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Rating Title/Year Author
Transit (2018) Roxana Hadadi Transit becomes more disconcerting because of its tight grip on realism, more memorable because of its use of the absurd to highlight the ease with which fascism operates. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Roxana Hadadi Questions about second chances and personal choice come up often in Them That Follow, and the film doesn't judge those looking for the former or yearning for the latter. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
() Roxana Hadadi Mickey and the Bear explores failed ambition, familial guilt, and adolescent rebellion, and its precise execution ensures this story is one of female resilience and self-will. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
() Kayleigh Donaldson She's dropped the racist crap that seemed to fuel so much of her wannabe frat girl image, and narrowing her focus to married life has given her more interesting boundaries to work within. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
() Kristy Puchko A fantastic film that is as electrifying as it is haunting. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
() Seth Freilich Despite my unsettled discomfort with this issue, and despite knowing better and wanting more from the film and myself... I still kind of love this movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
() TK Burton You should make the effort to go see Pig Hag. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Wonder Park (2019) TK Burton I've never seen a movie - let alone a children's movie - miss its mark as spectacularly and borderline offensively as this. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
() Seth Freilich The film doesn't really dig in and get its hands dirty, even though it had time to do so with a running time of less than 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Tori Preston Five Feet Apart is basically the bloodless horror flick nobody asked for. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Roxana Hadadi This very good analysis of American imperialism and its devastatingly insidious effects on the individuals it ensnares into its web is frustratingly only about half of Triple Frontier. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
() Roxana Hadadi Saint Frances, from Alex Thompson and Kelly O'Sullivan, will take you through an entire journey of emotion, it's so insightful and eloquent and respectful and painful and affirming. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Kristy Puchko The Inventor feels like the nerdy, snitty sister to the feuding Fyre Fest doc twins. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
() Kristy Puchko Snatchers boldly blends suburban-weirdness, silly sci-fi, goofy gore, and tender teen comedy to create a movie that feels like Clueless meets Gremlins. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Tone Deaf (2018) Kristy Puchko Tone-Deaf aims to blend edgy humor with striking scares but fails at both, lacking the needed nuance of political satire and the layers of tension demanded of horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
() Kristy Puchko It has the eerie chills of a haunted house movie with the spiking suspense of a crime-drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Dustin Rowles It's two veteran actors who know their way around a movie set. But the story moves like molasses from one dusty old town to another, as Bonnie and Clyde remain one step ahead of them the whole time, until they're not anymore. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Dustin Rowles Both are incredibly inspiring, both elicit tears in their triumphs and their losses, and both illustrate exactly why Beto O'Rourke and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez caught fire in 2018. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Dustin Rowles Both are incredibly inspiring, both elicit tears in their triumphs and their losses, and both illustrate exactly why Beto O'Rourke and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez caught fire in 2018. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
The Wedding Guest (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Wedding Guest feels quite invigorating: A genre work that honors the established conventions of neo-noir but adds diversity to the genre's trigger men and femme fatales. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
() Roxana Hadadi Olympic Dreams is most compelling in its suggestion that we're all plagued by doubt, by regret, by wondering whether a certain infinitesimal change in our lives would alter everything. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Roxana Hadadi Booksmart is Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, and a declaration. This is a movie that knows exactly what it is, created by a group of women who know exactly what they want to say. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
() Seth Freilich Porno is not a good movie... [But] Porno is exactly the kind of movie I used to love watching with friends, drunk at 1 in the morning, as part of a bad movie marathon. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Seth Freilich An Irish singer/actress, Buckley is in her element and she owns it. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
() Tori Preston No story or lecture can replace the power of witnessing this empathy in action, and Ernie & Joe is a moving, important testament to the impact that this unique approach can make on a community. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
