Seven Days

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
2.5/5 Pavarotti (2019) Rick Kisonak The film confirms but doesn't much augment what we already know. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
.5/5 Yesterday (2019) Rick Kisonak I'm trying to think of another film hinging on a phenomenon of towering cultural significance that fritters its running time on as many dumb gimmicks and dopey tropes as this one. I'm drawing a blank. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Margot Harrison It's a classic underdog story that is also a tender, raging elegy for a whole way of life. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Margot Harrison Bright and shiny, with much of the third act set in and around a carnival, Toy Story 4 boasts impressive animation. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Rick Kisonak Both perceptive and powerfully poignant. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Wetware (2017) Margot Harrison Ultimately, the many compelling plot strands in Wetware don't quite cohere. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Rick Kisonak There are countless details to appreciate in The Dead Don't Die. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Margot Harrison Here, a few sharply written scenes might have sufficed to clarify Jean's character, but she remains an icon in search of a personality. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
1.5/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Rick Kisonak Perhaps the most problematic paucity is that of narrative cohesion. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Ma (2019) Luke Baynes Two additional Oscar nods and many supporting roles later, her protean lead performance is the best thing about Ma, a horror and teen comedy mash-up that falls prey to tired genre tropes. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Rick Kisonak The script is a hoard of showbiz clichés, and the tone ping-pongs between self-satisfaction and self-pity. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 Brightburn (2019) Rick Kisonak Not every actor has what it takes to play a tween whose to-do list includes world domination without overacting. A pleasant aspect of both his character and performance, in fact, is how understated they are. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4.5/5 Booksmart (2019) Margot Harrison It's easy for a movie to spout platitudes about female solidarity, but these two feel like the real deal. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 () Rick Kisonak If you're a fan of the man, it's a bittersweet blast to see him so funny, full of ideas and unbelievably young. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Margot Harrison It's absurd, but so is everything about John Wick movies, and knowingly so. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Rick Kisonak Much of the cast is outclassed by the leads, with several scenes jarringly stilted. Shannon proves up to the role, however. Who knew she could do ethereal? EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Margot Harrison You know a remake is bad when it tempts you to doubt the merits of the original. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 High Life (2018) Margot Harrison Denis may have pulled off a bait-and-switch: High Life promises a Moon-like showcase for Pattinson. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Rick Kisonak If you ask me what the most overhyped picture currently in theaters is, Long Shot easily gets my vote. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Margot Harrison To see Endgame with a crowd is to remember what moviegoing once was and still can be: a group experience of grief and joy. It's a reason to assemble. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
1.5/5 Family (2018) Rick Kisonak Family is less a film than a cinematic recycling center. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
1.5/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Margot Harrison The Conjuring movies turned these formulas into a science, at their best milking them for genuine shudders. But the tricks are growing tired. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Rick Kisonak It's beautifully written and masterfully acted, with a savvily curated soundtrack and performance segments gorgeously imagined by cinematographer Autumn Durald. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 The Public (2018) Rick Kisonak Estevez manages more than making pulses pound; he makes salient points concerning income inequality, addiction, mental illness, climate change, police brutality and the ailing state of literacy. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Margot Harrison To the extent that Missing Link is really, stealthily, about generational insecurities, it should appeal to the same adult viewers who loved Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 Mary Magdalene (2018) Rick Kisonak Scripted with inspired revisionist deftness by the Brit team of Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and directed by Garth Davis (Lion), this is the greatest story ever told and told as beautifully as it ever has been, if not better. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Margot Harrison The filmmakers tone down the silliness - at least for a while - and alter the midpoint twist in a way that, whatever King loyalists may think of it, generates a few genuinely disturbing scenes. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4.5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Rick Kisonak The Beach Bum is one of the weirdest films I've ever seen. Also one of the bravest and most blissed out. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Margot Harrison This Dumbo is less likely to induce existential despair in young viewers, yet it's unclear whose story it is now and why we should care. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019