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Rating Title/Year Author
() Roxana Hadadi In a nearly universally excellent film, Navid Mohammadzadeh is a standout, communicating how Nasser is simultaneously a champion of the people and one of their greatest traitors. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
The Lodge (2019) Ciara Wardlow The Lodge is fifteen minutes of interesting exposition followed by a stagnant hour and a half of waiting for everyone to just die already so that this slog of a movie can finally be over. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Kayleigh Donaldson For what it is, which is a big budget family movie designed to be a reasonable enough distraction and nothing more, there's little to whine about with Sonic the Hedgehog, but this thing should be way better than it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
The Photograph (2020) Roxana Hadadi While I appreciate the gorgeous production design of The Photograph, because we don't know anything about these people, their wonderfully moneyed lives are more puzzling than comforting. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
Buffaloed (2019) Kristy Puchko Buffaloed is good before you even get to what Deutch is doing. She makes is great. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Kristy Puchko It's the kind of glorious cinema the rom-com genre deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Dustin Rowles It is a magical, intoxicating communal experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Gretel & Hansel (2020) Tori Preston It may flirt with disenfranchisement and female empowerment, but it doesn't have anything to really say about them. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Kristy Puchko The film is woefully one-note, and that note is a half-hearted grunt. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Gentlemen (2020) Roxana Hadadi Guy Ritchie goes full reactionary in the outdated and uninteresting The Gentlemen, a boring slog of racist caricatures masquerading as style. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Roxana Hadadi With our knowledge of Harvey Weinstein's monstrosity, The Assistant becomes something more than a horror film: a portrait of conflicted complicity, and a challenge to our empathy. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Steven Lloyd Wilson This movie is an abominable black hole of creativity and talent that should never have been made. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Roxana Hadadi Martin Lawrence is the heart and soul of Bad Boys For Life, and the character's broadened sensitivity and emotional bandwidth add real maturity to this latest franchise entry. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
Like a Boss (2020) Ciara Wardlow [Y]ou're best off avoiding this depressingly standard January dump flick and letting it fade quietly into the obscurity to which it is destined. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Underwater (2020) Steven Lloyd Wilson Next time I hope Cthulhu wins. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
I Lost My Body (2019) Kristy Puchko That's a premise both ghastly and romantic. Yet, it's one we've seen again and again-though often with a lovable dog or a clever cat instead of a severed body part. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2020
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Dan Hamamura The special combines everything that Mulaney is good at - dry jokes and asides, writing... catchy, entertaining musical numbers, and his performative earnestness that pairs shockingly well with a cast of absurdly talented children. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning (2020) Dan Hamamura Glazer's special feels undercooked - as a comedian, she's still searching for a point of view beyond such hard-hitting material like "the old men in Washington are bad, but the youth are good". EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019) Dan Hamamura Chieng is able to play with stereotypes and walk right up to the line of what might be considered offensive, but he knows where and when to pull back and release the tension with the punchline. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) Dan Hamamura Wolf's jokes are great, but her real secret weapon is her shrill voice... Like a talented musician, she's an expert who knows how to best utilize the specific tones of her instrument, varying her volume and cadence as she delivers her punchlines. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Roxana Hadadi Uncut Gems is full of surprises more fulfilling than the movie's main narrative, from its production design and cinematography to supporting turns from Idina Menzel and Eric Bogosian. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
1917 (2019) Ciara Wardlow So much of the best film craftsmanship functions on an almost subliminal level, but in 1917 crafts are put front and center in a starring role, and the results are extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
6 Underground (2019) Roxana Hadadi Military idolatry and craven female objectification and a belief that the rich will save us? 6 Underground has it all! EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Hala (2019) Roxana Hadadi How Hala allows its characters to navigate that messiness-how the film refuses to align itself with black and white presentations of "good" and "bad"-is intentional and commendable. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
