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Rating Title/Year Author
C+ Red Joan (2018) Kate Erbland A strange, bifurcated tale of love and espionage, with Judi Dench stuck in a thankless role that does nothing to capitalize on her talents. The film is worse for it. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
C Someone Great (2019) Kate Erbland While the latest Netflix-produced rom-com struggles to decide what it wants to be, it seems clear from the outside - this should have been a TV series instead. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
A- Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) David Ehrlich A euphoric, triumphant, and exhaustingly fierce documentary that should help see Beychella enshrined as one of the definitive pop culture events of the century. Call it history in the making, part two. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
C Stockholm (2018) David Ehrlich The best thing you can say about "Stockholm" is that it's good enough to prove that a much better film could be made from this story. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B Penguins (2019) Kate Erbland Working in a more minor key than such essential entries as "Chimpanzee" and "African Cats," but the artistry and relative magic of the series is still on full display. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
C+ Hellboy (2019) Eric Kohn As much as it attempts to inject fresh life into the franchise, it winds up feeling more like the walking dead. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
C Little (2019) David Ehrlich Whenever things seem really dire, Martin saunters in with attitude to spare, and puts everything in perspective. With talent that big, the rest of the movie seems little by comparison. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
C- Breakthrough (2019) Kate Erbland "Breakthrough" tests how much audiences are willing to believe of a scenario that, though based on a true story, seems too undercooked for any kind of movie treatment. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
D- The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) David Ehrlich Unfathomably bad... EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- The Best of Enemies (2019) David Ehrlich This sturdy drama has the good sense to recognize that allyship is only valuable when it's hard. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ Missing Link (2019) David Ehrlich A sweet, touching, and seriously fun adventure comedy.... EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
B Sauvage (2018) David Ehrlich Vidal-Naquet's direction is at its most bracing and palpable when it pits the unsentimental (even brutal) physicality of Leo's work against the tenderness that he waxes onto it. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
C- The Chaperone (2018) Kate Erbland If it's too much to ask for a Richardson-starring Louise Brooks biopic, is it then too much ask for a true two-hander in which she and McGovern actually share the screen? Apparently, and sadly, yes. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B+ Honeyland (2019) David Ehrlich Far from a scolding, rub-your-nose-in-it depiction of environmental havoc, this is a tender story about the chaos of abandoning the common good. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
B+ Personal Shopper (2016) Eric Kohn "Personal Shopper" creates a fully realized universe that merges visceral dread with deeper observations about its causes. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
B+ Shazam! (2019) David Ehrlich This heartfelt origin story is more than the sum of its immense charm and Spielbergian attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
B+ Tigerland (2019) Kate Erbland While "Tigerland" takes some time to find its footing, Kauffman eventually finds connections that go far beyond the superficial. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
D+ The Dirt (2019) David Ehrlich Rock biopics often struggle with the part after the party's over, but "The Dirt" becomes unusually adrift; at times, you can't even tell what decade you're supposed to be watching... EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B Depraved (2019) David Ehrlich A fun and febrile tale that takes the moral temperature of our time with an almost invasive degree of accuracy. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- Pet Sematary (2019) Britt Hayes Succeeds in some areas where the 1989 version failed while ultimately failing to deliver an ending that resonates as deeply as its source material. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
B- () David Ehrlich More than a time capsule but less than it could have been, "It Started as a Joke" makes a lovely case that laughter is the best medicine... EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
C- Captive State (2019) Michael Nordine The central plot development...is galvanizing in theory but mostly just confusing in practice. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ The Juniper Tree (1991) David Ehrlich The Juniper Tree can be a bit sluggish and redundant...but it only grows richer and more revolutionary as it goes along... EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ () Jude Dry This gory teen comedy blends laughably outrageous carnage with a legitimately scary plot to delightful ends. Throw in a winking fetish for cinephile culture and audiences are sure to go wild for the gutsy film. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B- Five Feet Apart (2019) David Ehrlich There's something a wee bit icky about how cleverly its premise exploits the quirks of a terminal affliction, but there's no way around the fact that this movie has a future beyond its profit margins. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
