Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 76% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) The film becomes something precious, valuable, and rare. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
1.5/4 76% Radium Girls (2020) The anger inspired by what happened to these women is invigorating, but that fury is rarely felt from what Radium Girls offers as a cinematic experience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
2.5/4 96% The Mortuary Collection (2019) Thoroughly grisly and mostly entertaining, The Mortuary Collection is a satisfying choice for the spooky season. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
85% Yellow Rose (2020) Yellow Rose succeeds not only as a coming-of-age story for the ambitious Rose, but also as an exploration of the very real threat weathered every day by the undocumented. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2/4 68% Once Upon a River (2020) Laden with demoralizing tragedies, Haroula Rose's film is only fleetingly affecting, preferring to put its characters through the wringer rather than provide them with much interiority or consistency. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
2.5/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) It's an unexpected basis for a rom-com, and Viswanathan throws herself into the material with a dazzlingly infectious energy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
71% Tenet (2020) These amazing set pieces, while respectable for their reliance on practical effects and impressive for Nolan's commitment to his craft, often feel divorced from the rest of Tenet. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
B- 98% The Fight (2020) Snappily edited, with a visual style reminiscent of Steven Soderbergh's modular design, The Fight tells viewers of a certain political perspective what they want to hear. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
2.5/4 72% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) While it raises questions about individualized female empowerment as it is tied to fashion and capitalism, it then fails to adequately answer them. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
93% The Apartment (1960) "Some people take, and some people get took," Bud says, and The Apartment never wavers in condemning the former and aligning itself with the latter. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
53% Return to Oz (1985) Taken altogether, the experience of watching Return to Oz, with its myriad nightmarish offerings, almost feels like thumbing one's nose at the prudish Disney of today. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Nicole Beharie is the key to Miss Juneteenth; when others attempt to decide for her what her life should be like, she communicates a mixture of wryness, tenderness, and toughness. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Jon Stewart can't actually be bothered to show us any diversity throughout Irresistible, and it's a failing of the film that shows his own ideological narrowness. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/5 50% Four Kids and It (2020) There's a certain level of absurdity you have to accept with Four Kids and It, but once you do that, it's a pleasant-enough diversion. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
2.5/5 47% My Spy (2020) The movie's humor is broad and its twists are obvious, so much so that even a couple of enjoyable performances can't really elevate My Spy into anything unique. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
96% Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) An unflinching portrait of the mundanity of middle-aged womanhood, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles was subversive from the start. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
92% End of Sentence (2020) End of Sentence is sometimes a little too familiar and sometimes a little too willing to villainize its female characters, but John Hawkes and Logan Lerman work as a duo struggling to connect. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Spike Lee's interest in Da 5 Bloods is in the way American patriotism as a world-building exercise toxifies and intoxicates, in particular how it affects Black Americans. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
D+ 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Bland and incoherent, with paper-thin character development, unimaginative world building, and a lot of daddy issues. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
97% Good Will Hunting (1997) Good Will Hunting is lyrically directed, efficiently written, side-splittingly funny, quietly devastating. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
78% Tommaso (2020) The film ultimately lacks a balance between portraying Tommaso as a man rebuilding his life and as a man plagued by the recurring mistakes of his younger years. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) Most impactful is what The High Note has to say about the effort required for a woman like Grace Davis to achieve and maintain the success she has, even though it means stifling her own creativity. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
100% Driveways (2020) What resonates is the movie's understanding of how we come and go through life, of how a house becomes a home, of how even the smallest acts of kindness can open doors that never quite close. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) I'll take The Lovebirds as the representation progress it is, but I wish there was more to this than Rae's and Nanjiani's considerable-but not wholly redemptive-charm. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
59% Hamlet (2000) Almereyda's details actually give the core story an additional layer of power. The cyclical decay of Hamlet still resonates, even as its '90s flourishes have become increasingly irrelevant. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
