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Rating Title/Year Author
Moxie (2021) Jordan Hoffman There is a phony, learn-a-lesson vibe (we used to call them "afterschool specials") to Moxie that you won't find in far superior recent work like Eighth Grade, Booksmart, or Love, Simon. But that doesn't mean it is wholly without merit. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Jordan Hoffman [An] outstanding historical thriller EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Outside the Wire (2021) Jordan Hoffman A packed Friday night theater would have bust out in applause. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Jordan Hoffman A summing-up for a planet in trouble EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Jordan Hoffman Hillbilly Elegy and its Oscar dreams are all sizzle, no steak. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2.5/5 Mank (2020) Jordan Hoffman [Mank] has no "Rosebud." EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Liam Mathews Borat 2's success as a movie is almost secondary to the fact that it got made at all. But, happily, it is mostly successful on its own terms as a piece of anti-Trump comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Mary and Martha (2013) Matt Roush Mary is headstrong and abrasive, Martha matronly and warm, and the actresses' chemistry makes up for an earnest predictability in the storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
Black Boys (2020) Lauren Zupkus By pointing out these differences in unpretentious yet informative tones, Black Boys celebrates Black youth and hopefully inspires viewers to do what they can to support them. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Jordan Hoffman Enola Holmes could be a one-off, but it would be a shame if that were the case. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
3.5/5 The Thing About Harry (2020) Mekeisha Madden Toby Thankfully, The Thing About Harry gets more right than it gets wrong and will give romantics the weekend fodder they need to laugh, cry, and root for Sam and Harry on the road to love. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 Antebellum (2020) Liam Mathews Antebellum is a timely and disturbing commentary on racist right-wing violence in present-day America. The writers only have to exaggerate a little bit to make their point, which is the scariest part of the whole movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Class Action Park (2020) Kaitlin Thomas The 90-minute film is a trip down memory lane. You can practically smell the chlorine and feel the sun-baked pavement burning the soles of your feet." EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Class Action Park (2020) Liam Mathews For anyone who grew up in the '80s, or even the early '90s, the 90-minute film is a trip down memory lane. You can practically smell the chlorine and feel the sun-baked pavement burning the soles of your feet. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
The Binge (2020) Liam Mathews The Binge is profane, derivative, and socially irresponsible. What's not to like? EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Project Power (2020) Jordan Hoffman It's hard to connect to any of this nonsense, because the action scenes are so bland and the story feels so phoned-in. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
The Sunset Limited (2011) Matt Roush You say potato, I say dramatic arsenic. This actors' exercise is what it's like finding yourself trapped in a pretentious, self-important off-Broadway "experience," wishing you'd chosen to go to a movie or stay home with TV instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
70/100 An American Pickle (2020) Tim Surette An American Pickle sours in moments, but mostly has a nice snap. But rather than taking it in with a sandwich, its odd premise goes down a lot better with Rogen's favorite vegetable. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
The Girl (2012) Matt Roush Toby Jones is pitch-perfect and eerily nuanced in revealing the self-loathing underbelly of the corpulent Hitch. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Host (2020) Liam Mathews In addition to providing jump scares and don't-go-into-the-attic dread, Host taps into the very contemporary fears that the people around you aren't taking the coronavirus as seriously as they should be and will infect you EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
80/100 Showbiz Kids (2020) Tim Surette HBO's transfixing documentary details, in shocking frankness, the difficulties that many actors and actresses we saw grow up on-screen faced as their careers were just beginning. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2020
60/100 Greyhound (2020) Keith Phipps As living room viewing, it's the sort of movie that plays beautifully on a lazy Sunday afternoon, when the explosions and sound of bending steel matter less than the characters they threaten. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2.5/5 Hearts in Dixie (1929) TV Guide Staff Unfortunately viewed only in the novelty sense as an "all-Negro film," this Civil War drama is good enough to stand on its own merits. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
The Old Guard (2020) Jordan Hoffman Crackles with action, but it is also poignant EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
5/5 Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020) Kaitlin Thomas It makes you wish Roday and Hill could keep playing these roles forever, releasing a new movie every couple of years to remind us just how funny they can be together. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Jordan Hoffman Nothing with this much Marvin Gaye on the soundtrack can be all bad. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
