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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Rob Dean El Camino rises from the ashes of Breaking Bad to chronicle the immediate aftermath of that series finale with two hours of tension, hilarity, badassery, humanity and deft artistry. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Rob Dean There may not be such a thing as a perfect film, but Parasite comes incredibly close. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Rob Dean Gemini Man is ambitious but flawed. However, it's not the type of misfire that comes from overreaching or dreaming too big - it's the simple elements that really trip it up. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Little Monsters (2019) Rob Dean It's not the first zombie comedy, but its comic sensibility and sincere approach to characterization makes it unique and massively entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 Joker (2019) Rob Dean Joker is a soulless retread that hopes to masquerade in the flesh of a Martin Scorsese/Paul Schrader film in an attempt to seem edgy or dark but is ultimately defiantly mediocre at best and an utter sham at worst. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Rob Dean Ad Astra won't be for most people, and even its staunchest defenders will have to cop to some flaws, but it does feel utterly unique and wholly sincere. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
1/5 High School Musical 2 (2007) Bullz-Eye Staff If you loved the first one, you'll love [High School Musical 2] too, as it's filled with more of the same obnoxious songs and dance routines with nary a hint of entertaining "acting" to be seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 High School Musical (2006) Bullz-Eye Staff The film can seem a bit preachy at times, and because this is a Disney-produced feature, the cheese factor is turned way up. Still, the music isn't half bad considering most of the songs contain lyrics like "Everyone is special in their own way." EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Steve Katz It's fascinating how much It: Chapter Two feels like a horror take on the huge superhero team-ups we've become so accustomed to in the last half-decade. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Rob Dean Angel Has Fallen isn't smart, good or innovative in any way, [but] it's a really fun time at the theater. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Rob Dean There's a lot of good comedy that plays off the darkness and insanity of the situation and helps propel the movie into fun popcorn fare. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Steve Katz It has an interesting premise, a good cast and a good director, yet it doesn't coalesce into anything worthwhile. It's just there. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Steve Katz When the movie gets out of [Øvredal's] way and lets him focus on the thrills and chills, it's at its most successful. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Steve Katz The Kitchen purports to show us something new by putting women at the front of a mob story, but it ends up telling the same old mob story in a way that doesn't really do the inversion justice. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Steve Katz Hobbs & Shaw is a polished, entertaining spectacle - nothing more, nothing less. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
() David Medsker Carvey is a funny, funny guy, but his latest HBO special feels like the work of someone who is either out of ideas or out of energy. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rob Dean Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is a brilliant subversion of expectations that somehow seems perfectly in line with everything that has come before it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
1/5 The Lion King (2019) Steve Katz This new iteration of The Lion King actively invites comparisons to its predecessor, and that's a battle it has no hope of winning. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Steve Katz Despite its shortcomings, Stuber is surprisingly effective as an easy, breezy buddy cop comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
2/5 Midsommar (2019) Steve Katz There isn't much to Midsommar beyond the shock value, and that has diminishing returns. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Rob Dean Far From Home doesn't have the depth or dramatic elements of its predecessor, but it's an incredibly fun summer blockbuster full of humor, wit, inventive visuals and engaging action. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Rob Dean Annabelle Comes Home is the best Conjuring spinoff movie, which is damning with faint praise. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) David Medsker The word 'fine' is often taken as an insult, but there are instances where it is the appropriate way to describe something, and this is one of them. This movie is fine. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 Shaft (2019) Steve Katz Shaft feels like a time capsule opened too late - an intermittently funny action movie that ends up being too disposable to be worth much of anything. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Steve Katz The Dead Don't Die isn't the worst movie of 2019, [but] it just might represent the largest gulf between expectations and quality. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) David Medsker To paraphrase the Sex Pistols, the movie's pretty but also vacant. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/5 Late Night (2019) Steve Katz It hits the beats you would expect from this sort of story, but that's where it stumbles, happy to skate on a wish fulfillment-tinged final act that lands with a thud rather than a sense of triumph. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Rob Dean There are certainly worse X-Men films, but it just feels like a shrug of a movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Steve Katz Rocketman is more akin to a stage musical, chockablock with wild, fantastical numbers and intricate choreography. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Steve Katz Godzilla: King of the Monsters is at its best when it embraces the scale and awe-inspiring splendor of these giant monsters. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Brightburn (2019) Rob Dean "Brightburn" isn't a revolutionary take on superheroics ... but it's a very satisfying and gripping horror film that moves rapidly and is reinforced by some excellent acting. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Steve Katz Booksmart is the sort of big, crowd-pleasing and delightful comedy that doesn't come around as often as it should these days. It's genuinely and uproariously funny. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) David Medsker For a film directed by Guy Ritchie, there's not a lot of Ritchieness to it. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Rob Dean A thrilling and clever film that seems bound only by the imagination of its filmmakers and the amount of punishment Reeves is able to handle. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Steve Katz Detective Pikachu squanders its tempting premise and heightened noir stylings on an ultimately unfulfilling mystery. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Rob Dean Long Shot is not original ... but it's propelled by some excellent jokes and a supremely talented cast. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rob Dean Avengers: Endgame isn't a great movie ... but it's a beautiful and fitting swan song to a unique journey that forever changed the movie industry and the lives of so many fans. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Rob Dean The film takes the great potential of a well-known myth and applies tired imagery and spooks to it while never truly establishing any sense of proportion or threat. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
1/5 Hellboy (2019) Steve Katz A debacle like this seems destined to kill Hellboy dead as an ongoing cinematic franchise, and if this is the level of achievement to be expected, it's better to let it die. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Rob Dean Pet Sematary checks off a lot of Stephen King staples but is never anywhere near scary enough or entertaining as it should be. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Steve Katz [Shazam!] revels in its comedy and post-modern self-reference, undercutting serious moments with humor like we've seen Marvel do for so many years now. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) David Medsker There are lots of little things that the movie nails, but it gets nearly all of the important things wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.5/5 Us (2019) Steve Katz What Us makes abundantly clear is that Peele is an undeniable talent, so comfortable in his ability to build tension [and] so assured in his use of music, cinematography and editing. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Steve Katz While there's nothing particularly wrong with The Hummingbird Project or the story it wants to tell, there's also nothing particularly right with it. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) David Medsker Finally, the MCU has someone who fights like a girl. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 Greta (2018) Steve Katz [Huppert is] the key to the whole enterprise, embracing the zaniness with an assured and deathly intense vibe. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) David Medsker The How to Train Your Dragon films have always been technical marvels, but what they do here is breathtaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Steve Katz Merchant manages to keep the laughs coming and the story interesting, and the casting is immaculate. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4.5/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Steve Katz Happy Death Day 2U is weird and surreal and ambitious as hell, with a confident and anarchic spirit that capably papers over its at-times clunky dialogue and one-too-many twists. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rob Dean The movie creates an impressive and well-thought-out world with beautiful production design but then populates it with hollow characters and a boring story. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019