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Rating Title/Year Author
D+ Angel Has Fallen (2019) David Ehrlich It brings a mediocre series to a fittingly mediocre close. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
C+ () David Ehrlich You'll be so busy trying to piece the plot together that you won't have time to question how little sense some of it makes. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
A Fin de siglo (2019) Jude Dry As all of these fleeting moments of intimacy reel the viewer in, the last act is a gutting and beautiful one-two punch that will leave audiences reeling. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
A- () Eric Kohn Another lyrical vision of somber people confronting their past. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
D+ 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Jude Dry The last gasp of a shark saga that didn't need to come up for air. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
C+ Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) David Ehrlich It's a story that's too complicated for Linklater to tell here. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
B Ready or Not (2019) David Ehrlich Wickedly entertaining from start to finish, and painted with enough fresh personality to resolve into something more than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
B- Adam (2019) Eric Kohn Adam may not be above reproach, but its good intentions are infectious. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
B Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) David Ehrlich A fun, clever, and wholly unexpected animated movie about the making of Luis Buñuel's "Land Without Bread." EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
C+ Esto no es Berlín (2019) Jude Dry Scenes rush by as quickly as the mounds of cocaine and faceless orgy scenes, creating a scatterbrained collage of provocative images devoid of context or meaning. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
C+ The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) David Ehrlich The Peanut Butter Falcon saves the worst for last, as the plot kicks into gear during the third act and blunts the film's delicate emotional texture into a contrived drumbeat of dull choices. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B+ Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Kate Erbland If only every big screen adaptation of a beloved existing property could feel this funny and fresh, there'd be less to fear about an industry besieged by recycled material that never takes a risk. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
C+ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) David Ehrlich Here is an R-rated concept that's been watered down until it passed for a PG-13 movie; it's plenty harrowing and full of gruesome effects, but it never feels dangerous. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C+ The Kitchen (2019) Kate Erbland Maybe "The Kitchen" would have fared better as a series, with more time for its potential material to simmer. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! (2018) Liz Shannon Miller [Will] Ferrell and [Molly] Shannon's commitment to the bit is really what sells this concept. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
C- Brian Banks (2018) Kate Erbland A Lifetime movie-like drama that falls short of engaging with the many thorny issues it dramatizes. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
B+ Consequences (2018) Jude Dry At a tight 90 minutes, Stante, who wrote the script as well, keeps the narrative as spare as possible without sacrificing texture. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
B Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) David Ehrlich This farce is far more pointed when it operates on a macro level. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B- Them That Follow (2019) Kate Erbland Despite a premise seemingly made for secular mocking, Poulton and Savage treat their setting and characters with care and attention. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Eric Kohn The Samoan climax smuggles a progressive representational agenda into slick blockbuster clothing, and at some level it feels like a call to arms. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
C- The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) David Ehrlich "The Red Sea Diving Resort" is a dull and derivative film that's too in love with its heroes to bother with its victims. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
B+ For Sama (2019) David Ehrlich "Places are about their people," Hamza insists, and even as For Sama sinks into an uncertain limbo during its final third...this utterly essential documentary never fails to illustrate what he means by that. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast (2018) Steve Greene With some genuine moments of self-reflection nested in among the crazy tales of disastrous first dates and beloved children's toys, Davies has a great sense for rhythm, trailing off at the end of a handful of bits before lunging back for the final laugh. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Gad Elmaleh: American Dream (2018) Steve Greene Elmaleh brings a breezy style without many of the frills that often come along with some of the whimsy underneath. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Harith Iskander: I Told You So (2018) Steve Greene Iskander gets a lot of goodwill from being a likable guy, but that doesn't necessarily translate to much substantial comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Joe Mande's Award-winning Comedy Special (2017) Ben Travers Netflix is flooded with comedy specials, including the "series" mentioned next on this list, but Mande is one to make sure you don't miss. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- Michael Che Matters (2016) Ben Travers While not consistently fresh (bits on giving money to the homeless and Jesus being white feel familiar) or laugh-a-minute hysterical, the special is intriguing in its demand for more honesty. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Todd Glass: Act Happy (2018) Steve Greene Between the on-stage band heckling Glass mid-joke and a rapid-fire series of joke alts about getting into an accident with a food truck, this is controlled chaos of the most entertaining kind. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
