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Rating Title/Year Author
Locked Down (2021) David Rooney A grating stunt in which actors who ought to know better, led by Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, play synthetically movie-ish characters meant to tickle us with the all-too-real trials of the COVID era. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
The Ultimate Playlist of Noise (2021) John DeFore Sincere and likable, but less deep than it could be. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Bloody Hell (2020) John DeFore A brisk, just-funny-enough escape thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
Landfall (2020) Jordan Mintzer A studied and sober look at Puerto Rico's dire state. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Skyfire (2019) Frank Scheck Won't erase memories of 'Dante's Peak' or 'Volcano,' and even they weren't very good. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Dig (2021) David Rooney Not an entirely smooth disinterment but satisfying all the same. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
Outside the Wire (2021) John DeFore Proves to be a fairly conventional military-action pic despite its moments of Asimovian philosophy. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Mauritanian (2021) David Rooney This legal procedural remains strangely flat, despite its star power and a gripping central performance from Tahar Rahim as Slahi. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
The Last Ones (2020) Stephen Dalton A flawed but compelling psychodrama set in Europe's wild north. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
The Marksman (2021) Frank Scheck A solid entry in the Neeson action oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
The Lion King (1994) Duane Byrge A certain blockbuster and a future classic, The Lion King is a scrumptiously delightful moviegoing experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
Spaceballs (1987) Duane Byrge Space films are Mel Brooks' latest target in this Star Wars parody that might be appropriately titled Schtick Wars. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
I Blame Society (2020) John DeFore A half-baked satire, however legitimate its complaints. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
Redemption Day (2021) Frank Scheck Proves such a wan, ineffective vehicle that it leaves its star all dressed up with nowhere to go. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
My Rembrandt (2019) John DeFore Sumptuous and enjoyable on several levels. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
Grizzly II. Revenge (2020) Frank Scheck Grizzly II: Revenge is so bad, it's just bad. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Dan Fienberg Wrap those big puzzles around a performance as great as Jackson's and this is a tightly told story well worth checking out, even if you may need the mystery to pique your initial curiosity. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) David Rooney Gourav's disarming Balram provides an engaging center, gifted with the playful art of the storyteller as he shares his belief that there are only two ways out of poverty in India: crime and politics. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Happy Face (2018) John DeFore Empathetic and refreshingly unpreachy. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
Two Ways Home (2019) Frank Scheck Although Two Ways Home features some powerful performances and affecting moments, it never feels wholly organic. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Death to 2020 (2020) Dan Fienberg Death to 2020 is a generally hacky piece of recycled political satire and tired documentary parody reflecting on the year that was in a way that will feel fresh to you only if you've self-imposed a strict media blackout since February. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Henchmen (2018) John DeFore [I]t's not just superhero fatigue that makes this feature feel generic and cheap - lively enough to keep young kids occupied, but preferably while parents are doing something more interesting in the next room. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
We Can Be Heroes (2020) Frank Scheck In the fun fantasy world of Robert Rodriguez, there's no better way to bring families together than by saving the world. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
Boys vs. Girls (2019) John DeFore Good for a few chuckles. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Adolescentes (2020) Jordan Mintzer A graceful and very real portrait of growing up. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
The Stand In (2020) Leslie Felperin This satire misfires. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
Gorbachev. Heaven (2020) Stephen Dalton A poetic portrait of a poignant political afterlife. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
Cockroach (2020) John DeFore A potent, universally relevant look at ideals in action. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
Audrey (2020) Leslie Felperin Even if you watch it alone on a laptop with a bottle of cheap beer and a dried-up turkey sandwich, Audrey is a pleasure. That's mostly due to the still-incandescent star power of its subject. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
() Leslie Felperin Honest and revealing, but not in an icky solipsistic way... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Effigy: Poison and the City (2019) John DeFore Effigy: Poison and the City takes a dignified, old-fashioned approach to homicidal insanity that befits its early-19th century setting. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
Fatale (2020) Frank Scheck Fatale proves very watchable, in an incredulous B-movie kind of way, and Taylor is a slick enough filmmaker to keep things moving swiftly and entertainingly. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
() Leslie Felperin The film doesn't particularly require in-depth knowledge of Moominism and can be enjoyed for its bright performances, on-point costumes and sets, and empathic portrait of young love. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Hunter Hunter (2020) Frank Scheck Delivers a cinematic gut punch at the conclusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) David Rooney There's still a lot to love. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Cool Hand Luke (1967) John Mahoney Well written by Pearce and Pierson and acted by a most talented ensemble of performers, Luke succeeds as both a highly humorous and deeply dramatic study of the immolation of human spirit in captivity and as an allegory. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
News of the World (2020) David Rooney Soulful, steady, stirring. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Archenemy (2020) John DeFore A critique of post-millennial journalism is one of several ideas raised but mostly abandoned in this genre pastiche, which never really coalesces despite some promising elements. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Songbird (2020) Frank Scheck Despite the high-stakes drama, there's nary a compelling moment throughout, and some of the characterizations... are so absurdly one-note that it's hard not to think that the film is meant as parody. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (2020) Frank Scheck The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee makes one long for such comparatively stellar Hogan vehicles as Almost an Angel and Lightning Jack. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
迷航 (2019) Deborah Young Engrossing, revealing and bittersweet. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
Safety (2020) John DeFore The family pic's light tone never lets its themes of addiction, abandonment and poverty hit home, instead focusing on its hero's unlikely accomplishment and the brotherhood of sport. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
40 Years a Prisoner (2020) Dan Fienberg 40 Years a Prisoner has the potential to be a gateway documentary, to get people curious about the full story of MOVE and to stoke additional curiosity about why this particular story hasn't been given a definitive docuseries. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) David Rooney Those eager for entertainment with any kind of edge or cultural authenticity should look elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
The Midnight Sky (2020) David Rooney This quiet, meditative new film is emotionally involving from tense start to poignant finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
Funny Boy (2020) Deborah Young Vividly drawn characters portrayed by a lively, likable cast in a seductive tropical atmosphere make this a welcome return of Toronto-based Mehta to filming her native Indian subcontinent. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
In the Mirror (2020) Stephen Dalton A lively, witty fairy-tale remix. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Ronnie's (2020) Leslie Felperin Minor-key, but a haunting melody. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
With Drawn Arms (2020) John DeFore An uneven but moving look at courage and consequences. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
A Christmas Carol (2020) Stephen Dalton Technically impressive but dramatically flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020