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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Brian Lowry Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Brian Lowry Even with the occasional dollop of dog-related humor, The Art of Racing in the Rain feels as ponderous as its title. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Brian Lowry Although there are some solid moments, the resulting concoction is a bit of a mess, the kind that makes one wish these very busy, in-demand performers were a bit more selective. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Descendants 3 (2019) Brian Lowry wWhatever magic Descendants initially possessed, this third time around the spell is pretty clearly fading. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Brian Lowry The problem stems from a general flatness of the characters and, despite the harrowing situations, storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Brian Lowry The generally appealing if in-no-way-surprising mix of elements reflects what amounts to an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Brian Lowry For those well-versed in the writer-director's work, it's a credible and intriguing addition to his filmography. Yet at 2 hours and 41 minutes, it also feels too leisurely in connecting its threads. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Brian Lowry Despite its shortcomings, Mike Wallace is Here is well worth watching, primarily for Wallace's interviews with a who's who of celebrities and world leaders -- augmented by outtakes, raw material and previously unseen archival footage. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
The Great Hack (2019) Brian Lowry It is, admittedly, a lot to process. Yet at the very least, this sobering documentary should make anybody who clears two hours to watch it want to learn more, to be more skeptical about what finds its way into one's inbox. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Brian Lowry The Farewell says a whole lot about grief, guilt and determining what's important in life, while still providing its share of laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Brian Lowry The result is a polished and satisfying film, yet one that conspicuously feels even more like a consumer product than most Disney revivals of its animated classics. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Lake Placid (1999) Paul Tatara Miner's thoroughly unimaginative visual style sees to it that "Lake Placid" is not the least bit frightening, and the entire undertaking generates maybe one decent laugh. That is, if you don't count Fonda's chronic inability to act. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (2018) Brian Lowry The most unsettling aspect of Swiped,... [is] whether those responsible have simply brought another shiny new wrinkle into the process of pairing up or, more unnervingly, opened Pandora's box. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Brian Lowry Even with a plot that builds off the emotional heft of Endgame, another mediocre villain, heavy dose of Disney Channel-level romance and too much clunky shtick... made this feel qualitatively more like a middle-weight contender. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Brian Lowry Ophelia brings a feminist quality to the character despite the period setting. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Brian Lowry By turning the documentary into such a powerful forum for the resolve and resilience of these young women, [Erin Lee] Carr, in filmmaking terms, really sticks the landing. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Brian Lowry While the movie initially features modestly clever wrinkles, the satirical and technology-inspired elements recede as the conventional slasher bits take over. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019) Brian Lowry Even grading on a curve, though, Murder Mystery is a tired, bordering on tiresome endeavor -- feeling like the pilot for a not-very-good TV show -- as well as a reminder that Netflix's content buffet caters to all kinds of tastes. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Shaft (2019) Brian Lowry An action comedy that's neither consistently funny nor especially exciting, despite Samuel L. Jackson's second stab at the part. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Brian Lowry Toy Story 4 delivers a cinematic grand slam, a nine-years-later sequel that's wholly equal to the high expectations raised by the terrific trio that it follows. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Ice on Fire (2019) Brian Lowry A better-than-most film on the topic that gets beyond the dire warnings to contemplating what can actually be done to help turn, or at least significantly curb, the tide. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Brian Lowry All told, it's a breezy but too-often flat popcorn movie, one that tests the considerable chemistry of its stars, former Thor compatriots Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. That the movie holds up as well as it does is a tribute to the two. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Brian Lowry "Dark Phoenix" does little to squelch the sense that it's about time to put a torch to things and boot -- or more likely, reboot -- "X-Men" back into a 21st-century universe. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Brian Lowry "Deadwood: The Movie" provides a welcome if bittersweet, characteristically foul-mouthed reunion, one that more than justifies saddling up the entire gang for one more ride. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Brian Lowry Park and Wong are both innately likable, which makes the movie pleasant enough to watch, but also a bit of a slog given the ostensible inevitability of where it's heading. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Brian Lowry Egerton's electric performance as the famed rock star drives this jukebox musical. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Brian Lowry The net effect is more numbing than stirring, with only a few monster-on-monster tussles that come close to being worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Brian Lowry "Running With Beto" works best, in other words, when viewed as a marathon, not a sprint. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) Paul Tatara "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a misfire in several ways, but the key problem is that the writers have a clunky, concrete Christmas tree, not something thematic that can be used to devise scenes of various shades and colors. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Brian Lowry "Aladdin" is a great deal of fun, with charming leads and elaborately mounted songs. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Brian Lowry While time is likely on the side of its leads, their chemistry only goes so far in what feels, finally, like a half-baked movie. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Brian Lowry [It] certainly follows that script -- or rather, lack of one -- delivering adrenaline-fueled thrills, before fatigue creeps into the unrelenting mayhem about halfway through. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Brian Lowry He was, indeed, the greatest, and while "What's My Name" clearly portrays those qualities, as constructed, it's merely pretty good. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Brian Lowry Detective Pikachu isn't that bad, and the movie arrives helpfully armed with a couple decades worth of equity and goodwill; still, once you've gotten your fill of its wisecracking namesake, even grading on a curve, it isn't good. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Brian Lowry Wine Country goes down like a decent pinot grigio -- something that might not be a medal winner, but which isn't half bad. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Brian Lowry Efron not only bears a striking resemblance to Bundy... but deftly captures the off-kilter nature of his demeanor... That doesn't elevate the material, necessarily, as much as it does add to the queasiness watching it. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
The Last Survivors (2019) Brian Lowry The Last Survivors... is the stronger of the two. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Brian Lowry Perhaps what "Knock Down the House" does best, in that context, is highlight the enormous odds that Ocasio-Cortez had to overcome, as well as the dismissive nature of her opponent, the congressional veteran Joe Crowley. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Brian Lowry The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Brian Lowry Having set up a formidable task and then some with the finish of "Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame" rises to the challenge, delivering an epic finale that proves immensely satisfying. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019