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Rating Title/Year Author
B+ Ready or Not (2019) Leah Greenblatt Come for the crossbows, etc., and to watch Weaving's star be born in real time; stay for the socio-economic lessons and sweet, sweet revenge. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
B- Good Boys (2019) Leah Greenblatt Mostly, the story is just scant scaffolding on which to hang cheerfully crass jokes about Stranger Things, anal beads, and cocaine. But it's a winning showcase... EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Leah Greenblatt Linklater seems to treat [Semple's] tale of a blue-mood Seattleite who goes on the lam in Antarctica as literally as he can, streamlining the narrative into a sort of contained Wes Anderson whimsy. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
B After the Wedding (2019) Leah Greenblatt If the script's epiphanies don't feel quite as shocking or profound the second time around, it's still pleasing to watch these beautiful, troubled people move through their equally beautiful spaces... EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Clark Collis Blessed with some firm hands on the terror tiller and a winning cast, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a handsome, and deliciously horrible, horror movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C- The Queens of Comedy (2001) Troy Patterson Is this in the tradition of the great Moms Mabley? Sure. Does it rise to the sophistication of Married ... With Children? Rarely. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B+ One Child Nation (2019) Leah Greenblatt The movie offers an urgent and affecting reminder of what happens when the rule of law subsumes not just free will but the very act of existing - and the humanity that still, against all odds, endures. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
C- The Kitchen (2019) Leah Greenblatt By the time the script wends its way toward a bullet-riddled finale, with the Feds closing in and the women's alliances crumbling, you don't really care about the heat anymore; you just want to get out of The Kitchen. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
C+ () Eric Renner Brown The talented and energetic comedian crams Can I Be Me? with too many stale jokes, using them to sew together his stellar impressions. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
B- The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Leah Greenblatt Rain is not a bad movie, really, and it doesn't sell itself as anything other than earnest, floppy-eared family entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
B Luce (2019) Leah Greenblatt No one gets off easy here, and no one quite gets answers, either; maybe that's the point. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
B+ Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) Ken Tucker One crucial trait that distinguishes [Chris] Rock from every other comedian of his generation is that his jokes proceed from a thought-out political philosophy containing both radical and conservative elements. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup (2011) Ken Tucker With his wide, goofy grin and perpetually bemused, oh-my-gosh manner, Macdonald can render the most grim or poor-taste subjects amusing. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B The Nightingale (2018) Leah Greenblatt A bleak, bone-splintering revenge thriller as lawless and unforgiving as the 19th-century Australian outback it's set in... EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Bill Maher: I'm Swiss (2005) Doug Brod Less a stand-up routine than a libertarian rally peppered with zingers, Maher's performance elicits more applause than laughter. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
B- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Leah Greenblatt What makes the movie feel like more than a series of increasingly unlikely X Games challenges, mostly, is the loopy man-child chemistry between its two leads, Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs and Jason Statham's Shaw. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
() Rachel Desantis Rogan has something to say about everything from Kim Kardashian to religion to lying to kids, and when the master of Zen gets heated, as he tends to do, it always makes for a funny time. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
A- Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Leah Greenblatt DiCaprio and Pitt are probably as good as they've ever been in anything: one superbly channeling the outsize ego and fragility of an actor in early-midlife spiral, the other a sort of beach-boy Lebowski with a singular gift for sudden violence. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) Christian Holub The change of clothing and role hasn't led to C.K. going soft. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015) Kyle Anderson Throughout I'm Gonna Die Alone, Kirkman manages to strike an incredible tone, which expresses her exasperation with divorce, aging, sex and relationships without ever really devolving into actual anger. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017) Ray Rahman Even if you don't know Brennan, you're likely familiar with his wry brand of comedy; he co-created the great Chappelle's Show... As you might expect, he's very capable of putting together a high-caliber comedy set. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live (2014) Carolyn L. Todd By the end of the hour and 10 minutes of consistently entertaining standup and a riotously funny finale, Handler has proven herself fabulously suited to the platform. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (2016) Ariana Bacle Dana Carvey makes quite the impression with his distinctive brand of comedy in his new, outrageously funny stand-up special filmed at the The Wilbur Theatre in Boston. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
