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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Someone Great (2019) Delia Harrington A film about friendship and believing in yourself (somewhat) disguised as a romantic comedy, Someone Great is a movie that knows deep in its core that the best part of the night is getting ready with your friends. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
2/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) David Crow The film is streamlined so it can be just another Conjuring spinoff. And like those films, the grace of the Warrens is literally and figuratively far removed from this house. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 Master of Dark Shadows (2019) Tony Sokol It is a fun film, which moves quickly and has new information some fans might not even know. But it makes its point: Dan Curtis did a lot more than horror, even if he was instrumental in shaping it on TV. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Threads (1984) Helen Wood Shocking, harrowing and hard to watch, it nonetheless made an important contribution to an increasingly urgent debate about the world's ever-growing nuclear stockpile. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Bernard Boo Missing Link pushes the boundaries of the hand-crafted medium in spectacular ways, though the story at the heart of it doesn't live up to the high standard of the animation itself. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/5 Her Smell (2018) Don Kaye Elisabeth Moss' incandescent performance, probably unlike anything you've ever seen her do before, is the raw, beating, bloody heart of Her Smell. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Mike Cecchini A soulless, noisy mess of a movie that has far more in common with lesser Underworld or Resident Evil sequels than it does with the work of Guillermo del Toro or Mike Mignola. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 Observe and Report (2009) Glen Chapman You never feel fully comfortable in what you're laughing at. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 High Life (2018) Don Kaye The cumulative effect is one of immense existential dread, as the bending of time and space erases all that these misfits left behind and leaves them hurtling toward nothingness. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 The Unicorn Store (2017) Kayti Burt We notoriously live in a cinematic age when big-budget films tend to avoid brightness and color, which makes spending time in Unicorn Store's glittery, yet grounded world so much fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 () Nick Harley A story about faith, redemption, and the transcendent, lasting of one man's voice, The Gift is a love letter to the work of Johnny Cash and roadmap of the influences that drove him. Cash EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Faster (2010) Ron Hogan Faster blends the car porn of the 60s with the vigilante justice movies of the 70s. If you like that sort of thing, Faster is the sort of thing you'll like. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) David Crow Burton puts on a show that remembers key elements forgotten by so many modern blockbuster storytellers at Disney or otherwise: your spectacle should invoke awe. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 Clash of the Titans (2010) Duncan Bowles I am so bitterly disappointed with the soulless entity that is the new Clash Of The Titans... EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Rosie Fletcher Family friendly but not childish, skewing younger than Wonder Woman but with just as much charm, DC has knocked it out of the park with Shazam!. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Don Kaye Matthew McConaughey drinks, smokes, has sex, and that's about it in The Beach Bum. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Don Kaye You may believe an elephant can fly but you won't believe in much else with this tepid remake. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Don Kaye There's no question that with its mishmash of half-baked ideas, lack of strong characterization and clear budgetary issues, Beneath represents a steep drop in overall quality from the magnificent Planet of the Apes. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Rosie Fletcher Pet Sematary isn't a total loss by any stretch. But it's a reheated version of a well trodden story that tries to follow new paths but slips on the way. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Don Kaye It's official: the Zack Snyder era of the DCEU is over once and for all. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Don Kaye Gibson was born to play roles like this--simmering cauldrons of white male rage and nostalgia for the "good old days" when that rage could be channeled without consequence. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 Triple Threat (2019) Nick Harley You'll spend most of the film's running time hoping that this trio gets to work together again in a film worthy of their talents. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Rosie Fletcher It's a terrific premise delivered with style in a slick, very frightening, great looking and funny home invasion slasher with a serious political message. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 Good Boys (2019) David Crow The reason it truly works isn't because it's destined to cause much handwringing, but because like all childhood fancies, there's a clean innocence underlining even its dirtiest thoughts. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 The Highwaymen (2019) David Crow Hancock is no less romantic than Arthur Penn was while filming Beatty and Dunaway over 50 years ago, albeit his archetypal iconography is an ode to why even in bad times we shouldn't fall for bad men. