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I, Tonya (2018)
With its black comedy/raw drama blend, Robbie's gritty, stellar performance plus Janney's Medea of a mom, I, TONYA proves to be one hellava holiday on ice.
Posted Dec 8, 2017
It's these particular characters, with their specific emotional make-up and personality - not to mention Fred, the fat monocular tabby -- that make Gifted all the more rewarding.
Posted Apr 12, 2017
presents a searing, cinematic globetrot that looks at the vestiges of war, poverty and abuse-yet offsets the despair with sparks of beauty, humor, kindness. It's the human condition both at its worst...and at its best.
Posted Jan 20, 2017
Driver's Paterson doesn't blast his presence. Rather, he drifts into view, an unassuming shadow that only grows larger over the length of the film.
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Hidden Figures (2017)
Strong female characters spitting in Jim Crow's eye. Hearkens back to the feel-good, morally-upright films of an earlier day.
Posted Dec 23, 2016
A Monster Calls (2017)
As solid as this particular Monster Tree is, some broken branches cry out for pruning.
Posted Dec 22, 2016
Collateral Beauty (2016)
If 'Collateral Beauty' is in the eye of the beholder ... perhaps it's best to look away.
Posted Dec 16, 2016
Unlike previous projects, this unique film zeroes in on a particular timeframe, in which the indelible legacies of both Jack and Jackie Kennedy first came to pass.
Posted Dec 7, 2016
Even with the Potter pedigree, creator Rowling, director Yates and talented Redmayne ... Fantastic Beasts isn't all that fantastic after all. Harry would be disappointed.
Posted Nov 18, 2016
Almost Christmas (2016)
The fact that this Xmas family film released on Veterans Day makes it unique. Sadly, that's about it.
Posted Nov 11, 2016
The Accountant (2016)
The cluttered plot aside, factoring in an uncommon protagonist (well-played by Affleck) and 2 surprise twists in the 3rd act, the film still lands in the black.
Posted Oct 14, 2016
Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)
So screamingly funny, your own raucous laughter just may drown out some of Hart's lines. Rewind needed here.
Posted Oct 13, 2016
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
While the depiction of monstrous cruelty and the battle scenes are highly effective, the film suffers from a lack of nuance.
Posted Oct 6, 2016
This baby buddy comedy offers a flock of high-flying fun. But filmmakers may want to issue a blanket apology to parents ... how are they going to explain where babies come from now?
Posted Sep 23, 2016
The Royal Road (2015)
It is at once a static, yet highly moving film.
Posted Sep 6, 2016
In Order of Disappearance (2016)
Martin McDonagh meets Quentin Tarantino ... yet bristles with its own brand of quirk
Posted Aug 31, 2016
Suicide Squad (2016)
Don't think of "Suicide Squad" as the villainous flipside to "X-Men" ... instead, think Zzzzz-Men.
Posted Aug 4, 2016
So much more than meets Iris's bespectacled eyes: looking at self-determination, relentless individuality, devil-may-care creativity, romance, fame and mortality...all peppered throughout with delicious humor.
Posted Jul 29, 2016
Succeeds as a suspenseful, yet cautionary tale that speaks to the screen-centric Generation Z. Hopefully, movies like Nerve ... may actually touch one.
Posted Jul 26, 2016
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Me Tarzan. You Jane. Movie dumb.
Posted Jul 1, 2016
The Look of Silence (2015)
The anemic excuses for participating in mass murder are sickeningly familiar, e.g., "I was just carrying out orders." Name a genocide, and these kinds of justifications bloom like wildflowers in an Indonesian jungle.
Posted Jun 24, 2016
Central Intelligence (2016)
Wild unorthodox teaming of a frenetic Kevin Hart running headlong into one substantial Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson.
Posted Jun 17, 2016
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Wan's developed into a clever horror-meister, tinkering with the classic pacing of the anticipated bump in the night. Solid performances from Farmiga and young Madison Wolfe strengthen the sequel.
Posted Jun 10, 2016
For moviegoers who haven't seen this brilliant duo before, this cinematic experience may be akin to catnip. And you thought cat videos were fun ...
Posted Apr 29, 2016
London Has Fallen (2016)
First, 'Olympus Has Fallen;' now 'London Has Fallen' ... maybe things will look up with the final chapter. Let's call it 'Face Has Fallen.'
