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Rating Title/Year Author
C+ Spinster (2019) Kate Erbland She's just dead boring to be around, and even Peretti, a gifted natural comedian, can't breathe much life into such a purely unlikable character. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
B Psychomagic, a Healing Art (2020) Eric Kohn Set to an ominous score by Jodorowsky's son Adan, the movie drifts into jarring new territory every few minutes. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
D= The Tax Collector (2020) Eric Kohn David's a family man who never asked to play a central role in this story. By the end of "The Tax Collector," it's hard to blame him. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
C+ Work It (2020) Kate Erbland Anyone who has seen even one film centered on high schoolers dancing it up and making their way in the world ("Step Up," "Bring It On," "Save the Last Dance," and the like) will know exactly where "Work It" is going. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
B- The Secret Garden (2020) Kate Erbland This film is not the best representation of Burnett's works, which toed the line between the magical and the painfully - but in the moments when it succeeds, "The Secret Garden" blossoms into something beautiful. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
B- An American Pickle (2020) Eric Kohn "An American Pickle" represents an attempt to give that impulse more accessible form, and Rogen takes it there. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
B Calm With Horses (2019) Ryan Lattanzio Despite the claustrophobic entrapment in a violent and hyper-masculine world, 'The Shadow of Violence' is an ultimately moving morality tale announcing a confident new voice in international cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
A- Black Is King (2020) Jude Dry Overflowing with stunning visuals, "Black Is King" blends imagery from the Pan-African movement, African art and Western portraiture of African bodies, as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z's shared vision of Black excellence within Western culture. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
C+ The Weight of Gold (2020) Kate Erbland "The Weight of Gold" at least doesn't skimp on its most basic of messages. But by the time it pushes into its messy, often emotional second half, those messages become far less easy to follow. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
D Unhinged (2020) Kaleem Aftab "Unhinged" plays less like an attempt to save the cinema than to burn it all down. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
B+ () Eric Kohn "Los Lobos" thrives as an intimate window into what it means to confront immigrant life in piecemeal. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- Rebuilding Paradise (2020) David Ehrlich Howard untangles the knotted emotions of that awful predicament by focusing on the bureaucracy involved in starting over. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B+ () David Ehrlich From the very first shot, it's clear that "Nadia, Butterfly" is serious about its swimming; that the people behind and in front of the camera alike have spent a serious portion of their lives in the pool. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- Seriously Single (2020) Kate Erbland For fans the genre, it's a pleasing new entry - one that should hopefully remind audiences of the power of its charms, from talented stars to an uncanny ability to make any kind of love story feel (seriously) worthy of exploration. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B Summerland (2020) Kate Erbland While much of what Swale has crafted here is familiar, the film's loving tone and Arterton's compelling performance recommend it, and the result is a warm drama never afraid of a little magic. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
B Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) Ryan Lattanzio The candid interviews and remembrances make for a hagiographic but vivid dive into the career of the 20th century most's iconoclastic fashion photographer. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
C+ The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Kate Erbland While it offers some necessary growth for all of its characters, "The Kissing Booth 2" can never resist looking and acting like dozens of other offerings of its genre ilk, unable to grow beyond basic complications and done-to-death dramas. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
C+ A Nice Girl Like You (2020) Kate Erbland While that might hint at more salacious bits to come, "A Nice Girl Like You" is more concerned with turning their romance into a decidedly PG affair. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
B- The Rental (2020) David Ehrlich Even in spite of its obvious nowness, this thing is such a lean, mean, and utterly merciless old school programmer that it might seem anachronistic if not for the fact that it's being released onto many of the same drive-in screens that would have shown. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
B- Animal Crackers (2017) David Ehrlich If "Animal Crackers" never quite matches the mania of "Meet the Robinsons," nor the comic wit of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meetballs," it still moves so fast that less generic animation might have seemed like a waste. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
C+ The Room (2019) Ryan Lattanzio While the film suffers from a screenplay as delusional as its characters, this thriller serves up some potent images and a juicy premise. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
B- We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) David Ehrlich Watching a movie that's so at peace with its own infinitesimal stakes, we really only feel robbed of seeing anything below the surface in the rare instances when Fried acknowledges trouble in the water. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
C+ The Painted Bird (2019) David Ehrlich The rest of the time it's more like a vulture picking at the carcass of history, and there's only so much meat on those bones. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
