Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Luchadoras (2021) A bracing look at what it means to be a woman in Mexico, Luchadoras follows three female athletes as they dodge punches on the mat, and wrestle with a sexist, corrupt, murderously masochistic society outside the ring. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
87% Violation (2021) A clawing, bruising, stomach-churning rape-revenge thriller. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
82% Kid Candidate (2021) He's got our vote! - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
94% I'M FINE (Thanks for Asking) (2021) At first glance, this is your typical Life is Beautiful knockoff: homeless mom Dani tells her adorable daughter they are camping for fun while working to get them off the streets. Yet...it's executed so humanely and honestly that it feels original. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
72% Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) Do you appreciate subReddit conspiracies, government cover-ups and underground parking garages? Well, throw that all in a blender and you get Jacob Gentry's Broadcast Signal Intrusion... - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
B- 70% Happily (2021) The film is for those of us who get as much pleasure out of a steamy, rock-the-bed romance as we do watching a businessman get murdered with a wooden block. It's for those of us who want something different. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 87% The Courier (2020) The spy-stuff is incredibly compelling, filming the characters from a distance to make it feel as if someone else is watching, while secrets are whispered in the dark. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
97% In the Same Breath (2021) Wang's documentary exposes how governments--most notably China's--contributed to the ongoing pandemic with blatant lies and misinformation, making the situation much worse than it had to be. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
91% Executive Order (2020) [Executive Order] is Bacurau on a global scale, Get Out without the humor. It's Armee Guineene unleashed in movie form, a melancholic prophecy of a coming war and a sendoff to those brave African soldiers who dared to fight for their heartland. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
68% Violet (2020) It's a treat to watch Bateman discover a voice so singularly her own, especially with the dark, moody, existentially murky Munn by her side. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
95% Alone Together (2021) Even if you're not the type of girl to chant "Boom! Clap! The Sound of my heart!" at parties, you'll probably find yourself humming Charlie's infectious anthems here. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
88% Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) It's not all that informative or insightful, but it's nice to kick back, relax, and watch Petty be king, if just for awhile. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
B 86% Come True (2021) Like a nightmare, you won't be able to snap out of it until the strange, impossible-to-describe scenario has run its course. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) A long winded, throw-the-kitchen sink epic that is more concerned with the next camera move than the next character move, but cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel does pull off some dazzling imagery...in the relationship between Cherry and the camera. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) If this sequel proves anything, it's that stealing jokes from the original makes for a pretty pointless affair. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
C- 27% Blithe Spirit (2021) Blithe Spirit whipsaws between slapstick material with a particular focus on invisible objects, and hoary jokes about erectile dysfunction that are neither frisky nor funny. They just sort of hang in the air like bad spirits. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
80% I Care a Lot (2021) [Marla] code switches with ease from warm banter to vicious, glamorous, Beverly Hills gold digger, and Pike makes her a character you wish you could reach out and strangle. Most people would take that as an insult. Marla? She could care less. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Director Ian Samuels has some fun with this carefree premise, infusing it with long takes and zippy montages and a few self-reflexive jokes (shoutout Kurt Godel!), but he also takes the time to flesh out Mark and Margaret... to amusing effect. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) A tasty, risk-free treat that's a little too sweet at times, but is full of heart and flavor and sprinkles. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
74% Palmer (2021) The storytelling is formulaic, deliberately familiar, and prosaic, sometimes frustratingly so. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) [Kaluuya] nails the activist's voice and cadence, especially in his speeches, where he blends preaching, persuading and poetry to shake the pews and bring the audience to their feet in righteous anger. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
C- 27% Bliss (2021) Is this the future? The present? Is any of this real? Does it even matter? Maybe we're all just 1's and 0's floating through a manufactured and malleable space. Maybe George Washington was in a cult, and that cult was into aliens, man. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
97% Atlantis (2019) Dazzling and chilling, Vasyanovych's film follows the consequences of war to their cold, bitter ends. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
C 88% The Dig (2021) The story isn't as exciting as some other archaeology adventures--there are no ghosts or demons or mummies--but if you dig past the layers of slow, sleepily paced melodrama, you might uncover a few gems along the way. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The film is an unflinching exploration of birth, death and rebirth in the wake of a life changing event, as Martha tries to put the pieces back together, one by one, to recreate who she was before the accident and discover who she is after. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