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/5 Captive State (2019) Mike Cecchini It feels at times like Captive State is just a collection of scenes that don't flow one to the next, but rather just happen. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 Teen Spirit (2018) David Crow Whenever Fanning takes the mic, a stream of surrealistic fancies pour onto the screen... even in shots of her just staring directly into the camera for a close-up that is both entranced and entrancing. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Rosie Fletcher You don't have to be a fan of (or indeed even like) metal music to enjoy Lords of Chaos. It's a character piece and an incredible story told in a highly inventive way. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) David Crow Exhibiting a raucous sense of humor that has no qualms with shifting gears from the gross-out to the surreal, Wilde hints we've only seen a fraction of her talent. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Alec Bojalad That story in question is so damn satisfying. The Inventor is able to present the finer points of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes's fraud satisfyingly enough - if not definitively. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) David Crow Us is a magnificent achievement that will reward diligent rewatching and debate for years to come. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 Them That Follow (2019) David Crow Colman gives another quietly captivating performance in a supporting turn that suggests she's a woman capable of being a reckoning all her own, if not for a crippling fear of the Holy Ghost constricting around her throat. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3.5/5 () David Crow Its ability to know people, even those we might deem as living on another planet, is what makes Sword of Trust so truthful. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Rosie Fletcher and Richard Jordan Captain Marvel is a perfectly decent mid-tier superhero romp with some uplifting and positive female messaging in the second half... For a movie, and a character, carrying some serious expectations, it's a little bit of a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Kayti Burt This movie is no Black Panther or, if we're expanding the field of comparison, Wonder Woman... Luckily, Captain Marvel doesn't have to be better than all of the MCU's previous films to be something enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie (2017) Shamus Kelley The jokes are on point and the payoff to all the plotlines are handled with great care. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 Climax (2018) Don Kaye We are all capable of joy and savagery, Noe seems to say, and Climax expresses his sadness for the loss of the former even as it plunges us ever into the latter. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Don Kaye The last third renders The Hole in the Ground more generic in some ways, but Cronin still manages to pull off an atmospheric shocker for much of its running time. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Greta (2018) David Crow Huppert and Jordan seek to add a maternal extinct to these well-worn formula, but perhaps they should've also brought a tent to go with their sinister binoculars, because there's nothing here but a lot of camp. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Don Kaye The Hidden World is the series' crowning glory, where color, texture, shading, and movement all blend to create a world that is wonderfully, kinetically alive. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Rosie Fletcher Happy Death Day 2U is a funny, enjoyable and good-natured teen romp, but it suffers from time-loop fatigue and too many loose ends. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) David Crow Fighting with My Family is a well-worn and appreciable Hollywood Cinderella story, yet one with jet black hair and a pierced lip. (And also one blessedly free of any mandated love interest.) EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) David Crow It throws everything in there, including the kitchen sink. Hell, it's a wonder the film didn't drown Tree in it during one of its many dark sight gags. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Bernard Boo The Man Who Killed Hitler is yet another perfect showcase for the mustachioed man's man. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
Salem's Lot (1979) Rebecca Lea Hooper's low key approach suits the material and he's aided at all times by some terrific production design work. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Blazing Saddles (1974) David Crow by making harmless staples of Western films, such as Gabby Hayes, talk like real-life small-minded white men is unsettling and damning of the unspoken bigotry and entitlement in what is often perceived as harmless Americana. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4.5/5 Honey Boy (2019) David Crow It is an understatement to say that LaBeouf gives the performance of his career. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 The Lodge (2019) David Crow It is like living in the delirium created by a chill, and it's in that very daze where truly wicked thoughts can fester. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) David Crow The Last Black Man is clearly based on Fails' own biography, but the beauty of the film is that it unspools its vision of the city like a nostalgic musing on a dream half-forgotten. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 Little Monsters (2019) David Crow Little Monsters is an unexpected feel-good zombie comedy that is as equal parts The Magic School Bus as it is a grisly, R-rated undead slaughterfest. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019