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      Jamojaya (2023) “Jamojaya” is elevated above its familiar narrative paces by sensitive camerawork and a pair of intriguing performances, and its suggestion that showbusiness ambitions and family ties don’t so much collide as unravel on parallel tracks. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2023
      On the Come Up (2022) As frank and tough-minded and as it is warm and sweet, “On the Come Up” is a hugely promising debut from the actor-turned-director. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 09, 2022
      Pinocchio (2022) As with so many of the director’s previous CGI extravaganzas, all the meticulous surface detail in the world can’t compensate for the core emptiness of the film’s digital creations. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 08, 2022
      808 (2015) A consistently entertaining, instructive look at the unlikely heartbeat behind so much of the past three decades’ standout pop music. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 02, 2022
      Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain (2022) A deeper look through the smoke clouds on the surface reveals much more than meets the eye. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2022
      Umma (2022) Shim handles the film’s grab bag of individual jump scares and creepy sight gags well, but without conveying much tangible sense of overall peril or threat, these scenes start to feel almost academic. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2022
      Meet Me in the Bathroom (2022) If it's sometimes a little rough around the edges and not always structurally coherent, well, the same was true of these bands. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2022
      Malignant (2021) It's hard to say whether a film this bonkers "works" or not, but it's impossible not to admire both the craft and the extravagant bad taste behind its go-for-broke energy. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
      All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) (2021) Vividly recalling the collision of two young cultures on the streets of New York City, Jeremy Elkin's documentary sometimes struggles to figure out what it all meant. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
      Great White (2021) The film's human characters make for drab company, leaving one with little to do but admire the scenery, waiting for dinnertime. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
      The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Well, they made a sequel to "The Boss Baby." - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
      Bliss (2021) Little more than a listless "Matrix" retread, minus the spectacle and the suspense. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Feb 02, 2021
      Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) With this film, she just does the two things she does best: making excellent music, and giving people a new reason to talk about Taylor Swift. But at least she's made sure that this time we're talking about her for all the right reasons. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
      All Together Now (2020) "All Together Now" has plenty to say about community, altruism and the limits of self-reliance that could strike a chord in such stark times. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
      The 24th (2020) "The 24th" can at times be cumbersomely didactic and formulaic, but it finds plenty of contemporary relevance in a story that should be far more widely known than it is. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
      All I Can Say (2019) [I]t does offer an intriguing peak at overnight success as it's lived minute-to-minute, as well as providing a reminder that Millennial YouTubers were hardly the first generational cohort to document their every waking moment with a video camera. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 01, 2020
      Le choc du futur (2019) For those who couldn't tell you the difference between a Mellotron and a Mu-Tron, this amiably aimless film may prove patience-testing with its languid narrative rhythms, thinly sketched characters and on-the-nose electro evangelism. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 02, 2020
      EMMA. (2020) de Wilde is smart enough to trust her source material where it counts. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Feb 03, 2020
      Gretel & Hansel (2020) And for all of the care that went into its look and its sound, the world of the film never feels more than halfway formed; in the rush to tie up its narrative loose ends, it leaves its more intriguing thematic ones hanging. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
      Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) At once dreamlike and ruthlessly naturalistic, steadily composed yet shot through with roiling currents of anxiety, "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" is a quietly devastating gem. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
      Troop Zero (2019) A movie that's content to make do with whatever spare parts are lying around, and eventually does so more successfully than one might expect. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
      (undefined) While it never quite reaches Jack T. Ripper levels of absurdity, Water nonetheless drowns out its science with hazy spirituality and utterly preposterous claims. In the end, it all smells fishy. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
      Cyrano, My Love (2018) "Cyrano, My Love" attempts to give the "Shakespeare in Love" treatment to the timeless French play "Cyrano de Bergerac," with shamelessly derivative yet undeniably entertaining results. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
      Dirt Music (2019) "Dirt Music" is a fine-looking romance that never finds the right key. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 09, 2019
      The Giant (2019) Raboy gives us so little to hang onto - be it an arresting image, a palpable touch of the uncanny, or a moment of real tension - that it gets harder and harder to want to follow him. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 08, 2019
      Midsommar (2019) Once the real fireworks start to ignite, you realize how powerfully the film's themes resonate when they're given room to breathe. It's just a shame it takes so long to bring them into focus. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
