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Rating Title/Year Author
Queen & Slim (2019) Peter Debruge [Matsoukas] sees an opportunity to turn these two fictional characters into vigilante heroes, or martyrs for a cause, or both, and rather than play it frisky and in-your-face, she goes for iconic. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Hamlet (2000) Ken Eisner Campbell Scott's self-helmed Great Dane is more than ever a man for our time... the veteran thesp - who returns to the role after several legit runs - injects considerable humor and lots of edgy anger into his screen version. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Radioflash (2019) Dennis Harvey The result is an offbeat conceptual mixture, albeit one that's somewhat frustrating and occasionally tedious, if beautifully photographed by Austin Schmidt. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Peter Debruge In a world where old-timers accuse the youth of being oversensitive snowflakes, "Frozen II" shows what it means to have one's heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Owen Gleiberman Todd Haynes has made the first corporate thriller that's a call to action because you'll emerge from it feeling anything but safe. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Back to God's Country (1919) Fred Schader After reading the story and seeing the picture it seems that the James Oliver Curwood tales make better reading than they do screen material. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
The Cheat (1915) Fred Schader There are some excellent lighting effects and the work of Sessue Hayakawa is so far above the acting of Miss Ward and Jack Dean that he really should be the star in the billing for the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Owen Gleiberman The new "Charlie's Angels" is a heavier chunk of escape than any previous "Angels" incarnation - if the early-2000s films were pop, this one is metal. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Blind Husbands (1919) Variety Staff This picture is sensational. It marks an epoch. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Fred Schader [Perjury] failed to make any marked impression. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
At the End of the World (1921) Alfred Rushford Greason At the End of the World is a colorful melodrama with a wealth of picturesqueness and plenty of dramatic punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
The Blot (1921) Variety Staff It touches the heart. It is sensibly and intelligently put together, points a worthwhile moral without offensive preaching and is on a live topic. In addition, its technical qualities are high in standard. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Peter Debruge Adachi's autobiographical satire never wears out its welcome, counting on the likability of its cast to overcome behavior most of us couldn't stand in real life. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Peter Debruge The results are every bit as freaky as one might hope, thanks to a skilled mix of creepy locations, mysterious characters, and very imaginative creature effects. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
Beyond the Rocks (1922) Variety Staff It has all of the requisites for the female picture fan. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Sherlock Holmes (1922) Fred Schader It certainly is a picture that can be truthfully billed as an 'all-star production" without fear of a comeback. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Joe Leydon By turns viscerally exciting and predictably formulaic - and, quite often, both at once - "Danger Close" is an efficiently crafted and consistently involving old-school war movie propelled by matter-of-fact professionalism on both sides of the cameras. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Guy Lodge Suffice it to say that even on a smaller screen, attributing anthropomorphic qualities to photoreal fauna remains a Disney stumbling block. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
() Variety Staff Mr. Tucker starts his story slowly, ends it badly, and lets it drag perceptibly after the big scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Playing With Fire (2019) Owen Gleiberman Cena may be the first bodybuilder-turned-actor who has what Arnold Schwarzenegger had: the ability to project a mocking light soul trapped in a musclehead's body. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
() Peter Debruge A riveting, ripped-from-reality thriller that delivers a searing look at a serious problem. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Owen Gleiberman The pleasure of "The Good Liar," and it's a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Midway (2019) Owen Gleiberman The film's drama is B-movie basic. But the destructive colliding metal-on-metal inferno of what war is what makes "Midway" a picture worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Primal (2019) Dennis Harvey It all moves along slickly and tolerably enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Kimi to, nami ni noretara (2019) Peter Debruge So nauseatingly twee at times, it can be hard to take the film seriously. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Owen Gleiberman It's not so much clever, toasty, and affectionate as it is the faux version of those things. It's twee, it's precious, it's forced. And it's light on true romance, maybe because the movie itself is a little too in love with itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) Daniel D'Addario ABC's broadcast was a lovingly made reminder of "The Little Mermaid's" greatness that cleverly didn't seek to outshine its source material. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Klaus (2019) Peter Debruge Frankly, it all seems much too complicated for what it is. And instead of making audiences love Christmas more, it raises the rather unfortunate question of why we believed it in the first place. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Badland (2019) Joe Leydon Justin Lee's indie Western should satisfy genre enthusiasts with a strong cast and an entertaining spin on a familiar story. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Guy Lodge Both Spall and Redgrave feel stifled and stiff-jointed, hemmed in by a thin, shallow-focus script that betrays its origins as a radio play all too easily. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Redoubt (2018) Peter Debruge An art-film riff on "The Revenant," patiently paced, but hardly tedious... EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
Men of Boys Town (1941) Variety Staff Like its predecessor Boys Town, this one carries socko entertainment for wide general appeal, including plenty of tear-jerking and sentimental episodes to blur the eyes of the most calloused. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Owen Gleiberman I found myself lured into a movie that dares to depict evil as something that makes us suck in our breath. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Earthquake Bird (2019) Peter Debruge A kind of slow-burn version of last year's "Burning," minus much of the psychological intrigue. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
War Party (1989) Variety Staff Despite its interesting depiction of modern Indian life, War Party is basically just another pursuit movie, no better or worse than the average. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
() Peter Debruge The movie's love for Tora-san comes through loud and clear even to the uninitiated. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Madame X (1937) Variety Staff George's performance is effective, and her characterization of the tipsy, defeated and maudlin old woman is faithful and moving. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Ne Zha (2019) Owen Gleiberman As a movie, "Ne Zha" is most fun when it gets high on spectacle, literally chewing up the splendid scenery... EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) Peter Debruge A lonely 14-year-old connects with two boys raised at sea in a gorgeous, sensitive anime movie that takes a wild out-of-this-world turn. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Owen Gleiberman "Making Waves" is about the evolution of film technology, yet the key to its appeal is that it revels in the holistic, aesthetic side of technology: not just buttons and dials and gizmos, but technology as an expression of something human. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2019
The Great Alaskan Race (2019) Dennis Harvey Unfortunately, it turns out that very least is still too much to ask for from this handsome but hokey drama, which barely seems to notice its canine players amid a focus on one-dimensional humans. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
() Jessica Kiang A staggeringly controlled, slow-burn scorcher of a crime thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Chicuarotes (2019) Jessica Kiang The insurmountable flaws baked in to Augusto Mendoza's screenplay leave a sour taste after the adrenaline subsides. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Cat and the Moon (2019) Dennis Harvey While the gist here is a familiar one of coming-of-age seriocomedy, Wolff avoids predictable beats, letting significant insights emerge almost incidentally rather than milking them for melodramatic effect. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Birthday (2017) Richard Kuipers Private grief and public mourning are examined in "Birthday," a deeply moving drama about a fractured family attempting to get on with life following the death of their son in the 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Dennis Harvey Waddington is clearly a unique talent, and in many ways "Paradise Hills" is a highly accomplished debut. But it will require careful selection of future material to ensure her gifts get applied to appropriate and sufficient narrative bedrock. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Countdown (2019) Dennis Harvey [A] bombastically dumb new chiller that probably would have been called "Killer App" if that title hadn't already been used several times. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
() Jessica Kiang Despite Santos' best efforts, there is little of substance to be gained from such mechanistic emotional pummeling... EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2019) Peter Debruge "Marona" feels vibrant and upbeat even in moments of melancholy - like diving into an artistic child's sketchbook and watching the illustrations splash to life all around. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Owen Gleiberman The new movie earns its lavishly staged action (and its emotions, too), because no matter how violently baroque its end-of-days vision, its storytelling remains tethered to the earth. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019