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Rating Title/Year Author
The Call of the Wild (2020) Frank Scheck Buck never quite looks real. And you keep expecting him and the rest of the animals to burst into song. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
The Lost Prince (2020) Jordan Mintzer For a commercial venture - or film grand public, as they say in France - meant to please both children and adults alike, the movie maintains a certain charm factor. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
Fantasy Island (2020) John DeFore If this were the feature-length pilot episode for some cheap reboot on a streaming service - which is what it feels like - a generous viewer might half-heartedly agree to tune in next week and see if things get more interesting. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
After Midnight (2019) John DeFore While it's ostensibly about a man fending off a horrific beast, the movie's much more concerned with long flashbacks to the couple's happy days together and with asking why this fella never made an honest woman of his girl. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Come as You Are (2019) John DeFore Its script's approach to disability steers clear of some common cinematic pitfalls, and, whatever its flaws, it has a fine time making points that will be obvious to most in the audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
VFW (2019) Frank Scheck VFW ultimately lacks the cinematic flair to be truly memorable. But the film succeeds on its own terms of being a nostalgic throwback to the days when such B-movies routinely opened on double and triple bills in urban grindhouses. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
The Photograph (2020) Beandrea July Despite the film's middle-of-the-road artistic impact, it represents the growth of something unseen for far too long: true-to-life black love that's not just played for laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) John DeFore The production may have riled the internet months ago, with furor over the look of its first trailer sending FX crews back to work on a character redesign; but what's made it to the screen is light-hearted fun unlikely to offend anyone. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Buffaloed (2019) Frank Scheck Never quite reaches the comic heights for which it's aiming. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
You Go to My Head (2020) Frank Scheck Gorgeous visuals and outstanding performances enhance this slow-burn drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Robyn Bahr To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is a charmless sequel to a charmless Y.A. rom-com. (Extra rom, hold the com.) EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
() Justin Lowe Masciale and screenwriter Luke Barnett, both Funny or Die regulars, have crafted a playfully humorous send-up that's more about poking fun at their characters than tearing down faith-based filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
() Neil Young Evanescent and enervating. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Fan Girl (2015) Sheri Linden Though the material hits its share of false notes, Shipka's performance never does. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
() John DeFore Lacking any substantial new discoveries about the case -- most participants, including Iverson, refused to give interviews -- James is forced to paint it from the margins... EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2020
Cane River (1982) Sheri Linden Jenkins' one and only feature weaves living history, charged and messy, into a homespun, hopeful tale. It's impossible not to wonder what he might have done next. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
() John DeFore An essential character-driven document of a moment in the history of a country facing some challenges that are disturbingly familiar and others, thank goodness, that Americans will find very foreign. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Come to Daddy (2019) Frank Scheck Unfortunately, the movie is far more effective in its first half than its second, which degenerates into cheap shocks, absurd plot contrivances and vulgarism for its own sake. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
() Sheri Linden A memorable variation on a timeless theme. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
() Deborah Young A clever, suspenseful exposé of Sharia law. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Waiting for Anya (2020) Frank Scheck Despite its laudable intentions, Waiting for Anya proves less impactful than it should be. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) John DeFore But those hoping for a Deadpool-like fusion of mayhem and wit should lower their expectations: Harley may be known for her unpredictability, but Birds plays by action-movie rules. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Be Water (2020) David Rooney All this is endlessly absorbing even if Lee's humanity, the one aspect the doc maintains he longed to carve out more scope for onscreen, remains somewhat opaque. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Wander Darkly (2020) Leslie Felperin Some may find this a path too well trodden by other movies, but what's refreshing is to see it through the eyes of a female protagonist for a change. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon (2011) Kirk Honeycutt War of the Arrows is one helluva chase movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Horse Girl (2020) John DeFore A fine-tuned performance sells an unusual look at mental illness. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
() Todd McCarthy A gutsy, discomforting look at some imperfect mothering. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Save Yourselves! (2020) John DeFore A slapstick apocalypse with two sharp comic leads. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
() Leslie Felperin Seamlessly meshing classic scary movie tropes with the more profound horror of real-world conflict zones, His House represents a harrowing but bracingly creative feature debut for British writer-director Remi Weekes. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Luxor (2020) Inkoo Kang Durra peels away at her lead character to reveal the desperation of Hana's belief that Luxor can glue her back together. Her hope pierces. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Influence (2020) Leslie Felperin Even committed connoisseurs of corporate corruption may find it difficult to follow along with the film's narrative, especially since it digresses frequently to touch on related topics. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
() Deborah Young Cultural politics ignite in a jumpy art house thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Turtle Odyssey (2018) Sheri Linden Familiar structure, fascinating star. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Leslie Felperin The engine idles while the two protagonists are maneuvered into place for their meet cute, but once that happens and the leads' chemistry supercharges the motor, it really lets rip. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Caryn James A largely faithful and unchallenging adaptation, beautifully staged and sharply acted by a cast adept at balancing wit and romance. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Epicentro (2020) Leslie Felperin Sauper and his co-editor, veteran Yves Deschamps, work the material with a remarkable fluidity and gracefulness that's consistently engaging and surprising. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
() Deborah Young Young actors Mouna Hawa (as Salma) and Firas Nassar (as Tamer) are confident and sure-footed in depicting their ever-evolving relationship, which keeps the audience on their side EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
() John DeFore A searing history of inaction, denial and death, conveying an urgent warning for the immediate future. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Scare Me (2020) John DeFore The film's dramatic high point... is the arrival of pizza. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Charm City Kings (2020) Beandrea July Unable to harness the story's potential, the filmmakers instead deliver a mostly canned movie that flatlines 20 minutes before it comes to an end. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Run Sweetheart Run (2020) Beandrea July If malignant misogyny transformed into a person, it would be the villain in Run Sweetheart Run. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Beandrea July There's a lot of dancing in this movie, and it turns out that watching old people dance in an authentic way is really enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) Frank Scheck Maybe silence was better. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
() David Rooney It's warm and personal, but sharp enough to know when to show a few bumps in the road of the mutual admiration society. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
() Keith Uhlich Matičević is sensational as the lead, keeping his ruggedly handsome features death-mask stoic throughout. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Coda (2020) John DeFore No single event is fatally implausible, perhaps, but taken together it doesn't ring true. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
() Beandrea July A thoughtfully crafted film that puts underheard voices first. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Into the Deep (2020) Todd McCarthy A knockout doc. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Queen of Hollywood Blvd. (2017) Frank Scheck It's all an excuse to provide a starring showcase for Hochschild, and the actress seizes the role as if she's been waiting all her life for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) John DeFore Even the most conventional-looking entries here have charms. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020