The Playlist

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Rating Title/Year Author
C The Photograph (2020) Asher Luberto No amount of champagne, pretty faces and New York real estate porn can turn dull lovers and a dramatic lack of focus into a pretty picture. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
D- Fantasy Island (2020) Jason Bailey Fantasy Island is even worse than you'd guess. Both artistically and intellectually, it's an absolutely bankrupt enterprise. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
A- Nine Days (2020) Gregory Ellwood This isn't just creative. It isn't just imaginative. Nine Days is the sort of original cinematic art that, these days, is few and far between. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
B The Last Shift (2020) Jessica Kiang You think you know in which mutual lesson-learning direction this is headed. And for a time you're right, but, for better and worse, only for a time. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
2.5/4 Downhill (2020) Katie Walsh "Downhill" retains the essential DNA of "Force Majeure," and therefore remains a strange and prickly piece of work. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
C Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Rodrigo Perez Cheeky and unapologetically brassy, Birds Of Prey is super overwrought and sometimes exasperating, but at least there's never a dull moment. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
B The Glorias (2020) Rafael Motamayor The Glorias stumbles when it plays the notes of a conventional biopic. It is only when Julie Taymor starts diving into the extraordinary work of Gloria Steinem, and the women that made her who she is, that the film becomes blossoms into something special. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
A+ The Mole Agent (2020) Jonathan Christian Granted, regardless of your favored definition of moviemaking perfectionism, the consensus arises from taste, and in my eyes, "The Mole Agent" is a perfect film EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
A () Rafael Motamayor A a terrifying examination of what it means to be a dislocated from home-spiritually, physically, emotionally, and otherwise-and uprooted to a strange, unfamiliar place where everyone looks at you with distrust and unease. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
B Blast Beat (2015) Rafael Motamayor "Blast Beat": a drama that sharply inspects the concept of the American Dream and those who either pursue it or reject it altogether. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
A () Jonathan Christian It can best be defined as a cautionary tale dedicated to the fragility of the family structure in the United States, a showcase of a radically talented filmmaker and a dedication to the painful reality of love. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
A- Relic (2020) Dilara Elbir Filmmaker Natalie Erika James, pushes the unsettling sub-genre of intergenerational trauma forward with "Relic," her haunting feature-length debut about watching a loved one lose their grip on reality. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2020
C- Falling (2020) Robert Daniels Falling ultimately crashes into a heap due to a host of rambling non-connective ideas and tonally grating dialogue. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
C () Jonathan Christian While Us Kids might not be a measly whimper, it is far from a rousing war cry. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
A- Minari (2020) Gregory Ellwood By telling his story L Lee Isaac Chung has hit a peak as a filmmaker that might have been unthinkable just a few years ago. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
B Ironbark (2020) Gregory Ellwood Cumberbatch is absolutely committed to the role, enduring a physical transformation that would impress the likes of Christian Bale. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
A- The Evening Hour (2020) Joe Blessing Cole's moral turmoil is compelling throughout in this complex study of a character and the landscape that shaped him. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
B The Father (2020) Gregory Ellwood Anthony Hopkins recently earned the fifth Oscar nomination of his career in "The Two Popes," but he's already topped himself for his best work this century (yes, century) with Florian Zeller's "The Father." EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
C+ Horse Girl (2020) Jason Bailey Ambitious, but muddled, but also featuring a stellar performance from Alison Brie. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
B The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Jason Bailey There's much to admire in "The Last Thing He Wanted," and plenty of signs that Dee Rees' unique talent is intact. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
B Luxor (2020) Andrew Bundy Treads some familiar territory, but its tender imperfection is incredibly effective. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
C+ The Rhythm Section (2020) Charles Barfield The Rhythm Section places such a high premium on character and suffering, in addition to tense, realistic action, but fundamental missteps prevent it from being great. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- The Nowhere Inn (2020) Jessica Kiang St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein shine in this uneven, but effective, clever blend of fact and fiction. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- Lost Girls (2020) Jason Bailey Lost Girls has its missteps but is elevated by impressive craft, a sense of harrowing anxiety, and the searing performances on display. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
C Sergio (2019) Robert Daniels Baker takes his initially enthralling documentary and dilutes the story with this new feature, creating melodramatic lightness due to the tepid tone and wheezing tempo. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
B+ Feels Good Man (2020) Warren Cantrell "Feels Good Man" is an intriguing look behind an online curtain that rarely gets pulled back, and is investigated critically even more infrequently. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
B () Warren Cantrell Boys State is a decidedly honest and organic doc that points towards an uncertain future. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
A Charm City Kings (2020) Robert Daniels Charm City Kings is a powerful coming of age story expressing freedom and danger, love and grief, and the pitfalls of childhood heroes. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
A Palm Springs (1936) Robert Daniels Max Barbakow's raunchy rom-com, Palm Springs, adds meaning to the seeming meaninglessness of life, with infectious fun and introspective pleasure to boot. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
C () Kevin Jagernauth Time wants the viewer to empathize with the very real turmoil this family endured, but the film doesn't quite hit the mark. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- Downhill (2020) Jason Bailey Downhill is a remake that tries to prove its worth from merging this story with two distinct comic personas and seeing what they do with it (and each other). EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
A The Nest (2019) Jessica Kiang Sean Durkin's immaculate, clinically devastating film, The Nest, is a showcase for lead actress Carrie Coon. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
C The Gentlemen (2020) Matthew Monagle Ritchie's The Gentlemen proves he might be best served by walking away from the crime genre entirely. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- () Gregory Ellwood The leads exude rapturous on-screen chemistry that makes you want to root for their relationship to last. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Wendy (2020) Gregory Ellwood What you take away from "Wendy," however, is that Zeitlin's talent to soar cinematically remains intact. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
C () Jason Bailey As a performer's showcase, "Four Good Days" does the job. But there's not much to see here otherwise. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
A- Black Bear (2020) Robert Daniels Unique and unfazed, hilarious yet philosophical, "Black Bear" is the comedic form reinvented and re-conformed to mad and intoxicating ends. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B () Andrew Bundy "Cuties" examines the consequences inherent to ignoring the impact of one's behavior outside the bubble of a screen-enamored social media existence. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B The Night House (2020) Jessica Kiang The elegantly crafted film falls some way short of its grandest ambitions, but still sends you out into the night with a chill in your bones and the hairs stiff on the back of your neck. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B Kajillionaire (2020) Jessica Kiang Event horizon Miranda July in fantastic and also frustrating ways. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Possessor (2020) Robert Daniels "Possessor" is an exhilarating fever dream body horror and existentialist assassin movie about parasitic relationships. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Wander Darkly (2020) Robert Daniels "Wander Darkly" will emotionally devastate anyone who believes in soulmates, leaving them in a gulf of tears. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B+ Promising Young Woman (2020) Jason Bailey It's provocative, gleefully subversive, and ballsy. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
B Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Dilara Elbir What director Lana Wilson does best in the film is allowing Taylor Swift to be vulnerable, without being invasive. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B+ () Dilara Elbir "Herself" takes an old saying-home is not just a place, it is people- and places it front and center on the film's mantlepiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B+ The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) Gregory Ellwood Remember Radha Blank's name cause, for real, this is the start of something big EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
A- () Chris Barsanti ...a tragic piece about the homes away from home that provide comfort, as well as just how fleeting that comfort can feel in the bright light of day. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
A- Shirley (2020) Jason Bailey The things Elisabeth Moss does in Shirley are quietly astonishing. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
B- Scare Me (2020) Robert Daniels Scare Me deconstructs the horror comedy to mostly successful results. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
A Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Jason Bailey What an extraordinary film this is. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020