37% The Marksman (2021) There are three things that are inevitable in life: death, taxes and Liam Neeson movies in January. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Gourav embodies the role with a simmering rage that stems from his own experience growing up poor in India, and it's through his performance--and that experience--that The White Tiger roars to life. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night in Miami is a film that suggests change will come, through its final and hopeful images, and through its very existence. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
B 100% Acasa, My Home (2020) It ruminates powerfully on the meaning of freedom, positing that our only chance at control may be a place far, far away from civilization, a place where the reeds sway gently and the fish are plenty. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
98% 8 1/2 (1963) No director has been as personal or vulnerable as Fellini is here-- he taps into his past, his dreams, his quirks, faults and failures, to find the meaning in the madness of life. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2021
100% I Vitelloni (1953) [I Vitelloni] unleashed the director's poetic/realist style, echoed perfectly in a shot of the five men at the pier, shrouded in mist and waiting for something, anything, to come along and take them away. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2021
98% Minari (2020) Minari, in its quiet way, shows us a boy learning to love his grandma; a town where everyone smiles; a garden that grows and withers and regrows; and, most of all, a family changed with the years but as constant as the seasons. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
95% Soul (2020) Like the best jazz players, from Miles Davis to Kris Davis, Docter uses a traditional framework to branch off into new and exciting directions, without losing sight of the main theme. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) A neo-realist masterpiece. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman is colorful, campy, and gleefully brutal, a perfect reflection of Cassie herself. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
78% Greenland (2020) As meteors of unprecedented size and scope, not to mention one massive earthquake, turn the world into a smoldering ruin, causing millions to lose their lives and their loved ones, we have to ask ourselves, do I really need to see this... in a pandemic? - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
6.5/10 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) It's the Manhattan of the movies, of Doris Day and Gene Kelley and Katherine Hepburn, and now Tessa Thompson. That she hangs with the best of them is a testament to her singular talent. - Under the Radar EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
83% Mank (2020) The film explodes with Kanesian visuals, expressing the emotional twists, turns and turmoil of Mank through deep focus, dutch angles, pillows of darkness and clouds of smoke. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Animation at a caliber we haven't seen since Hayao Miyazaki. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Like the best Christmas stories, it will be passed down from generation to generation, whether on Netflix or DVD, as something to get families into the holiday spirit. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The film is OSCAR BAIT in all caps: it has star actors, lots of makeup and tons of ugly crying. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
88% Run (2020) Crisp cinematography by Hillary Spera, taut editing by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick, and quiet sound design create an environment where the creak of a floorboard or the click of a keyboard can set a new scare in motion. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
C+ 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The most enthusiasm we can muster of A New Age is that it isn't new--it's the same primitive family-friendly fare that made the original a box office sensation. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
B 92% Leap of Faith (2019) Friedkin commands your attention whether he is sitting in front of or behind the camera. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) It's a lot like Celine Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire, but dark, and spare, in a way that feels entirely authentic. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
6/10 83% Freaky (2020) While fans of either Freaky Friday or Friday the 13th might not get enough of what they came for in Freaky, fans of Vince Vaughn will get more than enough to keep them satisfied. - We Got This Covered EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/4 100% City Hall (2020) City Hall is sort of like watching a puzzle being put together in real time, only the pieces are people, meetings, ideas and industries, and the final picture is of a stable democracy. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Dick Johnson is Dead is a death notice in birthday-card-font, a farewell full of hugs, smiles, cake and confetti. - L.A. Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
B 83% Let Him Go (2020) The Western may headline tough guys like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, and Costner may deliver the grittier performance. But it's Lane who saddles up for top-billing, and it's Lane who rides off into that endless, elusive horizon. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/4 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Here, Lee is the same as he ever was. - Willamette Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020