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Rating Title/Year Author
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
1/4 The Initiation (1984) David Keyes 107 minutes of witless nonsense, populated by performers who would look more at home in after-school specials, and filmmakers who ought to have been left stranded on the unemployment line. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
0/4 Maniac (1980) David Keyes A loathsome exertion in perverse voyeurism. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) David Keyes The dinosaurs have ceased being sources of excitement and are now superficial showpieces in a plot that piles one ludicrous moment on top of another, without providing us much time to react or contemplate them. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/4 Hereditary (2018) David Keyes The movie throbs with a relentless underlying terror that is frequently mystifying, sometimes aggravating, and almost always poised to keep the mind engaged in disquieting wonder. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
3.5/4 Scream 2 (1997) David Keyes A sharp collection of observations strung across two hours of bloodshed, intricate motives, pointed cultural references and nearly flawless examples of well-modulated tension. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/4 Annihilation (2018) David Keyes Here is a movie so thoroughly realized, so utterly entrenched in the harrowing ordeals of its characters, that their struggles touch on the very nervous system of our need to endure. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
Freedom to Die (1959) David Keyes One of the most confrontational war movies of its time. An act of profound audacity. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
Nashville (1975) David Keyes To ponder Robert Altman's Nashville is not merely to examine a profoundly important movie, but to deal with the very birth of a filmic ideal. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
The Ascent (1977) David Keyes A revelation. It calls to us from an unmitigated stasis that sees the act of war as the consequence of dangerous movements colliding inwards on each other. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 Vertigo (1958) David Keyes Hitchcock's film is distinctive, above all else, because it is the only one in his long catalogue without a scornful mask separating the obsessions from the vulnerabilities, and into the frames he pours the living essence of his timeless panache. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 Images (1972) David Keyes An experiment that embodied the bold risk of an emerging method of cinema, where a garden of new filmmakers was being driven by themes more than characters or story. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 Last Days (2005) David Keyes A tremendously sad and unsettling film. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 A Quiet Place (2018) David Keyes A marvelous film that is genuinely frightening, without the zeal or polish of a routine studio picture where all the scares are conducted to convention. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 The Witches of Eastwick (1987) David Keyes Miller modulates the film from such a meticulous place that his fantasy develops with sincerity and humor, great underlying chemistry, and performances that inhabit the material rather than overplay it. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 My Friend Dahmer (2017) David Keyes The film works above standard because there is a powerful sadness motivating the characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
0.5/4 Geostorm (2017) David Keyes A movie so bankrupt of ideas that it has the gall to masquerade as something more meaningful. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 Demon House (2018) David Keyes Fashioned from a scorching creative eagerness that seems held back unnecessarily by a fear of visual or thematic excess. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/4 Fifty Shades Freed (2018) David Keyes It's not a movie at all, but a sex toy with dialogue. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/4 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) David Keyes Yorgos Lanthimos has distanced himself from the mere notion of promising filmmakers and made "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," a movie so strikingly perceptive that it moves him into the company of greater, more assured voices in the medium. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/4 The Post (2017) David Keyes Here is a movie that is important for all the reasons you've undoubtedly heard about but is also something few of us could have expected: genuinely exciting. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/4 Dunkirk (2017) David Keyes At a deeper level it is a testament to the audacious power of pure elemental filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2018