Cinema Verite (2011) Matt Roush Unfortunately, the movie is so short (clocking in at around 90 minutes) that things stay pretty much on the surface in this episodic treatment. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Matt Roush Woozy and often intoxicating. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2020
4/5 Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Liam Mathews Douglas has the thoughtful craft and righteous anti-patriarchy anger you'd expect from the person who made Nanette, but it has a lighter touch and a looser structure. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
85/100 The Lovebirds (2020) Jordan Hoffman The yuks come in every flavor. There are clever-as-hell gags and then there are moments where, basically, it's just Nanjiani and Rae making dopey faces and using a silly voice. High and low, everybody wins! EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
1/4 Hardball (2001) Steve Simels It's clichéd, tacky and cynical. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
3/5 Forbidden City, USA (1989) Maitland McDonagh Dong's juxtaposition of vintage clips and photographs and contemporary interviews with Forbidden City dancers, singers, patrons and employees create a rich portrait of both the club itself and the larger cultural forces that shaped it. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
40/100 Extraction (2020) Jordan Hoffman The only thing on its mind is finding as many ways to bash skulls, slice arteries, and crunch bones. Athletic though it may be, when this picture isn't grotesque, it's an absolute bore. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
3/5 The Whole Shootin' Match (1978) TV Guide Staff Though technically this is not a great film, it is rich in characterizations and warmth. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020
2/5 () TV Guide Staff Despite being improvised, it feels scripted and the actors act as though there was a method to their work, rather than "The Method." EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2020
95/100 Big Time Adolescence (2019) Jordan Hoffman There's something magical about goony Pete Davidson in a grocery store asking, "Yo, bro, you have any pea shoots?" I can't explain why it's funny. And that's exactly what makes it so funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
All the Bright Places (2020) Kaitlin Thomas Given that the book does give us insight into Finch's pain and the ways in which he tries to cope, it's unfortunate that the film, which was co-written by Nevin and Liz Hannah doesn't offer the same experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Kaitlin Thomas Condor and Centineo remain inherently charming, and there is still plenty of the first film's sweet and pure version of romance on display. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
100/100 Into the Deep (2020) Jordan Hoffman I left Into the Deep in a daze, not knowing how to apply its lessons to everyday life. I suppose that if I ever meet someone who makes multiple jokes about beheading people, I'm getting the hell out of there. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
10/90 The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Jordan Hoffman The Last Thing He Wanted is disorienting, phony, and impossible to follow, and makes for two very uncomfortable hours. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
90/100 Horse Girl (2020) Jordan Hoffman I'm here to remind you to never judge a book or a streaming platform's next big title by its cover; Horse Girl is absolutely terrific. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Jordan Hoffman This isn't just a jokey comedy vehicle for Eddie Murphy, this is truly one of the year's best films. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
6 Underground (2019) Liam Mathews Every single thing about 6 Underground is excessive. There are helicopters in just about every scene. Every scene seems to take place at golden hour. The violence is unspeakably gruesome, and it's constant. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4.5/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Jordan Hoffman It is a great marriage of artist(s) and repertoire, and might slip past some people as just another talking head music doc. It's actually far more sly than that. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
100/100 Marriage Story (2019) Jordan Hoffman The movie is 136 minutes, but the recovery period is, well, at least the rest of the night. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
2.5/5 Countdown at Kusini (1976) TV Guide Staff Film tends to ramble all over the place, but its intentions are good. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 Anything Goes (1936) TV Guide Staff Directed somewhat ploddingly by Lewis Milestone, better known as the architect of serious films... [Porter's] wonderful score is retained, and Lupino, still in her teens, acquits herself marvelously. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
1/5 Harlem on the Prairie (1937) TV Guide Staff The acting and technical standards of the film are poor. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Christopher Rosen The Irishman is a movie that knows we've seen the best of these men for decades... and Scorsese uses that familiarity, that memory, to mine deeper levels of pathos than he has in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 Parent Trap II (1986) Robert Pardi Even a double dose of [Hayley] Mills' charm can't quite compensate for the deficiencies of Stuart Krieger's labored script - this coy frolic plays like a French bedroom farce cleaned up for a summer theater camp. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019