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Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 Gemini Man (2019) Lindsey Bahr "Gemini Man" is a lot of show, but there's no life behind the eyes. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Mark Kennedy Bong's trademark slapstick is still here but the rough edges of his often too-loud lessons are shaved down nicely and his actors step forward EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2/4 The King (2019) Jake Coyle Michôd's most clever revision is in how artfully and skillfully he renders the film's final battle at Agincourt, only to undercut it with a more disquieting concluding note. Shakespeare, robbed of its poetry and its harmony, isn't so much. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Lindsey Bahr It's simply a loving, R-rated portrait of Rudy Ray Moore, a nobody who had the guts to believe in himself when no one else did, featuring a killer comeback Eddie Murphy performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Lindsey Bahr There are moments of intense beauty in "Lucy in the Sky," mostly when Hawley zooms in on his star's evocative face. But Portman alone can't save this muddled endeavor. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/4 Joker (2019) Jake Coyle "Joker," though, is a calculatedly combustible concoction, designed, like its chaos-creating character, to cause a stir. To provoke and distort. I wish it was as radical as it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Jocelyn Noveck Some may find the film too loosely plotted, a series of vignettes more than a single, tight narrative. But they only need to sit back, listen to the beautiful score by Alberto Iglesias, and let Almodovar weave it all together. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
1/4 The Laundromat (2019) Mark Kennedy Like the film he made, the director is compromised. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2/4 Abominable (2019) Jake Coyle But "Abominable," about a girl who discovers a yeti on the rooftop of her Shanghai apartment building, is so safe, so risk-free, so bland, that its business imperatives are never just off-screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 Judy (2019) Lindsey Bahr "Judy " is itself a fine and imperfect look at some of Garland's last years of life, but it really should have been something transcendent - Zellweger's performance demands it. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Meatballs (1979) Yardena Arar If one or two fall flat, so what. The next probably will hit your funnybone. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Diego Maradona (2019) Jocelyn Noveck Most documentaries cut frequently to talking heads. Kapadi... doesn't do that, preferring to keep the viewer firmly planted in the narrative he's crafted from hundreds of hours of never-seen archival footage. The approach is hugely effective. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/4 Ad Astra (2019) Jake Coyle Gray has a gift for shrinking massive set pieces and enlarging private dramas. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2.5/4 Hustlers (2019) Lindsey Bahr The film is at its best when it's about the bond between the women, but it's a theme that doesn't hit home until far too late. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 The Goldfinch (2019) Lindsey Bahr "The Goldfinch" is stoic and sad, occasionally brilliant and more often confusing. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 The Sound of Silence (2019) Jocelyn Noveck There are moments in which the movie seems to veer decidedly toward self-knowing comedy but never quite gets there, and then turns so sad as to be tragic... The lead performances, though, are compelling - both intelligent and vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/4 Edie (2017) Mark Kennedy Debbie Wiseman's eager and overemotional score sometimes undermines the actors' more quiet work. But the uplifting "Edie" is worthy of your time, mostly thanks to Hancock and Scotland's natural beauty. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) Jake Coyle That sheer much-ness is in the spirit of King's massive book. "Chapter Two" is, for better or worse, a horror carnival. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Jake Coyle Its first moments, with Brittany working as an usher at an off-Broadway theater are its funniest. But it grows increasingly earnest. That's part of the movie's charm but also what leads it a little off track. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/4 Ready or Not (2019) Mark Kennedy [Weaving is] vulnerable, deadpan funny, scared and resolute, turning a role that could have been one-dimensional into something vibrant and authentic. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
1/4 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Lindsey Bahr It might still be passable for cable, but this series has sadly fallen into unwatchable territory. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Jake Coyle Much of the movie's fun is in how bite-size the hijinks are. In the world of "Good Boys," three sips of a beer is an unfathomable extreme EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Jake Coyle "Blinded by the Light" isn't a new tune, but it's sung with an infectious passion and it captures something sincere about the globe-spanning, life-changing influence of great pop music. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/4 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Lindsey Bahr I found myself unmoved by Bernadette's stasis, her on-the-rocks marriage and even her quest to get her creative spark back. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Jocelyn Noveck The movie, directed by Thurop Van Orman, reminds us that finding a formula to appeal to both kids and parents for 90-odd minutes isn't rocket science. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Mark Kennedy The dialogue may be banal - "This place is insane, right?" and "We can't give up!" - yet there is an unpredictability to Roberts' action sequences, both nodding to the conventions of shark thrillers and subverting them. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
