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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Mike Scott Moore's performance is undeniably exquisite, but any character study must bring us on a full journey. That's where Gloria Bell, for all of its assets and acclaim, stumbles. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
1/5 Climax (2018) Mike Scott It's an abjectly cruel film -- to its characters and audiences alike. Some might excuse it a arthouse cinema. Really, it's frighthouse cinema. And that's not a compliment. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Mike Scott It can fairly be described as little more than a B-movie in a ballgown. But it must be said: It's a pretty fetching ballgown. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Misery (1990) David Baron Reiner's tense adaptation of Stephen King's first satisfying screen yarn in years is superbly paced, chock full of devilish plot twists and capable of lifting audiences inches off their seats. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 Titanic (1997) David Baron See Titanic, then, for its success as an outrageous visual stunt -- a marvel of cinematic (and computer) sleight-of-hand. But don't go with any illusions that this soap opera on water is anything but a cartoon melodrama with fairy-tale leads. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 () Mike Scott A sweet, funny, sometimes meandering exploration of the relationship between two friends. It's also, ultimately, a heartbreaking journey, but in the most lovely way possible. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Mike Scott Even with its storytelling flaws, it is a grand visual spectacle that makes a compelling argument for going to see movies in a theater in the first place. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Mike Scott Coogan and Reilly don't merely impersonate the iconic screen comics. They become them, in what ends up as an insightful and enjoyable delight. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Mike Scott Unlike Ginsberg, Leder's film -- a by-the-numbers exercise rife with cinematic clichés -- doesn't do much to distinguish itself. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/5 The Last Laugh (2019) Mike Scott A good-hearted but largely uninspired, by-the-numbers bit of Netflix filler. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mike Scott It's all pretty familiar, but a spoonful of sugar is still sweet, even if you know it's coming. Consequently, Mary Poppins Returns is still a jolly holiday, indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Mike Scott A textbook example of Roger Ebert's description of cinema as an empathy machine, opening a window onto a world most of us would never otherwise know even existed. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Mike Scott A wickedly funny and giddily lurid tale of palace intrigue that has its middle finger extended defiantly at established convention from its very first frame. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 Green Book (2018) Mike Scott A seamless blend of humor and thoughtfulness, Farrelly's film effortlessly sweeps you along for its journey, becoming a pure pleasant-surprise crowd pleaser in the process. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 Boy Erased (2018) Mike Scott It easily could have become a preachy, shouty melodrama. Instead, it becomes something uplifting, something hopeful, something moving and something important. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Mike Scott It accomplishes nothing more than what the 1966 adaptation accomplished, despite taking more than three times longer to do it. In short: You're an unnecessary one, Mr. Grinch. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Mike Scott It's a great showcase to date for Melissa McCarthy's dramatic acting abilities, a finely tuned, nimbly crafted portrait of a life in decline, of a human spirit on its knees. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 Suspiria (2018) Mike Scott An effort to spin high art out of a guilty-pleasure cult classic, it's off-the-charts bonkers. But it's also off-the-charts unpleasant. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Mike Scott It doesn't do too much from a story standpoint, perhaps to its detriment, but it has a distinct sense of time and place. Every step of the way, it feels honest and genuine. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
1/5 Bayou Caviar (2018) Mike Scott Bayou Caviar might sound like some sort of sublime South Louisiana delicacy, but it's really more like gas-station sushi. That is, it beats starvation -- but only just. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Mike Scott Lyrically and lovingly shot on 16 mm, it's an endearing tale -- part crime thriller, part light comedy, part love story -- that makes full use of Redford's significant charm. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/5 Love, Gilda (2018) Mike Scott A full, vibrant portrait of a lovely spirit with a simple but deeply rooted desire to give people a good laugh. By the time it's done, you'll just want to hug somebody. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 Night School (2018) Mike Scott Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are without question the reason the film works to the extent it does. One might argue they're the reason it is even watchable. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/5 Lizzie (2018) Mike Scott Despite the darkly alluring subject matter, it ends up as a confused psychosexual snoozer more interested in titillating its audience than weaving a compelling, cohesive tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/5 White Boy Rick (2018) Mike Scott It's not the searing indictment of the justice system Demange seems to be aiming for, but McConaughey -- all greasy mullet and greasier smiles -- helps charm it to life. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 Juliet, Naked (2018) Mike Scott It's not without its contrivances and predictabilities. But like any good rom-com, it has a way of charming its audience into overlooking them. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Mike Scott Ostensibly, it's about nutria, but the real stars are the South Louisiana faces who help it become as much an ethnography as an environmental call-to-arms. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Mike Scott Lee plays Stallworth's story largely for laughs. How could he not? It's a true but utterly ridiculous tale. Still, make no mistake: BlacKkKlansman matters. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2018