12% Johnny Mnemonic (1995) Johnny Mnemonic is no The Matrix; its world-building lacks specifically nuanced grit. But the ideas Gibson thrust forward furthered the cyberpunk conversation onscreen for years to come. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B+ 88% Shirley (2020) Moss is a whirlwind; the trio of Stuhlbarg, Young, and Lerman is quite strong; and Decker and Gubbins build an illuminating, if factually inventive, version of Jackson. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3.5/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night consistently entertains, and its mixture of vintage aesthetics and spooky subject matter feels like the beginning of the summer movie season. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/5 48% Scoob! (2020) Some of the updates to Scoob! feel like they are tailor-made for the viewing interests of today's younger audiences, but they land to varying success. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B 100% Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2020) Nothing Fancy doesn't push quite enough at understanding what comes next, but as a presentation of Kennedy's contributions and her brusque singularity, it informs and entertains. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 97% The Half of It (2020) The Half of It respects its characters and its viewers alike, delivering a love story that finds as much meaning in a platonic relationship as a romantic one. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
77% The Virgin Suicides (2000) The Virgin Suicides offers a glimpse into the murky unknowability of adolescence, and its legacy is tied to the portraits of femininity with which Sofia Coppola has crafted her filmography. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never Rarely Sometimes Always is often difficult viewing, but it offers a perspective on American womanhood that is informative, insightful, and asking for our empathy. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) One of the nicest things to say about Trolls World Tour is that it moves pretty briskly. It's not particularly impactful, but it should be entertaining enough for young viewers. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 90% The Willoughbys (2020) The Willoughbys is inconsistent tonally and garishly animated, but its message about family is somewhat comforting. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
90% Bull (2020) How Bull finds connection between people living in the margins is successful thanks primarily to Rob Morgan, whose work here deserves the notice he should have had his entire career. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) How True History of the Kelly Gang broadens what we mean when we say the word "outlaw" is another step forward for Justin Kurzel in his cinematic investigation of what makes a man. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
57% All Day and a Night (2020) The derivative way All Day and a Night handles the school-to-prison pipeline and crack epidemic does nothing to add nuance or newness to our understanding of these realities. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) "'What would Yauch do?' is always on our minds," Ad-Rock and Mike D admit, and that's about when I started tearing up. And stayed weepy throughout! - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2020) Filmmaker Jeff Barnaby is taking aim at colonization and the subjugation of native and indigenous peoples, and he's splattering those considerations with a hot burst of arterial blood. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
66% Extraction (2020) Head shot, body shot, Hemsworth sad, brown people bad, head shot, body shot. That's the rhythm of Extraction, and yes, it's also a white-savior narrative. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
26% The Main Event (2020) The only purpose of this movie is to extend WWE's marketing arm into the Netflix realm. The only purpose! I cannot think of any other reason why The Main Event exists. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) Watching A Hidden Life feels like both going to church and performing penance, like Terrence Malick wants us to submit to the same ideological journey as his protagonist. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) The Roads Not Taken is not as narratively straightforward as any of Sally Potter's preceding works, but it delivers an unbelievably clear plea for compassion. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig's experimental take adds clarity and wisdom to character developments and relationships that make the viewing experience more rewarding. - Chesapeake Family Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Dee Rees's Joan Didion adaptation The Last Thing He Wanted very nearly works thanks to Anne Hathaway, but the film's narrative shortcomings crater it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) In their re-imagined The Invisible Man, filmmaker Leigh Whannell and actress Elisabeth Moss attack the patriarchy and affirm rich white tech bros as the enemy. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
51% Burden (2020) What is Burden teaching us or telling us about race in America that we don't already know from decades of history or decades of cinema? - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) The twee onslaught of Wendy reinforces that filmmaker Benh Zeitlin's view of childhood wonder remains superficial--and racially problematic. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
84% Waves (2019) The emotional through line of Waves and its exploration of forgiveness give shape to a movie that often feels like a mixtape. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020