presentation, it misses some of the heart that placed the original securely in the pop culture canon. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Hallam Foe (2007) James Hannaham Jamie Bell, who plays the title character in the new film Mister Foe, is the next Christian Bale. At least. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
The Girl From Monday (2005) Heather Havrilesky A mess of a movie plagued by leaden performances and a rambling plot. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Grizzly Man (2005) Heather Havrilesky Of course, the legendary filmmaker can't resist inserting his own outsize ego into the story, but somehow this documentary has room for two larger-than-life characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Happy Endings (2005) Heather Havrilesky A remarkably clever ensemble film. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
The Matador (2005) Heather Havrilesky Hope Davis' brilliant turn as Kinnear's naive but slightly naughty wife... is the cherry on director Richard Shepard's sundae. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Hustle & Flow (2005) Heather Havrilesky Hustle & Flow is everything you want a film to be: unpredictable, daring, clever, heartwarming. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
My Boss's Daughter (2003) Heather Havrilesky Painfully awkward and out of sync from the first scene, in which Kutcher, horribly miscast as a big dork, swoons over Tara Reid, horribly miscast as a dreamy love interest. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/4 Midsommar (2019) Matthew Rozsa "Midsommar" isn't just a great horror movie... It is also one of the best movies ever made about living with mental illness. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Tsunami, The Aftermath (2006) Heather Havrilesky The personal stories in Tsunami: The Aftermath are poorly written and are only loosely based on survivor stories. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 National Treasure (2004) Matthew Rozsa It is a definitely guilty pleasure, and 90 percent of the reason why can be summed up in two words: Nicolas Cage. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
Home of the Brave (2004) Heather Havrilesky Home of the Brave... will make you want to stand up for what you believe in. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matthew Rozsa Spider-Man: Far From Home" is a good movie that becomes great in its final act. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Matthew Rozsa The latest installment, "Toy Story 4," is perhaps the bleakest (and most beautiful) of them all. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2019
Plus One (2019) Gary M. Kramer Erskine and Quaid enjoy a decent chemistry...their rapport is amusing, but never precious in a cringe-inducing way. "Plus One" is a high-concept indie rom-com...but it's enjoyable because it embraces those conventions like a comfortable old shirt. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Matthew Rozsa Every so often a movie gets so thoroughly shellacked by critics that, when you see it and realize it's actually quite good, you can't help but feel sorry for the filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matthew Rozsa "Logan" is the proper finale to the "X-Men" film series. "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"... is so disappointing that it doesn't deserve that honor. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matthew Rozsa "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" doesn't need an original story: Like all kaijū movies, it only requires awesome monsters, epic fight scenes and some subtle social commentary. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Melanie McFarland "Deadwood: The Movie" does precisely what everyone who has waited all these long years for it hopes it would do, capturing nearly all of its magnificence by way of a grand send-off. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Erin Keane Booksmart puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age night-of comedy because it's focused on two girls, one of whom is also queer. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
1.5/4 Aladdin (2019) Matthew Rozsa Disney needs three wishes for its live-action "Aladdin" remake: for a better Genie, a better script and a soul. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/4 Inglourious Basterds (2009) Matthew Rozsa When Tarantino sent this message to moviegoers in 2009, it's unlikely that he imagined how relevant it would be in 2019. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Rozsa While "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an easy movie to recommend, it must be added that it's a hard movie to love. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Matthew Rozsa For a film that seems to aspire to greatness, "Tolkien" is done in by its lack of vision. That was one quality which Tolkien himself was never accused of lacking. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matthew Rozsa There are horror movies and political dramas with premises less nightmarish than the one in "Avengers: Endgame... This is an interesting approach for a superhero film to take. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Melanie McFarland To African Americans it's a love letter to black culture and history, a celebration infused with intentional symbolism and artistry presented to the wider world with no apology. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 Hellboy (2019) Matthew Rozsa Watching the "Hellboy" reboot is like eating a rice cake - you don't feel bad afterward, but at the same time you're not entirely sure you really experienced anything at all. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Her Smell (2018) Mary Elizabeth Williams For all its yelling and theatrics, Her Smell can't even be bothered to figure out where the outlet is. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/4 Pet Sematary (2019) Matthew Rozsa Watching Fred Gwynne nail a Maine accent and spout cheesy dialogue is much more entertaining than this movie's monotonous series of lame jump scares. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Matthew Rozsa "Shazam!" is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe - a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) Matthew Rozsa But the good so greatly outweighs the bad; "Us" is definitely worth seeing, and it is a positive sign for the quality of Peele's upcoming "Twilight Zone" reboot. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Melanie McFarland Gibney urges us to look Holmes in the eyes for two hours. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
1/4 Captive State (2019) Matthew Rozsa There were elements here and there that I liked, but its message was muddled - and if this type of movie doesn't work as a message film, it doesn't work where it matters most. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019