The Playlist

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Rating Title/Year Author
B- Yardie (2018) Ted Pillow While Yardie won't garner Elba the auspicious notice of a Gone Baby Gone or A Star Is Born, the multi-talented performer certainly acquits himself. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
C () Ted Pillow An exciting and revolutionary technology gets a reserved and conventional documentary. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
B+ () Griffin Schiller A character piece that takes us inside the twisted minds of these couples examining the lengths they will go to in the name of love. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B- Pet Sematary (2019) Ryan Oliver The sleek, well-crafted, if somewhat muted "Pet Sematary" update nails the tone of one of Stephen King's most sinister tales. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C- The Aftermath (2019) Andrew Bundy Another period melodrama that knows exactly what it is, and that just isn't quite enough. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
A () Joe Blessing A love letter to the bonkers midnight novie genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B- The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Ryan Oliver A darkly comic look at toxic masculinity. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C- The Highwaymen (2019) Ryan Oliver The dull, normcore version of the Bonnie and Clyde story. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C () Rodrigo Perez Never really crosses the finish line, despite a winning dramatic turn from Nick Kroll. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B+ () Jonathan Christian Sometimes, an adorable documentary about competitive creative dog grooming is exactly what you need EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C- The Hummingbird Project (2018) Warren Cantrell What remains is a halfway interesting story with a few too many ideas and a lack of tonal cohesion. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B () Ryan Oliver Morris' movie ultimately says, not all lives matter, many are disposable, and while lacerating in all the right ways, this tragic prank of ruinous consequences is ultimately no laughing matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C+ Adopt a Highway (2019) Rodrigo Perez 'Highway' ultimately feels like the product of a first-time director still finding his footing, who maybe should've stuck with his bread and butter for this first effort. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C Stuber (2019) Ryan Oliver Really quite hyper-violent, a little nasty in tone, and never as funny as it should be. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
D Five Feet Apart (2019) Allyson Johnson 'Five Feet Apart' is a ridiculous melodrama that demands you leave your brain at home. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B Avenues (2017) Andrew Bundy A promising directorial debut about the jokes we use to mask grief. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B Combat Obscura (2018) Gary Garrison While some films edge closer to the ghastly reality, and others capture the tedium, none seem to embody the stark duality as "Combat Obscura" so fully. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B+ The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Lena Wilson In our newfound cultural fascination with scammers, Elizabeth Holmes is this spring's belle of the ball. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Ryan Oliver It's technically impressive and faulty in equal measure, expunging most of the substance in favor of occasionally effective, but mostly cheap, scares. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
() Kristy Puchko Stuffed is as rich in visual splendor as it is insight and information about this long-misunderstood art form. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B- () Christian Gallichio Vision Portraits lives up to its title, presenting a series of fascinating case studies in how the artistic spirit, and the need to create, can overcome anything. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B+ () Ryan Oliver By keeping the humor rooted in the performances and only letting sentimentality creep in when necessary, Nelson and Schwartz have crafted a film that feels refreshing, unique, and emotional. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B () Kimber Myers It Started As A Joke is often as entertaining as a solid set from any one of the featured comedians, but it also has a serious streak in the insight it offers into Mirman's challenges off the stage. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B+ () Ryan Oliver Everybody's Everything is truly sad, due to the tragic circumstances at the center of the story, but also poignant and made with the utmost of love. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
C+ () Rodrigo Perez Red 11 isn't revolutionary, but it's a manic, surreal journey into the creative process of Robert Rodriguez that serves as a nice allegory to the director's own observations on filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B- Good Boys (2019) Ryan Oliver Good Boys wins you over with the undeniable rapport between these talented young actors and a sweet message that life will always be in flux, and that it's okay to accept the change. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ Booksmart (2019) Rodrigo Perez Every generation needs a new anthem, and by and large, Olivia Wilde has done that with her exhilarating debut, Booksmart, that is going to absolutely destroy and dazzle audiences. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B () Kimber Myers Human moments punctuate and overlap with the sillier ones, giving Sword of Truth a sense of generosity and an emotional core in addition to its laughs. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B+ Long Shot (2019) Rodrigo Perez Long Shot is a delightful, a roaring good time and massive crowdpleaser that should carve an ear-to-ear smile on even the biggest skeptic's face. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
B- () Kimber Myers Pink Wall rarely breaks new ground, but Tom Cullen's truly raw, intimate approach helps it feel fresher than it might have otherwise. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
B The Beach Bum (2019) Ryan Oliver A hilarious, wild, sometimes problematic and gorgeous-to-look-at comedic cosmic odyssey about finding your spiritual bliss. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
B Us (2019) Ryan Oliver An eerie and terrifying thriller, a thought-provoking, but muddled look at a fractured America. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
B+ Triple Frontier (2019) Rodrigo Perez Triple Frontier is a violent and provocative collision of self-interest, dubious morality,and conscience through deeply flawed protagonists who get what they deserve and yet still deserve better. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
D Two Plains & a Fancy (2018) Lena Wilson Two Plains is 90 minutes of mismatched blathering from agonizingly droll characters without a meaningful plot to back it up. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
A Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Carlos Aguilar It merits being counted as one of the decade's best and most wildly original animated triumphs. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
D+ () Joseph Owen This is cheap, cheerful, self-referential cinema with little need - and no request - to apply theory or insight. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- Give Me Liberty (1936) Kyle Kohner While the story of Give Me Liberty unpacks like a kinetic sphere of energy through a snowballing procession of charismatically comical events, none of this is possible without the convincing cast Mikhanovsky constructs. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) Joseph Owen Emir offers one paradigm for human motivation, for universal yearning... EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
B- Captain Marvel (2019) Russ Fischer 'Captain Marvel' flies high and fast, but struggles with narrative turbulence. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- We Are Little Zombies (2019) Joe Blessing Little Zombies emulates not just the visual aesthetic of video games, but also their narrative logic, and the incongruity of the goal-oriented achievement that video games allow compared to the abstract nature of real-world problems. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
A Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) Jordan Ruimy Sometimes this documentary even provokes laughter, because we are just so insanely disturbed by how evil much of it sounds. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
B+ Knock Down the House (2019) Jordan Ruimy Beyond Ocasio-Cortez and her magnetism, we may look back at Knock Down the House years from now as a nascent document of the beginnings of a groundswell in American politics. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
A David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Jordan Ruimy Melancholy in shape, but still hopeful, Crosby's willingness to bare naked his personal struggles on-camera makes for a truly poignant movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
A- Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Jordan Ruimy An eccentric, wild and gripping goose chase of a film, all the jesters at the center of Jonathan Documentary are fascinating. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
A Honeyland (2019) Gary Garrison There is an unassuming languidness to Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's anthropologic documentary. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
C Paris Is Us (2019) Caroline Tsai In the multiverse of its alternate iterations, Paris Is Us could have been a sci-fi take on parallel universes, a fatalistic romance, or even a thoughtful interrogation of life in Paris in 2015. Too bad it never made up its mind. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
B How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Allyson Johnson A touching goodbye to a series that has really grown and matured through the years, aided by stunning visuals and a sweeping, dreamlike-sense-of-adventuring score by composer John Powell. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
B Styx (2018) Jonathan Christian Styx bottles up enough enjoyable misery to leave you questioning just how much you matter in this world-or if you even matter to anyone at all. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
B- Stray (2019) Warren Cantrell Indeed, if one is vacillating on whether or not to see this one, they should stay for Stray. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
C The Changeover (2017) Warren Cantrell This film might take place in a world lousy with witches and warlocks, but it is desperately short of the magic needed to overcome its flaws. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019