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Rating Title/Year Author
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Kevin Fallon The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley debuted this week on HBO. And it was bad. Like...abjectly bad? EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Dirt (2019) Amy Zimmerman A tasteless celebration of rock-star clichés. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
() Amy Zimmerman I Love You, Now Die goes a step further, searching for the stories that Michelle Carter told herself, and the ones that she and Roy told each other. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
() Kevin Fallon It's wonky and a lot to unpack, though Sisto does impressive, dedicated sleuthing. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Kevin Fallon Somehow insufferably traditional and clichéd while simultaneously inventive and current. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Running With Beto (2019) Matt Wilstein Modigliani manages to create so much narrative tension that you start to wonder if this young, energetic, inspiring candidate might be able to pull it off in the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
() Nick Schager Porno's playfully amusing critique is woven into the fabric of its plot, although just as integral to the saga's charms is Racela's fondness for rubbing his audience's noses in the shocking, the lurid and the grotesque. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Us (2019) Kevin Fallon Us is far from perfect. Thank God. That's what makes it so fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Melissa Leon Its adherence to the tried-and-true conventions of a Phase One Marvel origin story, 10 years into an increasingly complex cinematic universe, might leave you neither overjoyed nor underwhelmed, but satisfied and wondering what's for dinner. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Filth (2013) Nico Hines James McAvoy has pulled off a performance so searing and intense that he manages to imbue this drug-addicted, racist sociopath with just enough vulnerability to make the movie work. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Philomena (2013) Nico Hines Give Dame Judi the damn Oscar EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Nico Hines No wonder Mary Poppins needed a spoonful of sugar. This is a dark film that tells the heart-breaking true story behind one of the great characters in children's movie history. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) Nico Hines Enticed by the prospect of buried treasure, Kumiko sets off on an ill-fated odyssey in search of the loot. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Nico Hines This might just be Wes Anderson's best film; it's certainly his most thrilling. The cult director has bolstered the whimsical humor with a raucous crime caper and it's a riot. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Fury (2014) Nico Hines Anyone who thinks this movie is rollicking good fun belongs on some kind of watch list. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Foxcatcher (2014) Nico Hines Carell is good in a brooding, atmospheric movie but Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo turn in career-best performances. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
The Fear of 13 (2015) Nico Hines It could only make sense in the twisted world of American justice. A death row prisoner's life was saved because he wrote to a judge begging to be executed. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Sherpa (2015) Nico Hines The Sherpas hit the cutting room floor in most Everest movies. Not this time. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Elstree 1976 (2015) Nico Hines For hundreds of actors, bit-part players and costume-dwellers appearing in Star Wars in 1977 was the moment that would shape their lives-they were granted immortality. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
Destination Unknown (2017) Nico Hines The enduring question: why me? Continues to hound those who escaped the Nazi death machine. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
The Venerable W. (2017) Nico Hines A heart-stopping look at a man who has helped to push a community to the brink of collapse through nationalism and anti-Islamic hatred. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
No Stone Unturned (2017) Nico Hines This extraordinary film offers renewed hope to the survivors and victims of terrorist atrocities that have been left unsolved by authorities. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
Under the Wire (2018) Nico Hines A spectacular documentary that takes us inside a slaughter that killed at least 100 people in Homs, including one of America's greatest war reporters. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
All the Gods in the Sky (Tous les dieux du ciel) (2018) Nico Hines It's 'The Secret Garden' on LSD, and-just a few minutes into this mind-bending character study-it's obvious that this is going to be a very bad trip indeed. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Svideteli Putina (2018) Nico Hines An extraordinary documentary-using footage shot from inside the Kremlin-that explores Putin's uncompromising thirst for power. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
