Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 66% Wrath of Man (2021) This steely, at times constipated, actioner is identifiable in the canon of meathead cinema as Den Of Thieves and Sabotage's illegitimate love child. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
2/5 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) The only specters that haunt this joint are the ghosts of films past. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Director Simon McQuoid instills his adaptation with engrossing character dynamics, a clean-lined, epic saga and beautifully stylized hyper-violence simulating game play. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
80% Cher & The Loneliest Elephant (2021) It's a resounding testament to the power of compassion and community. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
22% Thunder Force (2021) Excruciating, awkward and thoroughly predictable, Falcone's film ironically lacks a sense of forcefulness. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
B- 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) The titular characters' ground-leveling hijinks provide plenty of gratifying, gorgeous and gasp-inducing moments. But the picture also has a heap ton of heart. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
61% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) It's an astute, entertaining, light-hearted mix of slapstick and self-reflexive humor commingling with enlightened, sharp sentiments about individualism and commercialism. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) This feature restores the legacy of its beloved superheroes, providing them with better backstories and stirring stakes, while simultaneously restoring an auteur's creation. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
67% Long Weekend (2021) The picture's earnest optimism might stick around for a long time, or at least longer than expected. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
100% Sophie Jones (2021) It's a poignant exploration of an arduous age, rooted completely in staggering authenticity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Humorous and heart-filled, containing compelling heroes' journeys, engrossing stakes, thrilling action and breathtaking animation, it's got a deeply resonant drive. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Cutler captures an empowering, fulfilling tale of a pioneering, empathetic young woman exercising full control of her career while finding her way in a changing world. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Director Josh Greenbaum captures a heartening, hilarious odyssey about female friendship through a comedically kaleidoscopic lens. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
78% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) The feature's genteel, sweet spirit and radiant lead performances rescue it from forgettable mediocrity and genre familiarity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
B+ 69% The Blazing World (2021) Though the beautifully atmospheric somnolence dissipates slightly, the uncanny reality in Carlson Young's confident, perceptive directorial debut feels absolutely dreamy. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3.5/ 5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Its electric direction engages the head and the heart. However, the material is left wanting with a few connective character dynamics abandoned, or altogether missing. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
70% Land (2021) A compelling, compassionate character-study, the journey taken within is a life-affirming one. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
C- 69% How It Ends (2021) While the potent power of the picture's heartfelt sentiments and charismatic leads do shine through, the flaws are too glaring, eclipsing its brilliance. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B+ 95% CODA (2021) Though the path it takes is well-marked, the rich interior lives and nuanced facets of these characters make traveling with them absolutely compelling. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
85% Finding 'Ohana (2021) While imperfect and at times predictable, the adventure these filmmakers and performers take us on feels like a warm tropical breeze. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) The creepy chill of this engrossing portrait of male obsession, anxiety and regret is enough to make the hairs on the back of one's neck stand at attention. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Emerald Fennell's vision is uncompromising, serving its acidic venom in a fine crystal champagne coupe. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) With its thoroughly enriched themes, layered characterizations and sublimely shot action sequences, it's a spectacularly fun blockbuster with lots to treasure. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
A 88% News of the World (2020) Paul Greengrass' film contains stirring themes and resonant character dynamics, but it's Tom Hanks' refined performance that delivers new colors to their complex shading. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) It's an unwieldy piece, suffering from difficulty connecting two separate narrative tracks into one cohesive picture. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
58% All My Life (2020) This three-hankie weepie holds a surprising amount of heart and hope to accompany all the cathartic crying. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
C- 70% Godmothered (2020) Godmothered is perfectly inoffensive and cute when it's desperately aping the charm and magic of Enchanted. But when it strays, its bubbly buoyancy sinks like a lead weight. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) Delivering an unbeatable high, its meaningful sentiments and memorable songs combine to form an extravaganza that sings as it tugs on the heartstrings. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
2/5 31% Superintelligence (2019) It's rare to see a movie that can simultaneously value and completely undervalue its leading lady. But here we are with Superintelligence. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
83% Happiest Season (2020) The poignancy of its sentiments, the welcoming beauty of its Nancy Meyers-esque aesthetic and its essential need in the marketplace stand to make things merry and bright. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 83% Freaky (2020) With gleeful gusto and glorious amounts of gumption, this Freaky Friday The 13th mashup slashes straight through to our hearts. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
C 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Howard holds back on delivering subtext that would complement this portrait of a man rectifying his past with his present. It's selectively streamlined. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
C- 83% Let Him Go (2020) Bezucha's in a little over his head fashioning anything unique out of the material, which in his hands is tonally unwieldy and unforgiving. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
C 44% Holidate (2020) The narrative's inevitable resolution tends to hinder your complete affection - and ironically, makes it feel like something you're settling for. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
57% Come Play (2020) The title stands as a beckoning call to audiences to join in the devilish delights Chase has conjured. Yet the scares fail to scale from a mobile device to the big screen. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
48% The Witches (2020) Zemeckis' most vibrant and best film in years, it stands to remind us that children's bedtime stories can feel somewhat comforting in times of upheaval and stress. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
75% Jumbo (2021) The most shocking element about this straight-faced schlock is how conventional and predictable it is in its motions. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
90% Pink Skies Ahead (2020) Kelly Oxford's comedically-tinged fictionalized drama paints a staggeringly honest, raw and revelatory portrait that makes for an assured debut directorial feature. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
81% I'm Your Woman (2020) From its Cassavetes-esque heroine to the heart-filled drive deep within its marrow, this 70's style character-driven crime drama is contemporary and distinct in its aim. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) With terrific performances, uniquely nuanced genre-smashing ideology, rapturous production design and refined cinematography, it's an engrossing escape worth swooning over. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
A 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Functioning as a perfect companion piece to Jonathan Demme's enduring masterwork Stop Making Sense, director Spike Lee captures artistic minimalism with maximum cinematic impact. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2/5 62% French Exit (2021) Its erratic tonal qualities and a protagonist who's far more delicious as a caustic woman rather than the redeemed person she predictably becomes make this a hollow bore. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
D+ 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) There are no victors in the War With Grandpa, least of all the audience watching. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
B+ 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Housing cleverly conceived characters, a riveting mystery that sustains itself, and a perfect atmospheric aesthetic, it delivers the bloody goods. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
B+ 98% The Truffle Hunters (2020) It charms as much as it honors a changing landscape. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) This freaky feature's unflinching nature fittingly plays like an out-of-body experience that engages the senses and creeps under the skin. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
59% Shortcut (2020) If only someone had course-corrected the filmmakers on their own route to making this letdown of a horror road-movie, which gets off to a good start before losing its way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
85% American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) This documentary hits on the expected notes that a real-life murder-mystery should contain, yet it succeeds in the subtle ways it divulges evidence. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) An unflinching look at man's inhumanity towards man, although one that fails to properly engage with its subject matter. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/ 5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) An elongated run time and a whimper of a finale stands to tarnish what should be the makings of a fun franchise. But with its spry spirit, it's a noteworthy beginning. - Fresh Fiction EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020