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Rating Title/Year Author
C+ The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Kate Erbland At best, it's a suitable companion piece to the novel; at worst, it's a lackluster feature bolstered only briefly by flashes of real human emotion. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
C- Jolt (2021) Kate Erbland For a film built on the wild concept that bonafide action bad-ass Kate Beckinsale has to wear an electrode-laden vest meant to shock her into submission before she maims everyone around her, there's only one response: How dare this film be so lethargic. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
C+ Old (2021) David Ehrlich The emotional undertow of Shyamalan's story feels grafted onto a film that scurries from one supernatural nightmare to the next so fast that none of them feel rooted in a place of shared reality. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
B+ Drive My Car (2021) David Ehrlich Hamaguchi might come at this idea from the opposite direction of his source material, but that disconnect is exactly what allows "Drive My Car" to reach its destination with such integrity. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
A- Bergman Island (2021) David Ehrlich "Bergman Island" is a heart-stoppingly poignant stunner. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
B+ Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (2021) David Ehrlich Lingui can only exist in the face of great hardship, and Haroun's surprisingly cathartic film honors the tradition by celebrating the fact that it still does. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
B Lamb (2021) Eric Kohn The premise of "Lamb" is hilarious in parts, but Jóhannsson isn't kidding around. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
B+ A Hero (2021) David Ehrlich Farhadi might not be a filmmaker you expect to tackle the emotional ramifications of social media, but in his low-key way, he manages to spin Rahim's diffidence into a shrewd portrait of how random faces in the crowd can sow doubt. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
C+ Mi Iubita Mon Amour (2021) Kate Erbland The power dynamic is never in question; nor is it explored, beyond the script twisting Jeanne into someone who sparks to the idea of "teaching" Nino about sex. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
C Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) David Ehrlich The action scenes are so inexplicably painful - and the character work in "Snake Eyes" is so unexpectedly strong - that your heart sinks whenever the swords come out. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2021
A- Titane (2021) David Ehrlich The magic of "Titane" is also owed to the grace with which Ducournau threads the needle between clarity and madness, shock and recognition, throttle and clutch. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
C+ The Divide (2021) Kate Erbland It's not so much a slice of life as it is a forceful chop, a violent confrontation that will turn off most people long before they can bridge any sort of divide. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
D+ Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Kate Erbland Truly, it has everything, except an actual heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
C+ Paris, 13th District (2021) David Ehrlich Beth adds some outsider energy spice to the group - but the characters themselves often bump into each other in needlessly contrived ways that fail to tease new details out of them. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
A- Memoria (2021) Eric Kohn In his own precise, abstract manner, Apichatpong has made an ecological disaster movie about the danger involved in ignoring the natural state of things and the people who respect it. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
B Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime (2021) David Ehrlich If the moral of this story is ultimately a simple one, at least Suzu learns it in a way too novel to forget: The internet can give anyone a voice, but it's only a beautiful place when people actually hear each other. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
B- Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Steve Greene Despite some of the counterproductive choices in "1666," the way that "Fear Street" chooses to wrap up this mini-saga is a jolt of inspiration at the finish. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
C+ Blue Bayou (2021) David Ehrlich Schmaltzy and improbable as this fictional story gets, Chon's leading turn never allows you to fully disengage from the fact that actual stories like it are happening every day of the week for no other reason than because we allow them to. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
B+ Vortex (2021) Eric Kohn "Vortex" could certainly benefit from a few trims. In this case, that would actually suit the movie, a tribute to the ever-evolving nature of life and its many unpredictable twists. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
C- Blood Red Sky (2021) David Ehrlich It's an intriguing dilemma - one that a better film would have done more to contrast against the hijackers' craven inhumanity - but "Blood Red Sky" fails to coagulate that conflict into action. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
A- Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters (2020) Jude Dry "Can You Bring It" is most compelling as an archival work. An early section pairs the original dancers' memories of the piece's development with visuals of the corresponding movement, sharply telegraphing the viewer into the creative process. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2021
A- Red Rocket (2021) David Ehrlich "Red Rocket" remains such a blisteringly raw and febrile character study because of how things fluctuate along the fixed orbit of its star. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
B- Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Kate Erbland The sugar rush that accompanies "Gunpowder Milkshake" is more than sweet enough to prove its place in a fast-growing sub-genre, with a cherry on top. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
B+ The French Dispatch (2021) Eric Kohn Mostly, though, "The French Dispatch" is a fun watch because it keeps reinventing itself. Each chapter gives another journalist the chance to take charge. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
B Flag Day (2021) Eric Kohn The movie has few tricks on offer but above all, delivers a solid reminder of Penn's filmmaking talent, and welcome evidence that it runs in the family. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2021
