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Rating Title/Year Author
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Justin Chang Notably, this is the first Linklater movie to feature a solo female lead, and Bernadette instantly emerges as one of the most vibrant and complex characters in the director's filmography. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Chris Klimek While nothing that happens is surprising, nearly all of it is performed with soulfulness and conviction and charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Ella Taylor Just when you're ready to agree with Brügger's disclaiming admission that he's a lousy journalist and storyteller, the trail runs cold. Only then does the story roar back to sinister life, while the telling turns solemn. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Fin de siglo (2019) Danny Hensel Despite its deliberate storytelling, End of the Century left me cold. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Scott Tobias Stupnitsky and Eisenberg understand the age and the specific torments that go along with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Honeyland (2019) John Powers This elegant film... begins as the intimate portrait of a beekeeper who makes famously good honey, and then expands to become something of a parable. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Andrew Lapin Above all, the film celebrates storytelling as both a healing and a harming force, a way for us to put a face on something as unknowable as death. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
The Kitchen (2019) Kyle Turner So much of what's promising about The Kitchen, including its ability to explore that question meaningfully, is hampered by its need to justify its own existence - to keep convincing you that it's sufficiently woke. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Mark Jenkins If this redo is slick and shallow, it's nonetheless meticulously constructed and entirely watchable, with only a few histrionic moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Danny Hensel It's a film made with as much love for its subject as the subject harbored for his friends and family. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Them That Follow (2019) Scott Tobias It's all familiar indie earnestness, full of plaintive guitar plucks and big emotions, but rarely the sense that we're accessing life "on the mountain" from the inside. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Mark Jenkins The result is not exactly the most pointed satire ever devised by a Palestinian filmmaker, but it does elicit some smiles. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Andrew Lapin Yes, the film is grim, but it builds a space where that darkness can serve a purpose. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Chris Klimek Almost everything in it has been shamelessly chop-shopped from the work of more innovative filmmakers and squished into a less memorable, more quickly digestible form, and calibrated to flatter its stars to the maximum extent possible. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Secret Obsession (2019) Linda Holmes This is a pretty bad movie, but it seems to be bad in the way it's meant to be bad. It's cheerfully trashy, and if that's up your alley, have at it. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Mountain (2018) Andrew Lapin You can sense Alverson barely containing his laughter from behind the camera. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Chris Klimek You might say Tarantino's oeuvre is a box of chocolates: Some of them are more bitter and unpleasant than others, but they're all still chocolate. Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood might be the tastiest one in the box. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Scott Tobias The film makes the case that Wallace's dogged commitment to getting answers is journalism in its purest form, holding powerful public figures to account. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Scott Tobias With a running time short of 75 minutes, A Faithful Man is a deft little wisp of a romantic comedy, treating love as a mystery that's elusive in its chemistry and often inexplicable in its machinations. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Mark Jenkins Like other contemporary Romanian filmmakers, Jude is well attuned to human absurdities, especially those of pompous public officials. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Ella Taylor Passionate, wry, often bellicose, but always a candid and pithy storyteller... Crosby often seems to be writing his own self-lacerating obituary. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Justin Chang Some of these remakes have been more inspired than others, but few have felt quite as futile as The Lion King. This isn't the circle of life; it's more like a creative dead end. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Bob Mondello But as its cast of terrific comics thrusts and parries, Sword of Trust makes improvisation - something really difficult to pull off at feature length - seem an absolute snap. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Ray & Liz (2018) Andrew Lapin We often say art "cuts close to the bone," but in its depiction of clinking liquor bottles and drawers of unopened rent notices soaked in dog urine, Ray & Liz slices clean through that bone. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Stuber (2019) Chris Klimek Though it runs just 93 minutes, Stuber is padded by gunfights that are neither thrilling nor funny, though their mix of selective slo-mo and irreverent soundtrack cuts tells us Dowse wants them to be both. Or at least one of the two. He hasn't decided. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Bob Mondello The stakes this time turn out to be considerably lower, and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Teen is arguably just the guy to bring things down to Earth and reestablish a human scale. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Ella Taylor Marianne Ihlen doesn't steer this moving, sympathetic, but ultimately frustrating tribute. Perhaps inevitably, Cohen does, via Broomfield's fascination with the singer's tortured relations with the many women he romanced. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Bob Mondello Brevity is the soul of wit, and sumptuousness the soul of costume drama, which the movie "Ophelia" quite extravagantly is. The images are gorgeous; the feminism, gratifying. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
