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Rating Title/Year Author
The Aeronauts (2019) Brian Lowry The Aeronauts never really feels genuinely magical despite its welcome celebration of scientific discovery, and the dialogue is uninspired. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Brian Lowry Queen & Slim is one of those increasingly rare movies that should leave audiences discussing it after they exit the theater. Yet if the film derives power from its broader context, there's strength in the journey as well as the destination. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Brian Lowry Provides food for thought, and features a pair of world-class actors. But thanks to its dual priorities, the qualities that recommend the film mostly go up in smoke. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Brian Lowry Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Brian Lowry Beyond the fundamental horror of corporate greed trumping public-health concerns, the movie -- while often bleak and unsettling -- does find hope in the idea that one ordinary guy can make a difference. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Brian Lowry It's hard not to wish that the story was as consistently good as the man -- and performance -- at its center... The temptation is nevertheless simply to give in to the movie, which is perhaps as it should be. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Brian Lowry Because the first movie generated such a bracing gust of enthusiasm, Frozen 2 will inevitably be nitpicked and judged against those lofty standards. Still, there's plenty to enjoy for those willing to chill out, and yes, let the past go. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Brian Lowry It's an especially effective look at how such abuses have been allowed to fester, exploiting protective institutions as well as the allegiance and hunger of those involved. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Brian Lowry With a great cast, fascinating story and old-school studio vibe, Ford v. Ferrari nearly clicks on all cylinders. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Report (2019) Brian Lowry The Report tackles a serious topic and turns it into a rather heavy-handed movie, one that nearly buckles under the weight of its own self-importance. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Brian Lowry Even these two knighted performers -- in a rare star vehicle for a pair of senior citizens -- can't elevate this adaptation of Nicholas Searle's book, which clearly wants to be twisty and Hitchcockian but never quite gets there. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Brian Lowry Yet if the goal was to breathe life into Charlie's Angels for a new generation, to borrow a line from its old TV era, sorry, Charlie. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Man Made (2018) Brian Lowry Focusing on competitors at different stages, facing a variety of issues, offers a complex, nuanced view, in a way that does a lot of heavy lifting for a small film. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Brian Lowry It's a modest addition to the genre that passes, barely, the "Who's a good family movie?" test. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Brian Lowry When a film with so much going for it -- from the first-rate cast to the meaty premise -- basically unravels and loses steam, it's a reminder that the challenge of wrestling one of King's epic books into a genuinely satisfying movie can be, well, redrum. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Brian Lowry It's hardly new territory, but Baumbach tackles the material with a mix of humor, anguish and absurdity that sustains interest, emphasizing how unpleasant and frustrating much of this can be. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Brian Lowry Clarke is charming and easy to root for, even saddled with elf shoes and slim material, and Yeoh and Thompson enliven a movie that frequently feels as if it's drifting between interludes. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
American Dharma (2018) Brian Lowry A rather florid, disjointed conversation, one where Morris' attempts to challenge and confront Bannon feels mostly cathartic for the filmmaker, ultimately, without yielding much additional insight to understanding Bannon that hasn't already been said. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
American Son (2019) Brian Lowry American Son possesses considerable power in its premise, while wrestling with the claustrophobic aspects of transferring a stage play to the screen. Ultimately, the subject matter wins out, yielding a flawed but brisk 90-minute Netflix presentation. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Harriet (2019) Brian Lowry Harriet is an overdue, mostly worthwhile tribute -- one whose main flaw involves dressing up her story more than its real-life heroism requires. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Brian Lowry No, the movie didn't need to be this long... If the portions are too big, though, at least it's a gourmet meal. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Current War (2017) Brian Lowry As constructed by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the scenes are so short and choppy as to undermine the performances, making the high-wattage actors looking little more than the players in dramatic reenactments. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Western Stars (2019) Brian Lowry It is, clearly, a valentine for hardcore "Bruuuuuce" fans, but one that does an effective job of both showcasing the material and connecting the songs in a thematic way. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Brian Lowry "Terminator: Dark Fate" represents a welcome return to the its origins, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles, adding nostalgia and mythological heft that separates it from everything that has followed "Judgment Day." EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Brian Lowry As is so often the case, Maleficent didn't exactly cry out for another chapter, but if forced to do one with a sharp spindle pointed at your head (or finger), this is about as good as one could have hoped. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Brian Lowry Not that there was a pressing need for a return engagement, but just being able to reassemble the old gang -- this once -- was reason enough for Zombielan to rise again. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brian Lowry An awkward, uneven film, with writer-director Taika Waititi conjuring some touching moments, but unable to pull off the magic act this "Rabbit" trick requires. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
