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Rating Title/Year Author
B- The Dirt (2019) Brian Orndorf Tremaine just doesn't have enough time to piece together a cohesive history, delivering a full sense of Motley Crue's reign. He's better with crazy moments of unhinged rock god-ery, and "The Dirt" has many of them. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B Relaxer (2018) Brian Orndorf A Midnight Movie-style brain bleeder that still retains a sense of humor. It's no improvement on "Buzzard," but there's a clear escalation of directorial bravery that's interesting to watch unfold. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
B+ The Invisibles (2017) Brian Orndorf Adds yet another intriguing chapter to the ongoing investigation of World War II. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- Us (2019) Brian Orndorf More technically adventurous than Peele's debut, showcasing encouraging cinematic development diminished by a few iffy filmmaking habits. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- Captive State (2019) Brian Orndorf It's detached and top-heavy, but still engrossing for a large percentage of the run time, with Wyatt at least working to do something different with the alien attack routine. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
B Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Brian Orndorf There's care with messages and relationships, delivering PG-rated entertainment directly to those who will appreciate it the most. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
C Triple Threat (2019) Brian Orndorf A mix of too many action figures and hazy plot and character details, making the feature more about appreciating smashmouth choreography than strengthening dramatic pull. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
A- Woman at War (2018) Brian Orndorf Constantly surprising and sharply realized by lead Halldora Geirharosdottir, who matches the confidence of the filmmaking with an impressively animated performance EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B- Five Feet Apart (2019) Brian Orndorf "Five Feet Apart" does connect as a something gentle, periodically invested in real feelings of frustration and attraction that sustain when the third act goes haywire with melodrama. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
D Wonder Park (2019) Brian Orndorf "Wonder Park" is fairly lazy for this type of entertainment, hitting all the expected beats to engage with the core demographic. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B Yardie (2018) Brian Orndorf "Yardie" is skilled work from Elba, who's eager to make an impression, loading the feature up with violent confrontations and revenge scenarios motivated by abyssal pain. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
B- Starfish (2016) Brian Orndorf This is specialized work, and for some, it might spark an engrossing trek into the challenges of maturation and introspection, but it's seldom consistent. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
C- Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Brian Orndorf Screenplay's attempt to make something of a hero out of Harry tends to diminish any lasting appeal, going gooey with a crook and a liar. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
D+ Mapplethorpe (2018) Brian Orndorf A meandering study of photographic ability with occasional inspections of obsessions and ego. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
C Trading Paint (2019) Brian Orndorf Travolta tries to inject some emotional life into a story about car racing and family, but cliches and rough editing eventually win out in the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
B We Die Young (2019) Brian Orndorf "Young" provides Van Damme with a needed acting challenge, putting his natural screen presence to good use in a more socially-minded bruiser that's timed to tap into current national fears. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
C Captain Marvel (2019) Brian Orndorf Perhaps in the hands of other directors, Carol might turn out to be an eye-popping force of costumed law enforcement. However, for her first adventure, "Captain Marvel" leaves much to be desired. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- Triple Frontier (2019) Brian Orndorf Twisty nail-biter that only really stops to assess troubling situations of sanity, with the rest of the endeavor concentrating on a blistering pace and meaty displays of pained masculinity. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
D Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Brian Orndorf The feature quickly becomes a tennis match between wildly disparate tones, which, for two hours, makes the viewing experience feel like a kidnapping. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
B- Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Brian Orndorf A masterful short that unfortunately has to figure out how to fill 90 minutes of screen time. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
D Climax (2018) Brian Orndorf Noe's vortex of pain act is almost old enough to vote now, and his new film is nearly impossible to endure. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
C Boy Band (2018) Brian Orndorf There are laughs, a few big ones, but the effort also delivers long stretches of dead silence, finding Levinson struggling to make a movie out of a few half-baked ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
B- Saint Judy (2018) Brian Orndorf Monaghan is also a good reason to stick with the effort, giving a full-bodied performance that carries the picture through rough patches of melodrama. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
C- Greta (2018) Brian Orndorf Timing, logic (even for this type of entertainment), and performances are deeply flawed, leaving "Greta" struggling to find traction as a nightmare machine. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
