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Rating Title/Year Author
7.0/10 () Clare Martin The English comedian has yet to perfect his craft... However, when he taps into his raw talent and potential, [Mo] Gilligan gains unstoppable momentum. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
7.0/10 The College Admissions Scandal (2019) Amy Amatangelo What saves The College Admission Scandal from total camp is [Penelope Ann] Miller, who really rings true as a mom who loves her son and is deeply ashamed about what she's done. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
9.5/10 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Joelle Monique Combined with larger-than-life characters, splintering tragedy, and a unique coming-of-age journey Jojo Rabbit conveys a message about love's ability to conquer loneliness, and that's a message that's fervently needed. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
7.0/10 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Andy Crump The Origins of Alien, dissects the journey from concept to conception in microscopic detail, and with abiding fondness for [Diane] O'Bannon's work. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
8.0/10 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Joi Childs [Eddie] Murphy succeeds by being earnest, even when delivering Dolemite's raunchiest lines. He reminds us he's one of the best at balancing drama and comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
8.2/10 The Death of Dick Long (2019) Andy Crump Put indelicately via double entendre: The Death of Dick Long will make you laugh yourself hoarse. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
5.0/10 Gemini Man (2019) Tim Grierson There's delight to be had in watching two generations of Will Smiths fight each other, but Gemini Man can't shake a hand-me-down familiarity. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
7.5/10 Abominable (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Abominable may not offer much when it comes to a unique premise... but it's nonetheless a wholesome bit of family fun with an impressive focus on themes of overcoming grief, propped up by a visual feast. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5.0/10 Joker (2019) Dom Sinacola [Todd] Phillips finds no throughline but hate, his disdain popping from the relentless grime of Gotham City like Joker's garish purple suit. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
7.6/10 Judy (2019) Joelle Monique Outside of [Renée] Zellweger's stunning performance, there's not a ton to gush about in Judy. Shot prettily with appropriate costuming and a lovely score, it's the perfect Sunday afternoon musical movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
8.0/10 Bliss (2019) Andy Crump Comprising hardcore and doom metal, à la Isis, Electric Wizard, and Doomriders, Bliss is more metal than most of the metal records released in the last five years. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
6.3/10 Empathy, Inc. (2018) Scott Wold For a movie that initially tastes like an unexpected treat, it's especially disappointing that Empathy, Inc.'s third act sours and leaves a bitter aftertaste. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
6.0/10 The Sound of Silence (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak While not quite a complete experience that sticks the landing, The Sound of Silence is nevertheless an impressive debut from a fresh new filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
8.3/10 The Lighthouse (2019) Joelle Monique A visceral ride, The Lighthouse explores man's relationship to the sea, specifically through the lens of backbreaking labor. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
9.0/10 Downton Abbey (2019) Allison Keene There are some incredibly funny sequences, a few genuinely heartwarming ones, and so many plots it will nearly make your head spin. But that's the Downton we know and love... EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
8.0/10 Promare (2019) Toussaint Egan Promare is a visually stunning, narratively anemic and predictable blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
7.3/10 Ad Astra (2019) Will Leitch [James] Gray is too skilled a filmmaker to leave us wandering and astray. And in Pitt, he has a solid emotional center that the audience will still follow anywhere, even if it's to the ends of the solar system just to confront his daddy issues. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
8.8/10 Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Andy Crump The amateur terror of Higurashi's guerilla filmmaking gives way to winning charms as the audience gets to see who he really is, what this project means to him and just how hard it is to make a movie in a single take. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
8.5/10 () Joi Childs Boasting a solid story about profound loss, a knockout performance by [Riz] Ahmed, and award-worthy sound design, Sound of Metal cuts through the clutter. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
7.5/10 Chained for Life (2018) Kyle Turner What's so curious about Chained for Life, and its effortlessness in gliding from the real to the surreal, is how easy it is for its cast of differently-abled actors to seize the camera and its gaze. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
8.4/10 Radioactive (2020) Joelle Monique Deeply personal, sometimes tipping into the experimental, Radioactive is like no biographical feature I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.4/10 Don't Let Go (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak [Don't Let Go 's] premise could open up a bevy of clever and twisted narrative possibilities, but writer/director Jacob Estes settles on the most generic thriller tropes at every turn EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
8.5/10 Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) John-Michael Bond [Bill] Burr is equally the guy who thinks it's funny to tease feminist protestors and the man fighting his own devil to be a good father. He doesn't have to be right, he just has to be funny, and Paper Tiger is a furious work of art. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
9.3/10 Waves (2019) Joi Childs Frenetic, anxious and visually stunning, the cinematography of Waves invites us to wade into this world, never warning us there's still a chance we could drown. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
