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Rating Title/Year Author
C- Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Rambo has always been a monster, but in his old age, he has become something even worse: no fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) William Hughes The jokes are still perfectly crafted and savvily delivered, but a lot of the subversive thrill is gone. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
B- Abominable (2019) Jesse Hassenger For the first time in a while, DreamWorks seems to be trusting its filmmakers with a semi-original idea, rather than racing breathlessly to the finish line. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ Yomeddine (2018) Roxana Hadadi Yomeddine is carried along by strong performances from its central pair of actors, whose affection for each other permeates throughout a narrative of both tragedy and triumph. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ Love, Antosha (2019) Roxana Hadadi Though clearly an adoring tribute, Love, Antosha allows its subject a sort of complicated humanity that expands our understanding of him. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
C+ Bloodline (2018) Roxana Hadadi Bloodline gives its characters just enough interiority to probe at the idea that parenthood's 'love and total panic at the same time' can push someone toward murderous madness. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
C+ Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Josh Modell It's a good story - especially the focus on music as redeemer - but it does feel a bit too warm and fuzzy. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
C Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Charles Bramesco What could possibly fill a person with so much denial and self-loathing? But Tyrnauer's approach errs more on the side of book report than character study. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B () Mike D'Angelo Pitched halfway between parody and exposé, it offers a fine model for the only approach that's likely to be effective: crafting a movie that goes just as shamelessly over the top as did the man himself. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B Midnight Traveler (2019) Noel Murray Hassan Fazili's documentary, Midnight Traveler, offers a necessary corrective to the widely held contention that refugees have nothing to offer to the countries where they land. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
D+ 3 From Hell (2019) A.A. Dowd It makes you grateful for the laconic Michael Myers (Zombie's or Carpenter's), a psychopath with the common courtesy to shut the fuck up while spilling your entrails. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
A- Ad Astra (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky [A] mesmerizing sci-fi drama that takes us to a future where humanity has started to colonize the solar system and the stars have begun to lose some of their luster. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
B- Adventures in Babysitting (2016) Danette Chavez It's not the raucous fun of the original, but the message more closely reflects the morals of Disney... But it's not quite "Disney-ified," either. Marriage isn't the end goal, nor is romance, really. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
C+ Corporate Animals (2019) Jesse Hassenger Even at a brisk 86 minutes, this feels like an awfully long meeting-and if the filmmakers really recognize that sensation, their movie doesn't show it. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
C+ The Laundromat (2019) A.A. Dowd With the exception of one inspired passage involving a family negotiating an uncomfortable secret, the vignettes don't hold much individual interest. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B- Downton Abbey (2019) Caroline Siede The big-screen version of Downton Abbey is still engaging, well-dressed comfort food. It just doesn't quite feel like a full meal. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B+ Bad Education (2019) A.A. Dowd Cory Finley's Bad Education gets some real dramatic juice out of what became a national story, largely by building itself around a compelling personality. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
C Lucy in the Sky (2019) A.A. Dowd You're left wondering why anyone would make the astronaut-in-a-diaper movie if they didn't want to make an astronaut-in-a-diaper movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
C+ Tall Girl (2019) Caroline Siede From a one-note mean girl stereotype to a complete disinterest in how social media shapes the lives of teens, Sam Wolfson's lackluster script fails to bring anything new or timely to the teen rom-com table. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B Freaks (2018) Mike D'Angelo [T]he film shrewdly keeps us inside Chloe's head, filtered through her very limited comprehension of her burgeoning and truly awesome abilities. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- Waves (2019) A.A. Dowd Right from the start, when the camera does 360-degree loops in a moving car while an anthem blares deafeningly on top, Shults treats his narrative as a coat-hanger for a style that's sometimes assaultive, sometimes expressive.. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
C+ Jojo Rabbit (2019) A.A. Dowd True satire challenges and provokes. This one offers free hugs. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Phineas and Ferb: The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) Noel Murray [Phineas and Ferb the Movie] Across The 2nd Dimension turns more action-oriented, in ways that deviate from what the series does best. But there's plenty here to satisfy Phineas And Ferb fans. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ Uncut Gems (2019) A.A. Dowd It's a performance as live-wire exciting as the one the Safdies got out of Robert Pattinson in Good Time. And the movie itself is exhilarating. Just bring a Xanax. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- Marriage Story (2019) A.A. Dowd This is a film, a deeply thoughtful and empathetic one, about how difficult it is-logistically, on top of all the messy feelings-to end a marriage. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
