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Rating Title/Year Author
Good Boys (2019) Tori Preston Is this movie an instant classic? Probably not. But it's a good late summer get-out-of-the-heat-and-have-some-laughs flick. It's breezy and fun and manages to highlight a period in our lives that is often overlooked. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The VelociPastor (2018) Kristy Puchko This dumb movie has a surprisingly sly sophistication... EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Kristy Puchko By the second or third to last climax sequence, I was done. I just wanted this to end. Which, I guess at least means I was finally relating to the characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Tori Preston We may not have asked for a live-action teenaged Dora The Explorer movie, but we got one anyway - and it is better than we deserve. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Roxana Hadadi Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams shine in After the Wedding, in which questions about philanthropy, good intentions, and romantic honesty are all under consideration. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Kristy Puchko It's smart and gorgeous, but it lacks the heart to make it poignant or profound. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Kitchen could have been three pretty solid movies if each main character had her own separate film, but as one combined portrait of '70s womanhood, the cohesion just isn't there. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Kristy Puchko Øvredal and del Toro created the perfect adaptation for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Extra Ordinary (2019) Kristy Puchko Extra Ordinary is a demented delight. playfully weaving together horror movie references, a heartwarming romance, and cheeky laughs. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Kristy Puchko We're left with an undercooked premise, a lackluster lead, a grim tone, and a grueling pace that lumbers into an underwhelming finale. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) Dustin Rowles For a documentary made for cancer survivors, it's more than enough to be adequately amusing. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
() Kristy Puchko Dead Dicks tackles taboos, blending trippy horror, irreverent humor, and shocking tenderness to create a film that's both darkly challenging and wildly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7 Days in Hell (2015) Lord Castleton 7 Days in Hell is everything you expect it to be going in, but much, much better. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) TK Burton It takes too many shortcuts and fails to give its characters any real appeal, which is shocking given the stars attached. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Nightingale is an exploration into the depths which humanity will sink to in its lust for dominance and superiority, and the bodies and carnage left behind by that desire. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Red Sea Diving Resort is staggering in its utter lack of self-awareness, a movie attempting (and failing) to be very righteous in its discussion of refugee rights and displaced peoples. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) Kristy Puchko If you're hungry for something spicy and totally nuts, seek out The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Kristy Puchko Ready Or Not f*cking rocks. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Harpoon (2019) Kristy Puchko Harpoon a solidly amusing and demented romp. But there's not much there there. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Riot Girls (2019) Kristy Puchko With a slew of allusions to '80s genre cinema, Riot Girls aims to reclaim the post-apocalypse for queer girls with attitude. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Roxana Hadadi Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood may be a familiar exploration of the line between justice and revenge, but it's also Quentin Tarantino's most melancholic, introspective movie in years. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
() Kristy Puchko A Good Woman Is Hard To Find welcomes us to revel in this patriarchy-smashing revenge fantasy and its fashion flourish too. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Tori Preston A good movie is a good movie, and this in no way replaces or diminishes the original. Instead, it gives you everything you loved and then a little extra on top. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Stuber (2019) Steven Lloyd Wilson Stuber is a stubendously stubid movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017) Dan Hamamura Instead of running at you full speed, forcing you to reckon with how funny she is, Silverman's jokes feels effortless. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Sadako (2019) Kristy Puchko For all the nightmares Ringu's ghost inspired the night after I saw her new movie, Sadako felt like a total snooze. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Crawl (2019) Kristy Puchko Crawl combines the creature feature thrills of Jaws with Aja's predilection for ghoulish overkill, and a deeply dark vein of humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Kristy Puchko The Art of Self-Defense is basically Fight Club stripped of all the rock n' roll allure that made it wildly misunderstood by those who fell for Tyler Durden's patter. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
The Farewell (2019) Kristy Puchko The Farewell wasn't the tearjerker I craved. But by weaving a story of life, death, lies, and love, it gave me a comfort I hadn't expected, yet needed and treasure. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Dustin Rowles A cynical part of me that thinks it's almost too perfect... I'll give him this much: He nails it. I'm not sure he could have delivered a better special for this moment. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Kristy Puchko Sword of Trust is rich with humor and heart with a sophisticated edge of snark. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015) Dan Hamamura It's sharp and intelligent and whips along. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017) Dan Hamamura This special is so comprehensive that it is somehow perfect, then, that the real topic of Thank God For Jokes is the very idea of jokes themselves, and what it means to be a comedian. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) TK Burton Far From Home is an interesting film and a surprisingly complicated one. It's essentially a bridge between Phases for the MCU, and it handles that part well. It's fun as hell, thanks again to great dialogue and writing and an utterly charming cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
The Lavender Scare (2017) Kristy Puchko The Lavender Scare is a decent intro to a pivotal part of gay rights movement. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Roxana Hadadi Alongside the demonstrations of exceptional bloodshed and ritual sacrifice in Midsommar is a complex web of imagery and world-building that hints at customs that have thrived in isolation. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Anima (2019) Roxana Hadadi It's an eternal question-Can we be more than we were originally built for?-and one Anima considers with moments both uncanny and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Steven Lloyd Wilson Characters who don't make choices, who don't evolve over the course of a story, are just background props. They might as well just be dolls in glass cases. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
Yesterday (2019) TK Burton If there's a real complaint to be had about Yesterday, it's that it could have been more. It could have delved deeper into the evolution of pop music, into what the musical landscape would be like without The Beatles. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Dustin Rowles It's not a huge crowd pleaser, but there's enough here to please those surrounding your living room television. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
I Am Mother (2019) Dustin Rowles It's not a wildly imaginative film, but like a lot of Netflix fare, it's a serviceable, well-acted, entertaining and at times intriguing film. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Madam Yankelova's Fine Literature Club (2017) Roxana Hadadi How the film manages to make that loneliness real while also subverting stereotypes about women, aging, and their relationships with superficial men is an enjoyable balancing act. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a eulogy for an American way of life that doesn't exist anymore, and how it finds poignant beauty in undeniable tragedy will hit you right in the heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Tori Preston It all leads up to an entertaining climax that leans into the potential of a doll that can control all the electronics... but it doesn't go overboard. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Velvet Goldmine (1998) Kristy Puchko Haynes makes the dream so sweet, you can't help but return again and again to crushing glamor and gorgeousness of Velvet Goldmine. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Roxana Hadadi Toy Story 4 undergoes a meta treatment that works beautifully, resonates emotionally, and should finally wrap up Pixar's Toy Story franchise. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Anna (2019) Roxana Hadadi Luc Besson's Anna subsists by imitating better contemporaries (Atomic Blonde, namely) and wrapping up all of its convoluted plotting and boring sex scenes with a faux-feminist bow. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Kristy Puchko Aster's blend of beauty, violence, horror and humor leads to a climax that is both disturbing yet exhilarating. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Murder Mystery (2019) Roxana Hadadi Watching Murder Mystery is a slog, and I still can't comprehend how the same dude who wrote Zodiac wrote this, and oh, did I mention this movie steals one of its final reveals from Legally Blonde? EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Plus One (2019) Kristy Puchko Plus One is the best rom-com you haven't heard of. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019