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Rating Title/Year Author
Shazam! (2019) Alonso Duralde Captures the original comics' combination of breezy heroism and nutty plotting, transferred from the 1940s to the modern era with great skill. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Todd Gilchrist Zahler's filmmaking feels like the cinematic equivalent of "I'm not racist - my black friend says so," filling in supporting roles with black and Latino actors who are either reduced to stereotypes or just plain mistreated. Sometimes both. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Out of Blue (2018) William Bibbiani A detached motion picture, and it's hard to get away with that clinical approach and still adhere to a thriller format. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Robert Abele Any movie that sweats bullets to vividly portray what real bullets do is in its way a kind of grim act of artistic service to our violence-saturated culture. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Light (2010) Elizabeth Weitzman A movie this modest requires patience and generosity and a rejection of expectations...But it is a gem likely to stay with anyone smart enough to seek it out. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Penguins (2019) William Bibbiani Relies not on deeper meaning but on the seemingly unassailable argument that penguins are exceptionally cute and that the typical human being would happily spend 76 minutes watching them do just about anything. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Monica Castillo Its terrifying story about death still leaves audiences with much to think about long after the credits roll, and the twists that lead to a new ending are fun to follow. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
Captive State (2019) Carlos Aguilar An unsatisfying potluck of quasi-relevant, frustration-inducing ideas. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Robert Abele Her film is about a relationship forged in a give-and-take that treats beast and human as emotional equals. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Yardie (2018) Yolanda Machado The acting is decent, the cinematography is well executed, and the music is on point, but the delivery and the tone are completely mismatched. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Hummingbird Project (2018) William Bibbiani Sometimes funny, sometimes smart, always watchable, but perhaps the film's dedication to turning a clever tale into something profound was a miscalculation. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Robert Abele Once again spotlighting a superb performance by his longtime creative partner and wife Zhao Tao, Jia's vision makes for a heady brew of love, loss, and loneliness over three time frames that coincide with huge changes in China. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Wonder Park (2019) William Bibbiani A clumsy but amiable kids movie with a streak of sincerity that stretches further than the Wonder Park itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Five Feet Apart (2019) Carlos Aguilar Cutting through the thick curtain of recycled lovey-dovey remarks and the proficiently dull craftsmanship of the production, Richardson's radiant charisma acts as a lifeline. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Carlos Aguilar A prodigiously gut-wrenching demand for change; the film isn't kindly asking for tolerance but bluntly exposing the torment inflicted in the name of a prejudiced God. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) William Bibbiani There's a meta-narrative in there somewhere, condemning films like Triple Frontier for exploiting the violence of war for superficial ends, but Chandor doesn't delve into self-analysis long enough to make a point about it. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Monica Castillo A snappy comedy that pokes fun at those painful pubescent years and, by the credits, grows up into a somewhat mature comedy about friendship. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Yolanda Machado By far, one of the most perfect coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Adopt a Highway (2019) Candice Frederick Though Hawke's engrossing performance and composer Jason Isbell's ("A Star Is Born") serene score are worth a watch, "Adopt a Highway" comes off as flat as it is earnest. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Candice Frederick Though the movie is not without a few stereotypical western tropes,... at its best it's an interesting story written by John Fusco about two men struggling with the deceit of image and the betrayal of reality. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Dan Callahan Clearly made by people who have thought through the material and tried to make it enjoyable and palatable, but the set-up at the end for further sequels feels a little too hopeful. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Yolanda Machado Rogen's off-kilter charm and jocularity pair well with Theron's elegance and wit. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Us (2019) Yolanda Machado It's where Peele cements his place as one of the best horror creators of our time, knowing that life's true horror stems from what humans are capable of doing to each other. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
