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Rating Title/Year Author
The Dead Don't Die (2019) David Sims The first horror film I've seen that seemed as likely to lull me to sleep as to give me nightmares. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) David Sims If I had to get another Toy Story, this is about as strange and beguiling an entry as I could have hoped for. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) David Sims This sequel-slash-spinoff comes across as a lifeless piece of content, bearing a brand name and a glossy look but little else to remember it by. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) David Sims The film's greatest virtue lies in how it portrays the city it's rhapsodizing about, and that's what Talbot's promising, large-canvas photography is best suited for. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) David Sims The momentum drained out of these X-Men movies long ago. Dark Phoenix should serve as a fittingly perfunctory farewell. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018) Jordyne Blaise Sandra Bland was a woman who thought deeply about broader issues of racial justice and offered plans to address them. It's unfortunate that this documentary could not do the same. Despite that, it is worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) David Sims It's a perfect, long-delayed swan song that offers satisfying endings for almost every member of the cast while still managing to tell a story that stands on its own. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) David Sims Fletcher isn't seeking to reinvent a very practiced storytelling formula; he's just perfecting it. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) David Sims Wilde is fundamentally telling a story about young people trying to survive and enjoy life while the outside world, and all its terrifying realities, draws ever closer. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) David Sims Even with a colossal budget and the spectacular tech available to Disney, live actors can't replicate the dizzy kinetics of a cartoon. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) David Sims Hogg is not a sensationalistic filmmaker, but rather someone who can convey tremendous amounts of emotion through total tranquility on-screen. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
() Sophie Gilbert Accidental work of art? Yes. Successful crossover into mainstream culture? Affirmative... Belinda Blinked might secretly be an elaborate work of satire riffing on everything eroticized fiction does wrong. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) David Sims The series remains the most reliable purveyor of high-stakes, onscreen combat around, a franchise that hasn't yet been tarnished by its ongoing success. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
Tolkien (2019) David Sims The result doesn't rise above the insight of a Wikipedia page. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) David Sims It shouldn't work. It shouldn't even make sense! Somehow, it does. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) David Sims It's hard to know if there will ever be an essential and definitive fiction film about Bundy. But this certainly isn't it. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Long Shot (2019) David Sims Long Shot is too fixated on the supposed absurdity of its romantic pair to spend much time considering them as people. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) Sophie Gilbert What Carr manages to indict in the film is both a specific environment and a more general culture disinclined to believe what women say about their own body. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) David Sims The Avengers, as a concept, probably won't be going anywhere, but Endgame still feels like a proper goodbye. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Someone Great (2019) David Sims A movie that's best experienced while lazing on the couch, preferably on the morning after a wild night out. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) David Sims To anyone who has followed the parabolic arcs of Gilliam's career, it's a fascinating text; to the more casual viewer, it might come off only as a meandering mess. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) David Sims Aesthetically driven in all the right ways-it's not a swooning blockbuster romance, but a gorgeous and impossible puzzle of a project, something to be pondered long after seeing it. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Missing Link (2019) David Sims Amid the noisy, epic action of most kid-oriented features, this film's story is clear and effective: a sweet-hearted narrative of how friendship can broaden one's horizons. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Hellboy (2019) David Sims An R-rated slog that's heavy on bad attitude and creative dismemberments, and completely missing the humane core of Mignola's original story. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
High Life (2018) David Sims For all its body horrors and apocalyptic conclusions, High Life is one of Denis's most loving and tender creations. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Shazam! (2019) David Sims Shazam! is a throwback in all the right ways: a superhero tale for a simpler blockbuster era, one that is well worthy of viewers' nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
The Highwaymen (2019) Christopher Orr It's hardly an insult to acknowledge that The Highwaymen is no classic on the level of Bonnie and Clyde. But it is, in its way, the perfect corrective to Penn's film. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Dumbo (2019) David Sims The film is just different enough to stick out amid the studio's backwards-looking slate, and Burton, for the first time in years, shows he hasn't lost his love for the idiosyncratic. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
The Dirt (2019) Spencer Kornhaber The danger of a document like The Dirt is in showing pigheadedness as not only fun and cool, but also elemental, inexplicable, and unstoppable. Boys will be boys, boys, boys. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Isn't It Romantic (2019) Christopher Orr We now have an official subgenre in which a woman is initially presented as unattractive; is concussed into a fantasy in which she becomes impossibly desirable; and from the experience gleans important, affirmative lessons about believing in herself. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Christopher Orr While Farhadi is a master of the drama, his gifts are at times an awkward fit for a kidnapping thriller. It is almost as if one bought a ticket for a Liam Neeson movie and wound up instead in a Strindberg play. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Triple Frontier (2019) Christopher Orr Alas, just as broken clocks have their moments of accuracy, even the most gifted directors occasionally offer up disappointments. Such is the case with J.C. Chandor's fourth film, Triple Frontier. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Us (2019) David Sims Us is a glorious symphony of fear, to be sure, but it's also an ambitious sci-fi allegory and a pitch-black comedy of the haves and have-nots. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) David Sims Despite the grand scale, like all of Jia's works, Ash Is Purest White leaves questions of good and evil to the viewer-this isn't a philosophical story, but a personal one. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) David Sims The Aftermath might have succeeded had it challenged viewers. But by squeezing the story into a plain period-romance format, Kent achieved the opposite. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) David Sims Stands by itself nicely-a totally captivating yarn that gives Moore center stage to do the kind of rich, arresting work that actresses in their 50s can rarely find in Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) David Sims More of a solid building block for future endeavors than a must-see solo adventure. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) David Sims Along the lines of other recent inexpensive genre efforts that behave more like franchise blockbusters by building out their lore and doubling down on their nerdiness. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Fighting With My Family (2019) David Sims The film struggles to dramatize Paige's triumph as anything but preordained. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) David Sims So much of The Hidden World is stuffed with filler material. But in certain wordless moments, this grand final entry really sings. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Greta (2018) David Sims Greta is more of a Terminator movie, with everyone doing their best to get out of Huppert's way for 98 enjoyable minutes-though that's still worth a recommendation in my book. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) David Sims It builds realism and context into both sides of that story and manages to be a winning adaptation as a result. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Sophie Gilbert That Graham has managed to make a functioning drama out of Brexit, let alone such a riveting one, feels a little bit miraculous. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) David Sims True to its origins, Alita is a living cartoon of a film, which only makes its ridiculousness easier to absorb. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) David Sims Soderbergh's unorthodox film release and cheap, idiosyncratic shooting style are ideal fits for the director's fascinating, speculative story about the future of the NBA. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Sophie Gilbert It unpacks too many bizarre events in a short time frame to allow for much additional analysis. And the Broberg family, confessional to a fault, are primed more for honesty than for self-inspection. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) David Sims Cold Pursuit is a curiosity, a parable on the underlying hollowness of pulpy revenge that nevertheless tries to serve up the requisite amount of bloody violence for its viewers. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) David Sims This is a project that's loaded with big ideas and worthy morals for its younger viewers, even if it has a little trouble streamlining them all into an easily digestible plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) David Sims Velvet Buzzsaw is a pretty soulless piece of art about the soullessness of art; but that doesn't mean it can't have a little fun proving its point. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) Sophie Gilbert Has the passionate, thunderous, and occasionally weepy tone of a good barroom eulogy. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019