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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 21 Bridges (2019) Mick LaSalle There are worse things you can do with your time than watch Boseman, Miller and Simmons for an hour and a half. Just know that "21 Bridges" is the kind of movie you'll forget five minutes after seeing it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 Atlantics (2019) Zaki Hasan Like the pounding waves that recur throughout, this is a vibrant and confident feature debut for the director, and her arrival on cinema's shores signals big things ahead. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/4 Waves (2019) G. Allen Johnson Whatever your reaction to this ambitious, boldly original and hard-hitting family drama, you could never accuse writer-director Trey Edward Shults of holding anything back. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/4 Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) David Lewis What makes the film emotionally satisfying, beyond the stirring music, is that we witness the healing and enlightenment of chorus members, some of them bearing scars from their oppressive red-state upbringings. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/4 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Mick LaSalle It sends you out of the movie feeling as if you've spent time with Fred Rogers and that you have definitely benefited from the contact. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Jane Austen's Emma (1996) John Carman "Emma" is a feast for the eyes and a balm for the heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/4 Frozen II (2019) Mick LaSalle It's not a classic, but it's inspired in its own right. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Blade Runner (1982) Zaki Hasan Still profound 18 years after its sell-by date, Blade Runner remains worthy of acclaim and analysis even as it exists in a "future" with very little resemblance to the one that came to pass. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/4 Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) David Lewis In the end, the goal of the documentary, told mainly from the point of view of Enquirer alumni, is to be entertaining, and director Mark Landsman succeeds on that level, keeping things brisk and highly visual. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 Honey Boy (2019) G. Allen Johnson "Honey Boy" is more than LaBeouf's bounce-back film. It's an explanation. It's part of his 12-step process. It's a cathartic release of anger. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
1.5/4 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) G. Allen Johnson Earnestness and reverence is the death knell of many an "inspiring" movie, and "The Warrior Queen of Jhansi" falls into that trap. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) G. Allen Johnson Noah Baumbach is the writer-director, and to watch such an incisive, deep-feeling script be given life by actors... at the top of their game is to rediscover movies as a powerful medium of personal expression. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/4 Charlie's Angels (2019) Mick LaSalle As a movie, "Charlie's Angels" has serious problems, but the new Angels trio is promising and shows there's life yet in the old formula. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 The Report (2019) Mick LaSalle Driver's intensity, Jones's personal story and the privileged look behind the scenes all combine to edge "The Report" into the plus column. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mick LaSalle "Ford v Ferrari" is what it promises to be, a blast from the past. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/4 The Good Liar (2019) Mick LaSalle Or to put it another way, walking in, you already know it's going to be good. You don't know that it's going to be this much fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) Peter Stack Hewing to the exotic epic look of the original blockbuster, the new direct-to-video sequel "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" is enchanting small-screen entertainment that feels big. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2.5/4 Collisions (2018) Zaki Hasan "Collisions" is a timely examination of a relevant subject, and that timeliness makes it worthy of viewing and discussion even when the execution falls shy of the intended mark. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/4 Last Christmas (2019) Mick LaSalle It takes skill to devise a resolution that's simultaneously predictable and nonsensical, but "Last Christmas" manages it. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) G. Allen Johnson Nearly 40 years later, this adaptation of King's 2013 book "Doctor Sleep" doesn't so much tarnish Kubrick as embarrass itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/4 Midway (2019) Mick LaSalle It loses energy as director Roland Emmerich gradually gets himself lost in the weeds. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/4 () Mick LaSalle It is to gangster movies what John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" was to westerns. Without a doubt, it's a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/4 The Cave (2019) G. Allen Johnson Fayyad is a humanitarian, and his approach in "The Cave" demonstrates that. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 Frankie (2019) G. Allen Johnson "Frankie" never takes a risk, never explores the characters' problems in any meaningful way; it feels all surface. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Mick LaSalle "By the Grace of God" begins to spin its wheels, with unnecessary scenes that give color to the events, when we're more interested in the grand movements. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 Fire in Paradise (2019) G. Allen Johnson Directors Zackary Canepari and Oakland resident Drea Cooper utilize news, social media footage and animated maps to set the stage, then delve deeper into the first-person experience with their subjects. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
1.5/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Mick LaSalle In the end, the great fault of "Terminator: Dark Fate" is that the filmmakers didn't trust what they had. They didn't trust how much audiences enjoy Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 Harriet (2019) Mick LaSalle It feels like a movie perhaps a bit more than it should. Still, it's effective and, at times, moving, and it has a major asset in Erivo. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Mick LaSalle This film is amazing, and not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/4 Countdown (2019) Zaki Hasan The one thing you can say about "Countdown" is that the title is entirely accurate. Almost from the moment it starts, you're checking your watch waiting for the closing credits to come up. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/4 The Kill Team (2019) Zaki Hasan "The Kill Team" serves an essential function by illustrating in agonizing detail not only how easily morality can be subjugated to hate, but how important it is for people of conscience to do the right thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 () G. Allen Johnson This is the director's third suspense film released in the last 18 months - after "Traffik" and "The Intruder," and he's getting pretty good at it. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Mick LaSalle As a director, Waititi is in command of the movie's disparate elements and harmonizes them into a coherent whole. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3/4 The Current War (2017) Mick LaSalle "The Current War" is even better than it has to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2.5/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Mick LaSalle Though "Dolemite is My Name" is a fairly lighthearted story, there was a lot in Moore's life for him to feel stressed about, and the movie shows that. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Mick LaSalle "Zombieland: Double Tap" is pure fun and worth seeing if you want to laugh. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Mick LaSalle Bong Joon-ho's latest masterpiece and the best film I've seen so far this year... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/4 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Mick LaSalle The documentary tells the story of Cohn, his life and career, and it's a grim saga. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Mick LaSalle The saddest thing about "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is that it's not bad, but typical, that this emptiness - this immersion in mass numbification - is the modern style. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
1/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Mick LaSalle "The Lighthouse" has only enough story to fill a 25-minute "Zone" episode, and that's including next week's coming attractions and two obligatory and very-welcome monologues by Rod Serling. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
Stargate (1994) Zaki Hasan The kind of flick where Kurt Russell dispatches an Anubis-looking baddie after first telling him, in the kind of bon mot that elevates the thing an entire letter grade, "Give my regards to King Tut, a**hole." EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1/4 Jexi (2019) Zaki Hasan Jexi feels hopelessly out of step with the moment. Despite its subject matter, it's a flip phone movie in a smart phone world. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1/4 The Addams Family (2019) G. Allen Johnson What's surprising is how low-energy this version is. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) David Lewis "The Ground Beneath My Feet" consistently serves as a powerful showcase for the talented Pachner, who manages a performance that is both distant and achingly vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/4 Gemini Man (2019) Mick LaSalle You know what? I wouldn't want to get into a fistfight with my younger self, either. I think he'd win. But I don't need to go to a movie for such a startling insight. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Mick LaSalle "Pain and Glory," all about healing rifts and rejoining life, is personal and universal. It's also simple in a way that's incandescent - suffused by a strange and beautiful gentleness of spirit. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
1.5/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Mick LaSalle "Lucy in the Sky" has the style of a biopic, but we know it's not, so at times it's hard to know what we're watching and why. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Prayers for Bobby (2009) David Wiegand There may be some flaws in "Prayers for Bobby," but that doesn't mean it won't kick you in the emotional gut. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 Midnight Traveler (2019) G. Allen Johnson A remarkable documentary... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) G. Allen Johnson I wish the film was a bit stronger, but after a lifetime of being denied her place in history thanks largely to misogyny in the academia world... I'm glad we have this documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019