Posted Mar 4, 2016
"Benghazi" is far more than a political buzzword. If it takes a superb film like 13 Hours to remind us of that fact, then job well done.
Posted Jan 15, 2016
45 Years (2015)
A masterpiece of a drama that examines a couple's fraying relationship after decades of marriage. Add to that, a delicate hint of a ghost story.
Posted Dec 23, 2015
The Big Short (2015)
With punch and pop, the film looks at 4 disparate outsiders who are far enough removed from the center of the action to see it for what it's worth ... and for what it's not.
Posted Dec 22, 2015
Tom Hardy impresses mightily as he"splits up with himself." Yet even with his skills, Legend often misses the mark.
Posted Dec 14, 2015
Glorious Sorrentino film acknowledges that even at the end of the ever-diminishing day, 'youth' might still be considered a fountain within reach. Even at the age of 80.
Posted Dec 4, 2015
Though the courtroom scenes resonate, the film frustrates due to sidestepping explorations of Dunn, his fiancee and Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
Posted Nov 23, 2015
Saorsie Ronan's immigrant girl undertakes an arduous sea voyage from her Irish homeland to America. Just like Ronan's own odyssey, it's the journey from teen to woman that fascinates.
Posted Nov 19, 2015
Though worth seeing, the film's energy suffers from brownout ... sometimes a surge, sometimes a flicker.And nowhere near the neighborhood of McCarthy's earlier, marvelous work.
Posted Nov 6, 2015
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
A story about just one of the 300,000 child solders currently exploited in combat worldwide. Non-actor Abraham Attah is an absolute wonder to behold.
Posted Oct 22, 2015
The Intern (2015)
Unlike Nancy Meyers' earlier film, "It's Complicated" ... this one isn't.
Posted Sep 24, 2015
7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
The one bright spot is French bulldog Arrow (Schwartzman's own dog), who snorts and sighs and all but rolls his eyes in annoyance at the lifeless goings-on. We are Arrow; Arrow is us.
Posted Aug 29, 2015
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
The film antagonizes. It instigates. Just like gangsta rap itself.
Posted Aug 13, 2015
Welcome to Me (2015)
It's a crying shame (not a hysterical, mentally unwell crying shame), but a crying shame nevertheless that the movie falls short. Especially given Wiig's stellar performance.
Posted Aug 8, 2015
Danny Collins (2015)
While the plot sounds like an old familiar tune (dissipated artist changes his wicked ways when he realizes that love of family/friends is worth more than fame/fortune), it's Danny's dazzle that intoxicates.
Posted Jul 13, 2015
The irreverent title suggests that this movie may smash our preconceptions about the current formulaic tale of budding teen love tragically interrupted. And so it does, beautifully.
Posted Jun 13, 2015
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Adaline is an 107-year-old mash-up of Hawking, Holmes and Mario Andretti, all dressed up in Gucci with nowhere to go. What a fascinating character the screenwriters never bothered to develop.
Posted Apr 24, 2015
The Harvest (2015)
The primary horror in 'The Harvest' comes from watching the superlative talents of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton wasted on such secondary swill.
Posted Apr 10, 2015
Did the NSA have foreknowledge that Citizenfour was going to win the Oscar? Um, probably ...
Posted Feb 27, 2015
The fascinating, disturbing Nightcrawler questions the line between crime reportage, and reportage that's a crime in and of itself. That is, if that line still exists at all...
Posted Feb 18, 2015
Groundhog Day (1993)
The day is not a redo; it's a "one more."
Posted Feb 3, 2015
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Many Wes Anderson films have been intricately laced together, the ingredients blending just so. But nothing matches this perfectly layered concoction, wrapped up in an impeccable confectioner's bow.
Posted Jan 22, 2015
The Wedding Ringer (2015)
Unbridled fun ...
Posted Jan 16, 2015
We can't help feeling inexorably attuned to these people ... as if the idea of sitting down to dinner with them is not only possible, but de facto.
Posted Jan 9, 2015
Cleverly titled, this Girl who Walks Home Alone At Night has nothing to fear ... but everyone else does.
Posted Dec 24, 2014