() TK Burton The film easily blurs the lines between gross and hilarious, between unnerving and outright creepy, doing so in a way that results in a delightful, if somewhat generic little comedy-thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Tori Preston This may not be the best Marvel Studios film, but I actually think it might be the best, or at least the smartest, Marvel Comics movie out there. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Dustin Rowles I understood what Korine was trying to do, and goddamnit, I actually appreciated it. I feel no pride in admitting this, but I enjoyed Beach Bum in spite of itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Adopt a Highway (2019) TK Burton Adopt A Highway is a visually stirring, moodily atmospheric piece that succeeds more than it fails overall. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Us (2019) TK Burton It is work: a brutal, tense, emotionally exhausting film that gives you a great deal to think about, even though you're so busy gasping for breath you'll barely have the time. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Kayleigh Donaldson The Aftermath could have made for one hell of a mini-series. With the freedom of time in its corner, it could have given more breathing room to those tangled subplots and greater space for these emotions to play out. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Fugue (2018) Kayleigh Donaldson Smoczynska's sophomore effort proves to be another sign of her status as a talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Greta (2018) Roxana Hadadi Greta gets people riled up, and that's entirely thanks to Isabelle Huppert's bonkers energy. She is feisty and fiery, playing her character with self-awareness and verve. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) TK Burton The Hidden World is everything you want in a final entry, giving you a satisfying ending to the story of Hiccup and his friends, a sense of closure, and packing a sound emotional punch that will resonate with all ages. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Grease 2 (1982) Courtney Enlow Grease 2 is a film with a female protagonist who is unabashedly herself to the judgment of her peers. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Vanishing (2018) Kayleigh Donaldson The Vanishing doesn't reinvent the wheel but for a satisfying thriller that sets itself such specific limitations and remains creative within those barriers, it makes for a fun Friday night watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Transit (2018) Kayleigh Donaldson The parallels aren't immediately obvious and much is left to subtext, but Transit remains one of the most striking films of the past decade or so that captures the ceaseless agony of a life in hiding while the world watches in apathy. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Tell It to the Bees (2018) Kayleigh Donaldson Tell It To The Bees is a film to be viewed more for warmth and comfort than anything truly challenging. While it has moments that pack a punch, the overall effect is one more welcoming than forceful. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The White Crow (2018) Kayleigh Donaldson The White Crow, for all its noble intentions, could have used a bit more passion. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Stray (2019) Kristy Puchko This movie is only remarkable in how underwhelming it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) Kayleigh Donaldson CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans probably benefits from having seen the first series, but as a stand-alone experience, there is much to enjoy in this deeply funny dissection of small-town oddness and the endlessly fascinating figures who populate it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019) Dan Hamamura But perhaps the most frustrating thing about You Complete Me, Ho is that there is a thread, a hint of a throughline, that, had it been workshopped and honed and sharpened, could have brought the house down. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Kayleigh Donaldson Always filmed in full glamour gear, with that flick of eyeliner and a wardrobe to kill for, Callas comes across as warm, thoughtful, self-aware and melancholy. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
The Changeover (2017) Kristy Puchko The Changeover is a bland adventure that feels like a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Berlin, I Love You (2019) Roxana Hadadi If the 'Cities of Love' franchise has to resort to a weird incest storyline to fill time in Berlin, I Love You, maybe the time has come to end the whole endeavor? EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Roxana Hadadi Rebel Wilson is consistently funny and earnest in Isn't It Romantic, leaning into doubtfulness without being hurtful to her friends who do appreciate the romantic comedies she hates. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
The Bouncer (2018) Kate Hudson If you're looking for a mindless movie that you're willing to pay attention to, yet not devote any brain cells towards, this is a worthy venture and you'll probably be entertained. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Roxana Hadadi Movies about women shouldn't only be retreads of male stories, but Taraji P. Henson and Tina Gordon's script make What Men Want nuanced enough to resonate with female viewers. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Roxana Hadadi There's a thin line between heaven and here, and High Flying Bird is about finding it and trespassing over it, about building something equitable out of something oppressive. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
The Prodigy (2019) Steven Lloyd Wilson I'm not sure how 90 minutes can seem like six hours, but this film accomplished that feat EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019