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Rating Title/Year Author
Project Power (2020) Josh Bell There's nothing super going on here at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
Spree (2020) Josh Bell The characters are more mouthpieces than people, but the filmmakers don't give them anything worthwhile to say. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Josh Bell Just because the concept carries added resonance in our current moment doesn't mean that Seimetz's vague, wispy exploration of it is effective. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Tax Collector (2020) Josh Bell A forgettable, low-rent thriller full of gangster clichés, with production values that seem far beneath a Hollywood filmmaker like Ayer. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
An American Pickle (2020) Josh Bell A deadpan comedy sketch that doesn't know when to end. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Host (2020) Anthony Gramuglia Writers Savage, Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd manage to be very economical, utilizing naturalistic writing to ease audiences into a by-now incredibly familiar setting, while also establishing events that will pay off in the second half. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Target Number One (2020) Cynthia Vinney Most Wanted isn't the most original movie you'll see this year, the story it tells is deeply distressing, and despite its '80s trappings, it feels relevant to our current moment, making for an absorbing watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) Josh Bell It's pretty much impossible to replicate what made the original so entertaining, and even at its best, Deep Blue Sea 3 is just a pale imitation. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
Radioactive (2019) Josh Bell Most of the movie is a plodding recreation of historical events, with blunt expository dialogue and characters who exist to spout important facts. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Animal Crackers (2017) Josh Bell The plot is ungainly and awkward, the dialogue is clumsy and unfunny and the characters are forgettable bores. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
The Big Ugly (2020) Cynthia Vinney The Big Ugly's action feels like a throwback to an earlier time when manly men in movies maintained their loyalty to one another, no matter how stupid their allies behaved, leading to conflicts that escalated into overblown battles. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Amulet (2020) Josh Bell Just when the craziness starts to explode, the movie ends. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Game of Death (2017) Josh Bell The movie is drenched in blood and guts, but none of it makes an impact. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
Elvis from Outer Space (2020) Cynthia Vinney While the impersonators give it their all, especially Thomas as the "real" Elvis, the fact that they aren't actually performing Elvis' well-known songs makes these moments underwhelming. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Cynthia Vinney While the film's stylized visuals make it pop and the performances are sympathetic and pleasant, the story is too ephemeral to make much of a mark. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Relic (2020) Justin Jones Though Relic doesn't reinvent the family-driven sub-genre of horror, it is one of the purest refinements of it to date. It completely bucks so much of what's expected from typical haunted house movies, and allows the characters breathing room. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Cynthia Vinney It's a streamlined but exciting war film with a fantastic performance by Hanks at its center. And if, like Hanks, World War II stories are your thing, this is a must-see. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Josh Bell Samberg and Milioti make that burgeoning romance feel genuine, even in the midst of such a bizarre situation. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
The Beach House (2019) Josh Bell The methodical building of tension is mostly effective, and the gross-out horrors of the second half are viscerally unnerving. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Josh Bell Rather than explore the ennui of its immortal characters, the movie just turns them into a knock-off superhero team. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
The Outpost (2020) Josh Bell The result is just as empty as those civilian platitudes that the characters repeatedly mock. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2020
Four Kids and It (2019) Josh Bell The kids' dedication to this hideous beast is as inexplicable as its apparent enduring U.K. pop-culture appeal. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
Irresistible (2020) Cynthia Vinney Irresistible elicits the same exhausted and slightly depressed feeling as most political discourse in America at this point in time. It's not nearly as thought-provoking as it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Two Heads Creek (2019) Josh Bell As blunt as the political commentary is, it never gets in the way of the humor or the action, and Two Heads Creek works perfectly well as a ridiculous horror movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
My Spy (2020) Josh Bell It's too violent and dark at times (at one point a severed head flies across the screen) to work as kid-friendly entertainment, but the action isn't particularly exciting or well-staged. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
