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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Leah Greenblatt It feels like an essential document, created in the radical no-reservations spirit in which he lived. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2021
B Friends: The Reunion (2021) Kristen Baldwin The cast are certainly game... Whenever the action moves away from Stage 24, things start to fall apart. The celebrity testimonials add little, except to the reunion's runtime. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
B- Cruella (2021) Leah Greenblatt A movie as shiny and hectic as Cruella: a heady exercise in style and scenery-chewing whose high-gloss chaos seems designed less for cohesive storytelling or world-building than for looking super-cool in previews. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
A- In the Heights (2021) Leah Greenblatt A Technicolor marvel as heady as Old Hollywood, and as modern as this moment. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
B- Army Of The Dead (2021) Darren Franich Army of the Dead grills its cheese to a crisp, but Bautista adds some healthy flavor. His headshots never miss your heart. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
B Dream Horse (2020) Leah Greenblatt Sit back, let your resting pulse rate slow to an easy Acorn crawl, and watch Collette and Co.'s sweetly scrappy dream come true. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
B+ A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Leah Greenblatt It's almost immediately immersive to be here again... even if it ultimately feels like three quarters of a very good movie chopped off from a whole. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
A- Riders of Justice (2020) Leah Greenblatt A kind of popcorn movie that doesn't just let wit and storytelling serve as the garnish for big-bang action, but makes that its actual priority. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
B+ The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Leah Greenblatt Crawford's David is quietly devastating: a man who will do whatever it takes - sing a shaky ballad to his sweetheart in the car, build a rocket, pick up a gun - to keep what he loves. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
B Oxygen (2021) Leah Greenblatt A neat little sci-fi nightmare; a cool-toned exercise in claustrophobia that nearly pulls off the innate improbabilities of its high-concept nonsense. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
B- The Woman in the Window (2021) Leah Greenblatt [A] strange, mercurial thriller. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
C+ Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Leah Greenblatt What [Sheridan] can't fix is the movie's innate silliness, from Jolie's improbable hair to the not-Bob-Seger-but-it-could-be rock that dad-boogies over the soundtrack. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2021
C- Wrath of Man (2021) Leah Greenblatt Wrath is just another loose bag of lizard-brain thrills and wood-block dialogue: too ugly to be camp, too grimly familiar to feel new. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2021
C+ Things Heard & Seen (2021) Leah Greenblatt All of these familiar beats might have found some tension to build on if every character trait and plot turn weren't already so clumsily foreshadowed, or blatantly spelled out... EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
C Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Leah Greenblatt Vengeance is wrought without remorse and even less sense. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2021
C Mortal Kombat (2021) Christian Holub Why so much screen time was wasted talking about a tournament at all is left unclear. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
A- Hope (2019) Leah Greenblatt The full, flawed humanity of Hovid and Skarsgard's characters is imbued in nearly every scene, even their smallest interactions bearing the full weight of a long romantic history. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2021
B Monday (2020) Leah Greenblatt Papadimitropoulos has a particular feel for sun-baked hedonism and atmosphere, and Gough and Stan are extremely game. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
B Thunder Force (2021) Maureen Lee Lenker It's still an eccentric good time, even if it's not super-powered. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
B Concrete Cowboy (2020) Leah Greenblatt [It] finds fresh ways to update a classic coming-of-age story - not least because it's set not on some bucolic farmland or dusty ranch but in the streets of North Philadelphia, which has nurtured Black equestrians for generations. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
B Shiva Baby (2020) Leah Greenblatt Enter Shiva at your own risk... a hell of Danielle's own making maybe, but still a witty, jittery trip. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
C+ Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Leah Greenblatt Wingard understands his call to duty; the maximus monster smackdown. And on that the movie more or less delivers... EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
C Nobody (2021) Darren Franich A rather chilly festival of carnage, too rigid to ever really spark to life. It's wickless. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2021
C- Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Darren Franich This cut is no worse than the theatrical edition, but it sure is longer. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
B Face (2002) Owen Gleiberman Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
B+ Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) Leah Greenblatt If there's anyone who can spin the flotsam of the zeitgeist into Netflix gold, it's filmmaker Chris Smith... EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
