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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Tomris Laffly Striking notes of sacrifice and the need to pivot at life's crucial moments, the new film brings Woody's journey full circle. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Alex Godfrey There's a lot of playfulness -- it's high-level Dylan Studies. Just as the singer often wore a magician's white face (or even a plastic mask) on this tour, Scorsese is having fun infusing his own flow with subtle fictionalizations that may outfox you. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Joshua Rothkopf It won't exactly make you hate movies, full stop, but Men in Black: International imposes such a generic dullness, it will have you seriously examining your entertainment choices. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Women in Love (1969) Time Out Staff Despite a growing portentousness towards the end, and moments of silliness scattered throughout, a surprisingly restrained, even respectful adaptation of DH Lawrence's novel. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Philip De Semlyen In the spirit of many great comedians, Jim Cummings has a knack for taking lines that shouldn't be funny and transforming them into accidental zingers. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Brightburn (2019) Helen O'Hara It leans heavily on jump scares and creeps before engaging with its premise, but when it does it's as chilling as Superman's freezing breath. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 Dirty God (2019) Hanna Flint A grounded story of human resilience that can't help but move you. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Philip De Semlyen It's not nearly as good as 'Logan' or 'X2', but it's a whole lot better than the eyeball-poking affliction that was 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
5/5 In Fabric (2018) Joshua Rothkopf If you haven't yet guessed, Strickland's real terror concerns our addiction to buying things, and In Fabric goes way beyond zombies in a mall. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 Domino (2019) Joshua Rothkopf The creative exhaustion is palpable, a near-total artistic disinterest. You can almost hear the director doing that impatient "get on with it" thing with his hand whenever the actors are emoting. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 Ma (2019) Joshua Rothkopf It's an unusually potent atmosphere for a quickie Blumhouse horror project; you can't say this one is elevated by the presence of Octavia Spencer -- it's more that she allows herself to descend to the crazy-eyed pleasures of being monstrous. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Joshua Rothkopf If you go to these things to see cities flambéed and flattened, you won't leave disappointed. At the same time -- almost impressively -- director and co-screenwriter Michael Dougherty is savvy enough to make the human drama monster-shaped. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Joseph Walsh It leaves you dazed, terrified and elated, and it signals Eggers as one of the most exciting directors working today. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) Scott Meek Although Godzilla doesn't really cut it in the special effects department, he does have a certain lumbering charm. So does the script. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
The Phantom of Liberty (1974) Time Out Staff [Luis Buñuel] made sure that this isn't such an easy pill to digest, though its delightful humor goes down just as easily. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Joseph Walsh Will Smith is at his best when he makes the role his own, but he never quite captures the magic that made us fall in love with Genie the first time around. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Dave Calhoun It sits at the mature end of Tarantino's work, bringing his tongue-in-cheek storytelling together with exquisite movie craft and killer lead performances from Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 () Philip De Semlyen Asif Kapadia's doc has the football and the drugs - think 'Scarface' with screamers - but it's a surprisingly emotional ride too. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 () Dave Calhoun The film's tragedy is that no amount of love and goodwill can save us when the cards are so horribly stacked against us. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 () Anna Smith This film's power to surprise is one of its greatest pleasures, while also the source of its frustrations: don't come here looking for easy answers. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 () Dave Calhoun What it sometimes lacks in clarity it easily makes up for with its stunning, memorable visual games. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Philip De Semlyen The songs explode from the screen, time jumps catapult the story forward with exhilarating élan and even the emotional stuff lands, for the most part. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 () Philip De Semlyen It's a vivid dissection of modern-day France's social ills that's juiced up with smart acting, tense standoffs and a nagging sense of despair. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 Styx (2018) Olly Richards It's a vital, highly intelligent movie that is both a first-class thriller and a biting commentary on our current world. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Philip De Semlyen Welcome to Night of the Living Deadpan. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Joshua Rothkopf Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde (shockingly, this is her behind-the-camera feature debut) shows off something rarer than technique or comic timing. She's got loads of compassion and has somehow managed to make a high-school movie without villains. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 Arctic (2018) Joshua Rothkopf Brazilian director Joe Penna, a former viral YouTube star, seems to relish the chance to stretch out and slow down, training the focus of his almost John Carpenter-esque feature debut (shot in gorgeous Icelandic locations) on small acts of process. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Joshua Rothkopf Director Chad Stahelski is a fight-scene Fosse and Reeves is his Gwen Verdon: Parabellum takes the hall-of-mirrors high style of the second film and pushes it into overdrive. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
