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Rating Title/Year Author
4/4 The Irishman (2019) Ty Burr It's the ultimate fusing of Scorsese's two sides... And even though it takes a while to get there, the movie is a masterpiece, one made by a man counting down his own years as if they were rosary beads. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/4 The Good Liar (2019) Mark Feeney Unfortunately, the ball these masters are playing with manages the perplexing trick of being worn and waterlogged while also far too bouncy: stodginess and over-plotting is not a good combination. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 The Report (2019) Mark Feeney It's never a good sign when the most dramatic scene in a movie owes its power to C-SPAN footage. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 Frankie (2019) Ty Burr It's a little too late but it's also surpassingly lovely: an aching frame around the human muddle before we go home for good. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 Synonyms (2018) Ty Burr The movie... is antic, poetic, funny, and alarming in equal measure - a real ride, although where the ride is taking both its hero and the audience is always in question. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Tom Russo The push to echo Kubrick works well in the limited early dose we're given, but ultimately the movie takes it too far. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Mark Feeney The blend of historical overview, film clips, tech info, and inside business on offer is pretty irresistible. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 Harriet (2019) Ty Burr "Harriet" is a big, conventional Hollywood bio-pic except for the parts that aren't conventional at all... and the movie as a whole is worthy - a stirring if somewhat ham-fisted telling of a life that needs to be known by all Americans. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Tom Russo As with the installments that this one ostensibly overwrites, "Dark Fate" offers some diverting conceptual riffs and effects updates. Still, it hardly feels essential. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Mark Feeney In that sense, "Motherless Brooklyn" might be described as novelistic, and in a good way. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Ty Burr "By the Grace of God" isn't about people losing faith in God but finding faith in each other. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Ty Burr It's an Eddie Murphy movie when all is said and done, though, and it's been far too long since we've had one worthy of his talent. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Tom Russo Pattinson and Dafoe dig into their roles... [and] Together with Eggers they deliver a masterful study of souls trapped on a rock alone, but also trapped together, with all the twisty complexities involved. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Ty Burr "Parasite" isn't really a monster movie. Yet on at least one of its nearly infinite levels it is - and the monsters are us. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Mark Feeney It's one more example here of Almodóvar's ability to take pairs - not just people, but concepts (like, say, present and past, or pain and glory) - and happily join them. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Tom Russo What the story boils down to, then, is a mixed-marriage parable, one that could be panderingly "on trend," but which the filmmakers handle fairly thoughtfully. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Matthew Gilbert It's good enough to offer two solid hours of pleasure to anyone who loved the mother ship. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/4 The Addams Family (2019) Tom Russo You can tell from all the oddball minutiae... how the filmmakers are striving for fun worthy of the "Addams Family" legacy. But this incarnation just isn't the scream that it could be. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 Gemini Man (2019) Ty Burr The problem with high-frame-rate productions is that they don't look like what we're used to calling "movies." The problem with this one is that there wasn't much movie there to begin with. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 The Laundromat (2019) Ty Burr Does it work? Enough for an evening's diversion... but not enough to get you good and mad, the way you should and the filmmakers intend. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/4 () Mark Feeney All right, it's what the world should have seen. Does that make it, 35 years later, worth seeing? No and yes. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Tom Russo It's a deep-thinking character study that's provocatively if imperfectly presented - at least until the story devolves right along with its subject's state of mind. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh (2019) Matthew Gilbert An excellent stand-up set. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Prayers for Bobby (2009) Matthew Gilbert That said, the movie has flaws aplenty... Still, there's no denying the story's impact, as it echoes more than 25 years after Bobby's death. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Ty Burr This Joker has a ruined poetry to him that makes his victimhood seem a badge of honor and his homicidal urges seem a just, if horrifying, form of retribution. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 First Love (2019) Mark Feeney "First Love" has a hyper-real nocturnal gleam that makes all this highly mannered action seem all the more comic or ridiculous, as the mood takes you. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Ty Burr "JUDY" IS A MOVIE OF GROTESQUE SENTIMENTALITY, and I know that sounds like a bad thing, but hear me out. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Ty Burr It's a curio for the completist, but not an unworthy one. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Abominable (2019) Tom Russo Yes, as it turns out - not only is "Abominable" as amusing as the competition, it boasts a lyricism and sweetness uniquely, sublimely its own. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/4 Ad Astra (2019) Mark Feeney [An] impressively crafted yet increasingly listless enterprise... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 Downton Abbey (2019) Tom Russo [A] thoroughly satisfying follow-up that arrives in theaters not quite four years after the series finale aired. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Mark Feeney There's a sense in which Ivins doesn't quite fit in the documentary either - or rather what fits in is great, but what doesn't fit in (emotionally, personally) - gets left out, and that matters a lot. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Ty Burr "The Goldfinch," John Crowley's film adaptation of Tartt's novel, lands unsatisfyingly in the middle. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/4 Honeyland (2019) Ty Burr Grave and wise, "Honeyland" is ultimately an act of faith, and the filmmakers extend the idea of balance all the way to the film's implicit moral. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Tom Russo Muschietti and his newly expanded cast come through pretty satisfyingly at points. But they also come up short at others, and at still others shift priorities entirely to concentrate instead on ante-upping chills. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/4 Official Secrets (2019) Ty Burr "Official Secrets" scratches the surface of a deep and dark universe of things we're not supposed to know but should. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 Vita & Virginia (2018) Ty Burr Based on what we see here, the work was almost absurdly greater than the inspiration. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Mark Feeney Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. Wolff's are worth just as many notes. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 Esto no es Berlín (2019) Ty Burr The details are fresh and the lead actor holds the screen even as his character withholds himself, defining who he will be in his own time and on his own terms. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Ty Burr Like its heroine, "Brittany Runs a Marathon" works its way up from the easy comic 2Ks to a more nuanced drama of self-confidence that's able to go the distance. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/4 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Peter Keough For those who might regard "Fiddler on the Roof" merely as just another warhorse musical and a favorite of dinner theater and high school drama societies, Max Lewkowicz's rowdy and informative "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" might change their minds. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/4 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Tom Russo We can see the full picture clearly, too - so much so, finally, that this easygoing odyssey offers no real surprises. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 One Child Nation (2019) Peter Keough Wang hopes her film will serve to bear witness to the suffering of this shameful period, now being purged from the collective memory with "Nineteen Eighty-Four"-like efficiency. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Marella Gayla Without being tedious or heavy-handed, "Good Boys" offers a glimpse of what good men are made of. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Nora McGreevy One spoiler: Tel Aviv does not burst into flames. But Salam's career might. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Ty Burr "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," mishandles Maria Semple's best-selling comic novel into a clattery mess. There are deftly human moments to be found, but you have to dig for them like potatoes. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Isaac Feldberg May be one of Netflix's weirdest decisions yet. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
() Isaac Feldberg What makes Oxygen's documentary interesting is hearing the women's perspective, 50 years later. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/4 Luce (2019) Nora McGreevy Thanks to a remarkably nuanced performance by Harrison and Onah and J.C. Lee's tightly-crafted script, the answers to our questions emerge either piecemeal or not at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
() James Sullivan He's a fresh voice, in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019