B- The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Leah Greenblatt The Art of Self-Defense could have a lot to say about modern loneliness and toxic masculinity, ideas that writer-director Riley Stearn largely decides to deliver as bone-dry, blunt-force satire. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B Stuber (2019) Leah Greenblatt Stuber knows that sense and logic aren't what its audience came for; we're here for good dumb fun - and of course, central air. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B+ The Farewell (2019) Leah Greenblatt On screen, Awkwafina can feel more like a personality than an actress; still, she finds something appealingly honest and vulnerable in Billi. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ The Lion King (2019) Leah Greenblatt The story and the songs, with a few notable if hardly unexpected updates, are fondly faithful to the original; the magic mostly intact. Another reboot was never terribly necessary, maybe - but it's good, still, to be King. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B Splendor in the Grass (1961) Lisa Schwarzbaum With his ripe lips, flirty eyes, and pre-Calvin Klein-era androgynous appeal, the 24-year-old Warren is utterly believable as a boy who drives Natalie Wood plumb insane with sexual frustration in William Inge's overheated melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
B Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Darren Franich I wound up liking Far From Home more than any Spider-Man film this decade. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
B- Yesterday (2019) Darren Franich I appreciated the songbook quality of Yesterday, and found something profoundly disquieting in its drugless, sexless version of the Beatles. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Darren Franich You worry this franchise machinery is getting creaky from overuse, like a beloved old chair that can now only hold the weight of one tiny doll. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B Wild Rose (2018) Leah Greenblatt It's saved from overfamiliarity by a welcome swerve in the final reel, and the visceral, raw-nerved life force that Buckley radiates in nearly every frame. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
B+ American Woman (2018) Leah Greenblatt [Miller] gives a startlingly real and lived-in performance... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
A- Midsommar (2019) Leah Greenblatt The skin-pricking pleasures of Midsommar aren't rational, they're instinctive: a thrilling, seasick freefall into the light. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
C+ Child's Play (2019) Christian Holub By giving Chucky a reason to kill, the new movie's arc can't help but dilute his menace a bit. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
B Murder Mystery (2019) Leah Greenblatt Aniston and Sandler, paired before in 2011's Just Go With It, relax into their roles as if their only stake in Mystery is to enjoy the free trip to Italy and have fun running down cobblestones. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
B- The Dead Don't Die (2019) Chris Nashawaty Jarmusch loads his genre-tweaking experiment with so many of his A-list friends that it's a gas just hanging out in their company. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
A- Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Chris Nashawaty The Rolling Thunder Revue was Dylan's personal magical mystery tour - and in Scorsese's hands, there's no shortage of magic or mystery. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B Toy Story 4 (2019) Darren Franich It took Pixar decades of technological innovation, but they finally made a beautiful piece of trash. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
C- Men in Black: International (2019) Darren Franich International is better than Men in Black II and worse than Men in Black III, and they're all bad, so erase this sentence from your memory. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B Late Night (2019) Leah Greenblatt Ganatra nimbly mixes classic rom-com tropes with fresher ideas on race, class, and the tangled ideologies of modern feminism, though her tone can also feel scattershot and sometimes too sitcom-ish. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
B Dark Phoenix (2019) Leah Greenblatt Twelve films into a nearly two-decade-old franchise, Dark Phoenix rises from the ashes of 2016's silly, bloated X-Men: Apocalypse - not a free bird, exactly, but better than what came before. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
C+ The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Chris Nashawaty The smile on your face in the first act starts to feel more like an obligatory plastered-on grin by the third. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
B+ Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Darren Franich This movie is a gift, and a fond farewell. I love Milch's writing, his loquacious waterfall. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
B Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Maureen Lee Lenker Whether it's Ruth reflecting on the details of her three marriages with her characteristic frankness or her family unpacking her political stances, it offers up insight into a woman who helped so many others truly know themselves. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
B Always Be My Maybe (2019) Leah Greenblatt Netflix seems to have found its true purpose in original movie programming over the past year: clever, endlessly meme-able rom-coms meant to be watched on the floor in your weird pajamas. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
B Fall From Grace (1990) Ken Tucker Fall from Grace could have been, at its most daring, an indictment of televangelism and, at the least, an entertaining hoot; instead, it's a baleful drag with superlative acting. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B+ A League of Their Own (1992) Jill Rachlin Hardly a perfect film, League nonetheless represents a breakthrough in women's sports movies: It's a celebration of sport for sport's sake. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
B Ma (2019) Leah Greenblatt Even as the story descends into full bloody camp at its crescendo, Spencer holds the more ludicrous plot threads together. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
C- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Chris Nashawaty Godzilla: King of the Monsters is not a good movie. In fact, it's a pretty terrible one. Don't shoot the messenger, Kaiju fans. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019