Birth.Movies.Death.

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Andrew Todd Verotika should be the most boring film ever made, but its editing is so consistently terrible, and bafflingly so, that even audiences unfamiliar with editing conventions will find it captivating and hilarious. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
The Last Unicorn (1982) Britt Hayes While there's plenty in The Last Unicorn that appeals to fantasy nerds and stoner kids and little girls with dreams of lonely, enchanted unicorns, what makes this movie more special than anything Pixar or Disney ever imagined is fearlessness. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Shaft (2019) Todd Gilchrist A reboot that conspicuously has all of the ingredients it needs to succeed, yet somehow manages to misuse every single one of them. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Todd Gilchrist Cooley's well-told, exquisitely beautiful finale is perhaps only "very good" in comparison to the Toy stories that came before it, but a victory lap feels like more than enough... EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Michael Gingold Has little of the wit, propulsive energy or comic verve that made the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed original such a standout in the summer-megapicture stakes. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
() Evan Saathoff It's not just that the film is unfunny, it is unfunny at an extremely high volume. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
() Evan Saathoff Kill Ben Lyk offers a great dose of gnarly fun and ends on a punchline for the ages. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
() Leigh Monson A very solid genre exercise that competently uses the tropes and tools of psychological horror to remind us to be careful of what we wish for. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Late Night (2019) Leigh Monson Even when Late Night wasn't making me laugh, it never stopped charming me, which is certainly worthwhile in its own right. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Todd Gilchrist Kinberg obviously knows these characters well, and he's spent more than thirteen years bringing them to life on the screen; so why don't we actively care more about them? EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Ma (2019) Robert Saucedo The movie does an admirable job exploring the psychological effects of bullying and the cast is all doing their best to keep the film moving at a fun clip... EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) Evan Saathoff It all comes together in a very easy going cinematic experience that will mildly please even the most demanding movie-goer. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
() Evan Saathoff It looks good and is extremely well-acted, even though no one is doing any heavy lifting on any of those scores. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Andrew Todd A breezy, engaging look at a profoundly influential historical figure before he passes away. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Todd Gilchrist A sharp reminder not just of the distinctive patois of Milch's work...but the intelligence and above all else sensitivity of his storytelling, filtered once again through a phenomenally rich ensemble of characters it feels deeply satisfying to revisit... EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Knives and Skin (2019) Robert Saucedo The film, an absurdist dark comedy, is an absolutely delightful trip through the profound and the parody. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
The Vast of Night (2019) Robert Saucedo Patterson's film, a wonderful homage to the awe-inclined world of '50s science fiction, is a pitch-perfect spiritual successor to Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind made on what I have to assume is a minuscule budget. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
70 Big Ones (2018) Evan Saathoff 70 Binladens offers a thoughtfully-constructed and perfectly entertaining bank robbery drama, something I'm pretty much always happy to see. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Harpoon (2019) Evan Saathoff The tension and gore tends to steamroll this concern and make it work regardless. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Satanic Panic (2009) Robert Saucedo Through imaginative world-building (the movie has great dedication to establishing the rules and wherefores of Hell and its worshipers), fantastic special effects or a witty script by Hendrix, Satanic Panic is going to leave audiences smiling ear to ear. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
The Bastards' Fig Tree (2017) Leigh Monson For as slight as The Bastards' Fig Tree is, I can't say I didn't have a good time watching it. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Head Count (2018) Robert Saucedo Unfortunately, not all of the film's characters are sketched as deeply as others and the film is ultimately weighed down by a collection of milquetoast, unmemorable characters the audience will find difficulty telling apart from one another. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Robert Saucedo The fact that it's actually a fun, endearing and surprisingly touching film may be the biggest joke of all. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
() Evan Saathoff While I enjoyed the presentation and admired the world building attempted with such limited budget, this is also a cold experience with a finale that borders on incomprehensible and goes on far too long. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Todd Gilchrist Rocketman feels slightly like a missed opportunity to dig a little deeper into the life and humanity of a person who has earned his place in the pop cultural firmament. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Evan Saathoff Godzilla: King of the Monsters is bad. It is just incredibly hard to enjoy. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
() Evan Saathoff There is a base standard of filmmaking quality not met by Deodato Holocaust. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Domino (2019) Evan Saathoff There's basically no hope for the film to be anything other than extremely flawed. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Godzilla Raids Again (1959) Evan Saathoff Godzilla Raids Again doesn't know the rules of being a Godzilla movie because many had not yet been invented. It creates a big one (the fights), but often goes off on its own, merry way, making it something of a charming gem. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
() Marisa Mirabal Filled with beautiful aerial shots and poignant scenes on par with images out of National Geographic magazine, Culver's documentary debut is enlightening and powerful. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Leigh Monson Aladdin is definitely cheesy and messy, as cynically produced as the other live-action fare...but where that cheese is allowed to manifest into a distinct work of art driven by a great collection of performances, it's actually a pretty fun time. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
() Charles Bramesco It's tricky, beguiling stuff, rendered with an eerie sterilized beauty. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Britt Hayes Unfortunately, Brightburn barely manages to rise above that concept, turning it into more of a gimmick than anything else. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Charles Bramesco This is the clear handiwork of an auteur aware that he's in his career's later phase, with an elegiac streak looking back in lamentation and fury. He leaves only scorched earth and the smell of propane behind him. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
() Michael Gingold It's a compliment to say that You Don't Nomi had me engaging with, if not completely buying, the opinions of those who find more worth in [Showgirls]. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
The Lighthouse (2019) Charles Bramesco Eggers leans hard into the Kubrick vibe, but unlike his many peers attempting the same, he has the narrative originality and technical expertise to see it through. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Rebecca Harrison The problem with Lux Æterna is that it fails to fully see or hear women as real people. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Avengement (2019) Evan Saathoff There's really no downside to this continued collaboration and the rate at which it blesses us. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Rebecca Harrison A glorious ode to the power of cinema and an absolute delight to watch. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
A Violent Separation (2019) Michael Gingold The film comes off like a short story expanded but not properly developed to feature length. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Charles Bramesco So while this may be a savvy, naturally observed small-town movie, it also happens to be the broadest and most simplistic Jarmusch movie in his filmography. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
All Is True (2018) Leigh Monson As the premier Shakespearean auteur of our time, Branagh's love letter to his idol is worthy of that love even as it suffers from some of the typical excesses of its genre. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Michael Gingold Harron and Turner succeed in finding a fresh and absorbing point of view on a familiar and tragic true story-up to and including the murders, which retain their horror without descending into exploitation. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Todd Gilchrist Kolstad and his collaborators have created a phenomenal ensemble of actors to populate this stylish, intriguing criminal underworld... EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
() Emily Sears The plot limits the performances, seesawing back and forth too often between Theo manipulating the system and Hannah being too stubborn to give up. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
() Michael Gingold I'm not in the camp that considers Showgirls to be any kind of unacknowledged gem. So it's a compliment to say that You Don't Know Nomi had me engaging with, if not completely buying, the opinions of those who find more worth in it. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
() Emily Sears It's been said that a documentary is only as good as its subject, and Richard Lowenstein could not have chosen a more intriguing topic. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Leigh Monson I was expecting The Intruder to be a good enough film based on the trailer, but boy was I not expecting it to be so damn good at just being what it is. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Shadow (2018) Todd Gilchrist The filmmaker's sense of drama, imagery and choreography - always paired with meticulous plotting and deeply absorbing emotion - is as explicit, and vibrant, as ever. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Emily Sears Those seeking more horror than romance may want to look elsewhere, but if you're a fan of a good love story with a dash of, well, something else, then this movie is meant for you. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019