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Rating Title/Year Author
A- My Boy Jack (2007) Gillian Flynn Lying in bed alongside her husband in the fearful night, she often looks like she's about to utter some Samantha-esque pun... Still, this is primarily Haig and Radcliffe's show - and it's a jolly good one. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B+ () Gillian Flynn Davies has tacked on a shocking new afterthought of an ending - I'd call it unnecessary, but inventive. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
B+ To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Leah Greenblatt [A] reflection shinier than real life maybe, but generous and good-hearted to the core. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
B The Call of the Wild (2020) Maureen Lee Lenker If audiences are looking for something new or revelatory in the story, they're barking up the wrong tree. But sometimes we just need to answer the call, the call of the good old-fashioned dad movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
B Downhill (2020) Leah Greenblatt As an attempt to scale the craggy heights of a marriage in crisis, Downhill may be more bunny slope than black diamond - a force mineure, but still worth the trip. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B+ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Leah Greenblatt In a world gone mad, the catharsis of Prey's twisted sisterhood doesn't just read as pandemonium for its own sake; it's actually pretty damn sweet. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
A Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Mary Sollosi Never Rarely Sometimes Always is an urgent, extraordinary film for this very moment. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
A- () David Canfield A gay story and a border story, told in the universal language of love, family, and dreams. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
A- Minari (2020) David Canfield Minari works quietly and methodically, embracing its lush rural setting with striking glimpses of its characters, alone against vast and empty landscapes. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- Wendy (2020) Leah Greenblatt There is something beautifully all-ages about the movie's kaleidoscopic score and firefly glow, but by the ninth montage of cliffs and shore and joyful screaming down a hill, it all starts to feel a little like a film-school reel. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ Promising Young Woman (2020) Leah Greenblatt The tone of Fennel's script... has a tendency to wobble, more than once. But where takes him - and what it has to say about Cassie's choices in the end - feel destined to be debated long after the last outrageous frame. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Shirley (2020) David Canfield In Shirley Jackson, [Moss] veers from grumpy to menacing to touching, turning in what may be her best - and is surely her wittiest - film performance to date. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Zola (2020) Leah Greenblatt For all the movie's digital pings and palm-tree lunacy, there's real humor and humanity threaded through the script, and a point of view that feels far outside that kind of nihilist boys club. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B Ironbark (2020) Leah Greenblatt A decorous, solidly smart thriller whose menace maintains a sort of low, steady hum. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B+ The Assistant (2019) Leah Greenblatt At times, it feels like watching The Devil Wears Prada be reworked by Ingmar Bergman. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
A- Black Bear (2020) David Canfield You can't take your eyes off it. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- Bad Hair (2020) David Canfield This is Elle Lorraine's feature-film debut, and she's steadily remarkable: assured, intelligent, deadpan, heartbreaking, and finally, terrifying. Her face alone could carry this movie - it's that expressive, that connective. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
A- Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Leah Greenblatt It all feels appropriately intimate and on brand, a smartly calibrated glimpse into the 24-7 terrarium of modern fame. What takes Americana beyond a string of charming anecdotes though, are the revelations that make up much of the second half... EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- The Gentlemen (2020) Leah Greenblatt The movie, for all its retrograde politics and wham-bam machismo, can also be slick, silly fun - a giddy exercise in freewheeling nihilism, played to the hilt. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
B+ Tremors (1990) Ty Burr Tremors is the Slacker of monster movies: bemused, improvisatory, willfully low-key. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Tremors (1990) Steve Simels Unlike the typical movie homage, Tremors actually improves on the B-movies that inspired it. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B+ Sometimes They Come Back (1991) Ken Tucker [Tim] Matheson's performance is truly moving, and the drama of Sometimes They Come Back is stronger stuff than most TV movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B The Tommyknockers (1993) Ken Tucker When [Lawrence D.] Cohen taps into King's greatest theme - families in peril from forces beyond their understanding - The Tommyknockers can be moving. The rest of the time, it's never less than an entertaining goof. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
C+ Dolittle (2020) Leah Greenblatt No one on board seems to trust that the books' original stories, beloved for generations, could possibly hold 21st-century attention spans - and so they toss it all in, determined to keep that that Tilt-a-Whirl spinning till the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) Ken Tucker Even though the langoliers are pretty obviously computer-animated special effects, these little meatballs are still pretty scary. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B- Bad Boys for Life (2020) Leah Greenblatt Banter and bullets is the action-movie MO, and the duo at the center of it hardly seem to have to stretch to spread their bickering charm on thick. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
