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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Brian Truitt No matter if you're not into speedy vehicles and sports movies: Mangold's film is a testament to taking on The Man - in this case, a Detroit auto powerhouse - and having a buddy's back even when he hits you with a loaf of Wonder Bread. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) Kelly Lawler It was a solid, full-throated effort by the actors and chorus members, but a spectacular failure of a live TV event that couldn't get past its own awkwardness. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Brian Truitt Like the "Saving Private Ryan" of divorce dramedies... EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Brian Truitt "Dark Fate" ultimately blows up any chance for innovative storytelling with rehashed plot points and reheated signature moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Brian Truitt It's nothing to go channeling your inner Jack Nicholson and chopping through doors. But Flanagan's "Doctor Sleep" respects both King's and Kubrick's visions while letting a rising horror master go his own way, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/4 The Irishman (2019) Brian Truitt Since 1973's "Mean Streets," Scorsese has proven over and over to be a master of the gangster film, and "The Irishman" has everything a crime lover would want, from violence and tension to an intriguing mundaneness. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/4 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brian Truitt As much as it makes you laugh, Waititi's must-watch effort is a warm hug of a movie that just so happens to have a lot of important things to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Brian Truitt Jolie's magnetism, plus the way she toes the line between being a fairy version of Batman and a menacing mistress of not-quite-evil-but-pretty-close, is why these "Maleficent" movies work. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/4 Gemini Man (2019) Brian Truitt The movie shoots for the moon with an intriguing dual-role conceit but wildly misses the mark. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 Parasite (2019) Brian Truitt "Parasite" attaches to you and doesn't let go. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Brian Truitt "Lucy" comes from such an oddball scandal, yet it rockets past the inherent weirdness at its core and settles for banality. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 Joker (2019) Brian Truitt "Joker" is on the surface the origin of a supervillain but more subtly an exploration of empathy and the personal impact of a society devoid of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Brian Truitt It might be a little too early to start engraving golden men, but Zellweger proves as vital as ever in her most essential role. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 Ad Astra (2019) Brian Truitt Pitt is undoubtedly luminous as the brightest star of "Ad Astra," an engaging and even hopeful exploration about the consistency of human feelings, no matter where you are in the galaxy. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Brian Truitt "The Goldfinch" tries hard to be a masterwork like the painting that shares its title but ends up feeling more like a forgery. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Brian Truitt Hanks feels so right in the role from the beginning. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Brian Truitt An enjoyable, empowering extravaganza of physical humor, clever scriptwriting, exquisite fashion and scantily clad underdogs. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Brian Truitt Dolemite is like six "SNL" personas in one, and they're all a hoot. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Brian Truitt Skarsgard finds new ways to totally freak you out, even in a surprisingly human fashion. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3.5/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Brian Truitt It'll remind you of the importance of chasing dreams and loving yourself as well as others. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (2019) Jennifer McClellan It's a refreshing way to teach kids, not only because there are jokes instead of a list of dry facts, but because the subjects aren't the usual suspects. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 The Kitchen (2019) Brian Truitt "The Kitchen" blunders a real chance to cook up something fresh and is undone by derivative dialogue and a muddled plot that trips on the line between black comedy and brutal crime drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Brian Truitt "Hobbs & Shaw" checks all the boxes for the rousing, over-the-top ludicrousness you'd expect from a cinematic universe where there's never been an abundance of believability. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Brian Truitt With an obsessive sense of detail, the result is an L.A. where fiction and reality blur together to form a magnificent locale only Tarantino could concoct. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 The Lion King (2019) Brian Truitt Director Jon Favreau's visually wowing update stuns the senses with photorealistic animals and an immersive African landscape, all courtesy of game-changing, incredible visual effects. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) Brian Truitt While not as unpredictable or unforgettable an effort as "Hereditary," Aster's follow-up is similarly hard to shake as you ponder its metaphors and meanings. