The Playlist

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Rating Title/Year Author
B+ Ophelia (2018) Warren Cantrell Briskly paced, well-acted, and thoughtfully adapted from Lisa Klein's YA book, Ophelia makes a successful run at literary reimagining in its most ambitious form. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
C- The Lion King (2019) Rodrigo Perez "The Lion King" filmmakers and the VFX guys were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make a photorealistic animated remake of a beloved Disney classic, nobody stopped to think whether they should. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
A Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Joe Blessing Broomfield's personal engagement and his embrace of the complexities of life and love elevate this film, which travels across decades and continents to show the lasting power of one connection. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
B- Yesterday (2019) Rodrigo Perez Yesterday isn't the insufferableness of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" but its one-sided slant on sweet, saccharine, good day sunshine Fab Four pop might leave you wanting for a more well-rounded greatest hits. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
B+ Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Rodrigo Perez A cleverly shaped and very entertaining movie about a post-truth world, 'Spider-Man Far From Home' is some top-notch summer moviegoing that shows Marvel's dominion is not about to end any time soon. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
C+ Midsommar (2019) Rodrigo Perez "Midsommar" is its own kind of cautionary tale, a floral, psychedelic, "He's Just Not That Into You" for movie-going culture. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
A Toy Story 4 (2019) Griffin Schiller Toy Story 4 is the surprisingly much-needed epilogue, featuring everything you could hope for in a Pixar film, and is sure to be the family event of the summer. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
C+ Shaft (2019) Charles Barfield Despite the tired plot, and potentially problematic jokes, Shaft is a decent action comedy anchored by a hilarious performance by Samuel L. Jackson. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
D Men in Black: International (2019) Ryan Oliver "MIB International" commits an even greater sin than being mind-numbingly dull: it squanders the chemistry between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Joe Blessing Containing some of his most open reflections and most electric performances, Rolling Thunder Revue is a terrific addition to the Dylan film canon and an absolute must for Dylanophiles. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
C- Dark Phoenix (2019) Rodrigo Perez A fundamentally flawed and patchy mess, wrapped in superficial layers of dark grittiness. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
D+ Harpoon (2019) Joseph Owen Harpoon centers on a boat but leaves us emotionally, intellectually, aesthetically parched. If only it were funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
C Ma (2019) Kimber Myers Director Tate Taylor's Ma is silly, skin-crawling fun that earns its R rating in a variety of surprising ways. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
C- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Charles Barfield Godzilla: King of the Monsters is filled with epic battles, but does little else to prove that this franchise deserves the chance to fight another day. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
B () Caroline Tsai Clearly, the director takes great risks off-screen. If only they were as great on the screen. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
C Frankie (2019) Caroline Tsai An overstuffed family drama that somehow stifles the great Isabelle Huppert. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B- Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) Bradley Warren "Oh, Mercy" may not be the veteran French director's finest hour, but the uneven crime picture is nonetheless an intriguing experiment rooted in a real true-crime event. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B () Bradley Warren What's black and red all over? A noir-tinged yakuza film by Japanese iconoclast Takashi Miike, of course. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B+ () Caroline Tsai "Matthias and Maxime" ticks almost every checkbox of a Xavier Dolan movie. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B- The Traitor (2019) Bradley Warren A handsome production and ambitious in scale, the impact of "The Traitor" is muted by the familiarity of its well-worn tropes. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B It Must Be Love (2004) Gregory Ellwood If you are going to intentionally remind the press of what you are going for then it's already apparent that message isn't completely clear. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
C () Bradley Warren Triet, unfortunately, delivers a flimsy, unremarkable story of obsession unlikely to reach much further than local cinemas. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B+ () Jordan Ruimy So committed to its sometimes challenging choices, the bold and exacting "Beanpole" sometimes feels damn-near radical. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
C+ () Jordan Ruimy Impressive visual poetry might be on display again, but narrative cohesion is sorely lacking. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