The Kid (2019) Todd Gilchrist Simultaneously wants to humanize and mythologize its cowboys - and neither effort works. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Babylon (1980) Candice Frederick Deserves acclaim for highlighting the stories of marginalized young black men in a city still predominantly depicted through a white male gaze. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) April Wolfe Absolutely grounds itself in the '90s, even evoking a riot grrrl-adjacent feeling, buoyed by a soundtrack that features almost exclusively rock fronted by female voices - a reminder of an era that showed so much promise for brash, loud women. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Alonso Duralde The (often improvised) scenes involving Perry's elderly trio give the film genuine comic spark and energy. But when we're left with the grieving family and their sexual secrets, the movie has the dramatic and visual flatness of a TV soap opera. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Saint Judy (2018) Monica Castillo Is at its strongest when focusing on the experiences of Judy's clients, and watching the emotional weight on their shoulders slide off as they open up to her. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Transit (2018) William Bibbiani Devoid of pretty speeches and old-fashioned melodrama, Transit is a hellish little misery of a movie. That's a compliment. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Elizabeth Weitzman Exhibiting a dexterity that suggests far more extensive directorial experience, Ejiofor proves himself a master of impact. His visual approach is expansive and evocative, thanks also to the fine work of cinematographer Dick Pope. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Wedding Guest (2018) Tricia Olszewski The story of a kidnapping gone slightly wrong, Michael Winterbottom's latest film is a low, slow boil with no real surprises and an ending that will elicit a "That's it?" EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Run the Race (2018) Carlos Aguilar Unequivocally a message-pushing drama, but one with a subtler touch and more artistic merit than many of its thematically linked predecessors. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Monica Castillo Since the movie is set in the decades before Escobar's prime, it lacks the kind of narco sheen western audiences have flocked to, but it's very much an analogy for that era, the lives it took and the shame it's left behind for the survivors. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) William Bibbiani The visual influences are found in museums, with characters and backgrounds lifted from Manet and Picasso, but the storytelling style is straight out of Mario Bava, with a cinematic philosophy more akin to Brian De Palma's Hitchcockian pastiches. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Donnybrook (2018) William Bibbiani Has that morose aesthetic and grim determination, but the plot and pacing are too aimless to sustain much interest, even for these relatively brisk 101 minutes. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Alonso Duralde Reminds us that her particular brand of perspicacity is as vital and as necessary now as it was when she covered the 1968 Democratic Convention or watched George W. Bush rocket from the Texas governor's mansion to the White House. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) William Bibbiani Transforms the original high-concept slasher into a ambitious and witty sci-fi treatise on alternate realities and the cinematic significance of personal growth in sequels. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) April Wolfe One of those satires that wants to have its Valentine's chocolates and eat them too. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Untogether (2018) Robert Abele At its chill, observant best resembles what a left coast, smart-satiric-serious kind of romantic comedy might look like going forward as we wean ourselves of the influence a certain bespectacled New York comic auteur has had over the genre for decades. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Candice Frederick Like the original film, except its themes more directly address real-life bias in the workplace by giving its female protagonist the permission to be cutthroat, self-obsessed, sexual, and completely unapologetic - and we still want to root for her. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
To Dust (2018) Yolanda Machado First time feature film writer-director Shawn Snyder dives right into the nitty gritty of science, loss ,and faith, and delivers a charming, quirky, human and, at times, macabre, film. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
The Prodigy (2019) William Bibbiani Tips its hand so early, and provides so very few twists, that the film quickly runs out of material. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Candice Frederick It's as if Eureka Springs isn't about religion, but rather a religion itself. Come join us. It's subtle, but it's like a friendly knock on your door met with a bottle of cognac and a book of hymns. It's good-natured and all, but should we still drink it? EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Berlin, I Love You (2019) Candice Frederick It's important to stress that these storylines simply happen and don't actually unfold. In other words, scenes aren't allowed to breathe or to be processed. They merely arise. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Steve Pond A lovely illustration of the twists and turns of a complicated relationship that produced some of the gifted songwriter's most indelible songs. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Steve Pond Think of it as the film version of the final albums made by Leonard Cohen and David Bowie, who made wrenching final statements that they likely knew would be their last. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Steve Pond Makes a pretty strong case that the New York lawyer and power broker was about as corrupt and mendacious as they come. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
The Edge of Democracy (2019) Steve Pond A powerful document of a wave of nationalism sweeping both Europe and the Americas in recent years. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Tomris Laffly Among other things, a coming-of-age tale for grownups who still keep the essence of their formative years in a cigar box somewhere. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Sam Fragoso The result is a prismatic portrait, a movie that sits at the intersection of long-form journalism and riveting documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019