7.2/10 L'homme fidèle (2018) Andy Crump Clocking in at 75 minutes, A Faithful Man nips along, efficiently assigning comic duties to [Lily-Rose] Depp and [Joseph] Engel and dramatic responsibility to Garrel and Casta. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
9.7/10 Hustlers (2019) Joelle Monique Exceptional performances, an unbelievable story, and a soundtrack for the ages make for a viewing experience worth revisiting again and again. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Descendants 3 (2019) Keri Lumm Descendants 3 will leave you entertained and then probably heartbroken, but like so many good things in life, even though your heart might hurt, for those we love, it's totally worth it. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5.4/10 It: Chapter Two (2019) Will Leitch It, Chapter Two is nearly three hours, and it feels every second of its running time, oddly meandering when it should be barreling toward its conclusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
7.7 Ms. Purple (2019) Andy Crump [Justin Chon] work is haunting and flirts with delirium, but at all times feels urgently alive. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
8.0/10 Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (2019) John-Michael Bond Quality Time isn't his best work, but it's still incredible. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.0/10 Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Garrett Martin Sticks & Stones is terrible, and [Dave] Chappelle can only blame himself for that. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
7.0/10 Villains (2019) Jim Vorel Villains is a workmanlike thriller with a pair of memorable performances and a simplistic premise that would seemingly make it an obvious choice for release via VOD or a major streaming service. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
9.4/10 To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Alexis Gunderson This sweetness works because, like Johnson et al., we in the audience know what shape rom-coms have historically taken, and are thus ready and able to have our expectations subverted in the purest of ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
8.0/10 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Andy Crump [Salvador] Simó achieves a lot with a little. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
() Joelle Monique A visceral expression of fear and longing, 1BR could be a new cult classic. With incredible performances, a solid twist and the possibility of a franchise sequel, 1BR aims high. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
6.9/10 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Dom Sinacola It isn't a handsome movie so much as sufficiently tonally on point, shot through with a sense of suffering at the heart of Mike Banning, knowing that, in the end, he'll return to President Trumbull having defeated his enemies EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
6.6/10 Ready or Not (2019) Dom Sinacola Ready or Not revels in expectations, but rarely exceeds them, treading well through each genre signifier, as suspenseful and funny and violent as any one of us could hope. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
7.5/10 Good Boys (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Good Boys manages to find that happy medium between outrageous and heartstring-pulling. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
7.8/10 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak The Art of Racing in the Rain is just the right kind of tearjerker with an injection of positivity that our understandably pessimistic society needs. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
6.0/10 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Even though it suffers from tonal and narrative inconsistencies, Dora and the Lost City of Gold deserves just enough praise for working as a gateway action/adventure exotic exploration movie for kids to eventually get into Indiana Jones. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
9.7/10 () Garrett Martin Julio Torres might be the funniest person in the world today, and My Favorite Shapes is easily the best stand-up special in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
7.9/10 Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Jacob Oller With a meta plotline about the cancellation and subsequent rebooting of a beloved cartoon, [Rocko's Modern Life] Static Cling isn't afraid to be self-effacing about the revival process. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
8.9/10 The Nightingale (2018) Andy Crump This is neither a pleasant movie nor a pleasing movie, but it is made with high aesthetic value to offset its unrelenting pitilessness. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
() Garrett Martin [Rory] Scovel balances conceptual metacommentary on the conventions of stand-up with fully-formed political material as biting as any other comic working today in an hour that sends up the very idea of stand-up even while showing how powerful it can be EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
6.9/10 () Amanda Wicks Weird is wonderful, as [Rory] Scovel has proven time and again throughout his career, but that means creating new structures to showcase it, not relying on the scaffolding that already exists. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
5.4/10 () Robert Ham What was missing was the kind of audience response that I think Cannon was looking for. Maybe it was the editing or sound mix, but it never felt like the audience was falling out laughing in the way that he was anticipating or reacting to. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
() Robert Ham Eugene Mirman is one of the rare comics that has found a way to mesh his more writerly sensibilities with those needed to perform stand-up. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
9.5/10 7 Days in Hell (2015) Shane Ryan Throughout the absurdities and the provocations, 7 Days in Hell never loses its intelligence, and importantly, it adheres closely to documentary techniques with an exquisite attention to detail that proves HBO spent real money on the project. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Chris Tucker Live (2015) Robert Ham Live also serves as a reminder of just how gifted Tucker is as a mimic and a physical comic. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
7/10 () Chris Morgan It may be, on the surface, pretty much the same old stuff, and that does hold it back a tinge, but there's nothing inherently bad about traditional fare, especially when it is handled so expertly. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019