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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Kaboom (2010) Matt Pais It adds up to a sick joke that's not quite mind-blowing, but there's a gleeful thrill that comes from seeing such unflinching, defiantly goofy weirdness once in a while. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
2/4 Split (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt Though the last 20 minutes may disappoint, the majority of the film is genuinely thrilling and, to its credit, an incredibly interesting premise. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2017
3/4 20th Century Women (2016) Lauren Chval A funny, complicated burst of joy, confusion and melancholy. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 Patriots Day (2016) Lauren Chval Though Patriots Day is plagued by the requisite cheese, it remains remarkably apolitical, preferring to present a black and white battle of good vs. evil rather than muddle in the complicated shades of gray. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2017
3/4 Fences (2016) Lauren Chval Unsurprisingly, the cast is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2016
1.5/4 Why Him? (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt It's bizarre enough to lose yourself in and forget, for just a little bit, how insufferable Franco is. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 Hidden Figures (2016) Lauren Chval Hidden Figures does a remarkable job demonstrating that women may all want different things but all desire opportunity. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/4 Passengers (2016) Lauren Chval As expected, Lawrence and Pratt are fantastic together -- funny and believable and warm. It's easy to root for them despite the problematic nature of their meeting. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Lauren Chval A fun ride that repeats the Star Wars legacy without really adding to it. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2016
3.5/4 Jackie (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt Portman reconciles the indulgent and extravagant aspects of Jackie's character with the strong-willed first lady looking to create something for the American people out of a nationwide tragedy. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/4 Miss Sloane (2016) Lauren Chval An engrossing and beautifully acted meditation on how broken our political system is, Miss Sloane forgoes intelligence for intrigue. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2016
2/4 Office Christmas Party (2016) Lauren Chval The cast is great, but the laughs are inconsistent and the plot is as flimsy as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2016
2/4 Rules Don't Apply (2016) Lauren Chval Rules Don't Apply is not without its merits -- namely, Collins and Ehrenreich -- but it turns its attention away from things that matter toward things that don't. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/4 Allied (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt You might enjoy it, but you aren't missing anything if you decide to sit this one out. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/4 Moana (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt I'll be real with you. It made me cry twice. Go see it. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2016
2/4 Bleed for This (2016) Lauren Chval Hits all the marks you expect, but with few surprises and a protagonist that doesn't inspire empathy, Bleed for This doesn't go very far. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/4 Nocturnal Animals (2016) Lauren Chval A sexy thriller that is neither sexy nor thrilling. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Lauren Chval Let The Edge of Seventeen remind you in a very real way that adolescence is painful and awkward but also universal in the sense that we all go through it. No one comes out unscathed. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Lauren Chval It's not Hogwarts, but Rowling still has some magic in her. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/4 Arrival (2016) Lauren Chval The real triumph of Arrival, though, is its commitment to the complexity of time and language. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2016
2.5/4 Loving (2016) Lauren Chval Loving has a big, powerful story at its fingertips but only scratches the surface of telling it. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Lauren Chval There are a lot of war films, but Hacksaw Ridge feels unique in its dogged pacifism. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/4 Doctor Strange (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt It is visually stunning and makes excellent use of 3D, which feels less like a gimmick and more like a vital part of experiencing the film as it's supposed to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2016
4/4 Moonlight (2016) Lauren Chval Moonlight is incredible -- poetic, haunting, gorgeous, ambitious. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2016
0.5/4 Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt While it's Madea's entire schtick to be over-the-top, even minor characters lacked any and all nuance in their actions. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 Inferno (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt Almost interesting at best and terribly redundant at worst. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2016
3/4 Hamilton's America (2016) Elise De Los Santos There's more history here than expected, but it'll help make sense of all the references in the lyrics that you would miss otherwise. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2016
1.5/4 The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) Elise De Los Santos If you have no idea what this has all been about, go out and find the nearest theater showing TRHPS and turn in your Rocky Horror V-card there instead. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 American Pastoral (2016) Lauren Chval Gorgeously dark with heartbreaking moments, American Pastoral isn't smart enough to have the prestige factor it's clearly going for. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 The Accountant (2016) Lauren Chval Much better than you expect it to be, The Accountant is a fun time despite its weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 The Girl on the Train (2016) Lauren Chval This movie is just a faux-prestigious, underwhelming murder mystery. I've seen less obvious episodes of Law and Order: SVU. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 The Birth of a Nation (2016) Lauren Chval The Birth of a Nation is a moving, angry film that directly ties history to the current atmosphere of the country. With a little more focus, it could have harnessed its blind burst of rage. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 Masterminds (2016) Lauren Chval McKinnon is wasted, Wilson is unconvincing as a hick and the whole film takes a very condescending view of people with low incomes. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Lauren Chval Even if you're willing to forgive the film's tendency to retread well-known paths, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children falls apart in its final act. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 Goat (2016) Lauren Chval Effective and jarring, Goat is a tough pill to swallow, but that's the point. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/5 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Lauren Chval All the efforts to modernize the Western feel half-baked at best, like slapping one coat of paint on a crumbling house. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 Queen of Katwe (2016) Lauren Chval A sweet film that sticks to a tried-and-true formula and still manages to inspire. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 Snowden (2016) Lauren Chval A gripping story that preaches telling the whole truth but feels like it's leaving some darker secrets out. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Lauren Chval Uneven at times, Bridget Jones's Baby will please fans and gives the old girl a warm wrap-up. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/4 Blair Witch (2016) Shelbie Lynn Bostedt Blair Witch suffers from expanding on an already-told story and filling in the blanks that the original intentionally left, well, blank. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2016
1.5/4 Sully (2016) Lauren Chval Sully is a meaningless, toothless waste of 96 minutes. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3.5/4 The Light Between Oceans (2016) Lauren Chval After it's finished making you cry, The Light Between Oceans provides a rich story that demands discussion. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2016
0.5/4 Morgan (2016) Lauren Chval Performances are wooden, the dialogue is grating and silly, and the plot holes can't be filled by your standard "artificial intelligence is complicated" explanation. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015) Lauren Chval Although A Tale of Love and Darkness is beautifully depressing and offers moments that linger, it plays on the surface rather than digging more deeply into the heart of its story. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 Wiener-Dog (2016) Matt Pais Solondz remains a ruthless, cynical, necessary analyst of follies that maybe only seem obvious when we see other people doing them. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2016
1/4 How to Tell You're a Douchebag (2016) Matt Pais Total amateur hour. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 Joshy (2016) Matt Pais Few movies about groups of male friends do such a strong job with the dynamics between individual people and the collection as a whole. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2016
2.5/4 War Dogs (2016) Lauren Chval A good and outrageous story that never has the courage to go there and become something great. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2016
2.5/4 Sausage Party (2016) Lauren Chval Those who enjoy the Rogen/Goldberg humor will undoubtedly be laughing for much of it, and even those with more sophisticated senses of humor will find a few things to chuckle about. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1/4 Suicide Squad (2016) Lauren Chval Suicide Squad is the biggest superhero disappointment in recent memory (even more than Batman v Superman). Not only does it fail to shake things up, but it's not even competent enough to be a serviceable superhero flick. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2016