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Rating Title/Year Author
The Goldfinch (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's an object lesson in what not to do in an adaptation, yet it's occasionally effective enough that you can see a much more successful movie buried within it. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Stephanie Zacharek The figurative runaway limo these women are riding in is headed for a crash. But oh, the ride is glorious! EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() TIME Staff The Dance of Life is too long and overdetailed; it is handicapped with a tedious theme-song. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Hallelujah (1929) TIME Staff Vidor's skill as a picturemaker is enough alone to make Hallelujah one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
High School Musical 2 (2007) Richard Corliss At best, it's an honorable sequel to the thing of last year -- but I'm pleased it exists, and more tickled that the franchise is so successful. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
I Could Never Have Sex With Any Man Who Has So Little Regard for My Husband (1973) Richard Schickel I Could Never may be the least important -- certainly the least pretentious -- movie of the year. But it is far from the least amusing. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The King (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Honors a classic story and opens its grandeur to a new audience-even as it gives an elbow-poke to those who have seen it all before, or who only think they have. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
() Stephanie Zacharek Much of the movie is bitterly funny; some of it just amusingly droll. But the finale, a rallying cry that's both galvanizing and wistful, is a wrap-up worth waiting for. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
Joker (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Phillips may want us to think he's giving us a movie all about the emptiness of our culture, but really, he's just offering a prime example of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
() Stephanie Zacharek The picture is potent and engaging; even its fictionalized elements ring with the spirit of truth. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Ad Astra works, not least because nearly every minute of it is gorgeous to look at. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Stephanie Zacharek I suspect almost anyone who has dissolved a seemingly perfect union can relate to at least some of Marriage Story, especially if there are children involved. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Bell... knows her way around a wisecrack. She also plays Brittany's transformation subtly and intelligently, without courting our pity or even our approval. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Mostly... it's more funny and charming than it is raunchy. If these boys are the men of the future, their parents have done something right. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Joyous and funny even as it strikes the occasional melancholy chord, Blinded by the Light is a testament to the small miracle of how the right music manages to find us at just the right time... EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Stephanie Zacharek There's not enough heat in this Kitchen, but there's nothing cool about it, either. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It could all be so winsome and adorable-but it isn't. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
You're in the Navy Now (1951) TIME Staff When it gets up a full head of steam, [You're in the Navy Now] bubbles with fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Somewhere around the midpoint of Hobbs & Shaw, the action sequences become so elaborate that they start to weigh the movie down; it becomes less a lean machine than an unwieldy, chubby sausage. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Skin (2018) Stephanie Zacharek You'd never expect a xenophobic, hate-filled skinhead to have the sweet face and demeanor of the actor Jamie Bell, which is what makes Bell's performance in Guy Nattiv's Skin so effective... EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Joe Mande's Award-winning Comedy Special (2017) Ashley Hoffman Framed around the race for a fake comedy award, Mande's special goes there with zero misfires. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017) Ashley Hoffman You'll laugh if: You're up for a rollercoaster ride in the hands of a man who's not trying to be funny but is hilarious, and isn't trying to depress you, but might. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017) Ashley Hoffman Silverman manages to pull off a balancing act between a call for bipartisan understanding and some bizarre musings. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Sword of Trust is a modest, wobbly picture, and it falls apart as it rambles toward its ending. Yet it never feels like a waste of time. Sometimes being invited along for the ride is reward enough. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Stephanie Zacharek In that respect, this Lion King is a faithful remake, and in terms of its technology, it's at times quite beautiful to behold... But there's no sense of wonder in this new Lion King-its most visible attribute is ambition. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017) Ashley Hoffman There might not be any earth-shattering revelations about his rise to fame, but there's still enough to excite a comedy super-fan's interest. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Judy Berman His extensive complaints about performative wokeness among liberal white people don't exactly break new ground for stand-up... But he does have a knack for pushing these serious dilemmas into the realm of the absurd. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Maria Bamford: Old Baby (2017) Ashley Hoffman The venues in this roaming special may change, but whether she's performing for a group on the street or for one person at home, she kills. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
() Ashley Hoffman You'll laugh if you like your topical commentary delivered with breakneck enthusiasm and infectious energy by one of the comedy world's most versatile voices. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016) Ashley Hoffman You'll laugh if: You cry-laugh at free-flowing wisecracks that elevate low-stakes slights to high-stakes drama. Buress goes long on everything from customer service injustices to the ridiculousness of deviled eggs. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Stephanie Zacharek But until all that nonsense gets rolling, Spider-Man: Far from Home is breezy and enjoyable, focusing on all that's most appealing about Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego Spider-Man. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Stephanie Zacharek The Beatles were larger than life, but at least part of their greatness was built on subtlety. That's a language Yesterday doesn't understand... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Beware the filmmaker who's exercising, when just making films will do. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Scream 3 (2000) Richard Schickel [The cast] is good. And so are director Wes Craven's inventive stagings of these set-tos. Not so good is the absence of hip cross-references to the classic horror tropes. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Stephanie Zacharek Rose-Lynn is neither a wholly selfish character nor a selfless one, and her rough contours give Wild Rose-directed by Tom Harper and written by Nicole Taylor-its bite. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Even if no one needs a Toy Story 4, it's here, and the good news is that it's funny and imaginative and, in places, intriguingly strange. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
The Way of the Gun (2000) Richard Corliss What aims at being terrifying is just loud and goofy. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Stephanie Zacharek In Bob we trust. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Richard Schickel It is going to make a ton of money, but you never feel that's the only reason it was made. It respects itself and it respects us, and there's no reason to begrudge its success. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It would be correct to call The Last Black Man a story about gentrification, but that word hardly captures the movie's mystery and its heartbeat. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Always Be My Maybe has that made-for-the-small-screen quality, almost a movie but not quite-it feels rushed, rough and a bit too casual, as if the script needed just another draft or two. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934) TIME Staff A topical film which draws tears with out half trying. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
I Am Suzanne! (1933) TIME Staff Partly a masterpiece and partly a mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Massacre (1934) TIME Staff Adapted from a novel by Robert Gessner, it adds up into an indignant crusade against the white man's treatment of [Native Americans]. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Stephanie Zacharek It's a great example of how a well-told story, with vivid characters, can seep right into your bones and keep you thinking for days afterward-and the pleasure felt while watching it isn't negligible either. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Feldstein and Dever have a kind of mad, cartoon chipmunk chemistry, playing characters who know each other so well that they finish each other's sentences and step on each other's lines. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Pitt and DiCaprio are marvelous together, and though neither are what any of us should call "old," their faces, once as flawless as airbrushed high-school portraits, have now achieved a more weathered perfection. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
A Hidden Life (2019) Stephanie Zacharek [It] may be visually beautiful, in a mountains-in-the-mist way. But what is it saying? What is it doing? And oh, dear God, is he showing us those mountains again? EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Everything about Pain and Glory is awake and alive, and Almodóvar's nerve endings become ours, too. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Stephanie Zacharek Rocketman is magnificent and ridiculous, a feathered melanage of clichés and originality, of respectful homage and unrepentant nostalgia. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019