F Mektoub, My Love (2018) Caroline Tsai After about 30 minutes of twerking and its controversial sex scene, "Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo" begins to feel like a human rights violation. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
B- See You Yesterday (2019) Lena Wilson Kick back on a night when you're looking for both gravity and glee (emphasis on the gravity), and enjoy. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
A- () Bradley Warren The Whistlers" expands the horizons of New Romanian Cinema, offering up a sequel to social realism just as it began to get stale. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
F The Perfection (2018) Lena Wilson Today, serial sexual abuse and women's bodily autonomy are dire topics for most. Apparently, for the team behind "The Perfection," those real-life horrors are just more fun genre fare. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
C- Tommaso (2019) Bradley Warren The director remains adrift in the wasteland of the imagination. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B Parasite (2019) Bradley Warren A demented and often-uproarious class-conscious satire, "Parasite" falls slightly short of Bong's greatest work. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Guy Lodge With the title cleaved in two and the words "once upon a time" isolated, it's hard not to think of the storytelling form with which that homely cliché is first associated: the fairy tale. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B+ Brightburn (2019) Alex Arabian Brightburn is a genre antithesis that screams of intelligent rebelliousness with clever, stylistic flourishes to boot. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B Aladdin (2019) Griffin Schiller Guy Ritchie's Aladdin reimagining is ultimately a magic carpet ride you won't mind experiencing. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
B A Brother's Love (2019) Caroline Tsai A Brother's Love boasts an impressive aesthetic palette, from visuals to sound, and a showstopping lead performance, which salvages its subpar latter half. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B+ () Caroline Tsai Ladj Ly's Les Misérables gives audiences a beautiful, tense modern-day revolution that takes root in the banlieues of Paris. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
A Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Caroline Tsai Sciamma has a magnificent capability for elegant prose that wouldn't feel out of place in a classic novel, the kind of dialogue that simmers long after it is spoken. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B Diego Maradona (2019) Bradley Warren Kapadia's tight focus and compelling viewpoint make Diego Maradona a must-see for soccer fans, and certainly a biographical doc of interest to wider audiences. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B+ Young Ahmed (2019) Bradley Warren The Dardenne brothers turn their camera toward the world of Islamic fundamentalism with Young Ahmed, a compact, gripping return to the directors' nonprofessional roots. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B- () Caroline Tsai There's something frustrating about Noé's approach in Lux Æterna, but also an undefinably admirable quality to the extremity of his showmanship. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B- () Caroline Tsai Barring a few short-sighted misfires, Little Joe remains an arresting film with a novel imagination of a presently relevant issue. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
B () Bradley Warren "Bacurau" is a blood-soaked adventure worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
A Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Andrew Bundy The long awaited last chapter of David Milch's seminal series, cements 'Deadwood's storytelling vision; a contemporary masterpiece of American Western mythology. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B+ () Bradley Warren "Vivarium" impresses with its clarity of vision and originality. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
D () Caroline Tsai Watching "Jeanne" becomes a test of attrition: Exactly how much can you take? EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
B Rocketman (2019) Caroline Tsai "Rocketman" does not purport to be much more than an elaborate work of spectacle, jam-packing 20 excerpted musical numbers into its two-hour runtime. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
C () Caroline Tsai Sadly, it's about as close to pure commercialism as cinema can get without fitting into the MCU. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
A- The Climb (2017) Caroline Tsai A relentlessly funny, affecting comedy. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
A The Lighthouse (2019) Jessica Kiang Its reimagining of the hysterical psychodrama as the province not of women, in whose febrile brains such tales have traditionally been located, but of men, it's shimmeringly contemporary, and has real long-game sustain. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
A A Hidden Life (2019) Charles Bramesco At last, the return to form that Malick's loyal acolytes have spent most of this decade awaiting with an unshakable faith befitting the matter at hand has arrived. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
A Dolor y gloria (2019) Bradley Warren Laced with autobiographical details, his new film is a beautiful, full-hearted celebration of the craft of filmmaking, as well as queer and maternal love. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019