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Brian Truitt [D]irector Jon Watts' sequel isn't as tightly focused or effortlessly charming as 2017's "Homecoming," yet it continues Holland's amazing Spidey run and introduces Jake Gyllenhaal in his top-notch first comic-book role. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 Toy Story 4 (2019) Brian Truitt Just like Pixar's previous animated hits, "Toy Story 4" aims to leave you a weeping mess. This chapter at least piles on the emotional deluge at the end after plenty of adventures, laughs and one nutty road trip. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Brian Truitt "Late Night" doesn't go for cheap laughs, but instead wields incisive barbs to successfully make its point. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Brian Truitt The movie feels small for something with such humongous, universe-shattering stakes - and not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/4 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Brian Truitt While it delivers on the sheer brutal beauty of a beast-on-beast tussle, it's a colossal misstep in several ways, from ludicrous dialogue to thin characters to ridiculous plot turns. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) Brian Truitt As much as "Rocketman" reminds of just how many outstanding songs Elton John has recorded, it also digs into the pain and emotion that lie within those toe-tapping treasures. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) Bill Keveney Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and a great cast and director aced a daunting high-wire act. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/4 Aladdin (2019) Brian Truitt While there's a certain charm missing from the revamp, Smith goes way over the top to make up for it. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Brian Truitt The worst thing you can say about the brilliantly zany teen comedy "Booksmart" is you only get an hour and 45 minutes with its quirky student body. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Brian Truitt It's almost a karmic answer to everything else in the action-movie genre, where there's usually a distinct lack of responsibility in the wanton violence: In the "Wick"-verse, a bloody action usually leads to much more trouble later. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Brian Truitt Your feelings about "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu" probably hinge on if you can tell a Squirtle from a Bulbasaur. No? Then you might not care one Jigglypuff. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 Long Shot (2019) Brian Truitt Forget about those real-life presidential types: Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are a winning ticket that'll actually make you feel good about politics, at least for two romantic and occasionally raunchy hours. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Brian Truitt If the Marvel superhero movies on the whole are your favorite band's individual albums, "Avengers: Endgame" is the triple-disc greatest-hits package with the really awesome cover and a slew of familiar, comforting gems inside. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/4 Hellboy (2019) Brian Truitt "Hellboy" is kind of all over the place, with two hours' worth of adventures (and misadventures) that never gel cohesively and momentum-killing flashback origin stories for pretty much every main character. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 Dumbo (2019) Brian Truitt When [Dumbo] soars, so does the movie, and letting Burton be Burton lends needed freshness to a tale that could use it. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Brian Truitt It isn't good and it isn't bad - it is, to borrow a fitting adjective, alright. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 Shazam! (2019) Brian Truitt Supes and Bats will never die, but in Shazam, a character who's been around for seven decades and is only now breaking through into the mainstream, youngsters have a new family-friendly hero to call their own. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Amy Schumer Growing (2019) Carly Mallenbaum Schumer's openness on the topic of autism, like her candor discussing menstruation and settling down in her 30s, is new territory for her and disarming for her fans. These aren't sex jokes; they're better. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/4 Us (2019) Brian Truitt Peele is this generation's Hitchcock, for sure, but also a true American original with introspective themes in hand and suspense to spare. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Brian Truitt If you dig shoot-'em-up sequences, "Triple Frontier" has plenty and they're often the default. Yet what it does well - though not enough - is introduce the complicated motivations of characters and what's led them to this somewhat impossible mission. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Brian Truitt Minds a fine line between in-depth character study and offbeat romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Brian Truitt Although Larson's heroine is still a work in progress, "Captain Marvel" lays a solid foundation to follow her wherever she flies next. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 Climax (2018) Brian Truitt "Climax" strives (and mostly succeeds) to be the nuttiest, trippiest dance party you'll ever attend. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Brian Truitt The results are what one might expect from two nerd gods of filmmaking: a visually stunning computer-generated heroine, impressive futuristic world-building, and some seriously neat action scenes. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019