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Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Rick Kisonak It's not always the most comfortable experience. It is, however, a virtually unprecedented one. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Margot Harrison Superlative performances across the board - particularly those of Foxx, Nelson and Rob Morgan as another inmate - give the story an authentic weight. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Margot Harrison Malick creates a rapturous, devastating film about the price of conscience. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 Little Women (2019) Rick Kisonak Little Women is simply a first-rate film. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Margot Harrison Once again, the characters must complete a generic quest in a series of generic settings enlivened by ferocious digital beasts. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/5 Waves (2019) Rick Kisonak While the movie includes a few interesting performances and the occasional memorable moment, its director indulges an impulse to go all kitchen sink. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Margot Harrison Winding and anecdotal as The Irishman sometimes is, that last hour is up there with the best work Scorsese has done. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 Dark Waters (2019) Rick Kisonak So, yeah, the movie tells an urgent, important story. Unfortunately, the writing, direction and acting are a trifle wooden and a little too on the nose. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4.5/5 Knives Out (2019) Margot Harrison To see it is to be reminded that razor-sharp dialogue is as dazzling as any special effect. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
2.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Rick Kisonak Think Kramer vs. Kramer meets Husbands and Wives with smartphones. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Rick Kisonak It's impossible to imagine another performer pulling this off. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/5 Frozen II (2019) Margot Harrison The visual textures of the Frozen world remain sumptuous, from the jewel-toned forest to the foamy ocean waves that Elsa confronts in a breathtaking sequence. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Margot Harrison The movie's advertising emphasizes the Mirren/McKellen matchup, and anyone who comes primarily to see two acting giants play off each other won't be disappointed on that score. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4.5/5 The Report (2019) Rick Kisonak Intense, suspenseful, cerebral stuff. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rick Kisonak I was initially put off by the goofy Hitler gimmick, too, but I have to say the writer-director-actor makes it work. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Margot Harrison A film about aging and retrospection, it's a series of solid scenes that don't build to much; not a lot "stays with you." But one of its saving graces is that you get the sense Almodóvar might be OK with that. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 Parasite (2019) Rick Kisonak That's not "savage commentary." That's condescension. This is by far the filmmaker's most commercially successful work to date... EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Margot Harrison The Lighthouse doesn't have much of a plot beyond "Things are bad and getting worse." But the conflict between the principals keeps us engaged, aided by their florid dialogue. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Rick Kisonak Who was Dolemite? There's no short answer. There is, however, a tremendously entertaining one, and Dolemite Is My Name unspools it beautifully. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 The Current War (2017) Margot Harrison With every scene, the director seems to shoot for the relatability, artistic daring and historical gravitas that Steven Spielberg combined in Lincoln, yet the result is more like Bohemian Rhapsody without the music. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 The Laundromat (2019) Rick Kisonak The cast is an embarrassment of riches... That only underscores the production's random, rambling vibe. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Margot Harrison It's as if the filmmakers are so embarrassed by their own derivative material that they're trying to hide it with a veneer of hipness, rather than finding ways to revitalize it. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Luke Baynes A bland action thriller. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 Judy (2019) Rick Kisonak Who its intended audience is supposed to be eludes me. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Rick Kisonak What elevates the material is its insightful, uplifting portrait of the artist as a new man. The movie was 10 years in the making. Ditto Liam Gallagher 2.0. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Sound of Silence (2019) Rick Kisonak I can't recall seeing anything last year that approaches its canny psychological clout. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) Margot Harrison Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable is above par for a family animation. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Margot Harrison Bell's performance holds it all together. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Rick Kisonak [A] marvelous, masterful new space odyssey. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Rick Kisonak If anyone in the history of popular music can be said to have belted out a tune, it is Linda Ronstadt. Listen. Learn. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Margot Harrison [Writer-director Jennifer] Kent grapples earnestly with uncomfortable questions... and she reaches some powerful conclusions. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Margot Harrison It Chapter Two is still entertaining - though, at nearly three hours, it sometimes wears out its welcome. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 () Rick Kisonak Eighteen years after the atrocity, can there really be anything new of significance to say? As it happens, there can. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4.5/5 American Factory (2019) Margot Harrison To see it is to ask ourselves tough questions about what we expect from work and life, and about where the quest for "efficiency" ends. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 Luce (2019) Rick Kisonak It's so overloaded with hot-button topics that it threatens arctic ice, tropical rainforests and the viewing pleasure of anyone who thinks message movies should be clear about what they mean to say. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Margot Harrison The Peanut Butter Falcon is at its best when it simply lets the unlikely, touching friendship at its center unfold. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) Rick Kisonak The film's fatal flaw is that its creators clearly wanted to duplicate the formula behind the game-changing success of Get Out but lacked adequate imagination. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Margot Harrison Except as a showcase for Cate Blanchett's turn as the title character, the film version of Bernadette is a lost cause. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Rick Kisonak Lazily and cynically conceived, this is the closest thing to a child labor violation ever released by a major studio. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 Gwen (2018) Rick Kisonak Rarely in 35 years have I encountered a freshman effort as assured, inventive and relentlessly surprising as Gwen. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Margot Harrison While the elements never quite gel, Scary Stories does its darnedest to tie the hoary old trope of a forbidden tome to a message about questioning the official narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Rick Kisonak Neither an enlightening account of the eponymous affair nor a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a continually evolving man. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Margot Harrison The second feature from writer-director Lulu Wang is a quiet, gracefully made examination of the Chinese diaspora, cross-cultural differences, and life and death in an extended family. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Margot Harrison Visually enthralling, it shamelessly embraces the tinselly dazzle of its setting. Yet it's no empty creation, achieving unlikely moments of poignancy when the absurdity somehow seems to make all the sense in the world. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Rick Kisonak Tarantino is nostalgic and elevates that longing into a thing of elegiac beauty. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Rick Kisonak Writer-director Riley Stearns (Faults) makes the breakthrough of the year with this absurdist romp through the fun house of the modern male psyche. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Margot Harrison If Rose-Lynn alienates us with her recklessness, she wins us back with her transparency, never quite hiding the self-doubts behind the bravado. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2.5/5 Crawl (2019) Margot Harrison It's generous in the misfortunes it heaps on its protagonists but minimal in scope. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
.5/5 Stuber (2019) Rick Kisonak Seriously, it doesn't get dumber, more pointless, less funny or more mindlessly violent. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Margot Harrison This is a film that lives or dies on its artistry and atmosphere - and for me, it lived. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019