C- Fatal Affair (2020) Kate Erbland A fatal affair? Only if you're liable to die from boredom. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
C- The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) David Ehrlich While "The Tobacconist" is always watchable, its inability to find meaning in a mess of uncooked symbolism prevents the movie from being worthy of Freud, and from doing justice to his parting words. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
B+ We Are Little Zombies (2019) David Ehrlich Whatever demented game its characters are playing, Nagahisa's live-action Twitch-fest is delightful for how it lets us watch along. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
C- Greyhound (2020) David Ehrlich When a torpedo careens right off the side of the Keeling at one point, the action beat stands out from the shapeless cacophony of screams and explosions that "Greyhound" substitutes in lieu of coherent naval warfare. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
B+ Mucho mucho amor (2020) Jude Dry The film is a wild ride and a loving portrait, providing a vital record of this outsized figure who was so ahead of his time it seemed as though he transcended the laws of the universe. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ Relic (2020) Ryan Lattanzio It's safe to say that James' film now owns the corner on the market of horror movies about women watching their mothers come hideously undone. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
B+ The Old Guard (2020) Kate Erbland Being a superhero isn't easy, but "The Old Guard" reminds us that it - and the entertainment it can inspire - might be the best way to explore what it means to be a person. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
C- Desperados (2020) Kate Erbland As the senseless gags pile up, it becomes harder and harder to untangle what any of this is about (and if it was, at any point, amusing). EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
B- Skyman (2020) Eric Kohn Before its messy climax, "Skyman" works well as a tragicomic look at the nature of extraterrestrial obsessives. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
B Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (2020) Jude Dry Even for those just learning about Ho, her rise to fame is a fun and unusual one to observe. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
B The Outpost (2020) David Ehrlich For all of its heart-in-your-throat excitement, "The Outpost" resonates as a cautionary tale more than anything else. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- Hamilton (2020) David Ehrlich This is "Hamilton" as you always wanted to see it, and it always will be. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
B+ () David Ehrlich If Lyz can find a way to be proud of herself, that might prove to be the most lasting victory of all. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
B+ House of Hummingbird (2018) David Ehrlich Sensitive and lived-in and strong in ways that a more forceful version of this story could never have been, Bora's debut sketches a portrait of a girl coming into her own strength. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B () Kate Erbland Veering from the well-assembled focus of its first half doesn't diminish the power of the group's story, but it does end a vital film on a weaker note. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B+ () Eric Kohn Kolesnik is such a magnetic screen presence it's a wonder that this movie marks her first leading role. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B () Eric Kohn It crafts a sweet and sentimental story about one inhabitant for whose entire existence has been beholden to that drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B () Kate Erbland "Love Affairs" still manages to end in an unexpected way that feels just right - unwilling to settle on a tidy outcome, and open to the possibilities of what could happen next. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B Beats (2019) David Ehrlich If "Beats" slows down on its way to the rave, it makes up for that and then some when it finally gets there. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
B Nobody Knows I'm Here (2020) Eric Kohn It all comes down to a mournful gaze, and the simmering rage visible just beneath it. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
C Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) David Ehrlich One way or the other, the biggest issue with "The Story of Fire Saga" is that most of it is just too limp and anodyne to register. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
A- Athlete A (2020) Kate Erbland Through even-handed reporting and a series of emotional first-person accounts, "Athlete A" excavates one of modern sports' most horrific abusers and systems. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
B The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) Eric Kohn In the grand tradition of "Jodoworsky's Dune" and "Lost in La Mancha," the lighthearted behind-the-scenes documentary recounts a tortuous production and the fascinating ways in which it went awry from every possible direction. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
C Irresistible (2020) David Ehrlich Not fable-esque enough to be this divorced from the reality of our political systems, but too pointed against the reality of our political systems to feel like this much of a fable, "Irresistible" only winds up feeling like it's resisting itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2020
B John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Eric Kohn Despite its timeliness, "Good Trouble" could have used a final chapter to make it clear that even this dogged legend can't escape the boundaries of mortal life. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
B+ (In)Visible Portraits (2020) Kate Erbland If the intimate storytelling doesn't hit viewers where it hurts, the film's timely exploration of topics seemingly ripped from the headlines are destined to sting on their own. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
B Nakitai watashi wa neko wo kaburu (2020) David Ehrlich What "A Whisker Away" loses in terms of flow and legibility, it makes up for in its celebration of the fullness of human life. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020