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Rating Title/Year Author
5.5/10 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Oktay Ege Kozak Yet the movie's real joy, if there is any, lies with Carrey fully embracing his '90s rubberface days. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
8/10 Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) Andy Crump Grant, too, that the production's enveloping luxury is nearly as seductive as Gardner, so steeped it is in warm tones and a rich palette. But like the hopeless fool's drawn to Pandora's ruinous beauty, so are we drawn to Gardner in all her magnetic glory. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
8/10 Gretel & Hansel (2020) Oktay Ege Kozak The film thrives within a dream-logic vibe, especially in Olivares' cinematography, with its heavy emphasis on symmetrical framing, stark contast and lush use of yellows and blues, evoking subliminal terror. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
8.6/10 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Natalia Keogan Looming over the film is an aching reminder that while women have always exercised agency in whatever capacity they could, the spectre of patriarchy continues to proscribe what women are able to hold for themselves. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
6.3/10 The Lodge (2019) Andy Crump The Lodge flirts with too many conceits before deciding on the least interesting of the bunch, which makes any build-up feel like wasted effort. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
5.4/10 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Will Leitch Yan and Robbie and these Birds are able to fly free of the restraints that had been put on them in the past. You might just wish they stop flapping wildly all over the place, crashing into every corner of every wall, ultimately going nowhere in particular EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Andy Crump Come for Gallner's palpitating lead performance; stay for Rehmeier's thoughts on what your dinner choices say about you. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7.3/10 Color Out of Space (2019) Andy Crump Color Out of Space feels shaggy at the edges but so rich within them that the flaws of the DIY aesthetic matter less than the merits of Stanley's perspective. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
8/10 Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020) Clare Martin This is surely a special that's worth being present for. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
7.5/10 Just Mercy (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Just Mercy occasionally relies on the expected clichés of the genre, and it doesn't play many new notes-but it's rarely off-key. Most importantly, it's genuinely passionate about telling the tale of a man who sought the truth. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
6/10 The Sonata (2018) Andy Crump While the director clearly has a few tricks up his sleeve for hitting his viewers with the heebie jeebies, what he doesn't have, at least for The Sonata, is a sense of how to weave those tricks into a unified, cohesive narrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
5.6/10 Ilana Glazer: The Planet is Burning (2020) Clare Martin The goofs are one-offs, not even complete enough to be considered one-liners. The hour feels like a supercut of Ilana bits from Broad City, rather than a fully fleshed-out stand-up set. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
8/10 Clemency (2019) Andy Crump Movies often invite empathy from their viewers. Clemency expressly asks for it, a rarity among 2019's releases. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
9.5/10 John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) Olivia Cathcart A joyous mixture of silly humor and niche references makes John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch the most entertaining Netflix original of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
7.5/10 Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! (2019) Clare Martin Chieng accomplishes what he sets out to do during his special. He holds up a mirror to American society, we recoil in disgust, but then he makes us laugh so that the medicine goes down a little easier. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.0/10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Andy Crump At best, The Rise of Skywalker solidifies [Daisy] Ridley and [Adam] Driver as movie stars. At worst, it ends this narrative not with a bang but with a recycled image from a better movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Skip The Next Level and hope for some form of originality in the next one instead. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
9.1/10 Little Women (2019) Ellen Johnson Many of the year's greatest films have dealt heavily with class and race, but it is perhaps during the most socially turbulent times when personal movies like this one can speak the loudest. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
8.6/10 Michelle Wolf: Joke Show (2019) Clare Martin When you're as funny as [Michelle] Wolf, you don't need to distract from your hilarious-and occasionally disturbing-stand-up. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
6.1/10 Marriage Story (2019) Andy Crump Marriages can, do, and in certain cases ought to end, and bravo to [Noah] Baumbach for his candor in examining his own. But just as some matrimonial ties should be severed, so too should Marriage Story have pared down its fussy indulgences. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (2019) Ellen Johnson We're talkin' vintage, schmaltzy Christmas glam, and Kacey -- along with a seemingly random but entertaining cast of characters -- brings it to life with a wink and a curtsy. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
6.7/10 Little Joe (2019) Andy Crump Little Joe is a quirkily rattling movie, an off-kilter tonic during the year-end onslaught of movies proclaimed "important" by their studios, and what the film lacks in structure it makes up for in its eerie, cold singularity. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
9.0/10 Uncut Gems (2019) Dom Sinacola [Adam] Sandler's eyes twinkle with adrenaline. He isn't funny, but absolutely everything he does is worthy of laughter. It can get overwhelming. His performance is a gift. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
6.5/10 The Aeronauts (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak There's a terrific 50-minute fan edit somewhere in The Aeronauts, but as far as the theatrical experience goes, half of it is more than worth your time, if you're willing to tolerate the other half. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
8.10/10 Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019) Clare Martin [Mike] Birbiglia's latest Netflix special is candid and never saccharine, which oddly makes it all the more heartwarming. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
9.1/10 The Irishman (2019) Andy Crump The Irishman is a gangster film, true, but it's a gangster film in the sense that it's about gangsters, and a film about life's regrets by dint of being about [Frank] Sheeran, fated to die alone with no loved ones by his side. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
8.8/10 Knives Out (2019) Michael Burgin [Rian] Johnson has constructed a tightly plotted, superbly acted "escape room" for both his characters and the audience to explore and puzzle over. Most will find the two hours and 10 minutes it takes to solve well worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
6.2/10 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Andy Crump Ford v Ferrari rockets across the finish line using a flawed blueprint -- there's fun to be had, but it's all in service to the people who least deserve recognition. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
8.3/10 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Will Leitch A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood does the work. It asks you to be kind. But it doesn't forget to remind you why. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
7.5/10 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Motherless Brooklyn is far from an airtight masterwork like Confidential, but for those looking for a neo-noir that goes down as harshly yet as satisfyingly as Sam Spade's favorite Bacardi, it'll deliver. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
5.2/10 Charlie's Angels (2019) Andy Crump Charlie's Angels talks a good talk, but struggles to back up the talk with the drama necessary to make it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
7.6/10 Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019) Clare Martin [Seth Meyers] commands the room with pithy stories and occasionally punctuates a bit with a deer-in-the-headlights stare. His charm and consistency are both admirable, if a little dulling to his performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
6.0/10 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Dom Sinacola Dark Fate is so self-serious, so expositionally overwhelming, that its tendency to tell rather than show bleeds into its every aspect. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
8/10 The Elephant Queen (2018) Allison Keene The Elephant Queen is messy, but it's still a worthwhile nature watch that educates viewers on how important elephants are to the biomes across which they traverse and why. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8.0/10 Black and Blue (2019) Oktay Ege Kozak Black and Blue is the perfect choice for those looking to add an exciting new thriller to their viewing queue. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
8.6/10 Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Clare Martin [Jenny] Slate commits from head to toe, which is to say that she moves like one of those inflatable advertising tubes outside of a car dealership. Her exaggerated physicality is matched only by her buzzing, infectious enthusiasm. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
8.0/10 Greener Grass (2019) Andy Crump Greener Grass is a "yes, and ..." movie, 90 minutes of thoroughly bizarre premises no one questions or balks at but instead, dive into with absurdist gusto. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
8.5/10 Parasite (2019) Kyle Turner As we watch both families act in different, but intersecting, pieces of social/anthropological theatre, Bong [Joon-ho] cuts through their mutual hunger, and what ultimately and tragically separates them, with a jaundiced eye and an acidic sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
7.0/10 Mo Gilligan: Momentum (2019) 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