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Rating Title/Year Author
A- Toy Story 4 (2019) Will Leitch This franchise is so generous, and so obviously precious to those who work on it, that we shouldn't have doubted. This one more than justifies its existence. I'm ready for four more. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
C- Men in Black: International (2019) Will Leitch It turns out, after the third attempt to recapture the magic of the first film, that the Men in Black universe is not a particularly compelling one after all. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
5.9/10 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Andy Crump It's a shock to find that [Jim] Jarmusch's worst is this bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
7.3/10 Late Night (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak At its core, it's a tough-love letter to the insane ordeal of pursuing an actual career in comedy, paired with an open thesis about the innate wholesomeness of making people laugh. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Tim Grierson As is typical when depicting anything in the Dylan universe, this documentary both oversells its subject's genius and provides overwhelming evidence of his brilliance. "Rolling Thunder Revue" is overlong, overpowering, inconclusive, undeniably stirring. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
7.5/10 I Am Mother (2019) Josh Jackson I Am Mother offers just enough of a twist on an old futuristic tale to be enjoyable, and its small cast buoys the film above most small-budget sci-fi. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
8.1/10 Ice on Fire (2019) Amy Glynn Ice on Fire is a "call to action" documentary. It's an eye-opener for anyone prone to a stultifying "doomsday mentality" and that is unequivocally a good thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
8.7/10 Funan (2019) Andy Crump A gorgeously animated and elegantly told tale of repressive autocratic rule, arriving at a moment when autocrats are increasingly becoming the fashion worldwide. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
5.5/10 Dark Phoenix (2019) Dom Sinacola Dark Phoenix was always destined to fail. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
6.5/10 The Perfection (2018) Andy Crump The movie owes an apology to the audience for its compulsive insistence on explaining itself ad nauseam until there's nothing to think about and all that's left is mayhem. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
8.5/10 Booksmart (2019) Joelle Monique A perfect balance between sexualized/gross-out humor and sincere admiration for one of the wildest emotional periods of a human being's life, Booksmart screens like a love letter to that best friend who was closer to a life partner than a school chum. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
8.4/10 Rocketman (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Taron Egerton embodies Elton with his pitch-perfect singing and captivating natural presence. With this performance and the overall film, it's hard to imagine a better tribute to such a singular icon. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
8.9/10 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Jacob Oller As a series capper, it's a satisfying, loving end that fulfills old Deadwood's imperfect promises while mostly avoiding the pitfalls of nostalgia. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
6.9/10 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Dom Sinacola Michael Dougherty's Godzilla 2 swells with too many boring human characters, competently sets up some sequels, thrives solely on its (sometimes awe-inspiring) monster fights and makes no sense. So basically: pretty good Godzilla movie! EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
7.8/10 Aladdin (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Aladdin is the rare remake that actually gives us a whole new world. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
8.0/10 () John-Michael Bond The Unauthorized Bash Brothers is equally vicious and loving, showing the two athletes as hapless idiots driving by smashing balls and trolling for women. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
7.5/10 () Graham Techler Wanda Sykes has never been one to dance around a point, and lands many direct hits throughout Not Norma EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
8.0/10 Diamantino (2018) Kyle Turner Shot with saturated oranges and pinks by Charles Ackley Anderson, deftly vacillating between fantasy and reality, Diamantino's greatest strength is that it understands the best examples of satire always come true. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
7.5/10 For the Birds (2018) Amy Glynn For the Birds is admittedly not groundbreaking. But it illuminates something we might not think about very much, which is what is actually going on in the mind of a hoarder, and how the pathology of such a person ramifies on other people. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
8.4/10 Netemo sametemo (2018) Andy Crump Asako I & II is an easygoing movie, at least if the film's exterior is taken at its words. Under the hood, it's roiling. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
8.5/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Dom Sinacola John Wick 3 revels in its ludicrous gore without losing sight of the very real toll of such unmitigated havoc. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
7.5/10 () Amy Glynn It's definitely worth watching. There's just something about it that doesn't quite come together. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
8.8/10 Photograph (2019) Aparita Bhandari Though not a traditional romance, Photograph is certainly about gestures of love. Whether Rafi and Miloni stay together in the end is irrelevant. What matters is that they helped each other appreciate themselves. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
9.0/10 The Souvenir (2019) Andy Crump A hushed, unassuming, intimate movie to remind audiences of the power of cinema by interrogating the definition of cinema itself. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