Wasp Network (2019) Josh Bell The environments and the stars look great, but they're stuck in a movie that doesn't seem to know what purpose they serve. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Scare Package (2019) Anthony Gramuglia Scare Package is made by and for hardcore-horror fans who love the genre. If seeing VHS grain over spotty gore effects makes you feel giddy, Scare Package is perfect for you. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020) Cynthia Vinney Without an interesting plot or characters to emotionally invest in, the movie is unlikely to draw in anyone other than hard-core action buffs. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
You Should Have Left (2020) Cynthia Vinney Strangely modern in a setting that feels anything but, the house is both inviting and foreboding, so when ominous things start happening there, it feels that much more believable. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Mr. Jones (2019) Josh Bell Holland has plenty of experience making socially conscious films, and she gives Mr. Jones the sweep of an important historical drama, even if the content isn't as compelling. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
7500 (2019) Josh Bell At heart, 7500 is just a pulpy thriller, and in its best moments it delivers on that kind of hold-your-breath suspense that places the audience right alongside the characters in danger. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Nakitai watashi wa neko wo kaburu (2020) Reuben Baron The big problem with A Whisker Away is that main character Miyo Sasaki, nicknamed "Muge," is extremely annoying. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
() Josh Bell It would have been better off spending more time punching and kicking, and less time lost in thought. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Josh Bell Artemis Fowl is full of busy-looking effects that signify nothing, serving only to distract from the numerous dropped plot elements and inconsistent characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Josh Bell That narrative is meandering and overextended across a bloated 154-minute running time, shifting from a meditation on nostalgia and regret into a chaotically staged action thriller, with plenty of grandiose pontificating along the way. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Marona's Fantastic Tale (2019) Reuben Baron More than anything, the film looks like no other film you've seen before. Just as Marona herself is a mutt of who knows how many breeds, the artistic DNA of Marona's Fantastic Tale appears to spring from a menagerie of disparate sources. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Justin Jones It's unfortunate that Apatow couldn't do justice to Davidson's life or style of comedy, instead making yet another film in his own template that, at this point, just blends into the scenery. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Soundwave (2018) Cynthia Vinney Soundwave gets so caught up in Ben's evasion of Frank that it sacrifices the promise of its interesting sci-fi ideas and its throwback sensibility, instead devolving into a generic thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Anthony Gramuglia The documentary tells a compelling story that is much more than a fawning love letter to a cult classic film and its lead actor. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
The Last Days of American Crime (2020) Cynthia Vinney There's a twist towards the end that is more mildly interesting than surprising -- but by the time it happens, the contrived plotting and bloody action have spiraled so far out of control that mildly interesting feels more substantial than it should. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Hammer (2019) Cynthia Vinney Hammer is noteworthy for its unique approach to a story of challenging family dynamics, but the movie never lives up to the promise of its premise. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Dreamland (2019) Josh Bell Rather than create an immersive world, McDonald just throws a lot of random, inexplicable elements together. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Becky (2020) Josh Bell The pacing is brisk, the makeup effects are effectively stomach-churning, and the directors come up with some creative shot compositions, especially in the tense stand-offs between Becky and Dominick. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
The Vast of Night (2019) Josh Bell The stylish filmmaking and charismatic stars make this breakout indie success worthy of the hype. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
Blood Machines (2019) Anthony Gramuglia Blood Machines is an acid trip. Take Star Wars and baptize it in the blood of Mandy, then hand whatever is left to a retro-'80s nostalgic, and you have this low-budget trip of a movie you need to see. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
The Haunted (2018) Cynthia Vinney Most of the movie centers on a young woman traipsing around a house gasping at shadows. And while the film creates a convincingly creepy atmosphere, the story is far less compelling. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Josh Bell Feels like a small-scale movie trying too hard to fit the blockbuster mode of its influences -- and coming up short. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
Last Moment of Clarity (2020) Josh Bell High-minded allusions aside, this is a forgettable straight-to-video thriller doing its best to capitalize on Weaving's recently raised profile. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
Body Cam (2020) Cynthia Vinney Body Cam is a successful horror movie, and anyone who's looking for a graphic, chill-inducing thrill ride will get exactly what they want... Those hoping for a more thoughtful meditation on police power and corruption, however, will be disappointed EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020
SCOOB! (2020) Cynthia Vinney While the plot, when it finally kicks into gear, is driven along by McGuffins that don't amount to much, and aren't especially well-explained, it hardly matters when the real point of the film is to hang out with Scooby and friends. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2020