2/5 Christopher Robin (2018) Mike Scott Despite the fetching visuals and the charm of Jim Cummings as Pooh, there's nothing here that will make anyone forget the loveliness of Disney's original Pooh films. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Mike Scott An astutely observed film built around honesty and genuine emotion, it's smart, funny and heartbreaking -- and it shouldn't be missed. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Mike Scott An appealingly odd blend of farce and philosophy, Van Sant's at-times gangly film is at its root a character study, propelled by its fascinating subject and an effective cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mike Scott It's easy to overlook the cornball cheesiness of such a fun and joyous film. It's much harder to overlook the glaring lie around which Universal's marketing strategy is built. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Mike Scott Despite deeply flawed storytelling, it demonstrates how a great actor in a great role can turn an otherwise mediocre story into a satisfyingly visceral, cathartic thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
4/5 Leave No Trace (2018) Mike Scott You can't say enough about 18-year-old Thomasin McKenzie, whose nuanced performance here burnishes Granik's reputation as a discoverer and molder of exciting young talent. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 Whitney (2018) Mike Scott What McDonald ends up with is a film that serves both as tribute and as cautionary tale, and one that functions well as both. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
2/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Mike Scott A handsome but ridiculous film built around hollow and moronic human characters who demonstrate once and for all that natural selection does not apply to Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
5/5 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Mike Scott First off, yes, he really was like that. And he was so much more. Sigh. Where's Mr. Rogers when you need him? EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 First Reformed (2017) Mike Scott While it invites viewers to ruminate over any number of big ideas, it boasts no crystallizing moment to tie all those ideas together in a satisfying way. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
1/5 Superfly (2018) Mike Scott It might have been intended to be guilty-pleasure romp. Instead, it's a shameful reinforcement of negative racial stereotypes and a gross glorification of street violence. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/5 Hereditary (2018) Mike Scott Yes, there's a certain familiarity to its general horror notes -- but only until those daring, shattering moments in which Hereditary erupts insanely and reveals itself as a thing all its own. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 Hotel Artemis (2018) Mike Scott Yes, it's a shameless ripoff of John Wick. But you know what? It's a pretty darn fun one, with a firm grip on what kind of movie it is: a violent, guilty-pleasure romp. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 The Rider (2017) Mike Scott It's a small movie about a small-time rodeo rider. But emotionally, it stands taller than any blockbuster about spandex-wearing superheroes or wisecracking space smugglers. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
5/5 Tully (2018) Mike Scott It is brutally, hilariously honest about motherhood -- which will make it an important film for the many women who see it and think with relief, "My god, it's not just me." EDIT
Posted May 1, 2018
3/5 Nelyubov (2017) Mike Scott An unapologetic lamentation, not just over the state of its leading characters' lives but also -- like Leviathan -- over the state of life today in Vladimir Putin's deeply apathetic Russia. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
5/5 Isle of Dogs (2018) Mike Scott An artful and entertaining gem that is at turns whimsical and thoughtful, humorous and heartfelt, silly and sweet -- and an artistic masterpiece, to boot. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2018
5/5 The Death of Stalin (2017) Mike Scott Blend The West Wing with Fawlty Towers and add a smidge of Dr. Strangelove, and you're getting close to the feel of The Death of Stalin. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2018
2/5 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Mike Scott There's plenty of drama there to be mined, and a reasonable amount of tension, but it falters when it comes to zeroing in on an emotional component to set it apart. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2018
3/5 Benji (2018) Mike Scott It is cute without seeming desperate, nostalgic without feeling dated, values-based without being preachy, and sweet without being (too) cloying. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2018
3/5 Una mujer fantástica (2017) Mike Scott A humorless sense of melodrama helps keep it from becoming unassailably fantastic as a whole, but there's no denying that it is fantastically timely, and touching to boot. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
1/5 When We First Met (2018) Mike Scott Adam DeVine's doofy charm helps, but it's not enough to save this Groundhog Day-ish exercise that works hard to put every romantic-comedy genre contrivance into play. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2018