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Rating Title/Year Author
B Shazam! (2019) Chris Nashawaty Whenever Levi is on screen, wowed by his new grown-up physique (his muscles seem to have muscles) and shocked by his newly discovered powers, the movie soars. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
A- Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Chris Nashawaty You never get the sense that Zahler's endorsing his ugly characters' brutal behavior so much as acknowledging that it exists and is worth looking at even if you have to avert your gaze. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
B The Dirt (2019) Chris Nashawaty This movie won't win any awards. Nor should it. But for two hours it's a nostalgic blast to sit back and revel in the idiocy of these glorious, big-haired jackasses. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- Hotel Mumbai (2018) Chris Nashawaty It's well-made and, at times, excruciatingly tense, even if you wonder why anyone would want to sit through it. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ Us (2019) Leah Greenblatt Go see Us on its own terms: two hours of blood-spraying, body-snatching multiplex fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ The Aftermath (2019) Chris Nashawaty The Aftermath shows that even the most foolproof ideas wither in the face of turgid, overripe melodrama. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B The Highwaymen (2019) Chris Nashawaty It won't reinvent cinema the way that Bonnie and Clyde once did. But it's a ride worth taking nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B- Yardie (2018) Chris Nashawaty Yardie is a sprawling drug-world saga, but whatever narrative flaws it has are helped out by an infectious selection of dub-heavy reggae tracks and an authentically gritty sense of period and place. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B- Five Feet Apart (2019) Chris Nashawaty It's just another three-hankie teen weepie, albeit one with the saving grace of another excellent Haley Lu Richardson performance that gooses the film just past serviceable into the realm of slightly better than average. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
A Apollo 11 (2019) Chris Nashawaty The NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary Apollo 11 reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
B Triple Frontier (2019) Chris Nashawaty There may be no honor among thieves, but Triple Frontier certainly makes watching them pretty entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
B- The Legend of 1900 (1998) Bruce Fretts A trio of fine performances keeps it from curdling into magical schmaltz. Roth projects a disarmingly elegant presence, and he's equaled by Clarence Williams III, who challenges 1900 to a piano showdown in the film's exuberant centerpiece. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
B Captain Marvel (2019) Darren Franich The movie's treatment of its source material is clever. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
B The Wedding Guest (2018) Leah Greenblatt Guest barely bothers to meet the traditional wham-bam metrics of the genre. But as an intriguing, impressionistic wisp of a story, its mood and colors linger on the screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
A- Gloria Bell (2018) Leah Greenblatt Moore-vulnerable but undauntable-lives every moment in her skin, fantastic to the last glorious frame. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B+ The Mustang (2019) Leah Greenblatt Mustang's tone can come off as too hard-baked, a minor-key study in tortured masculinity; but the cracks that it shows are worth waiting for. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B- Greta (2018) Leah Greenblatt [Huppert's] Greta turns out to be the movie's saving grace... a presence so fantastically bonkers - and so aware of the story's mounting midnight-movie kitsch - that it hardly matters if you've seen it all done before, and better. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B- The Hole in the Ground (2019) Dana Schwartz The Hole in the Ground never seeks to differentiate itself from the established horror movie aesthetic: we get creepy jangling lullaby music, a decrepitly old hooded women mumbling to herself ominously, bare feet on creaking wooden floors, broken mirrors. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
B+ Transit (2018) Chris Nashawaty In Transit, the past is prologue... and it's devastating. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
C- Climax (2018) Chris Nashawaty Noé comes off like the naughtiest and most attention-starved pupil in the Lars von Trier school of cinematic outrage. But the act is becoming more and more tiresome with each new project that pinballs out of his id. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
A- () Chris Nashawaty Thanks to two pitch-perfect performances, Paddleton is bittersweet and poignant beyond words. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B- Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Chris Nashawaty It's a triumph of style over substance. But what style! EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
B+ Isn't It Romantic (2019) Dana Schwartz Isn't It Romantic pulls off a sweet sleight-of-hand trick as a rom-com-within-a-rom-com, mocking all of the classic rom-com tropes while still letting us indulge in them. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
C Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Chris Nashawaty Written and directed again by Christopher Landon, the film is just more of the same, reheated and served up over and over again until it becomes a déjà-vu endurance test. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