C Like a Boss (2020) Maureen Lee Lenker It's buddy comedy meets workplace caper, but this tale of the business of cosmetics could definitely use some corporate restructuring. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
B- Underwater (2020) Leah Greenblatt Eubanks measures out his slow dread and jump scares smartly enough, even if it's all tied to a template as old as time, or at least Ridley Scott. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- The Grudge (2020) Clark Collis The real asset here - as well as the movie's main likely problem for many viewers - is its bleak tone. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2020
B Clemency (2019) Leah Greenblatt Clemency does what few other movies about death row have, handling a thorny, infinitely complicated subject in terms that are neither moralizing nor melodramatic. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019
B Just Mercy (2019) Leah Greenblatt What continually floats the film is the commitment of its excellent cast, and the intrinsic truth at its core: that justice shouldn't be divided by black and white, even if the message that delivers it sometimes is. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
C+ Cats (2019) Leah Greenblatt Even after 110 tumbling, tail-swishing, deeply psychedelic minutes, it's hard to know if you ever really knew anything - except that C is for Cats, C is for Crazy, and C is probably the grade this cinematic lunacy deserves. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Darren Franich Rise of the Skywalker isn't an ending, a sequel, a reboot, or a remix. It's a zombie. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B Spies in Disguise (2019) Christian Holub It's a proud piece of family entertainment with a good heart, an eye for inventive action, and a delightfully wacky sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
C+ Black Christmas (2019) Leah Greenblatt The idea of a lady-avengers update on all those classic horror tropes is sort of delicious; unfortunately, it's undone in the end by a nonsensical script... EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
B+ A Hidden Life (2019) Darren Franich A Hidden Life is another Terrence Malick nature poem, transforming a true tale of conscientious objection into a ravishing portrait of goodness in a time of tyranny. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
A- Parasite (2019) Leah Greenblatt If the movie is a Rorschach of who you identify as parasite and host, it's a test you're just as likely to fail; a filmgoing experience that refuses to fit into any box, and forces viewers to breathe the dangerous air outside of it too. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
B+ Richard Jewell (2019) Leah Greenblatt Jewell... is no longer here to tell his story, and Richard does that very well; it's just a shame that his truth has come at the cost of another's. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
B+ Fyre (2019) Leah Greenblatt The movie is more than a bonfire of the inanities; it's a shrewd indictment of a dream gone spectacularly, criminally wrong. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
A- Uncut Gems (2019) Darren Franich Sandler's never been better, really, balancing speedwalking desperation and fast-talking salesmanship with sorrow and glee. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
B Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Mary Sollosi Even if The Next Level doesn't set a new high score, it still proves this franchise isn't out of lives just yet. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
B+ The Two Popes (2019) Leah Greenblatt Hopkins and Pryce lift Popes above its loose patchwork of monologue, flashback, and personal reckoning, and let the movie get down to its truest root: scaling the mystery that makes all men, even the most unknowable and sacrosanct, human. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
B+ Bombshell (2019) Leah Greenblatt Bombshell belongs to its three main female stars. It's their fierce, finely shaded performances that transcend the film's drab visual style and drier episodic moments... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
B- The Aeronauts (2019) Leah Greenblatt An adventure drama that feels purposefully (if somewhat wonkily) built for prestige-season acclaim. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
A- 1917 (2019) Leah Greenblatt [L]egendary cinematographer Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Blade Runner 2049) effectively drops the viewer in the center of the story and compels them to stay there, fully immersed in every muddy step, hunger pang, and rifle click. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B Queen & Slim (2019) Darren Franich This haphazard film is a ride, a romantic provocation torn between cultural strife and individual striving. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
A- Little Women (2019) Leah Greenblatt If Gerwig's woke Women-hood verges on anachronism, though, it also feels fully loyal to the spirit of Alcott, a woman always well ahead of her time. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 21 Bridges (2019) Leah Greenblatt A tense, splattery cat-and-mouse in the hardbitten tradition of countless cops-and-robbers thrillers before it. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
B Frozen II (2019) Christian Holub Frozen 2 makes a valiant effort to live up to its predecessor, but can't escape its shadow. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
B+ Waves (2019) Leah Greenblatt In end though, substance - or at least [Shults's] sincere approximation of it - wins. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019