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Rating Title/Year Author
Underwater (2020) Asher Luberto By stealing everything from Ridley Scott's 1979 classic [Alien], this watered down rip-off brings nothing new to the table. In the ocean, no one can hear you sigh. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Paula Farmer Just Mercy the movie is solidly good adaptation and a compelling drama. It will bring a tear to your eye, but more importantly, shine a light on an honorable man, admirable causes and a little-known case. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
The Two Popes (2019) Asher Luberto Meirelles has reformed the historical drama in a way that makes going to church entertaining. The Two Popes is a blessing to us all. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Little Women (2019) James Greenberg Gerwig modernizes the material and gives it momentum by chopping up the narrative so it moves back and forth in time rather than telling a linear story. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Irishman (2019) James Greenberg Scorsese's genius is to see the humanity we share with these fatally flawed people. Make no mistake, this is a brilliantly executed but profoundly sad movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Asher Luberto It's clear that this tale of civic corruption wanted to be the East's Chinatown. With its jazzy score, city conspiracies and the uncertainty of the femme fetale's father, the only thing that's missing is the actual grit. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Parasite (2019) Paula Farmer Just when you thought a Bong Joon-ho movie couldn't get more weird or wonderful, he delivers a masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Paula Farmer The script, penned by Almodóvar, doesn't go deep enough to be considered either a great character study nor strong situational drama. While this is a laudable minor film worth seeing, in a pantheon of many great projects and at least two masterpieces... EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Asher Luberto Some members of the Academy are sure to look at [Pitt's] performance and ask: "Where's the crying? Where's the yelling?" Yet it's his silence that speaks volumes...it's a masterclass in understatement. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Asher Luberto It's good ol' fashion Oscar bait: beautiful to look at; hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Asher Luberto Issa Lopez was an archaeologist before she became a filmmaker, and it's clear she took notes. Her latest, "Tigers Are Not Afraid," is about digging up the past to make sense of the present. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Asher Luberto I'm sorry to pop your balloon, but "It Chapter Two"is a mess. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Paula Farmer We're left with an odd and unfortunate combination of too much, too little, too slow. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Paula Farmer While Bernadette is entertaining and charming enough, especially for this time of year, it misses opportunities to be categorized as a character study film of any depth. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Asher Luberto "Good Boys" eloquently reflects the recesses of the tweenage mind. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
Driven (2018) Brent Goldman There's not a lot obviously wrong with Driven, but it just feels like a cast and crew that is just going through the motions. Such a wild story is told in a disappointingly vanilla manner. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Asher Luberto A powerful drama about freedom and hard-won-female-power, "The Nightingale" serves as the ultimate middle finger to centuries of racism and sexism. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Brent Goldman There are plenty of enjoyable moments, but it just never becomes as scary or fresh as you expect. Fun and creepy moments balance out painfully mediocre and cliche threads that bind the stories together. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Asher Luberto What made "Mission Impossible: Fallout" so remarkable was the honesty in its extravagance--that really was Tom Cruise up in the helicopter! This avoids honesty the way its stars avoid off days at the gym. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Brent Goldman It's an impossibly sweet meditation on what it means to be a hero and empower those around you. With a free-spirited adventure story and the most heartwarming performances of the year, The Peanut Butter Falcon soars. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Brent Goldman Them That Follow captures the essence of snake-handling Pentecostals, but it just doesn't pack the emotional punch needed make the film worthwhile. What could have been feels lost, with a stacked cast wasted on a dreary mood-piece. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Asher Luberto One thing IS for sure: no other director is going to give you a cinematic feat with so many feet! EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Paula Farmer As a sort of video capsule of an important part of New York history, Carmine Street Guitars is sweet and simple, presenting a necessary message of embracing the arts, while supporting local and independent businesses. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Asher Luberto The films greatest pleasure is watching Eisenberg slip into his textbook transformation from bullied to bully. It's what gave "The Social Network" its gravitas and its what gives "The Art of Self Defense" its own unique style. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Image Book (2018) Asher Luberto Is this about the power of arrangement? Or is it a meditation on the movement in moving pictures? It's hard to say. What's easy to say-and see- is the way it jumps from scene to scene with cumulative grace. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Brent Goldman The Lion King is a visual masterpiece that honors and builds on the original story, but can't quite find the same depth and emotion. If you were to introduce someone to The Lion King, the 1994 version remains the go-to. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) James Greenberg What Scorsese offers us is a reasonable facsimile of what The Rolling Thunder Revue was like: A rollicking good time, a shape-shifting getaway, and an inspiring journey. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Asher Luberto Bring the kids. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Asher Luberto It's just the sort of carelessness many will mistake for "feel good" entertainment. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Brent Goldman Far From Home shows both Holland and Parker are ready to accept the destiny that lies ahead of them and the responsibilities that come along with it. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Brent Goldman Toy Story 4 is Pixar firing on all cylinders - it's a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of heart. It (potentially) wraps up the franchise in a nice bow and gives our old friends the final character arcs they so deserve. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Asher Luberto At once a love letter to to The Bay and a loveless depiction of despair at bay; this tale of gentrification has the feeling of a fish being released back out to sea. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Late Night (2019) Asher Luberto It's "The Devil Wears Prada" for the Twitter era. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Truman Show (1998) Asher Luberto You can't take your eyes off Jim Carry. He's the most likable clown since Charlie Chaplin, and his sunny smile lightens the serious subject matter. He's the perfect subject to make Reality TV a reality. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
La dolce vita (1960) Asher Luberto "La Dolce Vita" translates to "The Sweet Life," but around my house it translates to "The Best Movie Ever." EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
L'Avventura (1960) Asher Luberto An assault on modernity that transformed modern cinema. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Asher Luberto Stanley Kubrick's whirligig vision of past and present, inner and outer space, is an overwhelming space opera of visual dance and prophetic trance. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Playtime (1967) Asher Luberto [Tati's] unparalleled mise-en-scene stuffs the frame with enough energy to save a Paris power outage. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Network (1976) Asher Luberto [Network] regularly finds itself at the pinnacle of "Best Movie" ratings. In a world where ratings are everything, that's a mighty fine accomplishment. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Videodrome (1983) Asher Luberto "Videodrome" is a radical look at the deep-web, YouTube, screen addiction and the increasingly violent state of movies at a time when such subjects weren't up for cultural debate. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Andrew Osborne Indeed, the hyper-adrenalized pace, over-the-top set pieces, and conspicuously flashy production values strain so hard...fortunately, there's just enough charm left over to make the movie worth a look... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Asher Luberto This looks and sounds like every other biopic. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
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