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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Weldon B. Johnson If you're a fan of action movies, or you've ever pondered the questions of nature vs. nuture or even what you'll tell your younger self if you had a chance, you'll enjoy "Gemini Man." EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 First Love (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh "First Love" might not ultimately mean much, but its wily mix of colorful elements - romance, organized crime, slapstick and ultra-violence - makes for a bracingly weird cinematic experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/5 Mary (2019) Randy Cordova The Anthony Jaswinski screenplay, besides giving the actors no characters whatsoever to play, is also overly familiar. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
1/5 El Coyote (2017) Bill Goodykoontz Maybe there's a place in the film world for "El Coyote" as a cult artifact, something that years from now enthusiasts will defend as a kind of dada experiment. In the moment, though, as you suffer through it, it's just an ill-conceived mess. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Kerry Lengel It's a film about cinema, made by and for pop culture sophisticates. It doesn't have to mean anything. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Bill Goodykoontz "Where's My Roy Cohn?" makes it clear that his influence is still felt today, all the way to the White House. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 Britt-Marie var här (2019) Garrett Mitchell "Britt-Marie Was Here" succinctly crams in plenty of overwrought tropes but maintains a sentimental heart with its prickly heroine. Is it revolutionary? Not by any means. But is every journey of self-discovery supposed to be? EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Randy Cordova Despite its flaws, "Judy" can leave you feeling like an emotional wreck by the end. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 Villains (2019) Bill Goodykoontz "Villains" is a fun movie, but it's not a great one. Their next one might be. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Kerry Lengel Why would you keep spending time with the Crawleys if you didn't actually like them? EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 Zeroville (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Your mileage may vary. Clearly, "Zeroville" is not a film for everyone. But if you love movies and you're willing to experiment, it's an enjoyable trip. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Garrett Mitchell It's a deeply felt contemplation on whether we actually know our parents and their actions so we can see them as they truly are. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
1.5/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Garrett Mitchell In the end, if someone doesn't have the time to absorb Tartt's book, they'd be better serviced reading a Wikipedia synopsis than seeing this film. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Ed Masley "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is more a celebration of a life in music. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 Haunt (2019) Scott Craven [F]eel free to ghost "Haunt." EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Edie (2017) Bill Goodykoontz The story in "Edie" may get sidetracked from time to time, but Hancock never does, with a focus every bit the equal of her character's, if not more so. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4.5/5 Love, Antosha (2019) Randy Cordova It serves as both a celebration of Yelchin's life and a tribute to his parents, particularly his mother. That infuses the film with a warmth and compassion that keeps it from feeling like a funeral-service memorial. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Bill Goodykoontz I don't know if you can have spoilers when actual history if involved, but by the end you may be happy, unhappy or something in-between. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Hader rises above the rest. If you've seen "Barry," his HBO series, you know he has no problem blending comedy and drama. In this case, he adds horror to the mix, and he's just as good at that, too. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3.5/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Brittany is funny and authentic, but she can also be prickly and stubborn, even hard to like. You know, the way real people are. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Kerry Lengel When it comes to time-travel plots, it's more surprising and solidly thought through than 90% of sci-fi movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Tod@s Caen (2019) Randy Cordova [T]he film is breezy and engaging, with sharp and snappy dialogue. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Randy Cordova This isn't a great horror movie so much as a fun thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Randy Cordova Is "Angel Has Fallen" the kind of thing you'll remember in a year? Probably not, but it will keep you entertained for a couple of hours on an August night, and that's all it's aiming for. Mission accomplished. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Garrett Mitchell "The Nightingale" is an alarmingly bleak and simmering revenge tale woven together with unrepentant violence and continual suffering under colonial and patriarchal oppression. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Samantha Incorvaia The film is a sweet, funny and heartfelt look at friendship and strength. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 After the Wedding (2019) Kerry Lengel There's a lot to be admired here, and "After the Wedding" certainly gives you a lot to think about. It just doesn't quite make you feel all the feels. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Melissa Yeager Happily, I left the film satisfied with the retelling of this tale of self-discovery. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Garrett Mitchell Treading the same raunchy path as "Neighbors" and "Superbad," the contrast of child actors uttering obscenities and utilizing sex toys as weapons is a comical mix of one outrageous mess after another. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Ed Masley You don't have to love Bruce Springsteen with the all-consuming passion of Sarfraz Manzoor, the U.K. journalist whose memoir was adapted for the screenplay of "Blinded By the Light," to find the film both deeply moving and utterly charming. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Randy Cordova Even if you've never watched a whole episode of "Dora the Explorer" you'd have to be a grinch not to be slightly charmed by the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Brian Banks (2018) Bill Goodykoontz "Brian Banks" is an OK look at a grave injustice, the kind of film that you can tell while you're watching it ought to be more inspiring, but never quite is. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh "The Kitchen" requires Scorsese levels of charisma to work, and only McCarthy comes close out of sheer professionalism. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Scott Craven The film deftly weaves news and interview clips from Wallace's half-century on TV with the times he himself answered questions as tough as those he asked, fleshing out one of the country's last formidable journalists. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/5 Them That Follow (2019) Bill Goodykoontz "Them That Follow" is a tough slog, no doubt. But it's also a worthwhile one, even if you might appreciate it more than you'll enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Samantha Incorvaia There isn't anything astoundingly different about this film. It's about a dog, and it's absolutely cute and sweet. It's also predictably heartwarming and it offers nothing new. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Kerry Lengel It's low-rent James Bond, edging toward the silly sci-fi of the Marvel universe. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Ed Masley [A]n otherwise unflinching portrait of the singer's self-destructive journey. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Barbara VanDenburgh It mostly works, so long as you don't ask too much of it or look too closely. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4.5/5 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Kerry Lengel It's hot stuff, and Alayan handles it with the practiced skill of juggler casually flicking torches in the air. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Tarantino may have set the finish line at 10, but after watching "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," it's impossible to believe he only has one more good movie in him. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 Into the Ashes (2019) Scott Craven The biggest problem with "Into the Ashes" is the time it wastes on moral dilemmas, when it's clear Nick has only one choice (and just as many shotguns). There is never any doubt where this is going, and the film takes far too long to get there. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Randy Cordova Stearns says some people have compared the film to a comic "Fight Club," but it feels like something that is wholly original ⁠- and compelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Samantha Incorvaia "The Farewell" is an unexpected movie because of its overall direction. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Samantha Incorvaia Despite minor hiccups, it really comes down to an entertaining time with no worries - er, "Hakuna Matata." EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Bill Goodykoontz [I]n "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' outstanding documentary, [Morrison] tells stories, right to the camera, about herself and her life and her work, and it's magical. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Bill Goodykoontz Whether you think he's funny enough to justify the violence and the predictability is another question. I laughed more than I winced, if that helps, and I'd love to see Nanjiani and Bautista in another film together. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Maiden (2018) Kerry Lengel Maiden" celebrates the defiant spirit of all the female athletes who have challenged the sporting world's entrenched sexism. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Barbara VanDenburgh Aster is a filmmaker still defining his voice, and despite the growing pains, "Midsommar" is an intriguing step in its evolution. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Kerry Lengel "Far From Home" ends up being one of the more exciting and satisfying installments in Marvel's never-ending story cycle. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019