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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 Don't Tell a Soul (2020) Simon Abrams A funny mean streak runs through the promising coming-of-age thriller Don't Tell a Soul. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/4 Acasa, My Home (2020) Tomris Laffly Ciorniciuc opens a non-didactic and non-judgmental window for audiences into an alternative world where parents both nurture their babies within the rules of the nature and also deprive them of their vital rights, like safety and education. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/4 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Nell Minow Charming. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/4 The Marksman (2021) Christy Lemire There's not much to the character Neeson plays, or anyone else in the film, for that matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/4 Outside the Wire (2021) Glenn Kenny The visual effects are decent, the cast is better than decent, and that's all, folks. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/4 MLK/FBI (2020) Odie Henderson Myth and legend are pushed aside, creating a human portrait of a great leader, warts and all. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/4 Hunted (2020) Brian Tallerico Even its clever twists, like with the opening story and the Red Riding Hood allusions, start to feel like window dressing for a shallow piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/4 Locked Down (2021) Nick Allen In spite of the available chemistry and charisma from Hathaway and Ejiofor, Locked Down proves to be a bewildering mess, in part because of choices made in how to tell a story that mixes two-hander drama with a heist. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2.5/4 The Empty Man (2020) Brian Tallerico A truly surreal and strange piece of work, anchored by some top-notch craft elements, but weakened a bit by a bloated running time and a conclusion that likely left the few people who saw it in theaters more annoyed than thrilled. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
2/4 Skyfire (2019) Peter Sobczynski It's dumb and cartoonish as can be and there's never a single moment in which you care at all about anything going on, not even when they drag in an endangered child in order to tug on the heartstrings. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
1.5/4 If Not Now, When? (2021) Monica Castillo Between its amateurish direction, pedestrian cinematography, and overly plotted script, the narrative and visuals don't coalesce into a story that feels restorative, cathartic, or even joyful. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
4/4 Beautiful Something Left Behind (2020) Matt Zoller Seitz It has a knack for finding metaphors and symbols in everyday activities and images, and it presents these in a manner that suggests there's a world beyond the one that we can process with our brains and our senses. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
2/4 The Reason I Jump (2020) Simon Abrams The movie version of The Reason I Jump does not successfully illustrate what its title promises, but rather generalizes about a sensitive topic to the point of inadvertently making it seem more unapproachable. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
1/4 Redemption Day (2021) Christy Lemire This would-be action thriller offers awkward action and no real thrills. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/4 Blizzard of Souls (2019) Carlos Aguilar A movie with plenty of small portions that communicate thought-provoking ideas and gripping melees but without a substantial human anchor. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/4 Herself (2020) Sheila O'Malley [Lloyd] is not afraid of reaching for big emotions, utilizing inspirational needle-drops and montages that show the house coming into existence. But there's something else going on here, something that makes all of this a deeper and more powerful story. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 The White Tiger (2021) Roxana Hadadi Scene by scene, The White Tiger punctures the fantasy that a rich man could also be a nice man, and although the comedy here is pitch-black, it strums with a particularly focused anger. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
3/4 Sing Me a Song (2019) Nell Minow The images benefit enormously from the breathtaking beauty of the mountain setting. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
2.5/4 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Nick Allen A sincere but silly mash-up of WWII dogfights, gremlin chaos, and feminism in action. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
2.5/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Monica Castillo It's Kirby's performance that makes Pieces of a Woman memorable. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/4 Night of the Kings (2020) Robert Daniels An assured, energetic piece of epic filmmaking, one that celebrates how storytelling, oration, and folklore teach us about our past so we might change our present. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
