Us Weekly

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Rating Title/Year Author
Us (2019) Mara Reinstein Unnerving in tone and brazenly terrifying in story, Us is the kind of movie you watch with your fingers splayed over your face. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Mara Reinstein It succeeds more as an amusing fill-in-the-blanks Marvel backstory provider than a confident, stand-alone tale of a woman discovering her fierceness. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) Mara Reinstein Both an offbeat comedy and classically rousing underdog tale, this indie film's heart somehow exceeds the size of Dwayne Johnson's bulging biceps. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Mara Reinstein In skewering all the genre's cliches, the rom-com still fails to include a relatable and well-earned journey to happily-ever-after. Big mistake. Huge. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Mara Reinstein Everything is not awesome, but it's still pretty good. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Serenity (2019) Mara Reinstein The outlandish story doesn't add up - and, more appallingly, it's not even supposed to! EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Glass (2019) Mara Reinstein I see disappointed people. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
The Upside (2018) Mara Reinstein All the hijinks and bonding go down like warm honey as long as you don't consider this film as any sort of authentic present-day statement on American racial dynamics. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Mara Reinstein The formulaic film doesn't carry enough heft for consideration as a must-see Oscar contender. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour (2018) Nicholas Hautman Swift's imperfections are a reminder that no matter how big of a force she is in the music industry, she is still human. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Mara Reinstein Gooey dreck that attempts to be a quirky comedy, an earnest drama and a warm-hearted fantasy about the Nazis - and fails mightily at all the above. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Bumblebee (2018) Mara Reinstein Bumblebee works because it dares to tap into a new dimension in this franchise: Legitimate emotional reactions. We humans like to refer to them as feelings! EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Vice (2018) Mara Reinstein It's a blistering biographical portrait that, one way or another, will provoke a passionate audience reaction. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mara Reinstein Emily Blunt proves herself a sparkling successor to Julie Andrews -with a lovely singing voice to match. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 Aquaman (2018) Mara Reinstein Take away Momoa's steady presence, and you're looking at an overstuffed mess that provides entertainment purely in an OMG-this-is-a-disaster kind of way. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Vox Lux (2018) Mara Reinstein There is wildly brutal and graphic imagery corresponding with the rising fame of Portman's pop star character. What an insufferable allegory. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Mara Reinstein It's been years, plural, since Julia Roberts showcased all her empathetic talents in the right big-screen material. That frustrating streak has come to an end. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mara Reinstein There's exactly one Great Scene . . and the journey to get there is long, sedate and rather unspectacular considering the tantalizing story. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Mara Reinstein If you think the quickest way to a queen's heart is through her 17 pet bunny rabbits then have I got the delicious movie for you. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2018
Green Book (2018) Mara Reinstein Tony and "Doc" don't just learn from each other; this is heroic two-hander in which they both save each other too. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 Creed II (2018) Mara Reinstein It's a familiar sequel in which audiences will be able to anticipate every single narrative punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Mara Reinstein In addressing the very real issue of kids and screen time, this is an anti-cautionary tale. Still, deep-diving into the Internet does yield a few treasures. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 Instant Family (2018) Mara Reinstein This is a pure feel-gooder that not only has its heart in the right place, but its brains as well. And it's funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Widows (2018) Mara Reinstein It's a superbly crafted thriller that also happens to be as entertaining as any popcorn movie you'll see all year. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Mara Reinstein The sight of a person furiously pecking on a keyboard and gazing at a screen has never - and will never - raise anyone's heart rate. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
The Front Runner (2018) Mara Reinstein In 1988, Gary Hart's promising presidential candidacy fizzled out. Perhaps it's only fitting that his movie follows suit. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Mara Reinstein Frankly, if you are not cheering along with the crowd as Mercury belts out an ultra-satisfying rendition of "We are the Champions," then a doctor should check your pulse. Somewhere, an outrageous artist knows that his Queen movie rules. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Mara Reinstein Do you have vertigo? Get dizzy easily? No? Good. Then you're in for an amazing, exhilarating climb to the top. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Private Life (2018) Mara Reinstein This lived-in and often-hilarious drama is a richly rewarding experience -and features a whopper of a closing shot. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Mara Reinstein If this is truly Robert Redford's final performance, he's going out with an exclamation point. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Mid90s (2018) Mara Reinstein Writer-director Jonah Hill shows the joy and warmth that comes in finding true kindred spirits in a pre-social media era. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Mara Reinstein It's a biting tale -but not necessarily a cautionary one. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Halloween (2018) Mara Reinstein There's something appealing, even comforting, about an overtly low-rent horror flick. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
2.5/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Mara Reinstein For all its cinematic artfulness, the drama never strays from a well-honed formula. Put it this way: When an addict swears to be clean only an hour in a movie, an ugly relapse is inevitable. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Mara Reinstein The film is clearly aiming for a funky, hyper-violent, multi-layered Pulp Fiction vibe. But it's missing an adrenaline shot to the heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
Venom (2018) Mara Reinstein Mostly bad-bad, with a splash and dash of fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
The Hate U Give (2018) Mara Reinstein Powerful and obviously topical, the adaptation of Angie Thomas' award-winning 2017 novel is one for all ages. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
2/4 Night School (2018) Mara Reinstein It took six male screenwriters to achieve the impossible: Make Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish seem like mere comedy mortals. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
Life Itself (2018) Mara Reinstein An overwrought tearjerker that shoves trite life lessons down your throat along with a vat of sugar. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Mara Reinstein Is extreme turbulence in a film an alluring selling point or a troubling sign that the director has lost control? For this subversive mystery, the answer is a hearty yes to both. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
First Man (2018) Mara Reinstein It's a special film that keeps you white-knuckled about the outcome of one of the most well-documented days in human history. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/4 A Star Is Born (2018) Mara Reinstein A Star Is Born tries very, very hard to be the most emotional movie of 2018. I'm not convinced it wins on that front, but I can say it gets the prize for most hysterical melodrama. Take it as a compliment. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Mara Reinstein It doesn't take a private eye with a heart of felt to figure out that a witless comedy with poorly executed ideas and lazy use of gross-out humor will end up DOA. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Mara Reinstein The joyful confection is coated in a sparkly gloss, bright enough to gleam from the darkest, most cynical corners. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
The Meg (2018) Mara Reinstein Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater and enjoy old-fashioned summer entertainment. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Mara Reinstein Spike Lee's new film empowers audiences to stand up for change. Talking isn't enough; you must do the right thing. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Mara Reinstein The talented Kunis and McKinnon are just funny, period. They elevate an espionage plot so generic that it might as well have been cribbed from Spy Movies for Dummies. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2018
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Mara Reinstein This one made me LOL more times than I care to admit. Nice job, kiddos. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Mara Reinstein Tom Cruise is still at the top of his game - not to mention the top a Paris skyscraper and a snow-capped mountain in Kashmir. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mara Reinstein A joyful, blissed-out summer treat so sunny that audiences should apply SPF 30 before entering the theater. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018