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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Katie Walsh Visceral and suspenseful, "Hotel Mumbai" is also deeply humane and moving. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
2/4 Napszállta (2018) Katie Walsh Nemes once again follows another hollow-eyed and bewildered individual on a journey into a heart of darkness, but with less context, more plot and unfortunately, greatly diminished returns. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/4 Giant Little Ones (2018) Rick Bentley Unlike so many coming-of-age films, Behrman shows the intelligent approach of presenting that while one incident may eventually be a major mile marker, it's not always immediately obvious how much impact will be made. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/4 Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Rick Bentley [Director Mark Steven Johnson takes] what would have been a rather bland heist story and mix it with a mediocre love story to create an enjoyable final product. It's an example of getting the most out of the material at hand. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Rick Bentley As for the mystery of how good the movie is, the case is closed on a positive note. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Rick Bentley The efforts to mix massive action scenes with down-to-Earth humor is less of the smooth transition it needs to be to work and more of a jarring trek. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
1.5/4 The Kid (2019) Katie Walsh The script is laden with painfully outdated representations and vacillates between snooze-inducing speechifying and bare-bones storytelling that doesn't elucidate a damn thing EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Katie Walsh Moore is more relatable, a bit goofy, sometimes unsteady. Her sweet chemistry with Turturro as the fumbling Arnold is genuinely affectionate and sexy in a film that acknowledges the realism of sex and romance beyond your 20s. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Katie Walsh A plucky and pleasing, if predictable, excursion that burns brightly, if briefly. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 Climax (2018) Katie Walsh It's cinematic shock treatment for the audience, but one can't help but wonder if Noé could do with a jolt to the system as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
3.5/4 Greta (2018) Katie Walsh There is a knowingness to the proceedings, a great big wink, and a sheen of artifice that tips "Greta" decidedly into the territory of camp. However, everyone is fully committed to the exercise, and excellent at that. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
2.5/4 () Katie Walsh While "Paddleton" takes its time to get there, it ultimately reaches a deeply poignant conclusion. If you're patient enough, that alone could be worth the trip. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/4 Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Katie Walsh Ferencz's deeply hopeful message of peace shines through as brightly as his spirit. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Katie Walsh The finale to the franchise will fly away with your heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rick Bentley There's no core of originality. It's all just a collection of familiar sequences tied at the hip to the unemotional love story and presented in a so-so 3D version. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Katie Walsh With tonal inconsistencies and poorly written characters, any awe inspired by "Alita: Battle Angel" is replaced with a profound sense of confusion. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/4 Never Look Away (2018) Katie Walsh Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-plus hour epic that leaves you wanting more. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Rick Bentley Everything that was awesome about 2014's The Lego Movie has been taken away brick by brick for the sequel. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Katie Walsh Bone-dry, ice-black, darkly violent and laugh-out-loud funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Katie Walsh A sly, subversive and decidedly pointed argument against xenophobia that asks, can't we all just get along? ... Although it's packaged in a wild, neon-bright, irreverent movie about toy bricks, it's a moral that resonates deeply. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
2.5/4 Miss Bala (2019) Rick Bentley [Director Catherine Hardwicke] gets solid performances from the actors, especially Rodriguez. If only there wasn't the mindset that movies made for an American audience can't end on a negative note. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Katie Walsh A fine reminder of how cinematic language can and should transcend the spoken word... a meticulous portrait of survival and human determination. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 Piercing (2018) Katie Walsh What a deliciously demented and disturbing drama Nicolas Pesce's "Piercing" is, dripping with gore and laden with forbidden innuendo. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 Miss Bala (2019) Katie Walsh Achieving tonal balance between sociology and schlock is no easy task, and this film doesn't pull it off. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Rick Bentley The film is aimed at a younger audience, but adults who are willing to be slightly forgiving with some of the key plot points will find the tale entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Katie Walsh Cornish crafts a King Arthur movie that draws in a younger crowd, reinterprets the tale for a modern age and speaks consciously to the current political climate. That's quite the feat. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/4 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Rick Bentley The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is the first feature film for writer/director Henry Dunham, but he has already cracked the formula for making a quality movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 Close (2019) Roger Moore Action badass Noomi Rapace delivers in this bowstring-tight kidnapping thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Glass (2019) Katie Walsh Shyamalan tosses the audience morsels of McAvoy during the dour treatise on comic book morality and existential questions about superheroes that is "Glass." EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
2/4 The Upside (2018) Katie Walsh It's a struggle to find the bright side to this rather hackneyed film. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
1.5/4 The Brawler (2019) Roger Moore Perfunctory, with plainly under-rehearsed and poorly shot boxing sequences. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/4 A Dog's Way Home (2019) Katie Walsh When the story lags, these are the flaws that pester, and even the cute factor of "A Dog's Way Home" can't obscure its narrative weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2/4 State Like Sleep (2018) Roger Moore A somnambulant heroine makes for a viewing experience too accurately described by the title EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Katie Walsh A rather broad biopic, but it beautifully argues the importance of Ginsburg's work - prior to the Supreme Court - and is a lovely tribute to the woman who would become the Notorious RBG. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Maine (2018) Rick Bentley When given something to do or say of any relevance, Costa and Mann make great movie moments. It is just that Brown failed to give them a clear path to follow. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 Bumblebee (2018) Katie Walsh Several of the best lines come with a bit too big of a wink at the teen movie formula, which lends to a sense of irony that lingers around the edges of the otherwise deeply sincere film. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 Destroyer (2018) Katie Walsh "Destroyer" feels like David Lynch directing a Michael Mann film, which is to say it's both not as entertaining as a Mann film and not as surreally intoxicating as a Lynch film. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 Vice (2018) Katie Walsh An unyielding and necessary search party on a mission to excavate Cheney's soul. It's both frustrating and fitting that McKay never finds it. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Katie Walsh It all just feels incredibly effortful, not effervescent and light. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 Aquaman (2018) Katie Walsh "Aquaman" is pure camp, wildly entertaining and an eye-popping spectacle. You have to admire the effort, scope and sheer audacity of everyone involved. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/4 Mortal Engines (2018) Katie Walsh Visually, it's busy, hefty and propulsive, but emotionally and thematically, it's as light as air. These engines could have used a bit more in the tank. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Rick Bentley Another gem in what has become the golden age of Julia Roberts. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Katie Walsh The delights of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" bring a newfound sense of joy and playfulness to the beloved character EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
1.5/4 Nona (2018) Rick Bentley Good intentions will only get you so far. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Rick Bentley Into the Spider-Verse has rekindled the original glory and presented it a way that is so visually explosive, a pair of sunglasses should be provided with each ticket. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
1/4 The Mule (2018) Katie Walsh By the end of the boring, racist melodrama that is "The Mule," thinking twice doesn't even seem worth the effort. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 Tyrel (2018) Katie Walsh Silva's most political work yet--though it is sly and subtle, the intention is palpable, the emotions elicited all too real, and ultimately, "Tyrel" proves to be a fascinating entry in his body of work. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 Vox Lux (2018) Katie Walsh It's rare that a movie with such a promising first half completely falls apart in the second - when the Oscar winner shows up. Portman's performance is a big, big swing - and a huge miss. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/5 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Katie Walsh There are a few jumps and bumps, but there's no real sense of dread, unease or questioning. We simply watch the events unfold with a full understanding of what's going on. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rick Bentley If all you do is look at performances, the historical drama is worthy of praise. Step back, and the overall production stumbles through writing mistakes, a drab look and a storytelling structure that puts the main event [too] deep into the tale... EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018