      The Black Godfather (2019) Does yeoman's work introducing a figure that few outsiders have likely heard of, but who needs no introduction in the power corridors of the entertainment industry. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jun 04, 2019
      Everybody's Everything (2019) ...quiet ruminations on mortality and manhood land with shattering force. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
      John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) As it stretches beyond the two-hour mark the film becomes, to use a loaded term, desensitizing. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
      Tolkien (2019) The film - stately, well-acted, and ultimately insubstantial - dilutes its considerable charms with hoary literary biopic conventions, and then risks strangling them entirely with its reductively literal takes on the vagaries of artistic inspiration. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 03, 2019
      (undefined) "Sublime" never delves far enough beneath the surface, nor does it make much of an attempt to contextualize the band for those who weren't around to see their heyday. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 02, 2019
      Five Feet Apart (2019) Richardson gives a star turn every bit as charismatic and assured as the film is formulaic and forgettable, bringing soul, style and nuance to a character that could have easily been a condescending caricature. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
      Love, Antosha (2019) A touching and surprising portrait of an actor who had much more going on in his life - from a serious illness to some seriously left-field artistic inclinations - than was mentioned in his obituaries. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
      High Flying Bird (2019) It's certainly more interested in ideas than characters, and the film stumbles when it makes half-hearted attempts at romantic intrigue or tragic backstories, but its subversive view of race, money and power in modern sports couldn't be more timely. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
      Imaginary Order (2019) Admirably acted and powered by a loopy internal rhythm, the film nonetheless wears out its welcome long before it's done inflicting indignities on its heroine, arriving at its main point early and then repeating it again and again. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
      Serenity (2019) "Serenity" sees a usually reliable screenwriter-turned-director take a bold swing and miss the mark completely, so intent on pulling the rug out from under you that he never notices you weren't even standing on it. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
      Perfectos desconocidos (2018) Its focus on our newfound willingness to collect all of our darkest secrets behind such an easily pierced veil... provides for plenty of squeamish entertainment. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
      Mortal Engines (2018) The movie devolves from promising to unwieldy, then baffling, then exhausting, then finally unintentionally hysterical. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Dec 05, 2018
      Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "Fantastic Beasts" assumes a similar level of engagement with its swollen dramatis personae, without allowing the time or putting in the work to earn it. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Nov 08, 2018
      The Chinese Widow (2017) An inoffensive, well-intentioned film derailed by a dozen little head-scratching decisions. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Nov 06, 2018
      Hold the Dark (2018) A strangely seductive film, and one that understands the difference between simple plot resolution and catharsis, leading us on a journey into Alaska's frigid heart of darkness that poses more questions than it answers. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
      Quincy (2018) For those unfortunate souls who only know Jones as the producer of "Thriller" or, more recently, a giver of deliriously entertaining interviews, "Quincy" presents a streamlined and convincing case for taking a much deeper dive into his accomplishments. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
      Freaks (2018) A tight yarn whose structural cleverness makes it easy to ignore the deeply familiar story at its core. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 09, 2018
      Peppermint (2018) Garner gives everything that is asked of her, from brute physicality to dewy-eyed tenderness, but this half-witted calamity botches just about everything else. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 06, 2018
      The Nun (2018) There is rarely any sense that anyone involved with "The Nun" takes anything here too seriously, and audiences are advised to respond in kind. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 05, 2018
      The Man From Mo'Wax (2016) Jones struck gold when both Lavelle and DJ Shadow opened their personal video vaults to him, and even if he does rely on a number of talking-head interviews, the film feels largely primary-source. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Sep 01, 2018
      The Happytime Murders (2018) Its most fatal miscalculation is the decision to frontload so many of its crassest setpieces into the first 15 or 20 minutes, depriving the rest of the film of the shock value that is its entire raison d'etre. - Variety
      Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
      Siberia (2018) It can never decide what kind of film it wants to be, drifting into drab formlessness when it needs to find moments of poetry, and reverting to dull clichés when it wants to indulge its thriller instincts... - Variety
      Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
      Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Though burdened with a slow start and enough thirsty fan-service to power Comic-Con's Hall H for a decade, it has a kicky, kinetic heist movie at its heart, and its action sequences are machine-tooled spectacles of the first order. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
      Deadpool 2 (2018) In almost every respect, this sequel is an improvement on its 2016 predecessor: Sharper, grosser, more narratively coherent and funnier overall, with a few welcome new additions. - Variety
      Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
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