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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      90/100
      May December (2023) Philip Martin The best role belongs to Portman, who will surely get major awards attention for her turn as ambitious, diligent and perpetually line-crossing Elizabeth.
      Posted Dec 01, 2023
      89/100
      Mutiny in Heaven: The Birthday Party (2023) Sean Clancy It's not for everybody, but for those who are drawn to the Birthday Party's brand of bleak, poetic nihilism, it's heavenly.
      Posted Dec 01, 2023
      82/100
      Napoleon (2023) Piers Marchant For all the film's refusal to canonize its protagonist, it doesn't have terribly much to offer beyond its mocking portrayal of the former general, and the peppering in of expansive battle sequences in between.
      Posted Nov 27, 2023
      82/10
      The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Piers Marchant The film's reasonably creepy first act laboriously sets up what might have been something good and jarring, only for the script to become a mishmash of barely considered ideas that mostly end up as demonic-hued piffle.
      Posted Oct 06, 2023
      86/100
      Golda (2023) Philip Martin Mirren gets the job done, which is the important thing. She blasts away the old caricature of the grandmotherly, somehow doddering Meir without ever indulging in over-the-top actorliness.
      Posted Aug 25, 2023
      Reinventing Elvis: The '68 Comeback (2023) Philip Martin I was a little skeptical that "Reinventing Elvis" could justify its length -- at one hour and 26 minutes it's more than twice the running time of the original special -- but even those well-versed in Presley lore are likely to learn something.
      Posted Aug 22, 2023
      82/100
      Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story (2023) Piers Marchant The film goes down relatively smoothly, albeit blunt as a mallet to the skull, even as it never lets us forget for a second the corporation behind it all.
      Posted Aug 19, 2023
      The Miracle Club (2023) Philip Martin It feels like a waste of [a] pretty spectacular cast, but it's not the sort of movie that reasonable people get mad at... Good intentions ought to count for something.
      Posted Aug 14, 2023
      Jules (2023) Philip Martin Quirky and sweet, "Jules" has a certain predictability and Gavin Steckler's screenplay at times strains a little too hard, but nothing about it feels like anything less than an earnest choice.
      Posted Aug 13, 2023
      75/100
      Haunted Mansion (2023) Dan Lybarger The new Haunted Mansion still feels unsatisfying because it's hard to tell which audience Disney was trying to reach.
      Posted Jul 28, 2023
      Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie (2023) Courtney Lanning The film simplifies [its] characters to the point they have no soul and no redeeming qualities.
      Posted Jul 28, 2023
      Oppenheimer (2023) Courtney Lanning "Oppenheimer" is weighty, it's tragic, it's art. Dammit, this is everything cinema should be.
      Posted Jul 21, 2023
      4/5
      The Sting (1973) Keith Garlington There's a playful allure that permeates much of the film and it has a cool retro style that calls back to the classic mob movies of Raoul Walsh and Lloyd Bacon. But it also has a touch of 1970s grit which helps sets it apart.
      Posted Jul 21, 2023
      Superman: Red Son (2020) Courtney Lanning Superman: Red Son isn't a bad film. It's just a strange spectacle with a bit of uneven pacing and muddled messaging.
      Posted Jul 19, 2023
      Nine Days (2020) Courtney Lanning There's not one wasted detail in [Edson] Oda's movie.
      Posted Jul 19, 2023
      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Courtney Lanning In more ways than one, this simple story leaves complexity and nuance to its characters. They do the heavy lifting, and they look great doing it among a sea of creative cinematography from Conrad Hall.
      Posted Jul 19, 2023
      Theater Camp (2023) Courtney Lanning ..."Theater Camp" is exactly the type of risky production Hollywood needs to be investing in to keep itself fresh and alive.
      Posted Jul 19, 2023
      Biosphere (2022) Courtney Lanning There's no CGI to hide behind. And the only accompanying music they get is a scat soundtrack. But Ray and Billy make it work. Their journey, their grief, their humor, and their chemistry take a risky experiment and make it a film worth watching.
      Posted Jul 07, 2023
      3.5/5
      The Lesson (2023) Keith Garlington Troughton keeps us engaged throughout, using all the pieces she's given to their fullest. And it's hard not to love the cast led by a deliciously noxious Richard Grant.
      Posted Jul 07, 2023
      The Gullspång Miracle (2023) Piers Marchant It doesn't solve any crimes, but it certainly offers a lot about human nature and our ability to cram the round peg of belief through the narrow square space of reality.
      Posted Jun 30, 2023
      One Night with Adela (2023) Piers Marchant Creating an atmosphere of dank dread is an accomplishment, but this one won't stay with you very long.
      Posted Jun 30, 2023
      Rather (2023) Piers Marchant Follows the greatest hits format, but hopscotches around between archived news clips from different eras, contemporary interviews with Rather and some of his professional associates, to produce an encapsulation of his life that feels properly vetted.
      Posted Jun 30, 2023
      Nimona (2023) Courtney Lanning This isn't a mindless cartoon full of pop music and a minimalistic story to put on in the background. Nimona deserves your full attention. It's important and it's still an absolute blast of action and fun even for those who aren't LGBT.
      Posted Jun 30, 2023
      Asteroid City (2023) Courtney Lanning Every scene feels handstitched by a man who clings so tightly to his own vision that he has become a household name in the same vein as Christopher Nolan or Tim Burton.
      Posted Jun 30, 2023
      Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023) Dan Lybarger It's almost as if DreamWorks themselves are admitting they can do better.
