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Rating Title/Year Author
The Sunset Limited (2011) Christian Blauvelt If The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada didn't already convince you that the man can direct, Jones' take on Sunset Limited proves his directorial skill. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
C+ Made in Italy (2020) Leah Greenblatt Made has the passport; it just doesn't take you there. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
C The Secret Garden (2020) Maureen Lee Lenker This adaptation leans heavily on clichés the story doesn't need. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
D An American Pickle (2020) Darren Franich Things go south anytime humans have to speak. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
The Girl (2012) Ken Tucker Any production with an agenda like this was bound to be jarringly didactic, a surprisingly crucial flaw for a TV-movie with such talented people in front of and behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
B+ She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Leah Greenblatt The movie's messy humanity meets its existential panic and the story takes hold, finding strange resonance and even a kind of absurdist comedy in its end times. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
A Temple Grandin (2010) Jennifer Armstrong This thoughtful treatment also helps a severely deglammed Danes transcend a standard awards-bait performance. She in turn gets a nice boost from a strong but understated supporting cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
B- Radioactive (2019) Leah Greenblatt [An] intriguing but frustrating drama... EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
A- Yes, God, Yes (2019) Mary Sollosi Despite the breathtaking unfairness perpetuated by so many characters under the pretext of faith, the film shows remarkable empathy not only for Dyer's heroine, but also everyone around her... EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
B Amulet (2020) Leah Greenblatt The movie casts a grim sort of spell; a brooding, stifled dread that creeps in quietly from the margins, and lingers long after the last triumphant frame. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
B+ The Rental (2020) Leah Greenblatt A neat, nasty little thriller with a brutally effective final third. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
B Relic (2020) Leah Greenblatt A sinister slow-blooming portrait of domestic horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
B- The Old Guard (2020) Leah Greenblatt A movie that, beneath its strong female presence and few contemporary bits of flair, has a sort of inevitable bog-standard action feel, just entertaining enough in its live-die-repeat machinations to pass the engagement test. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ Palm Springs (2020) Leah Greenblatt Both leads' charms go a long way toward papering over certain stumbles in Andy Siara's script, which tends to lean on sitcom setups and the kind of quick-fire banter that seldom exists outside of a certain school of self-aware screenwriting. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ Greyhound (2020) Leah Greenblatt The movie maps its course by Hanks' steady hand: A ship moving swiftly and with sure purpose - compelled by death and danger, but safe in the certainty of history. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
B+ The Truth (2019) Mary Sollosi If anyone can handle The Truth, it's Deneuve. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
B- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Leah Greenblatt The kind of movie that frankly, the lowered expectations of These Times are made for: Not a new song or even a very good one, but somehow still enough to hum along. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
C+ Wasp Network (2020) Mary Sollosi Visually, the appeal of Wasp Network is undeniable - all warm, colorful, open spaces, elegantly shot and peopled with beautiful actors. The intrigue could have used some of that heat, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
C Irresistible (2020) Leah Greenblatt A slick, goofy satire too broad and soft-bellied to do much more than push all that hot air around. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
B+ Babyteeth (2019) Leah Greenblatt A tender, raw-nerved portrait of adolescent longing and first love. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
C You Should Have Left (2020) Leah Greenblatt A moody but oddly inert thriller whose title is the best advice no one in any house-horror movie ever took. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
A- Da 5 Bloods (2020) Marc Bernardin Lee's latest is a crackerjack drama, directed by a filmmaker who remains in total control of his once-in-a-generation gifts and utilizes them to synthesize story and history into something new. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
B- Miss Juneteenth (2020) Marc Bernardin Beharie remains a powerful performer, able to convey multitudes with subtlety, even if Miss Juneteenth never makes a move you didn't see coming a mile down that country road. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
B John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Marc Bernardin John Lewis: Good Trouble is absolutely inspiring - but it stops a bit short of being illuminating. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
B+ Fokofpolisiekar: Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do (2009) Leah Greenblatt It's almost impossible to fault its heartfelt aims: to expose both the considerable damage organized religion can wreak on gay or transgender kids, and the ways that confronting those facts can also be a genuine force for change. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
A- Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Leah Greenblatt It's shocking, and it should be. But Welcome finds tender, funny moments too - and even, in the end, some kind of hope. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