C+ Lords of Chaos (2018) Chris Nashawaty In Lords of Chaos, you never really know what these dim lost boys are rebelling against or manage to get inside of their heads... not that you'd ever want to. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ What Men Want (2019) Dana Schwartz It delivers exactly what you expect, in exactly the way you expect. If you're looking to save some cash, it might be worth it to just watch the trailer five times in a row and call it a night. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ High Flying Bird (2019) Chris Nashawaty The stakes never feel quite as high as the hyperventilating Soderbergh and McCraney think they are, especially if you've had a passing interest in professional sports any time over the past 20 years. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
B Fighting With My Family (2019) Leah Greenblatt [A] movie about as subtle as the "bowling ball to the bollocks" one hopeful grunt has to take early on, but still somehow a winning one. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
C Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Darren Franich A better version of this movie would've kept its mind on the game. Better title: Rollerblade Runner. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Mary Sollosi [T]his Souvenir is one to treasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Leah Greenblatt [A] methodical, unmissable takedown. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Mary Sollosi Try making it through Rachel Lears' documentary, about four fearless working-class women challenging powerful incumbents in the 2018 primaries, without getting fully fired up. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Leah Greenblatt [G]orgeously shot, keenly felt, and utterly original in both style and execution. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
C Miss Bala (2019) Leah Greenblatt It's mostly left to Rodriguez to carry the absurdity on her shoulders, and the fact that she makes it so watchable is a real testament to her abilities. Next time, may the material rise at least halfway to meet her. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
A- Brittany Runs a Marathon (2018) Leah Greenblatt A whip-smart comedy that manages to deliver genuinely funny uplift without ever swerving away from its own dark side. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
B Big Time Adolescence (2018) Leah Greenblatt If Big Time isn't exactly a PSA for good adulting, it's still an endearingly messy portrait of boyhood and manhood and all the lessons in between. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
C- Polar (2019) Leah Greenblatt A gleefully unhinged teenage-boy dream that aims only for hard, shiny surfaces, and stays there. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B- King of Thieves (2018) Leah Greenblatt There's some real, small pleasure in watching these old lions at work... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B+ Arctic (2018) Leah Greenblatt When the gamble is man vs. nature, the smart bet is almost always on the house. Unless the man is Mads Mikkelsen... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B- Piercing (2018) Chris Nashawaty A sick-joke psychological cat-and-mouse game with just enough twists to keep you on your toes. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
B+ Blinded by the Light (1980) Leah Greenblatt A Technicolor ode to the power of music so deeply tender and heartfelt that it disarms even the most misanthropic critic's instincts. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
B- Rent Live (2019) Darren Franich Lots to enjoy - and yet, there was something a bit remote about this Rent. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
B Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Leah Greenblatt Gilroy has a lot to say about money, mindless consumerism, and the soul-sucking emptiness of conflating ownership and ego-stroking with self-worth. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ Cold Pursuit (2019) Chris Nashawaty You'd think by now, 10 years into this implausible aging-vigilante cycle, things would be getting a bit tired and rote. But you'd be wrong. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
A- The Report (2019) Leah Greenblatt A sobering, supremely well-crafted procedural in the vein of Spotlight in The Post that seems designed to induce anger and catharsis in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
B The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Chris Nashawaty Everything is still awesome. Just a little bit less so. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
B Honey Boy (2019) Leah Greenblatt If Honey's arc feels stamped in an certain kind of indie template, it still builds a sneaky kind of emotional capital. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
B Native Son (2019) Leah Greenblatt Sanders has an elusive kind of quicksilver presence; sometimes he's little boy, gentle and funny and kind; sometimes a grown man with nothing behind his eyes but rage or a hard blankness. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
B Tito and the Birds (2018) Christian Holub Tito and the Birds combines different art styles in a way that demonstrates the radical possibilities of animated storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
C Serenity (2019) Chris Nashawaty It wants to be trashy, pulpy fun that toys with your mind and your expectations. Sadly, it just ends up insulting both. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019