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Rating Title/Year Author
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Asher Luberto In a world where the bad guys are doing the shootings, it's nice to see a good guy return the favor. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Asher Luberto [Wang]blends well-timed comedy, serious heartbreak and sophisticated observations on Western-thinking verse Eastern-thinking into a familial, if familiar tale that harkens back to the films of Yasujiro Ozu, or more recently to "The Big Sick." EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
All Is True (2018) Asher Luberto Shots of Stratford are as glistening as they are naturalistic. But if Shakespeare has taught us anything, it's that "All that glitters is not gold." EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Toba Singer It's hard to imagine that Fiennes, with his concern about the look of the film, would settle for a tabloid version of the character, yet in the end, that is what audiences are left with. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Asher Luberto There's something new in "Avengers Endgame." Real stakes. Also, real warmth, zest and a real sense of family connection. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Transit (2018) Paula Farmer As a film, Transit is only mildly interesting in execution, but full of nuance and important messaging regarding loss of homeland and identity. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Asher Luberto "The Mustang" has horsepower to spare. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Us (2019) Asher Luberto That's the thing about his eloquently crafted films--every frame is overflowing with purpose, but Peele leaves it up to us to decide what that purpose is. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Who Will Write Our History (2018) Toba Singer If the phrase "History is written by the victors" has become a truism, here is the film that takes the would-be victor, fascism, and transforms its own records and documents into a mirror of its perfidy. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Andrew Osborne The procedural elements of the plot aren't quite interesting enough to justify the bloated running time, nor are the underlying themes or the standard-issue personalities of the protagonists. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Asher Luberto The screenplay would rather see Larson be stoic than human. She has a movie stars squint and a charisma that melts the screen, but the character, despite amiable virtue, isn't particularly relatable... there's nothing super about her. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Asher Luberto In the end the voices in your head won't be calling Gloria. But they might be calling Moore. Or for more? Probably both. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Paula Farmer What the Spanish family drama/suspense thriller Everybody Knows may lack in twists and intrigue, it makes up for in performances and appeal from the three principal actors. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Philip Huang A work of deep humanity. You walk away breathless. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Asher Luberto You will sit watching in a wide-eyed bliss, and if your lucky, feel the breeze on your back as dragons glide through endless widescreen vistas. These boundless landscapes would have us believe that the world here is endless. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Asher Luberto Merchant knows how to counter with scenes of uplift. How to inspire by letting us befriend this goth-dressed outcast. She's confident yet reserved, determined yet scared, loving yet ruthless, and in the end, she's human. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Cakemaker (2017) Toba Singer There is no word in our lexicon for the conundrum so tenderly and lovingly, yet truthfully plated in The Cake Maker, not one, not one hundred. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Andrew Osborne ...each of the ballad's half dozen chapters effectively succeeds on its own terms thanks to the Coens' deadeye knack for plot and dialogue, humor and foreboding, the unexpected detail and the cruel twist of irony. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Toba Singer It bubbles with imaginative comic energy. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Vice (2018) Paula Farmer Vice is part character study, part political thriller, and all entertaining as well as undeniably intriguing and insightful. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Roma (2018) James Greenberg Above all else, Roma is an extraordinary visual experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) James Greenberg The film is a tale of youthful innocence and mature disillusionment. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Paula Farmer It's a delightful twist on more traditional movies of its genre(s). For a unique cinematic experience, take a ride on the darker side. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Roma (2018) Paula Farmer Cuarón has successfully captured a sense of time and place resulting in a film that is as gorgeous as it is poignant, making it a cinematic experience not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Widows (2018) Paula Farmer This is raw, gritty, at times violent, and welcomingly complex. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Pájaros de verano (2018) Toba Singer Birds of Passage is a true story and a compelling one. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Museo (2018) Toba Singer There are so many ways in which this twice-as-smart-by-half plan can go sideways that it's worth seeing the film just to see whether your guess corresponds to the actual one. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Love, Gilda (2018) Paula Farmer Her insatiable appetite for life, for love and to entertain permeates the documentary... EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Tower (2016) Andrew Osborne Combining rotoscoped reenactments of the tragedy with actual news footage and survivor recollections, Maitland creates an astonishing sense of immediacy as we experience the chaos and terror of the attack. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