A- Athlete A (2020) Leah Greenblatt A measured if still-maddening look into the 2016 USA Gymnastics scandal... EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
B The King of Staten Island (2020) Leah Greenblatt It's... frequently winning, and oddly sweet, too; a drastically unhurried dramedy with room to grow. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
B- Judy & Punch (2019) Leah Greenblatt As the movie's tone teeters awkwardly between farce and tragedy, tenderness and bloody vengeance, it's the performances that root it... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Ken Tucker For a two-and-a-half-hour-plus biopic, it was maddeningly, irresistibly watchable. Every time I thought I was going to throw in the towel, the film simply took off in a fresh direction and I was hooked all over again. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
B+ Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Chris Nashawaty If you've already pored over Bowers' book, there's a bit of redundancy and repetitiveness to the gentleman hustler's revelations. But honestly, who tires of hearing gossip about A-list gang bangs, fetishes, and hook-ups? EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
A- On the Record (2020) Leah Greenblatt What the chronicling of Dixon's career does make clear by the end is how much is lost not just by the victims themselves, but to the culture at large when women like her walk away from the work they love. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
B- The High Note (2020) Leah Greenblatt The movie has its moments, some of them genuinely delightful. Still, there's a world where The High Note could have struck a stronger, deeper chord, and resonated. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
B Military Wives (2019) Mary Sollosi Military Wives absolutely succeeds in what it sets out to do - which is, admittedly, not a particularly grand ambition, but that doesn't mean it's not a mark worth hitting. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
B How to Build a Girl (2019) Leah Greenblatt Giedroyc has a real sense for the oversized emotions of adolescence - to the point that she often channels it literally into a sort of kooky magical realism. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
C+ Valley Girl (2020) Mary Sollosi The movie is just as slick as the lifestyle it supposedly mocks. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
B The Lovebirds (2020) Leah Greenblatt Relies almost wholly on the charisma and chemistry of its stars to carry all that absurdity without letting it tumble fully into nonsense. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
A Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989) Jess Cagle The stories are terrifically moving without manipulation - the viewer is likely to cry more than anyone onscreen - but the feelings that hit hardest are anger and frustration. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
Mouth to Mouth (2005) Scott Brown Writer-director Alison Murray picks at a hard, true hurt in this zombie melodrama of defloration, but nothing beyond that hurt really comes into focus. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
James Dean (2001) Ken Tucker Franco could have walked through the role and done a passable Dean, but instead gets under the skin of this insecure, rootless young man. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
C Capone (2020) Leah Greenblatt [Trank] invests so much in atmosphere and in chronicling Capone's decline that the storyline - riddled with flashbacks and half-hallucinations - becomes a sort of surreal afterthought, a strange patchwork of bathos and brutality. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
B The Half of It (2020) Maureen Lee Lenker If The Half of It lacks the pizzazz and energy of similar Netflix fare, and doesn't have much to say beyond its initial setup, it at least takes a stab at doing something different. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B All Day and a Night (2020) Leah Greenblatt A nervy, deeply felt drama that gets a little lost on its winding path to redemption but still finds a way home. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Leah Greenblatt [A] brisk, engaging documentary... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B- Blue Story (2019) Leah Greenblatt A timeless, even old-fashioned cautionary tale; one that resonates the same whether you're a Jet or a Shark or just a kid on the other side of the Atlantic, trying to make it out of this world alive. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B Becoming (2020) Kristen Baldwin Even in cavernous, darkened arenas, Obama is a natural storyteller - candid and witty, punctuating anecdotes with perfect pause-for-applause comic timing. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B- Spaceship Earth (2020) Leah Greenblatt That the narrative raises so many questions is testament to how much there is to tell: The eccentric characters! The endless infighting! Those jumpsuits! It's just a shame that so much of it remains tantalizingly untold... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
B Driveways (2019) Leah Greenblatt A gentle, almost willfully recessive story about love and loss and all the ways that people find to share the burden of them both, one unhurried day at a time. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
A- The Rat Pack (1998) Ken Tucker In its re-creation of a time and spirit that our pop culture has so eagerly enshrined in instant legend, this clear-eyed, unsentimental movie is a small marvel of honesty and craft. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
B+ To the Stars (2019) Mary Sollosi To the Stars seems downcast, at first glance, but it serves as a gentle, lovely reminder that one true friendship, even forged amid adversity, can be enough to keep you looking skyward. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020