B+ Where Is Anne Frank (2021) David Ehrlich Conscious of his intended audience and careful not to traumatize them more than necessary, Folman makes a concerted effort to filter Anne's final days through the kind of mythic imagination that she might have appreciated... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2021
C+ Benedetta (2021) David Ehrlich By the time "Benedetta" fades to a close, Verhoeven's gleefully impertinent tale of pleasure and pain has grown numb to God's touch. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
B- The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar (2021) Kate Erbland The first-time filmmaker's eye for details is profound, from her inspired casting of mostly first- and second-time actors to the way the world they exist within moves around them. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
B The Worst Person In The World (2021) David Ehrlich Quick, vibrant, pulsing with all sorts of crossover appeal until a slightly moribund energy takes hold toward the end, Trier's film is never more fun than when Julie is second-guessing herself... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
A- Cow (2021) Eric Kohn "Cow" doesn't interrogate the motives behind that process - leave that to "Fast Food Nation" and its ilk - but it does a fine job of generating empathy from one scene to the next, and using that power to craft a hypnotic spell rife with significance. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
B- Stillwater (2021) David Ehrlich Of course, no matter how beguilingly entertaining it is to watch "Stillwater" drift away from the movie you thought it would be, you know that it's only a matter of time before the devil gets his due. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
A- After Yang (2021) David Ehrlich It's tempting to wish that it were longer, or that it ever returned to the bombastic high of its opening minutes, but it's in the space between that blast of noise and the numbness that follows where the movie finds its power. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
B+ The Velvet Underground (2021) David Ehrlich "The Velvet Underground" makes time for all of the expository table-setting we've been conditioned to expect, but there's so much stimuli to process that even basic details are enlivened by how they might smear into something else. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
A The Souvenir: Part II (2021) David Ehrlich Like "The Souvenir" itself (both parts of it), Byrne's performance gains its power from a steady accumulation of small glimmers. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
B+ Ahed's Knee (2021) David Ehrlich It's a film about a filmmaker grappling with the impotency of a lost cause. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
B+ Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Steve Greene "1978" may not completely reframe the overall "Fear Street" story from curiosity to tragedy all by itself, but tracking the casual ways that past decisions and stratifications hold sway on future generations does make this a richer viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
B+ Annette (2021) Eric Kohn Hovering on the brink of collapse, it's a delicate dance between genius and fiasco... EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
C America: The Motion Picture (2021) Steve Greene Most of the time, it's knowingly stupid, which makes watching it 90 minutes of occasional fun and frequent indifference. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
C The Tomorrow War (2021) David Ehrlich To that end, "The Tomorrow War" was lost from the moment that mega-blockbusters got so big they could only afford to have avatars instead of protagonists. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
B- The Forever Purge (2021) Jude Dry It's not a subtle bludgeoning, but hopefully it gets through to someone. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
The Emperor of the Mughals (1960) Siddhant Adlakha A father-son saga writ large through opulent sets, operatic performances and spellbinding cinematography, Mughal-e-Azam is a feast for the senses. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
Thirst (1957) Siddhant Adlakha Pyaasa runs the gamut of musical mood and tone, and yet it feels like following a wild butterfly along a singular journey as it flutters on the wind. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
C+ Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) David Ehrlich There's so much information to download that major character deaths are shrugged off, key relationships fail to connect, and whatever sense of intrigue the killers bring with them is punted down the line. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
C The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Kate Erbland If nothing else, the deranged plotting of this most unwieldy chapter should instill a hearty sense of awe for what children are willing to consume. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2021
B Black Widow (2021) Eric Kohn At its best... "Black Widow" is a welcome break from the overwrought transmedia machine that dictates Disney's biggest franchise bets, and almost invites you to forget what's at stake. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
C+ The Ice Road (2021) David Ehrlich The Ice Road doesn't share a trucker's discipline, and it speeds up and up and up until it bleeds into a different, more conventional action sub-genre altogether. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2021
B- Sisters on Track (2021) David Ehrlich While "Sisters on Track" leaves you grateful for the chance to meet her, such a remarkable character makes it that much harder for this uneven film to find a steady lane for itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
C Les Nôtres (2020) Ryan Lattanzio While the raw material for something twisted and operatic exists here, Leblanc is too committed to putting meters of space between herself and the material to fully absorb the viewer. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2021
C+ Good on Paper (2021) Kate Erbland Shlesinger's resistance to buffering over her prickly bits is the best thing about "Good on Paper." But that same care isn't applied to the rest of the film, which can never strike a balance with its many ideas and tones... EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
B- No Sudden Move (2021) Eric Kohn Everyone is having such a blast in "No Sudden Moves" that it's hard to realize how minimal of an impression it leaves until it's over. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2021