1.5/4 The Kitchen (2019) Jocelyn Noveck It happens in even the best kitchens: You bring together top-quality ingredients and a promising recipe, but somehow the end result comes out tasting wrong, just wrong. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Guy Who Came Back (1951) Bob Thomas The Guy Who Came Back presents an arresting problem, but doesn't know how to solve it. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Call Me Mister (1951) Bob Thomas The two principals are as glittering as ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Saturday's Hero (1951) Bob Thomas Saturday's Hero is a timely film, dealing with over-emphasis of college football. It is also well-made. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Valentino (1951) Bob Thomas Valentino is corn, but pretty interesting corn. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Jake Coyle "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," like the books, only needs to be so deep to cast a spell. Even if some stories are still best told by fireside. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Lindsey Bahr You're not experiencing the big moments yourself, you're just experiencing Enzo experiencing them, leaving you to wonder if the story and performances alone are anything special without the dog's metaphors and poeticisms. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Home Alone 3 (1997) Bob Thomas [John Hughes] figures he didn't need any surprises: Just take the blueprint for the first of the series and slip it in the copying machine. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Mallrats (1995) Bob Thomas How can a reviewer write about a movie that makes Dumb and Dumber seem like a Merchant-Ivory production? EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Dick Tracy (1990) Bob Thomas Forget the plot. The essence of Dick Tracy lies in characters and style, and there it exceeds last summer's clunky, over-produced Batman. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
For Richer or Poorer (1997) Bob Thomas Neither [Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley] nor the competent cast can overcome the formulaic script by Jana Howington and Steve Lukanic or the humdrum direction by Bryant Spicer. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Primary Colors (1998) Hillel Italie Primary Colors, Nichols' second feature with screenwriter and former stand-up comedy partner Elaine May, is mainstream filmmaking at its most accomplished. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Wild Things (1998) Bob Thomas Wild Things might qualify as passable Southern melodrama, but Stephen Peters' screenplay is too ambitious by far. It changes the nature of the protagonists so often that the viewer is left in puzzled exhaustion. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
City Hall (1996) Bob Thomas Director Harold Becker captures the political rhythms of the big city and keeps the rather complicated plot comprehensible. But audiences need to pay attention; this is not a by-the-numbers urban thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Sgt. Bilko (1996) Bob Thomas The new bunch are good actors, but without that vital touch of insanity. The laughs are sparse and often telegraphed. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
My Fellow Americans (1996) Bob Thomas With two of the screen's best comedic actors, a script that crackles with wit and surprise, and perfectly tuned direction, My Fellow Americans scores a bull's-eye. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Tin Cup (1996) Bob Thomas It is a charmer from tee-off to final putt. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
One Fine Day (1996) Bob Thomas The formula remains evergreen -- two attractive leads are thrown together by quirk; develop antipathies, even loathing; then, ultimately decide they have overreacted and are hopelessly in love. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Keeping the Faith (2000) Bob Thomas The film's distinction: it is neither dumb or vulgar, and its comedy comes from basic human emotions. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Where the Money Is (2000) Bob Thomas Newman is always at his best portraying slightly disreputable characters such as Hud, Butch Cassidy and Fast Eddie Felson. Where the Money Is proves there's plenty of life in the old (75) boy yet. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Anne of the Indies (1951) Bob Thomas Anne of The Indies is like most pirate pictures -- colorful, action-packed and largely incredible. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) Bob Thomas A welcome film in these troubled times. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Decision Before Dawn (1951) Bob Thomas Movie-making at its best. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Detective Story (1951) Bob Thomas Detective Story is a fascinating account of life in a New York police station. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019