The Film Stage

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Rating Title/Year Author
B () Jared Mobarak Bielenia delivers a fantastic performance as his character overcomes insecurities and regret to speak the words he knows from experience can help those who've lost their way. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak While [Fisk's] tenacity and confidence does make him someone the film refuses to question, those traits also let him be the kind of devil's advocate we need. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak So much of what works throughout Pelican Blood hinges on our belief that [Kaya] can destroy them all and she absolutely earns that fear. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
C+ () Jared Mobarak Loro has a ton of style and effective performances across the board. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ () Jared Mobarak The lives of mothers and children in Iran are rendered forfeit by the men coercing them to conform to their selfish wants and desires. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
C () Jared Mobarak [That] we only get the [heart-wrenching moments via] the "convenience" of murder means any empathy I might have felt was negated by Markovics' pursuit for hollow provocation. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B () Rory O'Connor It's not difficult to see the director finding some kind of warped kinship with his subject. Take from that what you will. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
B+ 3 From Hell (2019) Mike Mazzanti This is America let loose, with our violence, trauma, and psychopathy sweeping south of the border in a deluge, our arbiters wearing the indigenous garb of those we've already slaughtered to make bedrock. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak The film excels at embracing [Catherine's] rage. Johnson and company let [her] get angry without a need to apologize for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
B I Know I Am Not Alone (2005) Jared Mobarak We get first-hand accounts from the ground as well as recorded interviews in the aftermath of all the major players-[protagonists and antagonists alike]. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
F Lucy in the Sky (2019) C.J. Prince The fact that someone like Hawley has been able to attain this much power, money, and artistic freedom to make something so bankrupt should shake our faith in our society's institutions to its very core. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
B Weathering With You (2019) Jared Mobarak How Shinkai gets there isn't always with the cleanest choices, but you can't ignore the journey's intent or exhilaration. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B+ Australian Dream (1987) Jared Mobarak What makes Goodes such an inspirational hero is the fact that he never matches hate for hate. He's teaching tolerance. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak We're so quick to pigeonhole people into ready-made categories for mass consumption and vilification that a personal account of their struggle like this proves invaluable. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak [A] sensory crescendo [that] will have you staring wide-eyed at the screen once the orgiastic rampage takes hold to burn civility to the ground-if any was even left. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
B+ Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Christopher Schobert The documentary is a riveting, highly engaging look at one of the few rock stars of the 1990s who deserves icon status. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
C- Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Josh Lewis All of these changes come off as deeply cynical and seemingly designed to manipulate, feign significance and deflect criticism from his glossy, Lifetime noir which is so aesthetically garish it frequently borders on parody. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- Guns Akimbo (2019) Jared Mobarak Guns Akimbo possesses Crank's adrenaline rush of action and mayhem, but with Dante from Clerks at its center instead of a tough guy bashing heads. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ () Jared Mobarak [The characters] seek an appreciation for what they've endured-[not excuses]. Their pain isn't the product of the other's joy, but a universally shared point of connection. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B Bad Education (2019) Jared Mobarak Bad Education is a roller coaster ride from start to finish as the surface sheen of success is peeled back to reveal the proverbial bodies buried to achieve it. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
A- Uncut Gems (2019) Josh Lewis Adam Sandler delivers one of his very best physical performances as Howard, making us genuinely feel every heated exasperation and crushing failure of his as he schemes and sweats his way all across New York City. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- Synchronic (2019) Jared Mobarak Where I could forget the genre element in [previous films] to latch onto the people therein, the opposite proves true here. While still objectively enough, I [did want] more. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B Giant (2017) Jared Mobarak Rather than take what we see at face value, those able to let The Giant wash over them will witness pieces of themselves instead. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak Hardiman [maintains] uncertainty well after we see what the creature can do because it [confirms] that mankind will talk itself in circles [to preserve] its self-interest. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- () Jared Mobarak [There's] honesty in revealing how saviors aren't beholden to their saved. Love is transformative and what we needed to survive then isn't what we need to keep surviving now. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak As sweet as it is devastating, we feel the swirl of emotions and relate to the resonant push and pull between love asking for time and knowing there's none left. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak [Great performances by Wolff, Campbell, and Poots] make us care about their [character's] fates-familiar journey there or not. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak The similarity of what Amenábar puts on-screen to current American politics is legitimately horrifying. It's nationalism warped into fascism with a blink of an eye. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak Green is spectacular by really embracing this complexity of living on the edge of selfishness and selflessness. It's okay to want the challenge and want to say goodbye. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- Hope (2017) Jared Mobarak Unconcerned with happy or sad endings, [Sødahl] focuses instead on the unbridled emotions that swirl within us on the difficult journeys through tragedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
C () Jared Mobarak It all becomes attractive window dressing for a story spending too much time on Panos' wellbeing when Danae's conflicted existence and doomed love are far more compelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak [The film] ensures the seeds of doubt are sowed gradually so they can be dismissed in the moment and yet cemented into the recesses of Salome's mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ () Jared Mobarak [She leaves Sophocles' play's killing behind because her commentary on] race, poverty, police brutality, and heartless judicial systems reveals worse fates than death. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak The dramatic layers of what we know is coming color every action with as much danger as melancholy since Mouaness [shows us a] Lebanon [about to be] irrevocably changed. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak Knuckle City doesn't seek to forgive these men and their deplorable actions, but instead contextualize where that ingrained misogyny, toxicity, and violence comes from. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- () Jared Mobarak [Rowland] toes the line between optimism and despair throughout so we know happy endings are possible ... for some. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B Hearts and Bones (2019) Jared Mobarak Moments of abject despair [are] crucial to a core message that moves beyond the healing power of art towards the entitlement those who make it possess. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B () Jared Mobarak The County shows it only takes one person to [spark] change. But it also posits how sinister the opposition can be when its livelihood of means is threatened in the process. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ () Jared Mobarak It's the seemingly insignificant details that should be meaningful to their family alone that really blow this thing wide open because they inevitably represent so much more. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B () Rory O'Connor It is the symphonic mood that makes Ema such a compelling watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ Knives Out (2019) Jared Mobarak Similar to Ready or Not earlier this year, Knives Out is an unabashed commentary on the current state of affairs in America. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ Ford v Ferrari (2019) Christopher Schobert Ford v Ferrari is, in a word, sturdy. It's the kind of airtight drama that could never be called groundbreaking or even original. But it offers ample pleasures in performance and design. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
A Waves (2019) Christopher Schobert The film is an emotional knockout that will leave even the most stoic viewer on the verge of weeping, but the shifts of the film's second half are ultimately uplifting. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
C () Jared Mobarak Fahed's adventure is bittersweet and devoid of answers, [but] I wonder if the topic would have been better served and more potently told as a short film half the length. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- () Jared Mobarak Watching Giordano evolve Seconda's fear from crippling terror to excitement in the unknown is well worth the price of admission. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- Riot Girls (2019) Jared Mobarak Riot Girls proves just as much about a new generation taking the reins as it does empowered women expunging toxic male entitlement. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- How to Build a Girl (2019) Jared Mobarak The whole can feel cutesy at times, but there's weight beneath that façade. Joanna discovers the real-life consequences of her actions and hopefully some watching will too. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ Color Out of Space (2010) Josh Lewis The already eccentric Nicolas Cage is pushed to places he genuinely hasn't been since the comic mania of Vampire's Kiss. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
B Jojo Rabbit (2019) C.J. Prince Neither the masterpiece nor the atrocity it will be described as from here on out by fans and critics alike, Jojo Rabbit is pretty funny, mostly fine, and (perhaps worst of all) well-made. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
C+ Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Ethan Vestby It's never daring or dangerous enough to transcend simple platitudes about representation or not giving up on your dreams. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019