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Rating Title/Year Author
A- The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Brian Orndorf Gorgeous, with painterly photography and a true sense of time and place, and the acting is superb, finding Wise doing something profound with very little, while Salenger is an ideal mix of moxie and vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
C Bad Boys for Life (2020) Brian Orndorf It's nice not to have Bay around to make a mess of things, but the new kids on the block are just as interested in grotesque violence and sheer noise, unwilling to make "Bad Boys for Life" their own bulldozing creation. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
D+ Dolittle (2020) Brian Orndorf A massive production, and yet "Dolittle" feels uncomfortably small, presenting a limited imagination for wonder and funny business, trying to win over audiences with eye candy instead. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B VHYes (2020) Brian Orndorf It's a stab at an old-fashioned underground movie, and "VHYes" secures a semi-consistent showcase of amusing performances and welcome silliness. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B Troop Zero (2019) Brian Orndorf Offers a lovely message of self-worth that makes the picture mandatory viewing for pre-teen audiences. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
D Disturbing the Peace (2020) Brian Orndorf It has a promising throwback concept, pitting biker baddies against a busted Ranger, but doesn't show interest in providing anything more than cliché and inertia. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B- The Wave (2019) Brian Orndorf It does have a certain energy at times to keep it going, with Long working hard to communicate the inner melt of a troubled man. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
C Like a Boss (2020) Brian Orndorf Possesses moments of pleasant silliness with two very game stars before it retreats back to numbing cliché. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C- Underwater (2020) Brian Orndorf "Underwater" doesn't amount to much, playing by tired genre rules when there's much more interesting man-made disaster panic for the taking. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B The Informer (2019) Brian Orndorf Stumbles as it searches for a resolution, but the journey there is captivating, hitting a great number of steely cinema highlights and orchestrating enough turns of aggression to pass. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B Inherit the Viper (2019) Brian Orndorf "Inherit the Viper" isn't surprising, but it's accomplished, getting into the muck of criminal activity without losing focus on the human price of such survival instincts. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
F The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (2019) Brian Orndorf A crude R-rated Lifetime Movie about a horrendous crime, showing no appreciation for journalism, history, and filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
D Three Christs (2017) Brian Orndorf A disappointingly plodding endeavor that's too concerned with melodramatic asides to get to the heart of mental illness. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
D The Grudge (2020) Brian Orndorf A particularly snoozy offering of sinister business. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
B+ Cunningham (2019) Brian Orndorf The pure majesty of Cunningham's vision is the core experience of the picture, which connects as an understanding of the dancer's history and a celebration of his life's work. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
C Spies in Disguise (2019) Brian Orndorf It's disorganized and paranoid about mass appeal, weakening the spirit of what should be a non-stop, high-tech adventure with flashes of irresistible silliness. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
A- Clemency (2019) Brian Orndorf "Clemency" has focus and insight the competition can't muster, creating a profound understanding of the psychological battles that carry on during the cold process of prison procedure. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
C- A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Brian Orndorf Awkward at times, and not particularly funny, which is a surprising development when Allen is clearly eager to return to the behavioral analysis of his younger days. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2019
B Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Brian Orndorf As "Star Wars"-y a movie as possible, bursting with droid, aliens, lightsabers, heroes, villains, and old friends to send the Skywalker Saga off with a...well, less of a pronounced limp than expected. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C Cats (2019) Brian Orndorf What happens in musical theater should stay in musical theater. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C Little Women (2019) Brian Orndorf It's an ideal dollhouse, but as a steady inspection of emotional evolution, sibling bonding and occasional rivalry, and profound self-analysis in an age of female docility, "Little Women" skips the soul of Alcott's work. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 1917 (2019) Brian Orndorf Mendes makes a striking film, but not a consistently enthralling one, finding the production's gimmick occasionally throttling its pace and intensity. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B A Hidden Life (2019) Brian Orndorf While Malick can't help himself at times, there's a clear battle of conscience that supports the feature, permitting it to feel more human than anything the director has made in a long time. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
D+ 6 Underground (2019) Brian Orndorf Offers no surprises or thrills as Bay paints by numbers to deliver product, not cinema, finally reaching the self-parody phase of his career. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
D+ Richard Jewell (2019) Brian Orndorf The Eastwood of today doesn't care much for nuanced understandings of behavior, now perfectly content to film community theater productions in the least amount of time possible. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
