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Rating Title/Year Author
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Beth Accomando The main problem was that Wonder Woman did not seem in control of her own sequel. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Swallow (2019) Beth Accomando An exquisitely crafted film with an unconventional and unexpected heroine driving the story. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
News of the World (2020) Beth Accomando Directed and co-written by Paul Greengrass, "News of the World" is not a bad film but it is a film of missed opportunities and a kind of ho-hum familiarity. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
76 Days (2020) Beth Accomando The film is an amazing document of how health workers coped with the coronavirus pandemic in those 76 days of lockdown in Wuhan. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Sound of Metal (2019) Beth Accomando Sound of Metal is a film well worth listening to and the benefit of viewing it from home is that you can watch with headphones on to fully appreciate the audio. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Collective (2019) Beth Accomando Collective is a thoroughly engrossing and superbly crafted film that explores one country's specific problems while also resonating universally in terms of addressing issues that affect people everywhere. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Beth Accomando Friedkin, at 85, is still razor sharp and compelling to listen to. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) Beth Accomando These two women give the film its formidable backbone and chief interest. Sadly the rest of the film isn't quite as compelling or as fully realized. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Freaky (2020) Beth Accomando Landon isn't quite as clever riffing on horror cliches in Freaky as in the Death Day films. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Martin Eden (2019) Beth Accomando Martin Eden is a film full of passion and politics, romance and tragedy, intimacy and epic sweep. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Time (2020) Beth Accomando Time wants us to understand that injustice is not just about innocent people wrongfully imprisoned but also about guilty people whose punishments do not fit their crimes. Time states it case with compassion and a stunning sense of artistry. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Glorias (2020) Beth Accomando The film has wonderful flights of creative fancy. Taymor captures the times she depicts well and reminds us what that surge of protest for women's rights felt like. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Beth Accomando The film looks to the role of protest and the government's reaction to it in a way that is enlightening as we face new protests now. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Beth Accomando That's really my idea of a great film, one that inspires you to think about it and one that you just want to see again so you can discuss all its possibilities. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
The Devil All the Time (2020) Beth Accomando While there are some striking moments in the narrative, director Antonio Campos just doesn't seem to try that hard to give depth to the characters... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Spiral (2019) Beth Accomando It manages to be both decidedly dark yet with a hope for humanity. I was pleasantly surprised by the film. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Beth Accomando Antebellum is so aggravatingly disappointing because it misses such a great opportunity to use the horror genre for pointed social commentary... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
The Milk of Sorrow (2009) Beth Accomando Llosa, in only her second feature, reveals a maturity and confidence of a more experienced filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Beth Accomando All In vigorously and passionately presents its case and assembles an article group of people to argue its points. It connects the dots through history, shines a light on how voter suppression can impact elections, and urges activism. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Beth Accomando The Personal History of David Copperfield is a streamlined and lively adaptation of Dickens' beloved classic that can bring joy at a time when I feel like we need it. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) Beth Accomando It may not be reach viewers whose minds it wants to change. But to those willing to listen, it offers a terrifying warning. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Beth Accomando Nomad is amazing, inspiring, and just beautiful to look at and listen to. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Desert One (2019) Beth Accomando Desert One is a compellingly told, surprisingly intimate, and meticulously researched documentary but I wish it also looked for deeper insights. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Song Without a Name (2019) Beth Accomando León's film has a deep sadness at its core yet it does not abandon all hope for change. It's a haunting first feature that engages more as a visual poem than conventional narrative but it proves deeply affecting. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
Train to Busan (2016) Beth Accomando ...one of the best zombie films ever... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Zombie for Sale (2019) Beth Accomando The film riffs on a lot of previous zombie films from "Land of the Dead" to "Warm Bodies" to "Zombieland," yet director Lee Min-jae manages to somehow keep it all fresh and decidedly funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
10/10 Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019) Beth Accomando Harvey takes advantage of the access he has to Trejo's life and crafts an insightful, thoughtful and beautifully executed portrait of this amazing person. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Beth Accomando No matter what complaints I might have about certain aspects of the film, the emotional impact of Paul's final confrontation with his past is so powerful, so heartbreaking and so well realized that it makes up for any of the film's shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Beth Accomando It's a clever and refreshing approaching to telling a rather familiar sci-fi tale of aliens living above us. The film's smartly crafted to embrace its limitations and turn them into advantages. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Beth Accomando ...kudos to filmmaker Jeff Barnaby for tweaking genre expectations to deliver something entertaining and clever but not quite in the genius realm... EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
The Wretched (2019) Beth Accomando ...a formulaic horror tale that fails to develop an interesting mythology for its witchy creature but it is a showcase for practical effects and boasts solid production values. It just needed a better script. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Our Mothers (2019) Beth Accomando I'm sure that the story will resonate more fully with those who are more familiar with Guatemala's history but "Nuestras Madres" is also a personal story that will connect with anyone. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Trolls World Tour (2020) Beth Accomando The film assembles some strong vocal talent and yes it's message is a good one of can't we all get along and be accepting of all our differences. But knowing there are so many better animated films out there to show to kids... EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Beth Accomando If you want something that is not formulaic or by the book, then check out this bold, beautiful and brutal film. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2020
Wendy (2020) Beth Accomando ...a wonderful film full of both enchantment and a gritty sense of the real world. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Zombi Child (2019) Beth Accomando Bonello gives the film a hypnotic visual style and languorous, elliptical narrative style. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Harriet (2019) Beth Accomando This story has taken too long to be told on screen but Lemmons and Erivo do it justice. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Beth Accomando It's a film I can't help thinking about so now I'm itching to see it again and willing to put myself through this exquisitely well-crafted ringer one more time. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Little Women (2019) Beth Accomando I loved Gerwig's Ladybird where the characters felt more real and more interestingly flawed, but "Little Women" has too much homespun sweetness and feel-good cheeriness for my taste. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Beth Accomando If Star Wars has been a part of your life like it has been mine then you have to see The Rise of Skywalker. The good news is that you will also be happy you did. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Waves (2019) Beth Accomando Indie director Trey Edward Shults delivers visual poetry. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Beth Accomando While I am glad it opened my eyes to this warrior woman of the 1800s who dared defy the British, I'm frustrated that the filmmakers failed to find a way to bring the story to life with more artistry. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Report (2019) Beth Accomando It's a film that preaches to the converted and will not change any minds on the topic but it is good to have a film like this to remind us how fragile truth can be. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Beth Accomando An entertaining film that captures the corporate world better than the racing one. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Beth Accomando It's fascinating to see how Scorsese revisits flourishes from his past films but with this sense of an old man's weariness. But it reflects the weariness and age of the character not of Scorsese as a filmmaker -- he is as vigorous as ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
We Are the Flesh (2016) Beth Accomando A brutal, intense story with a riveting performance by Noe Hernandez... EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) Beth Accomando Mesmerizing from its first frame... EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Dulce familia (2019) Beth Accomando Comedy with a little more on its mind...Dulce Familia that delivers a message of body positivity with humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Joker (2019) Beth Accomando One of the main problems I have with the film is its inability to decide what it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Beth Accomando Ad Astra is gorgeous to look at with Pitt's gracefully aging face and a magnificently rendered galaxy to swoon over but it's emotionally hollow and ultimately disappointing. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019