8.5/10 () Graham Techler This is a deeply felt half-hour and an exciting preview for what TV could look like in the future. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
7.7/10 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Joelle Monique While there [are] ample missteps, the film manages to be a hell of a lot of fun, capturing the spirit of its source material as effectively as a well-aimed Poké Ball. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
The Head Hunter (2018) Kenneth Lowe It makes me excited to see what Downey tries next. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
6.0/10 () Graham Techler Between his self-conscious shocks and old-fashioned offensiveness, [Anthony] Jeselnik feels too safe, too uninspired. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
5.4/10 Long Shot (2019) Tim Grierson [Charlize] Theron wrings this so-so material for all its comedic potential. But she gets little help from her running mate EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
7.1/10 Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Andy Crump [Dr. Ruth Westheimer's tireless drive to see through the work she believes needs doing in the field of sexual enlightenment that gives Ask Dr. Ruth real urgency, lifting what'd be an otherwise breezy character portrait to near essential levels. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
9.3/10 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Michael Burgin Avengers: Endgame represents a remarkable achievement. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Andy Crump Relating to Wendy, and to her terror, is easy, and immediate, and lets the movie hook its claws into the viewer with jolting urgency. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4.7/5 Thriller (2018) Joelle Monique Thriller at best qualifies as an interesting attempt at bringing additional perspectives to horror. Given the potential of this particular niche of the horror genre, that also makes it quite the wasted opportunity. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
7.3/10 Family (2018) Andy Crump With Family, [Laura] Steinel makes a tribute to aunties, the women in one's life who dispense advice whether asked for or not, refuse to take guff and indulge their charges for the sheer joy of it. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
7.1/10 Penguins (2019) Michael Burgin Ultimately, what Penguins lacks in vibranium frisbees or live-action blue genies, it more than makes up for in ... well ... penguins. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
8.1/10 Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Andy Crump Hagazussa provides a minefield of triggers. It's gross. It's also stunning, a hypnotic recreation of its time and its place. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
8.4/10 High Life (2018) Dom Sinacola Though its ending is obvious and unresolved, High Life isn't concerned with the surprises or gasping revelations of science-fiction but instead enraptured by the way the genre can push its characters to test the bounds of their own existence. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Observe and Report (2009) Robert Davis Second-rate Taxi Driver. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4.0/10 Pet Sematary (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak There was no good reason to resurrect this property. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
6.4/10 Shazam! (2019) Dom Sinacola Leaning real hard into the jokes about horny teenage boys and meta-skewerings of superhero films, Shazam! can't help but comment on its genre ad nauseam, though, unlike Deadpool, it never risks arguing against its own existence. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
8.4/10 Native Son (2019) Amy Glynn Native Son is a highly watchable and frequently discomfiting film in which the violence of one generation melts smoothly and nastily into the violence of another. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
7.5/10 () Garrett Martin Despite that disappointing postscript, Irresponsible is another energetic hour from the most popular stand-up comedian working today. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
7.2/10 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Oktay Ege Kozak Hotel Mumbai may not be a perfect example of its genre, but its restraint from ideological grandstanding and a top-notch technical control of tone make it worthy of a watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
4.0/10 Dumbo (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak The 2019 Dumbo unwisely pushes its titular hero into the background in favor of human characters who lack depth, and an action-heavy script that runs out of steam barely after the first act is over. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
7.7/10 Gloria Bell (2018) Oktay Ege Kozak [Sebastián Lelio] wisely taps into an older American audience looking to see representation they don't get much from their cinema, especially the kind that doesn't condescend or patronize. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
8.0/10 () John-Michael Bond Jimmy Carr doesn't try to market himself as shocking, because he's not worried about what you think. He only wants to give you the Ultimate Gold Hits, and by God he delivers. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
() Graham Techler Nate Bargatze's new Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid, brings with it a proportional helping of the fidgety energy that made his episode of Netflix's The Standups so enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
7.8/10 Ramen Shop (2018) Andy Crump In Ramen Shop, a sip of broth and a slurp of noodles means more than a trip down memory lane. It means a second chance to say goodbye to loved ones. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
8.3/100 Us (2019) Dom Sinacola If Get Out introduced a savvy culture vulture to a moviegoing public starving for original voices and underrepresented perspectives, then Us shapes that introduction with exacting intimacy and humor and a lot of blood. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
8.5/10 () Graham Techler [Amy] Schumer is letting her audience in, and giving them the chance to watch her while thoroughly in her stride. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019