The College Admissions Scandal (2019) Brian Lowry Obviously, this is a bit of a hasty cut-and-paste job. Yet at its best, the movie effectively illustrates the cynical calculus that these parents made, as well as the rationalizations employed to justify their actions. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Brian Lowry The initial rush from seeing Aaron Paul back in the role -- coupled with an assortment of clever callbacks -- don't fully warrant cooking up this sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Brian Lowry A movie that emphasizes its experiential and 3D qualities but lacks depth on every other front. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
In the Tall Grass (2019) Brian Lowry Despite an uneven track record, In the Tall Grass gives the lamest King adaptations a run for their money, as writer-director Vincenzo Natali labors to stretch out the story, which takes a wrong turn in more ways than one. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Brian Lowry There's an underdog charm to the bones of the story, and a lot of nifty touches about the era... Still, "Dolemite" bogs down during the making of the film, in a way that even the closing credits can't wholly redeem. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Joker (2019) Brian Lowry It's not too much to ask -- and more than just being a scold -- for justification of an exercise that places such a villain front and center, especially when there is so little light or goodness to balance the darkness. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Brian Lowry It's entirely possible to share the movie's political concerns and even outrage over the practices on display and still resent being beaten over the head with the message. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Abominable (2019) Brian Lowry The simplicity of the premise puts more pressure on the animation, which is crisp and occasionally beautiful, but not especially imaginative in its design. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Judy (2019) Brian Lowry Somehow, Zellweger manages to be Judy for a full two hours, delivering an over-the-rainbow performance in a movie that otherwise, on balance, is a bit more Kansas than Oz. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Brian Lowry A warm if somewhat flat trip back in time that approximates the feel of the show's Christmas specials, only over-sized, and as cozy as a seat by the manor's fire. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Brian Lowry The movie's conceit is hit-miss, but when it works -- yielding deadpan insults and pained expressions -- there are enough laughs to make digging up "Ferns" look like a fine idea. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Brian Lowry Those who have studied Cohn likely won't learn a whole lot new from the film, but that doesn't make its lessons any less significant, or the narrative as a whole any less enlightening as a road map to Trump's public-relations philosophy. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Brian Lowry It's a well-made, provocative movie. And in a great big universe searching for intelligent content, one would hope there's still room for that. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Brian Lowry The movie represents a transparent bid to bring the book's prestige to the screen, but it's another case of literary underpinnings being lost in translation. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Brian Lowry A solid caper movie rooted in the challenges associated with running any criminal enterprise -- a more modest version of Goodfellas, with less blood, and more skin. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Disney's Descendants 2 (2017) Brian Lowry [W]hile the first exhibited flashes of inspiration, the second feels entirely phoned in, as if it could skate by on the title alone. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Brian Lowry Compared to the original, both the message and the messenger look more flawed. But stripped to its core, Super Size Me 2 answers those questions in a manner that still manages to leave you feeling shaken and, if not crispy, a little steamed. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Brian Lowry Like its subject, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice hits all the right notes. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Brian Lowry It Chapter Two is in many ways a victim of its own success, a sequel virtually assured a vast audience that proceeds to undermine its virtues by conspicuously overplaying them and overstaying its welcome. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Brian Lowry Untouchable doesn't provide all the answers, but it frames this still-unfolding story -- and the entertainment industry's awakening to it -- in stark, thoughtful and unsettling detail. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
American Factory (2019) Brian Lowry It is, in essence, a scholarly, almost sociological treatment of the material, in a way that broadly speaks to the plight of these blue-collar workers, with an empathy that's personal but not partisan. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Brian Lowry "Blinded by the Light" represents such a sweet, easy-to-relate-to story that it deserves to be seen, at the least, by anyone who has shown a little faith that there's magic in the arts -- either in music, or a darkened theater. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Brian Lowry "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" might have lost something in the translation from page to screen, but taken on its terms the movie is satisfying... EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019