A Million Little Pieces (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Taylor-Johnsons have made a well-meaning version of a story about addiction, but given what we know about James Frey, A Million Little Pieces doesn't feel like enough. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Roxana Hadadi For giallo fans in particular, the surreally voyeuristic experience of In Fabric is visually engrossing and unshakably uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Just Mercy (2019) Roxana Hadadi Thanks to Destin Daniel Cretton's effective direction and this ensemble's sensitive performances, Just Mercy quite nearly shakes the formulaic nature of this genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Richard Jewell (2019) Roxana Hadadi Richard Jewell was an American hero, but the film named after him is more concerned with making reporter Kathy Scruggs an ambition-chasing villain in a too-tight skirt. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Aeronauts gives priority to production design over engaging storytelling, and the film never recovers from its exceptionally bland script. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Queen & Slim (2019) Roxana Hadadi "From whence does fulfillment come?" Sumney wonders, and Queen & Slim is at its best when it paints portraits of black love and black resistance as answers to that question. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
Bombshell (2019) Dustin Rowles Bombshell is a fine enough film - it's competently made, the performances are terrific, and it is sufficiently crazymaking - but there are two phenomenal scenes in the film that make it well worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Tori Preston This is a remix that fails to add anything new to that galaxy far, far away. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Cats (2019) Kristy Puchko Hooper's utterly bonkers choices make Cats feel like a movie-not from another nation-but from another planet. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Ciara Wardlow While The Next Level falls into the typical sequel trap of unsuccessfully putting on some shiny bells and whistles to distract from a fundamental lack of new story ideas, it strongly resembles its predecessor in both pitfalls and merits. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
Fyre (2019) Kristy Puchko At moments, its conspiratorial vibe feels like a friend sharing juicy gossip. But [Chris] Smith digs deeper to show the damage wrought by Fyre fest, and by [Billy] McFarland. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
21 Bridges (2019) Dustin Rowles [I]t is completely forgettable, a sort of paint-by-the-numbers cop thriller punctuated by gun violence that's less gratuitous that it is aggressively loud, much like the rest of the film is aggressively bland. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
The Report (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Report should piss you off. It should embarrass you. Maybe this time, we won't forget. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Earthquake Bird (2019) Roxana Hadadi Earthquake Bird is somewhat laborious in making its points, but it's a film whose unsettling qualities will grow on you with time. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Midway (2019) Roxana Hadadi Midway asks very little of its audience aside from mindless military worship and purposeless nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
The Good Liar (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Good Liar shifts our character sympathies so fully that you'll relish the comeuppance on display, but the script telegraphs the emotional impact of this twist. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Kristy Puchko As a means of delivering information, Dark Waters is extraordinary and righteously infuriating. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Tori Preston Even at its most imperfect, this movie is still fun - and at its finest, its proof that a female gaze can do wonders for this old franchise. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Klaus (2019) Kristy Puchko Sure to become a holiday favorite in many homes, it's warm, sweet, and fantastically funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Kristy Puchko It's a bit of a mess, but also a ton of fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Playing With Fire (2019) Ciara Wardlow While it's a premise with decidedly limited potential, it could have been something watchable, but terrible writing, utterly bizarre pacing, and thoughtless, rote execution doom it to a far more dismal fate. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Kristy Puchko Last Christmas is a festive mess of ideas, earnestness, and goofy gags. It's equal parts confounding and fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Roxana Hadadi It's an uneasy balance between Jojo Rabbit's "Look at these idiots" mentality and the film's more conventional "Learn to love each other" arc. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The King (2019) Roxana Hadadi Separate from Shakespeare's influence, The King doesn't quite work. Its greatest strength is its visual language, which focuses on the tedium of war. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Lady and the Tramp (2019) Kristy Puchko Lady in the Tramp is an absolutely charming romp, alive with whimsical performances, studded with nostalgia, and fueled by a love story that's as enchanting as ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Kristy Puchko Jenny Slate: Stage Fright is funny, fearless, and phenomenal. It's a must-see that may make you feel seen. And if not, may still make you cackle like its charismatic comedian. Don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019