The Raft (2018) Nico Hines An extraordinary demonstration of the human spirit-including sex, furious arguments and deep friendship. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Cam (2018) Nico Hines One of the hottest horror movies on this year's genre festival circuit. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Nico Hines Some of the glaring errors in an early version of the script-which was leaked to The Daily Beast last summer-have been cut, but there are plenty of inaccurate and downright misleading scenes in the final production. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Greta (2018) Nick Schager Isabelle Huppert turns in a tour-de-force performance... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Kevin Fallon It's the kind of the film that those who hate the genre can use as a case study for why, but that seems to have been made for people who actually love it. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Pledge (2018) Nick Schager [Pledge's] main goal is to create a sense of dawning terror from the lengths to which these wealthy kids plan to push their charges, and the amount of misery those younger teens are willing to endure for the reward of being inducted... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Nick Schager Although he wastes Dern in a role that's too slight to warrant her participation in the first place, the director exhibits a knack for storytelling efficiency. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
Rent Live (2019) Kevin Fallon This, it should not need to be said, made for a depressingly lame show... EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
() Marlow Stern Klayman's doc does a decent job of capturing the glaring contradictions of Bannon-namely, that he preaches "populism" and poses as a voice for the working class while flying around the world in private jets... EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Natalia Winkelman LaBeouf's renown is split into two distinct camps: the talent and the troubles. The cleverness of Honey Boy lies in its bridging of these two elements, its deft way of demonstrating that pain is not only injurious; it's also propulsive. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Big Time Adolescence (2018) Natalia Winkelman It's Davidson who steals and carries the film, and it's a shame that Zeke is flat enough to be that easily expendable-Davidson is anything but. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Kevin Fallon It's fun but flawed. Yet in a cultural landscape where so much of the art output, on film and TV especially, is content to settle for a mass-market designation of "fine," a botched trip to the wild is a welcome journey. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Glass (2019) Melissa Leon Shyamalan wants us to know that he got to this genre early; characters repeat the phrase "19 years" too many times to forget. So it's strange that in Glass, he seems to forget what makes superhero stories endure. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Nick Schager With a clarity and broad-mindedness that's not always present in conversations regarding the matter, it seeks to open up a dialogue about a hot-button subject that, it contends, is far less open-and-shut than most assume. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
Untouchable (2016) Nick Schager From victims and perpetrators, to activists who want to throw the convicted away and lose the key, it's an eye-opening look at a thorny topic that, on the face of it, probably doesn't strike many as very complex or controversial at all. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
The Upside (2018) Kevin Fallon ... perfectly fine...it would be easy to trash the film, given its tone and especially its star, but that would be lazy, and The Upside truthfully doesn't deserve it. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
Capernaum (2018) Natalia Winkelman Labaki's lens is so patient and empathic, her knack for storytelling so full of soul and temerity, that we're inclined to follow her lead. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2019
Gotti (2018) Nick Schager 'Listen to me, and listen to me good. You never gonna see another guy like me if you live to be five thousand,' Travolta's Teflon Don boasts in the final scene. With any luck, we'll never see another mob-movie misfire like this either. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Melissa Leon There are so many unnecessary CGI blowups cluttering the movie that Mera's chemistry with Arthur doesn't get the oxygen it needs to ignite the love affair Aquaman wants us to believe in. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Second Act (2018) Kevin Fallon It digs into the ideas of motherhood and shame in ways that movies rarely do, at least not ones this glossy and targeted at this audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Kevin Fallon There seems to have been careful consideration not only in how to tell this new story, but more importantly, why the story should be told now. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now (2003) Matt Wilstein As refreshing as it is to hear DeGeneres open up in a more nakedly honest way than we are used to seeing, she's at her purest comedically in the special when she returns to the type of observational humor that made her famous in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Burning (2018) Marlow Stern A meticulous assessment of first love, and the agonizing burst of feelings that springs forth from it. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Minding the Gap (2018) Marlow Stern Shot over 12 years, it's a thorough-and unforgettable-examination of toxic masculinity, and how it's crippled the lives of America's young men. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Mandy (2018) Marlow Stern Cage's Red Miller unleashes a roaring rampage of revenge the likes of which we've never seen... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018