      Posted Jun 30, 2023
      86/100
      Asteroid City (2023) Piers Marchant To be certain, there is still a lot to savor for Anderson fans, but with this film, he has reached a new level of complexity that might have plunged his already teetering emotional ratio into much less accessible territory.
      Posted Jun 23, 2023
      Past Lives (2023) Piers Marchant In Song's impossibly adept debut, she's able to find balance and harmony in the chaos of an ever-surging society.
      Posted Jun 23, 2023
      1.5/5
      God Is a Bullet (2023) Keith Garlington "God Is a Bullet" is hopelessly dark and dour -- a seemingly endless two hour 35 minute malaise of misery that eventually wears you down and even worse tests your patience.
      Posted Jun 23, 2023
      85/100
      The Blackening (2022) Piers Marchant The movie is a pip, a bracing rush of originality that gives one hope for the oncoming summer deluge.
      Posted Jun 16, 2023
      80/100
      Elemental (2023) Piers Marchant A film that maintains a sloppy grasp of its own basic mechanics, en route to a well-worn story that feels laden down with its own attempts at Deeper Meaning.
      Posted Jun 16, 2023
      It Ain't Over (2022) Jack Schnedler Longtime baseball fans can revel in black-and-white archival footage showing Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra in his prime... The universe of non-fans can savor Berra as a pop-culture legend, thanks mainly to his trove of purported Yogi-isms.
      Posted Jun 16, 2023
      Extraction 2 (2023) Courtney Lanning I don't think it's often we see sequels that improve on the previous entry in a film series. But when it happens, it certainly makes me happy.
      Posted Jun 16, 2023
      Flamin' Hot (2023) Courtney Lanning When judged solely on the merits of craft and fiction, "Flamin' Hot" is all that and a bag of chips.
      Posted Jun 10, 2023
      2.5/5
      The Boogeyman (2023) Keith Garlington The overall impression that "we've seen all this before" stymies much of the suspense and leaves the film feeling like pretty standard horror movie fare.
      Posted Jun 09, 2023
      90/100
      Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) Piers Marchant The combination of art and story produce an extraordinarily entertaining spectacle.
      Posted Jun 02, 2023
      Kandahar (2023) Courtney Lanning Don't treat Kandahar like "another Gerard Butler action flick," even for those who like them. Expect more from this movie. Because it delivers.
      Posted May 26, 2023
      Master Gardener (2022) Courtney Lanning The latter half of this movie seems content with leaving most of the planted ideas buried in the soil.
      Posted May 26, 2023
      2/5
      White Men Can't Jump (2023) Keith Garlington I'm still trying to figure out why they even bothered calling it "White Men Can't Jump" considering how little it has in common with the considerably better original.
      Posted May 22, 2023
      78/100
      Fast X (2023) Piers Marchant Dom -- and the film -- are so relentless with the notion of whatever family means, it all begins to feel like so much sentimentalist drivel, a colorfully patterned carpet designed to distract you from all the people losing money at the slot machines.
      Posted May 19, 2023
      The Mother (2023) Courtney Lanning I can't say I was ever bored during The Mother, and I certainly appreciate that the story was kept simple. It's far too easy for writers to unnecessarily complicate an action movie with the intention of adding more depth.
      Posted May 12, 2023
      Knights of the Zodiac (2023) Courtney Lanning The narrative and characters are swallowed by a storm of ill-conceived CGI and unfortunate writing, another title in the long list of live-action anime adaptations that should deter similar future attempts.
      Posted May 12, 2023
      87/100
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) Piers Marchant This "Guardians" doesn't come with the same verve and moxie as the first two, but there is, at least, a sense of growth.
      Posted May 05, 2023
      Hannah Gadsby: Something Special (2023) Courtney Lanning Gadsby's shows, including the newest production, "Something Special," feel like a separate class of comedy -- almost literary.
      Posted May 05, 2023
      86/100
      Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (2023) Dan Lybarger Fremon Craig works well with her young cast and the grownups who accompany them. She also takes potentially heavy subject matter and delivers it in an entertaining and touching manner.
      Posted Apr 28, 2023
      Peter Pan & Wendy (2023) Courtney Lanning When compared to the narrative catastrophes of most of the other live-action Disney remakes, Peter Pan & Wendy seems to have found more success than it had any right to.
      Posted Apr 28, 2023
      Beau Is Afraid (2023) Piers Marchant It's not a film about all the things that actually happen as much as it's a film about the feelings these events conjure up in us, the way they stir and poke at our own subconscious' terrors.
      Posted Apr 28, 2023
      4/5
      Evil Dead Rise (2023) Keith Garlington Everything from the gnarly practical effects to the incredible makeup to the gallons upon gallons upon gallons of blood helps to create this a visually amazing buffet of grotesquerie that long-time fans are hungry for.
      Posted Apr 28, 2023
      5/5
      Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - 40th Anniversary (2023) Keith Garlington The influence of "Jedi" (and the original Star Wars trilogy as a whole) has gone well beyond the first three films and still entertains legions of fans today. It did me all those years ago. And it still does today.
      Posted Apr 28, 2023
      85/100
      Chevalier (2022) Piers Marchant It favors quick resolution and dramatic encapsulation to depth, a treatment that hardly does justice to Bologne. For a man who once bested no less than Mozart in musical combat, it's hard not to feel he deserves better.
      Posted Apr 21, 2023
      Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always (2023) Courtney Lanning "Once & Always" perfectly captures the vibe of the original series. The dialogue is cheesy, the story is melodramatic, the villains are outrageous, and I love it all.
      Posted Apr 21, 2023
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