B Coming 2 America (2021) Kristen Baldwin Coming 2 America is cute and fun, a lovingly made exercise in nostalgia that delivers several genuine laughs, even if it never achieves the comedic excellence of its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
B- Chaos Walking (2021) Christian Holub As far as pandemic releases from director Doug Liman go, Chaos Walking definitely has a more interesting premise than Locked Down. But that doesn't mean you should be rushing back to theaters to see it. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
B+ Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Leah Greenblatt Feels fresh not just for the mere fact of its female-forward and predominately Asian cast, but for the breeziness with which it bears the weight of Disney history... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
C+ Crisis (2021) Maureen Lee Lenker Its biggest crisis is that it's a thriller with no thrills. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
B+ Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Leah Greenblatt A fascinating if occasionally frustrating portrait of a remarkable young artist attempting to live out her own idea of radical honesty in an era of endless information and relentless image-shaping... EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
B+ The Father (2020) Leah Greenblatt Zeller, working from his own acclaimed 2012 French-language play Le Pére, is able to turn devastating illness into a kind of disjointed poetry - and one still threaded with real emotional resonance... EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
C Cherry (2021) Leah Greenblatt For all the frenzied action of the final scenes though, there's an airless, overwrought sense of diminishing returns - and that's a comedown we've seen too many times before. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
B+ The Nest (2020) Leah Greenblatt You could easily spend the next decade trying to decode its themes. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
C+ Silk Road (2021) Leah Greenblatt The Social Network redrawn in weed and wispy start-up beards. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
B The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Leah Greenblatt Hers was a life that often played like a melodrama - addiction, heartbreak, shadowy government conspiracies - and so Daniels largely chooses to portray it as one, often to messy and outsized effect. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
B I Care a Lot (2020) Leah Greenblatt Pike, who lately has taken the lead in noble biopics like last year's Radioactive and 2018's A Private War, feels unleashed by the wickedness of the role, gleefully sinking those gleaming white teeth into her finest villainy since Gone Girl. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
B+ Kajillionaire (2020) Leah Greenblatt Bleak and funny and still, somehow, flickering with hope. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
B+ EMMA. (2020) Leah Greenblatt If anyone were to push Emma Woodhouse into a less straitened age, why not the woman who captured Childish Gambino in a palm-tree polyblend? EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
B+ Enola Holmes (2020) Maureen Lee Lenker While the mystery might be elementary (my dear, notably absent, Watson), the storytelling is winkingly subversive, proclaiming that a new and welcome game is afoot. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
B The World to Come (2020) Leah Greenblatt A love story of deep and delicate feeling if not strict originality. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2021
B Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Leah Greenblatt Barb and Star commits to its deep silliness so sweetly and completely that you can't help falling a little bit in love with them too. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
C+ To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Mary Sollosi It's a shame, though, that what was once a bit of an underdog love story, rendered all in dreamy blues and quiet feelings, has been blown up into a tricked-out globetrotting fantasy of gooey devotion. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
B The Mauritanian (2021) Leah Greenblatt The Mauritanian... reaches for something not many Hollywood productions do: Telling a story centered not just the moral quandaries its Western characters face, but on the soul of the man at the center of it all. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
B Little Fish (2020) Mary Sollosi Maybe that's the greatest surprise of the movie, after all: Obsessed though it is with the past, throughout its whole runtime, the best part always lies ahead. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
B+ Two of Us (2019) Leah Greenblatt Meneghetti, a first-time but remarkably assured filmmaker, gives Two a dreamlike realism, letting the score go ragged in its tensest moments and swooping in artfully on aching closeups and empty spaces. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
A- First Cow (2019) Leah Greenblatt Some itchy viewers probably (and understandably) won't make it past the first 20 minutes. But if they stay, the deliberate paces of Reichardt's storytelling do cast a sort of spell: a bittersweet comic absurdity, told in the rhythms of real life. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C Falling (2020) Leah Greenblatt Barring any greater lessons on motivation or forgiveness, the movie becomes little more than an endurance test; one far easier - at least for the viewer - to fall away from than to stay. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C+ Ruby in Paradise (1993) EW Staff The film ends up being about whether she'll land on her feet, when what we really want to see is whether she can stand tall. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B+ Together Together (2021) Leah Greenblatt A wry low-key dramedy that lands with surprising sweetness. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021