Puzzle (2018) Paula Farmer Despite the heavy handed metaphor use, the not as obvious journey getting there is sweet and worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
The Doctor From India (2018) David E. Moreno "The Doctor From India" deserves to be seen and will be especially pleasurable to yoga and ayurveda students, healthcare practitioners, medical professionals, and lovers of Indian culture. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Toba Singer Your blood may run cold, but you now find yourself pinioned to the story. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Scott Von Doviak It's a gleeful kitchen sink throwback to the satiric, absurdist, wildly inventive indies of the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2017) Andrew Osborne "On Chesil Beach" works despite its deceptively simple premise in part thanks to Cooke's skill with pacing, tone, and general mise en scène. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
The Seagull (2018) Toba Singer Saoirse Ronan has a face like a weather system, where each tempest in a teapot, gust of excitement, guilty pleasure or expectation, shows up in a blush of heat across her freckled cheek. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
1945 (2017) Toba Singer There are few films that take up the fortunes of European Jewish survivors in the aftermath of World War II. This one is a welcome addition to the theme of recuperation and restitution. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) George Wu Avengers: Infinity War has trouble fitting in so many characters and giving them proper emotional moments as well as the fireworks in its 149 minute run time. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
Les fantômes d'Ismaël (2017) George Wu It's Desplechin-Amalric again, and they've done just fine for 21 years. This movie makes one hope for more Desplechin-Amalric-Cotillard though. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2018
Ce qui nous lie (2017) Paula Farmer [Cédric] Klapisch weaves a tight drama with touching scenes, lovingly laced with humor. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2018
Nelyubov (2017) Paula Farmer Loveless is a stark, taut, uniquely interesting drama filled with soul-less personas. This could possibly be appropriate to the particular community and to these specific characters than would be elsewhere, but at times feels a bit too alienating. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2018
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Toba Singer Bening and Bell unveil a spectrum of talent that stamps their performances throughout with the seal of equal engagement, not only as characters, but as the co-stars. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2018
L'insulte (2017) Paula Farmer The film's pitch perfect pacing and the superbly written political drama, coupled with its humanitarian factor, make it not only one of the best foreign films of 2017, but one of the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2018
The Post (2017) James Greenberg I think Spielberg made The Post as a rallying cry and cautionary tale for the present...The Post plays like a classic Hollywood movie, in the best sense. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Fire at Sea (2016) Toba Singer Rosi instils "Fire at Sea" with a naturalist rhythm that echoes the ebb and flow of the tides, with their waves breaking over Lambedusa's minimally-lit shoreline. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
The Comedian (2016) Toba Singer The ending isn't as happy, bittersweet, or funny, as it's supposed to be. It's as if the writers had lost interest when the jokes stopped inventing themselves, and frankly, the audience will too. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
Forushande (2016) Toba Singer Here, as he did in "A Separation," Asghar [Farhadi] delves beneath the surface of quotidian dilemmas, searching for authentic tributaries to the source of our sometimes elusive humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Toba Singer Raoul Peck takes a unique approach to documenting the meditations of the late Harlem-born author James Baldwin, who lived as an expatriate in Paris for most of his adult life. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
Kedi (2016) Renata Polt Between segments, the camera zooms over the city-even with its current 20 million human inhabitants, it's so gorgeous that I'm ready to pack my bags and get on a plane-and concentrates on one cat and its people. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
After the Storm (2016) George Wu All of these build up to being more than the sum of its parts. For anyone, being compared to Ozu is daunting, but Kore-eda needn't be ashamed, not with efforts like "After the Storm." EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017
The Women's Balcony (2016) Toba Singer Their vibrant determination finds expression in a silent sequence shot from above, as each leaves a building one at a time, opening a different-colored umbrella in the rain, resolute. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2017