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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Radheyan Simonpillai Turning this into Levinson versus critics is giving critics too much real estate in Malcolm & Marie. The movie is just too knowingly narcissistic for that. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
4/5 PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Norman Wilner Say what you will about Steven Kostanski's movie, people will remember it for the rest of their lives... EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Baby Done (2020) Norman Wilner ...interesting actors who give Rose and Tim a fun, flinty chemistry, and it was a pleasure to spend an hour and a half watching them figure their stuff out. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Violation (2020) Norman Wilner Sims-Fewer's performance is a catalogue of damage: we watch as Miriam registers new levels of hurt and horror over the course of the film, and it's like compound interest is accruing on her soul. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Manipulative and nihilistic, it forces a ruthlessly honest performance from Carey Mulligan to play along with its provocative, booby-trapped plot that comes riddled with "gotcha" moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 Locked Down (2021) Norman Wilner The surprise movie drop is becoming a staple of the pandemic - and you know what, I'm all for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Norman Wilner There are problems with Promising Young Woman that no cello cover of Britney Spears's Toxic can paper over. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/5 The Minimalists: Less Is Now (2021) Glenn Sumi The result, ironically, is a cluttered and messy documentary that feels much longer than its running time. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 Soul (2020) Norman Wilner [It] has its moments, but slammed together into one feature, they feel like they're fighting for dominance from one scene to the next, resulting in a film that, for all the work that's clearly gone into it, just doesn't seem to know what it wants to say. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Norman Wilner Clooney plays an ailing astronomer staring down the end of the world in this terminally flawed Netflix drama... EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
2/5 News of the World (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai A white guilt trip that awkwardly tiptoes around colonial violence and limits Indigenous characters to archetypes. They're discussed as savages or they show up as magic Indians. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
2/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Norman Wilner WW84 ends up being this cycle's Superman III, trying to be everything to everyone... and coming up short in every way. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
4/5 Palm Springs (2020) Norman Wilner Maybe Palm Springs should be the last time-loop movie. It certainly sends the genre out on a high. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai We're perfectly satisfied seeing Chadwick Boseman go big with it, even if it seems like he's performing for the audience at the back of a theatre. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
4/5 Let Them All Talk (2020) Norman Wilner As always, [Soderbergh] technical choices are both inventive and perfectly suited to the subject matter - but he's also hiding the story's real dramatic arc in plain sight, and it's one that pays off surprisingly well. You'll see. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 Freaky (2020) Norman Wilner The latest from Happy Death Day director Christopher Landon is basically Freaky Friday The 13th - and it's a lot of fun... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 The Prom (2020) Glenn Sumi Despite pacing problems and a miscast James Corden, this starry adaptation of the Broadway musical scores big laughs... EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 The El Duce Tapes (2019) Norman Wilner A grimy, prickly found-footage project that looks at the shock-rock scene of the early 90s through the story of The Mentors... EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 Mayor (2020) Kevin Ritchie Osit doesn't push his subject, instead the director contrasts sometimes dryly funny day-to-day bureaucratic machinations with extraordinary events to give viewers a weighty sense of the existential. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai In a single song, Renee Elise Goldsberry shows off a range between Monica's vocals and Lauryn Hill's rhyme skills. Goldsberry drops the most exhilarating performance I've seen all year. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/5 Rocks (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai The cast led by Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali are unbelievably charming and infectious. In a just world, these rockstars would become household names. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 Time (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Beautiful, patient and inspiring, Bradley's experiential doc captures how much life happens while you sit around waiting for justice and empathy. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Charlie Kaufman writes movies about getting lost in people's heads. His adaptation of Canadian author Iain Reid's surrealist novel about about a woman going on a road trip to meet her boyfriend's parents might be the purest expression of that. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/5 Gunda (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Kossakosky's achingly beautiful black-and-white documentary is ground-breaking and wondrous for its intimacy, EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Fern works at an Amazon plant to afford a life with no fixed address. The bitter irony that she prepares packages she could never herself receive is especially felt during the pandemic. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Glenn Sumi Director Ron Howard seems particularly uneasy with the material, unable to frame Bev and Mamaw's stories in a way that makes them human. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
