Seven Days

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
4.5/5 Us (2019) Margot Harrison When it comes to delivering visceral scares, horror fans may find it wanting. Yet it's the kind of movie that could just haunt your dreams. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
5/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Rick Kisonak It's a great, growling performance elevated by subtle shifts in tone and a palpable sense of righteousness. The kind Costner was born to give. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
1.5/5 The Wedding Guest (2018) Rick Kisonak From its opening scene, the narrative seems woefully short on compelling ideas. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Climax (2018) Margot Harrison Dancing with the devil never looked quite so good. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Margot Harrison Larson's comedy chemistry with Jackson makes for good '90s-style buddy action. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Rick Kisonak You know the story, of course, but you've never experienced it in the way [director Todd Douglas] Miller has now made possible. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
2/5 Greta (2018) Margot Harrison Building suspense takes patience that [director Neil] Jordan doesn't display here. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 Arctic (2018) Rick Kisonak You owe it to yourself to see this. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Margot Harrison Writer-director Stephen Merchant (cocreator of The Office) gives the potentially shopworn material a heartfelt zest by making the story as gritty and funny as it is inspirational. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Margot Harrison While it may not be bold, it's still funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
1/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rick Kisonak Like WWI, this film was a dreadful idea. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Margot Harrison It's a solid construction with plenty of laughs and a surprisingly cogent message. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4.5/5 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Rick Kisonak In a slate of assured, thought-provoking works, Detainment stands apart as exceptionally powerful and appropriately unsettling. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2.5/5 Cold War (2018) Rick Kisonak Sometimes love is a battlefield. Cold War may leave you feeling like collateral damage. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/5 Miss Bala (2019) Margot Harrison in the process of making Miss Bala into a more upbeat, empowering survival tale, Hardwicke has lost almost all of what made the original riveting. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Rick Kisonak The pleasant surprise is that Stan & Ollie isn't the total snore it sounds like. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 Serenity (2019) Margot Harrison Serenity would get more points for originality if its central conceit hadn't been done before and better, but it does earn itself a place in the annals of cinematic WTFs. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Fyre (2019) Rick Kisonak Smith's film doesn't have all the answers. Of the two docs, however, it does have the more perceptive, levelheaded and compelling approach to the question. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Margot Harrison Here, even when his plot points shatter under cursory examination, [Shyamalan's] love of storytelling is transparent. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Margot Harrison The result is an educational but superficial-feeling portrait. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Rick Kisonak Jenkins weaves the heart-wrenching beauty of James Laxton's visuals, Nicholas Britell's music and Baldwin's prose into an irresistible cinematic spell. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 Vice (2018) Rick Kisonak The filmmaker throws gimmick after arbitrary gimmick at the wall. Nothing sticks. Worse, nothing of consequence is examined, explained or excoriated. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
4.5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Margot Harrison If [writer-director Hirokazu] Koreeda's film sometimes recalls a Victorian novel in its tactics - Victor Hugo would be proud - it earns every pull on the old heartstrings. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/5 Vox Lux (2018) Margot Harrison This second film from writer-director Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) is subtitled A Twenty-First Century Portrait, and it's exactly as pretentious as that sounds. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Rick Kisonak Willem Dafoe is superb as the post-impressionist. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 Across the Universe (2007) Margot Harrison Universe's generic storyline and literalist approach to the songs pull it down. Even a relatively simple love song like George Harrison's "Something" outclasses the relationship it illustrates here. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 Green Book (2018) Rick Kisonak What Farrelly has succeeded in assembling out of used parts is a gleaming crowd-pleaser that fires on all feel-good pistons. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Margot Harrison Roma demonstrates that great filmmaking can work on us almost subliminally, narrowing the distance between us and the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Miami Vice (2006) Rick Kisonak Mann does deserve credit for wanting to do something new with the material. It's just too bad he spent so much time making changes in costuming, art direction, soundtrack and character, only to turn around and tell the same old story. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 Farmer Of The Year (2018) Margot Harrison Farmer of the Year suggests there's no right time in life to stop growing. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Rick Kisonak A little John Wayne here, a little John Wayne Gacy there, the brothers' latest is freaky frontier fun and the definitive riff on how the West was weird. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Margot Harrison But it finds time for the message that the bonds of friendship we hold in our hearts far outweigh the little red hearts we collect from strangers. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Rick Kisonak One of the most frustrating things about Boy Erased is that it isn't stunning. Between the deeply felt source material and the powerhouse cast, it's easy to imagine it could have been. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Rick Kisonak This is the sort of screen magic that can't be faked. Miss it and, mark my words, you'll never forgive yourself. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 Widows (2018) Luke Baynes Cowritten by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and anchored by Davis' commanding lead performance, Widows functions on one level as a feminist revamp of the heist genre. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 Overlord (2018) Rick Kisonak The imprimatur of J.J. Abrams notwithstanding, Overlord is so been-there-done-that that a more fitting title might've been World War ZZZ. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Margot Harrison Both actors do powerful, subtle work. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 Border (2018) Margot Harrison The film raises questions about "borders" of many kinds - including racial and sexual - that it doesn't resolve, but it's a memorable, provocative watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Margot Harrison The movie never explains what turned these particular misfits into champions. As a result, it too often feels like a smug rhapsody on success. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 Wildlife (2018) Rick Kisonak Carrie Mulligan cinches a Best Actress Oscar nod with her dazzlingly calibrated performance as Jeanette Brinson. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Rick Kisonak Let's leave it at this: Redford's film farewell reminds us of what made his career so memorable, but it definitely won't be among the many movies for which he's long remembered. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Margot Harrison Withholding the basics we expect from a western - poetic violence, heroic or sinister tableaux of men on horseback - started to seem like the whole point. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
5/5 Free Solo (2018) Rick Kisonak Those few moments are so amazing and beautiful, they make you want to rewind and gape at them over and over. Which I'm still doing. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Margot Harrison It's a classic coming-of-age dilemma, but hardly one irrelevant to adults. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018