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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Norman Wilner Say what you will about Faults, but it knew where it was going and it stuck the landing with force. The Art Of Self-Defense, by comparison, feels pretty lightweight. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Crawl (2019) Norman Wilner Recommended to anyone who's been itching to squirm in the dark for an hour and a half. The air conditioning is an extra bonus. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Sword of Trust (2019) Norman Wilner The movie belongs to Maron, who it turns out is not just a gifted actor but a pretty decent guitar player, too. You're going to want to check it out. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Norman Wilner The Farewell is a funny, finely observed generational study about identity, family and obligation, and how all three of those things can be one and the same. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 () Radheyan Simonpillai Ansari's gags, whether poking fun at himself or his gullible audience, have a soul-searching feel, as if the tainted comic is exploring where he fits amidst all these debates and controversies. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
2/5 () Norman Wilner The entire documentary plays like a trailer for itself, speeding through everything so quickly as though it's afraid we'll get bored and change the channel. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Maiden (2018) Radheyan Simonpillai The movie is catnip for the gender parity conversation that ends on a triumphant note. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) José Teodoro Their story may be too poignant and too complex to be lassoed into a workmanlike documentary such as this, but it's what we have and it's very much worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 I'll Take Your Dead (2018) Norman Wilner This one's at its best when it's just watching its characters figure each other out in their domestic isolation, and slowly bonding in the face of a common threat. The ghost stuff's just a distraction, really. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Norman Wilner Entertaining enough, but very clearly improvised within an inch of its life. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Because We Are Girls (2019) Michelle da Silva Too much jumping back and forth between time and perspective distracts from the overall impact of the film's message. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Glenn Sumi As an examination of her literary techniques, her use of centuries of Black American lives and her unmistakable voice, the film is an essential document. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Norman Wilner [It] is artfully made but feels hollow and manipulative. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Men of the Cloth (2013) Norman Wilner Really, it's a sin to make a movie this sloppy about so stylish an art. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Norman Wilner Spider-Man: Far From Home is a lot of fun, occasionally moving and pretty damn smart. It demonstrates that Homecoming wasn't a one-off, and that the Marvel project has life in it yet. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Norman Wilner At two hours and 20 minutes, Midsommar is ponderously slow, giving us plenty of time to simply watch Aster's script hit its marks and wonder why his characters take so long to figure out what's happening around them. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 Gringo Trails (2013) Glenn Sumi Despite the trend toward what one clever subject calls backpackaging, the cleverly edited and beautifully shot film ends on a hopeful note with the emergence of sustainable models in places like Bhutan. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Glenn Sumi Gary Dauberman cleverly mixes suspense and laughs, setting the series up for more sequels. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Isabelle (2018) Glenn Sumi There are some intriguing, understated ideas floating around under the surface - but the movie keeps shouting its objectives at us. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
5/5 Yesterday (2019) Norman Wilner Danny Boyle's film about a man who's the only person who remembers the Beatles is much more than a high concept, romantic comedy fantasy. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
1/5 Anna (2019) Norman Wilner The emptiness of Anna, combined with its two-hour running time, gave me plenty of space to think about what I was seeing. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Norman Wilner Keep your expectations low and you'll be pleasantly surprised. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Norman Wilner The Toy Story movies exist to delight children and rip out the hearts of adults, offering bittersweet endings to some characters while letting others get increasingly bizarre. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
1/5 Shaft (2019) Norman Wilner Nearly two full decades after the star and John Singleton reinvented the Blaxploitation icon for the 21st century, this inept sequel undoes everything they accomplished... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai The two actors, with their comic charisma and cosmically good looks, worked magic together in Thor: Ragnarok. Nothing MIB International does can convince me they shouldn't headline more movies, even if it almost completely wastes their talents. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Norman Wilner Jim Jarmusch's often explosively funny zombie movie isn't scary, but it's as deadpan as they come. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Norman Wilner In its ramshackle way, Rolling Thunder Revue captures what that period in American folk culture must have been like, as the protests eased off and people started wondering what to do next. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai It's got rom-com trappings, but the unexpected relationship here is that between a brown woman and a workplace that's behind the times. There's chemistry and fun, but Late Night never forgets that there's still a lot of work to be done. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 Pavarotti (2019) Glenn Sumi Besides demonstrating Pavarotti's talent, the film also shows how powerful his various handlers were... it's the voice that will live on, and this film includes some remarkable footage... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Norman Wilner Olnek executes moves with an antic, comic spirit. Her cast finds laughs in unexpected line readings and reactions that bolster the sense that we're watching fully developed human beings rather than literary stock figures. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Norman Wilner Joanna Hogg's fourth feature deals with the formation of her own artistic consciousness and refuses to mythologize any of the messy, complicated elements. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Sophie Turner's expressions - alternating between a teen uncomfortable in her own skin to a femme fatale possessed with apocalyptic fervour - can be over-analyzed thanks to the camera's intimacy with every curve and angle on her face. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Norman Wilner It's the kind of movie that has military strike teams and secret monster bases and a team of wisecracking scientists... but it's also undeniably fun in its silly, oversized mayhem. And the monsters are spectacular. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Michelle da Silva Crazy Rich Asians was a watershed moment in Hollywood, but I'm excited to see more movies like Always Be My Maybe get made. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Norman Wilner I expected this would be good, but it's truly great - a finale for the ages, with a closing note that moved me to tears. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Norman Wilner John's songs chased such massive emotional crescendos that they risked collapsing onto themselves at every turn. When the movie takes a similar risk, it just feels right. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Batra's artistry has its own distinct, soft-spoken personality and soulfulness. It's a pity he couldn't share some of that with the people in his picture. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 Before You Know It (2019) Kevin Ritchie Hannah Pearl Utt's feature debut is a gorgeous-looking and layered dramedy. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 Jose (2016) Kevin Ritchie The near-silent protagonist is a frustrating and distancing art-house cliché. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Halston (2019) Norman Wilner The film isn't so much a rise-and-fall tragedy as a celebration of a singular sartorial vision. Half a century later, the clothes really do look splendid. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Norman Wilner Aladdin isn't the worst of Disney's live-action remakes, this is true; it's just an inoffensive, somewhat slapdash restaging. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 All Is True (2018) Glenn Sumi All Is True could be called Shakespeare In Grief. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 You Don't Nomi (2019) Kevin Ritchie Befitting its multiplicity theme, You Don't Nomi feels both comprehensive and incomplete. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Glenn Sumi While the cinematography and costumes are impeccable - and the performances are decent - the film's dream-like tone creates a lulling effect. It doesn't help that no one really attempts to solve the mystery. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) Norman Wilner Though the insistently inspirational score sometimes nudges Goldstein Knowlton's documentary into infomercial territory, We Are The Radical Monarchs is ultimately much more than that... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Norman Wilner Brightburn would have been a lot more gripping had it really leaned into the nature-versus-nurture conflict at its core, or even added a little complexity to the people around Brandon... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 () Richard Trapunski Even if it's not all spelled out, you don't have to read his mind - there are plenty of his songs to listen to. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 () Richard Trapunski In the end, what stands out about the project is not the baseball premise, but the format: the first and best tear-down of the visual album conceit. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai There's a near-total lack of toxic behaviour in Booksmart, as if such attitudes have been eradicated. It's an admirable social dynamic that feels like it's set a generation ahead of our own, and as a result feels slightly detached from what we know. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) Andrew Dowler Even by the standards of the Godzilla universe, this makes no sense at all. Untroubled by such questions, Godzilla, Rodan and Mechagodzilla work at levelling Osaka and each other. It's not the best action in the series, but far from the worst. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019