Death to 2020 (2020) Nick Allen There's an easy nature to all of Death to 2020 that makes it especially irritating. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/4 Giving Voice (2020) Nell Minow Fittingly, the highlight of the movie is Wilson himself, seen in archival footage, an interview, and a graduation speech. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/4 Dear Comrades! (2020) Glenn Kenny A fascinating, irony-steeped portrait of a soul who's been hardened by her trauma, to the extent that she embraces its architects. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 The Dissident (2020) Peter Sobczynski The Dissident paints an indelible portrait of Jamal Khashoggi and everything that he stood for and eventually died for in the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/4 We Can Be Heroes (2020) Carlos Aguilar Rodriguez pokes fun at trite tropes and delivers on the action (often also lacing the fights with humor), but always with an earnest message on how adults, set in their stubborn ways, don't always know best. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3/4 News of the World (2020) Brian Tallerico Everyone here is at the top of their craft from the character actors who populate the ensemble to the two leads at its center to everyone behind the camera, and you can feel that from first frame to last. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Odie Henderson This is a very good film, full of memorable performances and thought-provoking speeches and arguments. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
2/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Christy Lemire Gadot remains a winning and winsome figure in Wonder Woman 1984 and she retains her authentic connection with the audience, but the machinery around her has grown larger and unwieldy. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
1/4 Hunter Hunter (2020) Glenn Kenny I like cheap exploitation as much as the next guy, but not when it tries to disguise itself with transparently insincere humanist indie trappings. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 Museum Town (2019) Brian Tallerico A loving tribute that misses some opportunities but also fully represents the unpredictability of life. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2/4 Skylines (2020) Nick Allen O'Donnell's sequel doesn't affirm a grandiose or interesting vision, so much as one that is eagerly ready for hire. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/4 Climate of the Hunter (2019) Simon Abrams Climate of the Hunter is for anybody who, when dining out, feels compelled to try (and hopes to love) the weirdest item on the menu. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
1/4 Fatale (2020) Christy Lemire This modern-day take on the Fatal Attraction premise never fulfills its promise as a lurid, guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 Greenland (2020) Peter Sobczynski Greenland never comes together into a truly satisfying package, but it deserves a little credit for trying to do something unique within such a familiar framework. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
1.5/4 Monster Hunter (2020) Brian Tallerico Say what you will about the often critically derided films in the Resident Evil series, there's at least a sense of style behind them that's entirely missing for the first hour of Monster Hunter. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 Soul (2020) Matt Zoller Seitz [Soul is] pleasant and clever, with a generous heart, committed voice acting, and some of the kookiest images in Pixar history. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
3/4 The Last Sermon (2020) Nell Minow The film introduces us to some intriguing characters, several of whom deserve their own movies, but it would benefit from a clearer focus. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/4 Finding Yingying (2020) Monica Castillo The answers the documentary finds are not easy, but the loss Finding Yingying depicts is one that will reverberate for years to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
3.5/4 Minari (2020) Matt Zoller Seitz A lovely, unique film. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/4 To the Ends of the Earth (2019) Simon Abrams A movie where gorgeously lit and framed exterior photography, as well as consummately precise body-language-centric performances, often convey more than most dialogue could. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Through the Night (2020) Peter Sobczynski After watching the movie, you will feel a greater sense of admiration for Nunu, and the others like her who affect so many lives with their good work. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/4 Safety (2020) Nick Allen A good movie, with a good heart, even though you don't trust the screenplay. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
1/4 The Stand In (2020) Nell Minow The film's meanders somewhere between comedy-ish and drama-ish, never managing either. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Farewell Amor (2020) Monica Castillo Msangi and cinematographer Bruce Francis Cole capture the various experiences at play in Farewell Amor with equal sensitivity. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/4 Archenemy (2020) Glenn Kenny Rather improbably, and in part due to Joe Manganiello's very committed performance as Max, the movie does build up its own slightly trippy head of steam. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/4 Assassins (2020) Sheila O'Malley [White] deftly untangles the different webs of meaning and implication, political, social and otherwise, to draw us into Siti and Doan's worlds. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
0/4 Songbird (2020) Brian Tallerico Even if one sets aside all potential moral arguments about the very existence of Songbird, it's still just really bad. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/4 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Christy Lemire Over and over again, you won't know whether to feel baffled or amused -- although by the end, the former feeling most assuredly dominates the latter. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/4 Wander Darkly (2020) Sheila O'Malley [A] beautiful film. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020