D+ Wonder Park (2019) David Ehrlich The problem could be that "Wonder Park," like so many of the less refined 3D animated films that Hollywood churns out, is just upsetting to look at for more than a few seconds at a time. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ () Eric Kohn It's rare to see a minor-key drama that doesn't overextend the nature of the material, and rarer still for cinema to dig this deep into the female psyche without boxing it in. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B+ The Last Resort (2018) Jude Dry Sweet's work is a time capsule of a bygone era, preserved in glorious, saturated technicolor. He was the master of the unexpected composition, and in that sense, "The Last Resort" is a fitting tribute. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B- Sister Aimee (2019) Kate Erbland Often wily, occasionally weird. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B () David Ehrlich Everybody's Everything is at its best when it wears that auteur's influence on its sleeve. Of all the film's many conflicting strategies, the most effective is the sporadic, Malickian use of voiceover narration. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
B () Kate Erbland An unexpectedly sweet coming-of-age comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B () David Ehrlich There may not be much to Pink Wall...but Cullen's woozy and ultra-watchable debut plunges straight into the heart of the matter, and leaves you wondering what parts of your own relationship might be just beyond your field of vision. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B () Eric Kohn Morris has less command over the edgy material, positioning his modern-day Keystone Cops in a series of smarmy vignettes that don't cut quite as deep. But it still delivers a scathing and often very funny indictment of homeland insecurities. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ () Eric Kohn A tender, intimate, and blatantly personal work that wears its lo-fi narrative with pride. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B Good Boys (2019) Eric Kohn While the pace is spotty and not every joke lands, "Good Boys" manages to be adorable and twisted at the same time. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
C+ Adopt a Highway (2019) David Ehrlich Adopt a Highway fails to ground its fable-esque qualities in a deeper bedrock of emotional truth, but its best moments offer a tender glimpse at what people do with several decades of pent-up resentment. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B+ The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Eric Kohn The Art of Self-Defense manages to clarify the filmmaker's intriguing vision by stuffing it into a remarkably unnerving character study. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B () Eric Kohn Even as the narrative fizzles, the movie remains an appealing assemblage of timely themes. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B- () David Ehrlich The time "The Gift" spends reiterating that same truth from shallower perspectives somehow feel both necessary and not...there's only so much they want to add to the conversation. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B- The Highwaymen (2019) Eric Kohn The Highwaymen falls short of making the case that the good guys had the better tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B Long Shot (2019) Eric Kohn Long Shot turns its endearing couple into a savvy vessel for exploring America's fractured times. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
A- Booksmart (2019) Eric Kohn Booksmart excels at celebrating a friendship strong enough to guarantee that the party never really ends until the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
B- The Beach Bum (2019) Michael Nordine Like Moondog, Korine finds a vulgar poetry in his own self-indulgence. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Cate Young Yorgos Lanthimos' dryly funny historical feature is all about power, and that means literally wearing the pants in a strange time. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
B Running With Beto (2019) Eric Kohn "Running With Beto" encapsulates O'Rourke's impact with headlines and media reports of a potential victory superimposed on aerial shots of various counties, devices that keep the story engaging while reflecting O'Rourke's evolving confidence. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
A- Us (2019) Eric Kohn It unfolds as a satisfying dose of relentless, anxiety-inducing survival antics designed to keep viewers perpetually uneasy, and moves so quickly that they can only consider the deeper undercurrents after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
The Mystic Masseur (2001) Brandon Judell Maybe Mr. Merchant should just re-watch a few of the films he's so superbly produced. One thing James Ivory has never been afraid to be is vicious. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- Da xiang xi di er zuo (2018) David Ehrlich This is not the feel-good film of the year. And yet, the story builds towards a climactic trip to see the mythical elephant in Manzhouli, and old Wang Jin is eager to go along for the ride. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013) Bob Miller Thankfully, the Japanese continue to make traditional hand-drawn animation, digitized in color and partially- enhanced with CG. With Battle of Gods, it's a seamless blend, and entertains as any CG-animated film. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
C The Kid (2019) David Ehrlich "The Kid" often struggles to find its footing. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019