B The Changeover (2017) Brian Orndorf Refreshing emphasis on mood, setting, and acting to pave the way for familiar elements of teen fiction. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B Fighting With My Family (2019) Brian Orndorf It can be hokey and maddening to watch, but Merchant ends up with a heartfelt study of determination and the birth of confidence. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ The Hole in the Ground (2019) Brian Orndorf Cronin does a fine job sustaining disquiet, also delivering a climax that satisfies, slipping into the unreal without destroying tonality. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ Life After Flash (2017) Brian Orndorf "Life After Flash" is the tribute and informational excavation that's long overdue, finally sharing stories that contribute to an even deeper appreciation for the work. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ The Breaker Upperers (2018) Brian Orndorf Extremely funny and surprisingly tight, with Sami and van Beek keeping their endeavor rolling along with some wackiness and dry humor. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
B+ High Flying Bird (2019) Brian Orndorf Supplies an intriguing understanding of hoop dreams and engorged egos, ultimately ending up at a position of revolution that's atypically thrilling for a Soderbergh movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
C- Donnybrook (2018) Brian Orndorf A glacial feature, with the helmer mistaking length for profundity, unable to connect with his overall effort to dissect violence. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
D+ Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Brian Orndorf Landon isn't taking chances with "Happy Death Day 2U," stuck his own loop where he introduces tempting ideas and subplots, only to retreat to the comfort of formula. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
D+ Isn't It Romantic (2019) Brian Orndorf Points out absurdities in rom-coms while wrapping itself in the same comfortable repetition, offering confusion with its ultimate summation of empowerment, and its jokes just aren't all that funny. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
D+ Cold Pursuit (2019) Brian Orndorf If curiosity is truly piqued for this movie, do me a personal favor and watch "In Order of Disappearance" instead. You deserve the more accomplished production. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
D What Men Want (2019) Brian Orndorf Shankman doesn't know what he's doing with the feature, so he does nothing, coasting on painfully inept jokes and sporadic ugliness to complete the job. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
C Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Brian Orndorf More appealing as eye candy, but as the film carries on, it becomes apparent that bright lights, shiny CGI, and hope for a sequel are all Rodriguez has. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
B The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Brian Orndorf Gets relatively far on serious business, wisely trusting in Elliott to do the heavy lifting when it comes to gravitas and pure screen authority. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
B Everybody Knows (2018) Brian Orndorf Slow-burn tension is there, realized through accomplished performances from the entire ensemble. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
C Untogether (2018) Brian Orndorf "Untogether" drops sharpness and nerve as it goes along, eventually ending up a puddle of feelings and ideas in search of a more prepared filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
D+ St. Agatha (2018) Brian Orndorf Aims to provide a gothic-y ride of disorientation, but the production continuously comes up short on scares, originality, and characterization. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
C Under the Eiffel Tower (2018) Brian Orndorf Has a problem with likeability, which becomes an issue with a movie that's hoping to make a warm impression on viewers. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
D The Amityville Murders (2018) Brian Orndorf Surely there are more interesting ways to scare the pants off people. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
D+ Miss Bala (2019) Brian Orndorf Hardwicke manages to turn it all into a mushy pile of cliches and noise, treating "Miss Bala" as her ticket into the Michael Bay School of Fetishistic Violence. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
A How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Brian Orndorf It's difficult to part with such lush, amusing, and electrifying fantasy storytelling, but the production is careful to exit on a pitch-perfect note of hope. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Brian Orndorf Showcases an unusual line-up of kills and death machines, sure to make any future trip to a museum a slightly uneasy one. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
B- The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Brian Orndorf Can't always shake a feeling of staleness, finding the screenplay trying a bit too hard to be strange when it should be focusing on the same level of humor that made the original effort such a treat. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
D+ Grand-Daddy Day Care (2019) Brian Orndorf Should be played as breezily as possible, trying to score laughs, not stopping the film cold to supply uncomfortable reminders of the hellscape that arrives as one approaches their golden years. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
C Then Came You (2018) Brian Orndorf Never rises above mediocrity, unwilling to put in the effort to make something special out of working parts already on view in dozens of other films. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
D+ Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls (2019) Brian Orndorf I was admittedly too kind to the 2006 effort all those years ago, but after sitting through a DOA follow-up, such lukewarm fandom has transformed into unexpected nostalgia. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
C Piercing (2018) Brian Orndorf Grows winded and repetitive, pawing at abyssal psychological issues worth investigating, with Pesce downplaying grit to make a surface appreciation for derangement and, at times, filmmaking itself. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019