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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Nell Minow The actors bring a great deal of humanity to keep a wobbly script from going too far off balance. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
() Ben Kenigsberg For Sama captures the details of daily life under the Syria conflict better than any documentary I've yet seen. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
() Ben Kenigsberg "Beanpole" confirms him [Balagov] as a major talent. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/4 Richard Says Goodbye (2018) Nick Allen [The Professor] is more subservient to feel-good cliches than its too-cool-for-school veneer indicates. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/4 Walking on Water (2018) Glenn Kenny Art isn't easy, we all know that. But does it also have to be this crazy? EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 See You Yesterday (2017) Brian Tallerico An ambitious, striking debut that takes unexpected creative risks and heralds the arrival of an exciting new filmmaker. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 All Creatures Here Below (2018) Matt Zoller Seitz By the end, you're left with the scripted dramatic feature equivalent of a local TV news story that fills you with despair for the human race. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Netemo sametemo (2018) Simon Abrams There's just not a lot going on underneath the surfaces of these characters' sensitive, precise, and modestly expressed feelings. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/4 La Telenovela Errante (2017) Simon Abrams The Wandering Soap Opera is only as powerful as your willing-ness to meet Ruiz and his collaborators on their brain-scrambling level. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/4 Photograph (2019) Nell Minow It may be that the stories in movies are all the same. But it can be lovely when a movie like this one finds a different way to tell them. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Sheila O'Malley The film plods at points, trudging along, and there are a few misguided narrative 'devices' tacked on. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2/4 A Dog's Journey (2019) Tomris Laffly Is A Dog's Journey one of the sweetest canine films out there, or one of the meanest? EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/4 The Souvenir (2019) Monica Castillo With the combined efforts of Hogg, Swinton Byrne and Burke, The Souvenir recreates the sensation of riding an emotional roller coaster with an unstable partner. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Christy Lemire The leads are so lovely and the city is so shimmery that it's hard not to get caught up in its spell-for a while, at least, until its corny coda. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Peter Sobczynski A work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for not making a similar effort. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/4 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Matt Zoller Seitz A very likable, if sometimes a bit too polished and vague, exercise in environmental philosophy and rural nostalgia. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
1.5/4 The Professor and the Madman (2019) Nick Allen We'll never know where Shemran's movie truly lost its way, but its current form of saving face by sounding smart will make viewers want to simply move on from it, just like its star and director and have. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 Poms (2019) Nell Minow The main cast does far better than the script in conveying both a sense of sisterhood, and the exquisite poignancy of the friendships that bloom as the end of life approaches. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/4 Pasolini (2014) Matt Zoller Seitz One of the most intuitive and mysterious movie biographies made in a while. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Sheila O'Malley Tolkien approaches its subject with maybe a little bit too much reverence, but shows an interest in the development of Tolkien's ideas, his passion for philology (not the most cinematic of subjects), his love of myths and legends. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 My Son (2017) Glenn Kenny My Son finds its cinematic footing in a committed, steady, realism, and that creates a high-wire act of tension and suspense that's refreshingly clean and consistently effective. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 All Is True (2018) Odie Henderson Purists may have a field day with All Is True, and it does have a tendency to lag, but I found myself thinking about it days after I'd seen it. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/4 Charlie Says (2018) Simon Abrams There's just not enough to Charlie Says, an ambitious, but uneven drama about the oft-sensationalized 'Manson Girls.' EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 The Hustle (2019) Christy Lemire It's not terrible. It's not anything, really, except an excuse for Hathaway to swan about in a series of clingy dresses and fake accents and Wilson to pratfall and deadpan her way from one outlandish scheme to the next. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 Wine Country (2019) Christy Lemire Because the talent amassed here is so impressive, I wish the film had been more focused. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Sheila O'Malley The film does a great job of contextualizing the phenom of Dr. Ruth. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 Clara (2018) Peter Sobczynski Even if you put all the Manic Pixie stuff aside, Clara is still a frustrating experience. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Monica Castillo Even though I wasn't familiar with what happens in the book while watching Tell It to the Bees, I could feel something was emotionally out of place. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Brian Tallerico What makes Meeting Gorbachev most interesting is the way we see Herzog shape the narrative through his questions, narration, and filmmaking skills. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 Bolden (2019) Monica Castillo Sometimes dizzying, enchanting or confounding, but it is certainly never boring. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 UglyDolls (2019) Nell Minow UglyDolls is less a movie than an infomercial for the plush Hasbro toys. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Sheila O'Malley The film itself gaslights us, and this is where Berlinger and Zac Efron-an inspired choice-are powerful co-creators. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 Shadow (2018) Matt Zoller Seitz It's filled with so many remarkable images, particularly in its middle section, that fans of palace intrigue and metaphorically ripe violence will find plenty to like. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
2.5/4 El Chicano (2018) Christy Lemire [El Chicano] functions most effectively when it explores the dangers of moral ambiguity. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Nick Allen Knock Down the House prevails with albeit straight-forward intentions: to amplify the women who are both mad as hell and doing something about it. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Sheila O'Malley It's respectful, but it's also alive. It's serious, but it's also tongue-in-cheek. Olnek's approach gives Emily room to breathe. At last. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 () Nick Allen Directed with infectious zeal, it's a photographer bio-doc that always feels to be in motion, especially given its excellent editing, fascinating subject, and narrative ambition. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 Chasing Portraits (2018) Odie Henderson I felt a strong connection to the director's desire to bond with her ancestors through art. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 Waka Okami wa Shogakusei! (2018) Glenn Kenny A fleet, incident-packed feature. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 I Trapped the Devil (2019) Brian Tallerico A promising debut despite its flaws. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/4 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Matt Fagerholm Though Feuerzeig's picture remains the definitive chronicle of Albert's creative process and the personal demons that informed it, Kelly's film brings us at least a half-step closer to understanding Knoop's motivation for keeping the ruse alive. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Sheila O'Malley The subject is so interesting, and the music played by these people is so gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/4 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Brian Tallerico In terms of sheer entertainment value, it's on the higher end of the MCU, a film that elevates its most iconic heroes to the legendary status they deserve and provides a few legitimate thrills along the way. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Someone Great (2019) Monica Castillo A fluffy romp with a sobering truth: relationships and your twenties may end, but neither signals the end of the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Vai (2019) Monica Castillo It isn't just gorgeous, it feels spiritually poignant, a reaffirmation of cultural identity and a showcase of the strength of women's stories. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Stuber (2019) Monica Castillo The team does not have the screenplay to match what the cast is giving to it. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
() Monica Castillo A straightforward, feel-good documentary about passionate people, their unusual creative hobby and their adorable dogs. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
() Monica Castillo A scrappy film that's been long-in-the-works, but that work has paid off into a journalistic investigation of the business arguments against better working conditions for day laborers. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Monica Castillo It's not always a flattering portrait of the rising political star, but it's a deeply fascinating look at O'Rourke's persistence and perfectionism. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
() Brian Tallerico I See You is like several movies in one, and none of them work. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019