2/5 Mank (2020) Norman Wilner Ultimately, Mank feels a lot like Fincher's 2011 adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: every detail has been worked out to within an inch of its life, but you never get a sense of why he wanted to make the thing in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/5 Funny Boy (2020) Radheyan Simonpillai Deepa Mehta's screen adaptation is often admirable, or at the least fascinating, for its attempt to incorporate the book's multitudes and for the nuances it builds into a melodrama largely told in broad and obvious strokes. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 The Curve (2020) Norman Wilner Benzine's project acts as an explainer. It doesn't just present the Trump administration's disastrous incompetence in the face of the novel coronavirus, but digs into the reasons for that incompetence, both ideologically and strategically. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 The Donut King (2020) Craig Takeuchi Most of all, the main narrative offers inspiration, which is particularly pertinent at such a troubled time in our world. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
1/5 Come Play (2020) Norman Wilner Gillian Jacobs does her level best to save Jacob Chase's incredibly dumb horror movie about an internet monster. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Norman Wilner Life Day is about family, after all, and the stories of the Star Wars movies are so deeply entangled in family. And it's a little frustrating to watch this special fail to capitalize on any of that stuff, even for the sake of a gag. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 I Am Greta (2020) Kelsey Adams Greta is an accidental hero of our times propelled to the world stage seemingly overnight, but that status suffocates and stifles her, as this doc highlights. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
4/5 Dating Amber (2020) Norman Wilner [It] creates moments of empowering connection. And the film builds a world around them that feels oppressive without overdoing it... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds (2020) Norman Wilner I can't fault Herzog for finding a way to finance his curiosity... EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Game Change (2012) Norman Wilner There are fascinating levels of fact and fiction in this TV movie - but the script struggles between docudrama relevance and the sense that some of the survivors are pushing their own narratives. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Burn After Reading (2008) Norman Wilner Washington farce...with a perfectly cast Brad Pitt... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Norman Wilner Of all the versions of Jack Finney's sci-fi novel The Body Snatchers, this is the best by a mile, as screenwriter W.D. Richter ties the book's insidious alien-invasion plot to the self-help movement... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Three Days of the Condor (1975) Norman Wilner ...it narrows its focus entirely to the cat-and-mouse chase at its core, boiling its post-Watergate theme of governmental indifference to human life down to the relationship between two professionals... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Norman Wilner Demme's 2004 remake, which moved the action into the present day and cast Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep in the key roles...tweaked the ending just enough to make things feel even more hopeless. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Norman Wilner John Frankenheimer's cracked masterpiece... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
The Martian (2015) Norman Wilner [Damon] is supported by a top-flight cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Aksel Hennie... EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Galaxy Quest (1999) Norman Wilner Everyone has their own specific definition of comfort food. Dean Parisot's pitch-perfect send-up/embrace of Star Trek fandom sits near the top of my list. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
Charade (1963) Norman Wilner Honestly, if you're looking for a glossy, weightless diversion, this is a fine one. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
3/5 Watson (2019) Norman Wilner Watson is a vivid storyteller and a charismatic screen presence, fully conscious of the power of media. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
5/5 Memories of Murder (2003) Norman Wilner It's a knockout. Don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
4/5 Happy Place (2020) Norman Wilner It might seem counterintuitive to watch a movie about people under impossible stress right now, but if you're up for a well-crafted trip through the wringer, Happy Place does the job. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2020
2/5 Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) Glenn Sumi Watch it for Rudolph, Mirren and a clever parody of a Jordan Peele movie set at Mar-a-Lago. In a rushed, underwhelming special, those are the only things that are fine. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
2/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Norman Wilner Maybe it's just an issue of diminishing returns... EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 Rebecca (2020) Norman Wilner Netflix's Rebecca remake can't escape Hitchcock's shadow... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020