C+ Crawl (2019) Eric Kohn "Crawl" doesn't exactly deliver the most elegant metaphor for the rising crisis of the environment, but the simplicity of that message is exactly the point. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Kevin James: Never Don't Give Up (2018) Steve Greene Most of this is built around the same low-hanging, moldy observations your uncle had last Thanksgiving, but it's elevated ever so slightly by the occasional, more physical bits of James' set. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
D The Lion King (2019) David Ehrlich A well-rendered but creatively bankrupt self-portrait of a movie studio eating its own tail. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Ben Travers Framed by a sincere pseudo-apology and an earnest thank you, Ansari's not interested in going for the joke at all costs, so much as he wants to engage again with the audience he almost lost. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- Stuber (2019) David Ehrlich You can feel how much these actors enjoy each other, and that energy is palpable even when the jokes aren't there to support it. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Tom Segura: Disgraceful (2018) Steve Greene Segura leans into schlubbiness, but his biggest asset is in telling stories, rather than veering into some reductive observational stuff. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
C- Phil (2019) David Ehrlich The movie resolves with a degree of grace and humanity that eludes its first two acts, but at that point there's precious little use for it. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Forrest Gump (1994) Eric Kohn It remains a bad movie that gets worse with age. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
C+ Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) David Ehrlich Words of Love fails to heed many of the lessons that he may have learned along the way. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
C Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) David Ehrlich The Spider-Man we find at the end of the movie is no different than the one we met at the start...you can't help but feel like he could have learned all of the same things without leaving Queens or wasting our time. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Anima (2019) David Ehrlich The most perfect visualization to date of Yorke's music, "ANIMA" finds a way to tunnel out and escape from the oppressiveness that people tend to associate with the slippery rock star. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
B- Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Eric Kohn Annabelle Comes Home delivers on its title with the best "Conjuring" spin-off so far, in large part because it has such modest aims. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
C+ Child's Play (2019) Eric Kohn This oddball blend of '80s nostalgia and contemporary humor never quite lands the smart-scary balance in its sights. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
B Wild Rose (2018) David Ehrlich Jessie Buckley is unbelievably great in this crowd-pleasing fable... EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
C Anna (2019) David Ehrlich The gunplay in Anna grows repetitive before long, and the heroine's invincibility feels like a cheap substitute for the power that Besson wields over her. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
B The Lavender Scare (2017) Hanh Nguyen It's inspiring and humbling at once to see how change can be made, even by a small group of people, no matter how slowly. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
B The Edge of Democracy (2019) David Ehrlich An angry, intimate, and haunting portrait of Brazil's recent slide back into the open jaws of dictatorship. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
B Midsommar (2019) Eric Kohn What a blast to watch this emerging auteur mess around. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
B+ Toy Story 4 (2019) David Ehrlich Forky alone is enough to elevate this potential cash-grab into the beautiful and hilarious coda that its long-running series needed to be truly complete. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
D Murder Mystery (2019) David Ehrlich It would be uncomfortably cynical to assume that Sandler thinks these novocaine-like comedies are what common people want to watch, but the guy doesn't leave us much choice. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) David Ehrlich It starts feeling like you're not watching a historical document about the '70s so much as you're hearing the distant echoes of a song that you already have stuck in your head; this isn't past or present but rather both at once. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
B Piranhas (2019) David Ehrlich A gripping modern riff on "Goodfellas" that follows an ambitious kid as he chews his way up the ranks of Naples' teenage gangsters. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019