D+ Trauma Center (2019) Brian Orndorf "Trauma Center" is short, but hopelessly bland, better at inspiring frustration than unearthing thrills. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
A Uncut Gems (2019) Brian Orndorf Offers 100% glorious chaos for 130 minutes as the story follows one trouble man's desire for redemption he hasn't earned. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
C Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Brian Orndorf An obvious comedown from the 2017 blockbuster, but it doesn't even try to expand on the world-building of its predecessor, satisfied with simple recycling and superfluous casting additions that disrupt established chemistry. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
B Bombshell (2019) Brian Orndorf "Bombshell" is more cinematic than journalistic, yet Roach protects the primary takeaways from the material, approaching a condemnation of Ailes in intimate ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
B Rabid (2019) Brian Orndorf "Rabid" delivers the violent goods with enthusiasm, with the Soskas once again commanding an engaging, grotesque genre offering, continuing their impressive run of B-movie delights. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- Little Joe (2019) Brian Orndorf Incredible mood and a real sense of mystery. Hausner steps carefully but confidently with the picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Brian Orndorf It's an unhinged endeavor at times, but a fascinating one, bravely avoiding cutesiness to remain in Hell, where Mortimer feels most comfortable. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
C Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Brian Orndorf "Playmobil: The Movie" is more underwhelming than numbing, offering appealing animation with distinct character work, and vocal performances are on-target. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
C Grand Isle (2019) Brian Orndorf If there's a way to just watch the first half of "Grand Isle," I'd recommend it. It's better to be underwhelmed than fully irritated as bad ideas and stiff staging begin flood the endeavor. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B Safe Spaces (2019) Brian Orndorf Schechter provides a lived-in vibe for the effort, collecting strong performances and enough relatable behavioral challenges to secure a compelling foray into the abyss of human fallibility. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
D+ I See You (2019) Brian Orndorf Reveals are either preposterous or disappointing, leaving the audience with hope that yet another trick is being planned to get a feature that often derails back on track. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
C Knives and Skin (2019) Brian Orndorf Quickly loses itself to strained idiosyncrasy, often showing its work when it comes to conjuring screen oddity. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ The Irishman (2019) Brian Orndorf It connects on a cellular level and a cinematic one, with Scorsese channeling the spirit of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven," concluding an iconic portion of his career with a darkly introspective offering. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ Queen & Slim (2019) Brian Orndorf It can't be dismissed for being so simplistic at times, but it's difficult to watch the feature become afraid to challenge itself, truly finding a way to address these hostilities and maintain its flow as a film. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
D+ The Courier (2019) Brian Orndorf There's an opportunity here for a tight, tense actioner, but "The Courier" is only interested in formula, with Adler spending most of the feature short-sheeting potential for suspense. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
B Knives Out (2019) Brian Orndorf It's not nail-biting stuff, more of a filmed play at times, but Johnson guides the feature into some intriguing areas of behavior, and a few near-misses are fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
A Parasite (2019) Brian Orndorf Bong knows better than to deliver a lecture. Instead, he wants nails chewed to the cuticle and armrests bent, achieving such reactions with magnificent editorial flow. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
D+ 21 Bridges (2019) Brian Orndorf Boseman is trying to summon the presence of Sidney Poitier with his performance, only to be stuck striking poses in an incredibly limp thriller. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
C Synonyms (2018) Brian Orndorf Lapid has basically turned his therapy sessions into a two-hour experimental film, and not one that encourages viewer response. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B- Frozen II (2019) Brian Orndorf Much like "Ralph Breaks the Internet," "Frozen II" connects as it should before becoming unnecessarily grim and psychologically dense, stopping the picture to deal with some PG-rated heaviness that doesn't seem essential. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
A A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Brian Orndorf The picture truly appreciates the Fred Rogers experience, dramatizing it without diluting it, offering a message of support that's vital in today's seemingly darkening world. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
D+ Charlie's Angels (2019) Brian Orndorf Offers a wooden empowerment experience with the kind of drab cinematic chaos one might expect from the helmer of "Pitch Perfect 2." EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- Line of Duty (2019) Brian Orndorf Slightly energizing bruiser that's heavy on the stunt work and blessedly limited in scope. It's not a career rejuvenator, but it has a pulse, and that's good enough to pass. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
C Noelle (2019) Brian Orndorf Definitely no "Elf," missing any sizable laughs and delightful mischief, with Lawrence missing opportunities to craft a blazing comedy, electing to make a bland one instead. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- The Good Liar (2019) Brian Orndorf There's the magic of McKellen and Mirren, with the pair making the material absolutely soar at times, often more interesting than the feature they're starring in. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019