D+ Camp Rock (2008) Donna Bowman I love TV. But Camp Rock is TV in the worst way -- small in concept, small in execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- Joker (2019) A.A. Dowd Joker may cop its values, aesthetic and philosophical, from other films, but at least it has values. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Tesis (1996) Scott Tobias Amenábar dodges the moral hysteria and hypocritical prurience that infected Joel Schumacher's 8mm three years later, and his cinephilia suffuses the film in mostly exciting ways. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B+ Death of a Cyclist (1955) Scott Tobias Death Of A Cyclist addresses all the grievances that Bardem mentioned at Salamanca, and it succeeds most at capturing the general climate of fear and oppression in Franco's Spain. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A.A. Dowd Heller, fresh off the sharp Can You Ever Forgive Me?, is the one mediating their communion, steering it away from schmaltz and into more honest and ...Rogersian sentiment. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B High School Musical (2006) Noel Murray Mostly, High School Musical makes an appealing case for an idealized vision of high school, where individuality is celebrated and even the mean kids know everyone's name. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- Knives Out (2019) A.A. Dowd This, in other words, is one of those mysteries so clever and fiendishly well-engineered that you eventually have no choice but to stop trying to get ahead of it, to simply enjoy the way it plants and payoffs. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
B () A.A. Dowd The Truth, like so much of Kore-eda's work, is fundamentally minor; it has one of those slightly maudlin piano scores that he favors, much too blatantly announcing the wistfulness. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B- The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) A.A. Dowd But while the act of gracefully condensing this big book into a coherent movie is indeed impressive, the truth is that said movie does end up feeling a bit like glorified cliff's notes, albeit ones enlivened by Iannucci's gift for volleying banter. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
B () A.A. Dowd True History Of The Kelly Gang (Grade: B) turns out to be an at-once straightforward and intriguingly unintuitive take on the life of the famous bushranger and Australian folk hero. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
C Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Spurlock's documentary turns out to be the exact thing it is meant to expose: an unfulfilling product passed off as something that's good for you. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
C+ It: Chapter Two (2019) Katie Rife When it comes down to it, It Chapter Two just isn't all that scary. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Empathy, Inc. (2018) Alex McLevy It tells a solid story with verve and deft pacing. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
B The Load (2018) Lawrence Garcia As intelligently crafted as the film is, Glavonić's directorial strategies do end up limiting the film's observational power... What The Load succeeds at evoking so superbly, though, is an uncanny sense of physical movement. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
B- Official Secrets (2019) Mike D'Angelo Official Secrets rarely deviates from the standard whistleblower template... What compels are the offbeat details surrounding the case. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
C Don't Let Go (2019) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky The future -- or, in this case, the past -- might be unwritten, but Don't Let Go, like so many generic thrillers before it, operates by the book. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
D The Fanatic (2019) Katie Rife The action, while bloodier than one might expect, is as goofy and dim-witted as the dialogue. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
() Katie Rife Real-life details culled from ex-members' accounts of life in groups like Scientology and NXIVM give the film an edgy ripped-from-the-headlines quality, as well as reinforcing the sheer L.A. of it all. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
() Katie Rife Carlo Mirabella-Davis' feature debut would be worth recommending if it was simply an impeccably shot meditation on upper-class ennui of the Feminine Mystique variety. That being said, it's much more than that. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Blood on Her Name (2019) Katie Rife ...unexpected, morally complex, and alive with tension. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
() Katie Rife It all ends rather abruptly, but that's just because we could live in this movie's world forever. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
B+ Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Katie Rife Tigers Are Not Afraid is at its most effective when it uses its fertile imagination to terrify. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
B- Jawline (2019) Liz Shannon Miller Jawline reminds us that behind some of the silliest clips are still people who dare to dream. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
A- Give Me Liberty (2019) Vikram Murthi Give Me Liberty functions as one of the most resonant portrayals of allyship, achieved through actual deeds instead of empty gestures. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
C- Jacob's Ladder (2019) A.A. Dowd It was funhouse schlock with pretensions of seriousness, but a lot of its visual ideas oozed their way into the genre gene pool. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019