The Plagiarists (2019) Mark Jenkins The Plagiarists ponders authenticity, yet its characters and conflicts feel synthetic. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Scott Tobias It might have been possible for Ophelia to survive its heresies if it broke more radically from its source, but every time the film and the play intersect, it's a supremely unflattering contrast. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Chris Klimek The movie has a bunch of winning performances from 22-year-olds still credibly playing 16, it tells a complete-ish yarn while dutifully laying track for further sequels, and it shows more visual brio than your average Marvel joint. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
The Edge of Democracy (2019) Ela Bittencourt Engrossing... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Andrew Lapin A fitting tribute, breaking up heady discussion of Morrison's major works with jazzy digressions about her family's Great Migration journey from the South to her cherished multiethnic suburb of Lorain, Ohio. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Ella Taylor Buckley has bags of pugnacious charisma and a soaring, throaty singing voice tempered with enough vulnerability to make us want to hold her close even as the screw-up she offers us drives everyone in her orbit up the wall. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Justin Chang Long after the contrived and misfired bits have faded, the brilliantly visualized action sequences and the pinpricks of emotion stay with you. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Shaft (2019) Chris Klimek [T]his movie isn't smart enough to find any comic inspiration in the generation gap between Shaft Prime and Shaft Sr. It just makes them both Cranky Old Heavily-Armed Guys. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Late Night (2019) Linda Holmes I'm not sure the film gets all of this right, but it's an intriguing, enjoyable, well-cast effort. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Andrew Lapin [A]s The Dead Don't Die smirks through its ironic corpse pile-up, dispatching a parade of beloved actors like rancid meat and playing the same original Sturgill Simpson tune on loop, it's hard not to wonder if the joke is on us for watching it. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Scott Tobias Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are a proven commodity, having teamed up briefly in Thor: Ragnarok, perhaps the funniest of all the Marvel movies, but they are too busy hustling around to expensive set pieces to spark off each other. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Nate Chinen The endless dialogue between music and culture is Huber's prevailing theme, and it helps lift Blue Note: Beyond the Notes above an exercise in image-burnishing for the label. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Ann Powers By participating in Dylan's serious game of locating truth behind masks, Scorsese creates a fascinating document, more like Dylan and his work than like a film about him. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
16 Shots (2019) Mark Jenkins The movie offers many pungent details, including a telling one it holds until the last moment, and is structured for maximum drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Leto (2018) Scott Tobias Leto feels like a dream of freedom, carried along on the New Wave sounds of David Bowie and Talking Heads, and full of yearning for the country to loosen up a bit. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Ella Taylor The Last Black Man is a sequence of undeniably lovely grace notes that don't always cohere. Yet the movie is held together by the progress of Jimmie's conflict with himself... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) David Bianculli Anyone prospecting for TV treasure will find Deadwood: The Movie a gold mine. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Mark Jenkins The film's knowledge of everything from Stoic philosophy to money-laundering is refreshing. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Linda Holmes It's a film that delivers on all its promises, gives a lot of funny people a chance to shine and - yes indeed - provides some much-needed representation... EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Chris Klimek A parade of painterly beauty shots of its various creatures-just enough to cut a few good trailers, and this movie's trailers have been fantastic-with a whole lot of nothing in between. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Ma (2019) Andrew Lapin Ma is not an especially well-made movie: It suffers from poor pacing, overly broad comedy, some truly ugly camerawork, and an empty script. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Domino (2019) Scott Tobias Plenty of evidence of a patch job is on display here, especially as the film actively yawns its way through a muddled plot about the conflict between Danish police and the CIA over an ISIS mastermind. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019