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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) David Keyes A total exercise in style, brought to glorious excess by showy performances and visual gimmicks right out of an ambitious nightmare. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
1.5/4 Joker (2019) David Keyes If Arthur Fleck reflects the same cultural alienation that creates mass shooters and serial killers, the movie cuts away too often to establish a cogent argument. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Ad Astra (2019) David Keyes The movie is an audacious, agonizing, engrossing meditation on personal isolation. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 The Burning (1981) David Keyes Instead of recycling the sort of artificial showmanship that usually informed most of the violence in the early horror franchises, the movie creates a convincing aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 It: Chapter Two (2019) David Keyes There are a great many moments and sequences scattered across "It Chapter Two." On the other hand, audiences might take issue with there being so many. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
0/4 The Condemned (2007) David Keyes One of the most deplorable movie-going experiences of my life. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) David Keyes The movie's greatest strength is in how it isolates precious moments among characters - some loving, others sad, many foretelling of darker realities. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
1/4 Children of the Corn (1984) David Keyes This is not a story that was ever destined to work on film. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
2.5/4 Tenderness of the Wolves (1973) David Keyes Part of what distances us from indulging the story's approach is our inability to see him as the madman painted by history books. His crimes are so simplified, even reduced. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) David Keyes As a stamina test, the movie is as exciting as it is startling. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/4 Pájaros de verano (2018) David Keyes One of the most striking and profound discoveries of the year. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/4 Christine (1983) David Keyes One of the more effective screen treatments of the era, however corny or preposterous it may remain on paper. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
1.5/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) David Keyes A thoughtless and mechanical descent into nonsense, with nothing standing at the center other than a myriad of conflicting arcs and questionable motives. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/4 Last Tango in Paris (1972) David Keyes In this age where the human behavior system is rarely an important facet in film narratives, here is a picture that still throbs with all the pain and misery of its deep emotional wounds. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/4 Zelig (1983) David Keyes If the sum of Allen's career can be seen as a series of destinations on a road to self-discovery, then this strange, off-the-cuff "mockumentary" provides the most unlikely roadmap. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) David Keyes This isn't a creative dive at all, it is a suicide bomb masquerading as an audacious shift in direction. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
0.5/4 Movie 43 (2013) David Keyes By the end you can't entirely be sure whether you have watched a film or participated in a eulogy for the careers of its participants. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/4 Us (2019) David Keyes Peele is slowly emerging as one of the most exciting provocateurs of modern horror films. "Us" is further proof of that. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/4 The Head Hunter (2018) David Keyes Less perceptive sorts would have you believe Downey is crippled by his shoestring budget; in truth, he turns it into the conduit for a very solid descent into a thrilling little mystery. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/4 Climax (2018) David Keyes A work of visceral madness. Profoundly engrossing. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/4 Transit (2018) David Keyes Phenomenal. A near-perfect lament on conflicted human behaviors. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/4 The Hole in the Ground (2019) David Keyes The Hole in the Ground shows a promising talent finessing the notes of his song without formulating it into plausible music. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
1/4 The Happytime Murders (2018) David Keyes 90 minutes of laughless, mean-spirited hogwash EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) David Keyes Decent and watchable, without being nearly as resonant as it should be. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
1/4 The Emoji Movie (2017) David Keyes You know you are in the middle of something cynical when the most interesting character in a cartoon is a walking digital hand whining about no longer being popular. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 A Beautiful Day (2017) David Keyes There is an undercurrent beneath the frames that goes to the bloody heart of the matter, giving a wondrous sense of dramatic desperation to each of the characters as they move through this macabre labyrinth. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
1/4 Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland (1989) David Keyes If it's laughs you are after, however unintentional, this movie provides all the precious morsels. Starting with the idea that anyone felt the need to make it. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
0.5/4 Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers (1988) David Keyes An insult to anyone in the audience who has two brain cells to rub together. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) David Keyes Even cynics of this formula will leave the theater feeling thankful for the chance to engage with a delightful spectacle rather than a pointless retread. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/4 Dogtooth (2009) David Keyes We watch on and on - sometimes in horror, often in confusion, and always in complete awe of its strange and perplexing energy. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
1.5/4 Twilight (2008) David Keyes Like most great psychological lessons in the hands of novices, this is a story far more interested in dancing to rhythms than understanding melody. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/4 Hell House LLC (2015) David Keyes This is not a movie manufactured from within the conceit of aspiring filmmakers hoping to make a low-budget wave, either: what these people have created is a credible descent into the material. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/4 The Favourite (2018) David Keyes Lanthimos has made a film that plays like a diabolical union between Ken Russell and Robert Bresson, full of savage rhythms and emotional distance. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
1.5/4 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) David Keyes Whatever merits we attach to the first film in this series, they are all but abandoned somewhere in the mess of a follow-up. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2019
3/4 The House That Jack Built (2018) David Keyes In between killings and mutilations are verbal rationalizations that underline the violence with startling clarity. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) David Keyes Unpredictable and masterful. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
2.5/4 A Star Is Born (2018) David Keyes A Star is Born is well-intentioned, but wants to play it far too safe for any of the good objectives to resonate. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
1.5/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) David Keyes The concoction of overpaid simpletons who have opted for a more literal subtext and undermined the very spirit of the source in the process. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 Hunter Killer (2018) David Keyes Far from being earth-shattering but competent enough to be worth a glance on a weekend matinee. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 Venom (2018) David Keyes A movie that pushes any intellectual connotation warrants much more careful and precise technical values. Halfway through this film and I was ready to pop an ibuprofen. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) David Keyes Sharp and perceptive, unfiltered, confrontational, and driven by a deep dramatic current that sees reality without varnish or sanitation. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) David Keyes At some point during the film, when my pessimism ought to have overwhelmed the occasion, I simply forgot I was an adult and descended freely into the material. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 We Are Still Here (2015) David Keyes There is a skill working through the frames of director Ted Geoghegan's debut opus, providing us with enough allure and tension to more than make up for the maddening uncertainty. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
0/4 Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) David Keyes All the dramatic cues are there, and many of the faces convey an eagerness that is admirable, but every simpering scene of false sincerity moves to the rhythm of some shallow after-school special. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 The Meg (2018) David Keyes The movie is a long and absurd exercise in kitsch, without any high aims and even fewer incentives to inspire more than a passive glance. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 The Greatest Showman (2017) David Keyes Almost everyone involved here was working in the full scope of their abilities. Perhaps one day they can even collaborate on something with more than just a shoestring screenplay. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/4 Rock of Ages (2012) David Keyes One does not so much watch the movie as they stare on in maddening disbelief. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 Blockers (2018) David Keyes A picture in the spirit of the early Farrelly brothers comedies, where a premise usually functioned as the glue holding together a mass of gross-outs. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
0.5/4 Father Figures (2017) David Keyes A movie entirely without consequence, about people we don't care much for, a plot of impossible silliness, and situations that seem hauled through the grinder of exhausted mid-tempo farce. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
0.5/4 House on the Edge of the Park (1980) David Keyes What we are left with is a bunch of clueless faces standing around, submitting to the cause of a mistaken screenplay, and a director who has studied nothing of mood or context. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018