A Time for Dying (1969) David Thompson The production values are strictly TV (flat lighting, crummy sets), and the actors fail to give their characters any credibility. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Philip De Semlyen It's a mesmerising and transporting drug epic like no other. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
4/5 Beats (2019) Alex Godfrey It's miraculously authentic - the pill-popping centrepiece is the heavenly answer to the LSD hell of Gaspar Noé's 'Climax'. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Joshua Rothkopf Actual laughs would have gone a distance, but even still, The Hustle would forever serve as incontrovertible evidence that flipping the script to create opportunities for women can sometimes result in the creation of an accidental Pandora's box. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Philip De Semlyen It's basically the Phil and Rita dynamic from 'Groundhog Day', only with two Phils and a fifth of the jokes. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Philip De Semlyen If you're not a Pokémon devotee, imagine watching 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' after a PCP binge and you'll get the idea. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 Pasolini (2014) Trevor Johnston If the blend of English and Italian dialogue seems slightly awkward, it doesn't disrupt the film's ease: a matter-of-factness which resists idolizing Pasolini in favor of an open-minded rendering of everyday humanity. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Joshua Rothkopf Eventually, a phoniness takes root in the script (credited to Dan Sterling and The Post's Liz Hannah), which morphs from scoring feminist points against a thinly veiled Fox News to selling out its Charlotte just when she needs her courage the most. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Woman at War (2018) Cath Clarke The film has a bone-dry sense of humour, though the quirk level is turned up just a fraction too high. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
2/5 Tolkien (2019) Philip De Semlyen Director Dome Karukoski peppers the film with cutaways to imaginary CGI battles and mythological beasties, but none is a fraction as thrilling as the opening moments of Peter Jackson's 'The Fellowship of the Ring'. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Joshua Rothkopf Endgame often pays tribute to itself, which makes it as fascinating as it is self-serious. It taps into a live wire of doomy tragedy and phoenix-like rebirth that comics do so well. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Joshua Rothkopf It may further the brand a bit, but it's the opposite of frightening: a sludgy collection of tired jump scares, inexpertly mounted period décor -- this time we're in a too-shiny 1973 Los Angeles -- and a continued slump into generic blahness. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Alex Godfrey Sievey was hugely dysfunctional, but his mania produced utterly unique, anarchic work - one couldn't have existed without the other. This is a meticulously crafted tribute... EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Joshua Rothkopf Religious plurality is a cornerstone of constitutional freedom, and sometimes it takes a protester wearing Day-Glo-pink horns to remind us of that. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 () Philip De Semlyen There's so many kickings, beatings and slashings administered, it almost tips into self-parody. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 Loro (2018) Joseph Walsh It's easy to get lost in the Bacchanalian orgies, but at its heart 'Loro' is a fascinating exploration of what happens to a morally vacuous man as he grows old. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Greer McNally Huppert takes the neuroses of her troubled characters in 'The Piano Teacher' and 'She' and amps them up a notch. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Philip De Semlyen It's all about as tense as a gentle punt down the Cam. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Missing Link (2019) Tomris Laffly With its fifth and fluffiest film -- a jovial but tame comedy on identity and acceptance -- the grown-up animation studio Laika dials down its sophistication in favor of accessible Disney-esque conventions. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Little (2019) Tomris Laffly While truly inspired laughs are in short supply here, Little avoids feeling too secondhand thanks to its central black characters, women who freshen up a tired formula. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Philip De Semlyen It's two hours long but feels like an eternity, lurching incoherently from one noisy set-piece to another. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Mark Salisbury A star is born? More like a supernova. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019