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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Luca (2021) Matt Goldberg While one could argue that 'Luca' is simply a story about accepting outsiders, the subtext of a homosexual love story gives the film its spark. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
C- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Matt Goldberg The latest 'Conjuring' movie is always missing more interesting questions in favor of jump scares and tired horror imagery. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
A In the Heights (2021) Matt Goldberg Jon M. Chu's adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical is colorful, earnest, and explodes off the screen. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Vinnie Mancuso "A sequel that both expands the world and digs deeper into the personal heart at its center. Doubters, like me, are quieted." EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
A- Initiation (2020) Gregory Lawrence A unique indie horror-thriller, one with an unprecedented sense of maturity in its filmmaking and thematic aims. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021
C Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Matt Goldberg The new spinoff is more crime thriller than horror movie, but it retains its infamous torture traps while adding clumsy social commentary. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
B Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Matt Goldberg Taylor Sheridan's new movie is leaner than his previous works, but still manages to entertain. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
C- Army Of The Dead (2021) Matt Goldberg A good father-daughter reconciliation story gets consumed by genre tropes in Zack Snyder's exhausting new movie. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
C- We Broke Up (2021) Matt Goldberg We Broke Up isn't a horrible film as much as it's a disappointing one. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
D Mortal Kombat (2021) Matt Goldberg Simon McQuoid's new adaptation is a mostly joyless slog that can't even deliver exhilarating fights. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2021
A The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) Matt Goldberg The Mitchells vs. The Machines manages to deftly move between thoughtful satire, compelling family drama, and painfully hilarious comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2021
B+ WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) Matt Goldberg Jed Rothstein's documentary is a scathing breakdown of what happens when Silicon Valley image-consciousness gloms onto a pedestrian business. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
D- Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Matt Goldberg Someone's going to make a 25-minute version of this movie that's just the monster fights, and people will prefer it. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2021
B+ Nobody (2021) Matt Goldberg We can derive a lot of glee from watching Bob Odenkirk dismantle nameless goons, but what does that say about us? EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
D+ Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Matt Goldberg Given its lengthy runtime, the heralded 'Snyder Cut' never makes the case for its epic scope. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2021
B+ Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) Matt Goldberg Chris Smith's documentary wisely understands that the 2019 college admissions scandal is part of a larger broken system. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2021
B+ We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) Vinnie Mancuso Don't Deserve Dogs doesn't ever discover what we did to receive a dog's unconditional love, but it does make you believe in its ability to break down barriers. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2021
B Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Matt Goldberg The latest Disney Animation film is an entertaining albeit slight entry into the studio's filmography. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
D- Cherry (2021) Matt Goldberg The Russo Brothers' constant need to display technical flourish consistently overshadows the human stakes of their story. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
B+ Possessor: Uncut (2020) Jeff Sneider The apple may not fall far from the tree, but Possessor finds Brandon Cronenberg fully in control and building his own independent legacy. I can't wait to see what he does next. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
A- Saint Maud (2019) Haleigh Foutch Saint Maud's impact only gets stronger as it brews, building to a stunning, shocking finale that knocks whatever wind you have left out of you right before the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
A- Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Matt Goldberg If you like your comedy bizarre and lighthearted, you'll probably go for Wiig and Mumulo's latest movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
C- To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Matt Goldberg The trilogy's conclusion confirms that 'To All the Boys' should have stopped after the first movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
B Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Vinnie Mancuso If you give yourself over to this thing, it's a neon-lit ride worth taking. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
A- Extra Ordinary (2019) Perri Nemiroff A super silly and enjoyable experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
B+ Let Him Go (2020) Jeff Sneider This is a sensitive vigilante tale, and despite a fiery third act, you have to realize that it's a slower burn than the action movie promised by its trailer. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
A- Freaky (2020) Drew Taylor Anchored by a pair of truly outstanding performances from Vaughn and Newton and embroidered with lovely emotional flourishes, Freaky is the real deal - a horror comedy with heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
A Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Matt Goldberg Shaka King's movie is packed with great performances, but its secret weapon is in telling a story about how individuals relate to power dynamics. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
B Land (2021) Matt Goldberg 'Land' plays out pretty much as you'd expect it to, but that doesn't diminish its impact. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
A- CODA (2021) Perri Nemiroff An undeniable charmer about juggling obligations to friends, family and self. When CODA hits the right notes in that balancing act, it's euphoric. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
A Wolfwalkers (2020) Drew Taylor It really does feel, even as you're watching it, like you've uncovered a beloved treasure. It's that good. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
C- The Little Things (2021) Matt Goldberg In case you've never seen a crime thriller about guilt and obsession before, here's another one. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
B Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020) Matt Goldberg A meditation on personal identity isn't what we expect from a magic show, but DelGaudio makes it work. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ Malcolm & Marie (2021) Matt Goldberg Sam Levinson's Netflix drama is an intimate portrait of a couple ravaged by their own insecurities. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B+ The Mauritanian (2021) Matt Goldberg Rahim's strong central performance in Kevin Macdonald's drama makes America's recent sins feel even more potent and raw. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (2020) Adam Chitwood Seeing this episode - which is about the importance of voting in free and fair elections - restaged as a play kind of rekindled my love for this series, and conjured an emotion I haven't felt much of over the last few years: hope. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
B The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020) Matt Goldberg Dower wisely knows that he's not going to solve this case that even the FBI couldn't crack, and instead broadens his perspective into what the Cooper case means to people and why this unsolved mystery has such enduring power. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
B+ My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2019) Dave Trumbore It lets the heroes of Class 1-A stand on their own against familiar yet powerful villains, not to show off their strength or how far their skills have progressed but to protect the innocent and stand up for what's right. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
A- Soul (2020) Matt Goldberg 'Soul' is one of Pixar's best movies, but it's also the first targeted more towards adults than children. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Der Bunker (2015) Talia Soghomonian A unique piece of work, Der Bunker is twisted yet engaging, abstract and parabolic, funny yet flippant. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
A- The Croods: A New Age (2020) Drew Taylor You might walk into Croods: A New Age wondering why they bothered making a sequel. But you'll walk out of it wondering why it took so long. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
C- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Matt Goldberg Patty Jenkins' sequel is a well-intentioned but sloppy punch against Trumpism. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
B+ News of the World (2020) Matt Goldberg A story about the power of stories is a bit self-serving, but Greengrass and star Tom Hanks make it work in this alluring Western. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
A- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Matt Goldberg In his final performance, Boseman is unforgettable in August Wilson's bitter and electrifying story of Black artistry. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
B+ Happiest Season (2020) Matt Goldberg Clea DuVall's new movie has some big laughs, but it's at its most potent when it examines what it means to join a family. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
B Run (2020) Matt Goldberg Aneesh Chaganty's new thriller is taut, suspenseful, and unexpectedly tragic thanks to the lead performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
D Ammonite (2020) Matt Goldberg 'Ammonite' is a film that manages to be so quiet that it barely has a pulse, and yet so obvious that it lacks a sense of intimacy. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
F Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Matt Goldberg Ron Howard's movie frequently mistakes mawkishness and cloying sentimentality for empathy to hilarious results. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
B Mank (2020) Matt Goldberg David Fincher's new movie isn't so much about the making of 'Citizen Kane' as it is about a man seeking to atone for his complicity in a broken system. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
C- The Craft: Legacy (2020) Matt Goldberg Zoe Lister-Jones' new take on the 1996 cult classic misses why the original works. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020