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Rating Title/Year Author
Greed (2019) James Tarmy It's never clear if Greed, the story of the rise and fall of an English fast-fashion billionaire, is intended as satire or moral parable. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
The Kingmaker (2019) James Tarmy It starts out as a sort of "lives of the rich and famous"-style drama and slowly becomes a tutorial in what Greenfield strongly suggests is a multi decade campaign of unseemly and allegedly illegal activity carried out by the Marcos clan. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Giovanni Marchini Camia Although there's some enjoyment to be had in watching DiCaprio dress up in silly costumes and pretend he's a second-rate actor, the meta-humor is nowhere near as funny as Tarantino thinks it is. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Giovanni Marchini Camia Just as dispiriting as these cheesy platitudes is the fact that, beat by beat, the film follows the same trajectory as virtually every other movie ever made about a musician... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Anousha Sakoui Based on the screening I attended, I'd wager fans are unlikely to be disappointed: There were grown men and women weeping in the seats alongside me. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Brian Moylan This wasn't meant to be a pretty story. Pretty stories are the ones movie studios tell us about their most powerful actors to coax us into theaters... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) James Tarmy It's not only logistical quirks that make the world of Velvet Buzzsaw so optimistic; it's also the movie's notion that art-making is inherently meaningful. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Generation Wealth (2018) James Tarmy Greenfield's takeaway -- money doesn't buy happiness, family is important, status is illusory -- feels too pat. It also ignores a larger point: The people here who claim not to want money are the people who've had it and lost it. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Alex Bhattacharji [Director Ryan Coogler has] raised the bar even higher here. Visually, Black Panther is unlike any movie I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2018
Hal (2018) James Tarmy Hal is as much an elegy to auteurism as it is the story of a filmmaker's life. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Tulip Fever (2017) Joe Weisenthal In Tulip Fever it's the financial story that's fascinating, while the romantic angle for the couple is a little tired. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Alex Bhattacharji What trips it up more than questionable casting or even stunted dialogue is the epically confused narrative. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2017
The Wizard of Lies (2017) Katherine Burton Ultimately, however, the movie disappoints...Even with the heartbreak, the Madoffs don't quite make for sympathetic characters. Their riches, privilege, and apparent obliviousness to Bernie's epic deceit prove too much to get past. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2017
Disconnect (2012) Sam Grobart If vignettes merely support a thesis, the audience is disinclined to care about the people in them. Instead of being entertained, we're lectured to. Who wants that? EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
Her (2013) Sam Grobart The greatness of Her is not that it's a story about relationships that explains technology; it's that it's a story about technology that explains relationships. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
The Boss Baby (2017) David Walters As a satisfying distraction for both young professionals and really, really young professionals, The Boss Baby more than manages. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
Money Monster (2016) David Walters Money Monster occasionally veers deep into the weeds of financial jargon -- quantitative analytics, dark pools, high-frequency trading -- but the filmmakers wisely opt to embrace the broad audience appeal of a frenetic conspiracy thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016) David Walters Despite the film's titular claim, Robbins is very much allowed to play the guru for the full 116 minutes, with no one willing to separate the sage advice from the snake oil. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
Miss Sloane (2016) David Walters First-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera delivers a surprisingly ambitious script, full of twists and turns and, perhaps most satisfying, the type of rat-a-tat dialogue that warms the hearts of West Wing fans. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2017
Children of Men (2006) Iain Millar Children of Men is like an elongated episode of Doctor Who for adults, without the funny bits, David Tennant's oozy charm and the ironic sense of its own fundamental silliness. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/5 The Dog (2013) Craig Seligman [Wojtowicz] may be crazy and full of himself, but his magnetism is hypnotic, and it makes this modest documentary a delight from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3.5/4 Knuckleball! (2012) Greg Evans The charming Knuckleball finds something universal here, about obsession, talent, perseverance and, rarest of all, good sportsmanship. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2014
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013) Greg Evans LaBeouf is his usual cocky, watchable self, but "Charlie Countryman" can't concoct any credible reason for him or us to stay abroad. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
Nebraska (2013) Greg Evans Anywhere else but in this movie, Woody's quest would evidence a high level of dementia. "Nebraska" is far too precious to entertain that notion. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
5/5 The Great Beauty (2013) Craig Seligman It's resplendent, it's ravishing. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2013
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Greg Evans Marvel Studios hammers out yet another semi-leaden bit of comic-book bombast with 'Thor: The Dark World.' EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2013
**** Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Greg Evans Unlike Christian Bale's freak-show emaciation for 2004's 'The Machinist,' McConaughey's astonishing weight loss for his portrayal of AIDS activist Ron Woodruff doesn't overshadow the movie. It reinforces the authenticity of this fine film. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 The Square (2013) Craig Seligman We already have the information. No news report could render the hope and the desperation of the people who risked their lives in Tahrir Square so fully, or so thrillingly. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2013
Capital (2012) Greg Evans Costa-Gavras has a good ear for boardroom doubletalk and cutthroat shenanigans, but can't quite decide whether to praise his young prince or bury him. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
The Counselor (2013) Greg Evans Overwrought soliloquies about auto eroticism, snuff films and mechanical strangulation devices do not a 'Hamlet' make. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2013
Life According to Sam (2013) Greg Evans Sam Berns's charisma and hard-won grace are present throughout the documentary, which follows the now-17-year-old boy's two-year involvement in a clinical trial for a new treatment. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2013
All Is Lost (2013) Greg Evans In the late 1960s and early '70s, a young Robert Redford proved he could hold his own, on his own, against nature and the screen with 'Downhill Racer' and 'Jeremiah Johnson.' Four decades later he's still proving it with the thrilling 'All Is Lost.' EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2013
12 Years a Slave (2013) Greg Evans No mainstream movie since "Schindler's List" has merged worthy sentiment and grueling sadism with such powerfully disturbing sweep. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2013
2/5 The Fifth Estate (2013) Craig Seligman All that neon-hued code crawling up and down the screen has no more meaning, really, than a disco ball. Thinking it looks way cool does not make it way smart. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Greg Evans Who would have predicted that the rich fantasy world of James Thurber's day-dreaming Walter Mitty looks a lot like a second-rate Wes Anderson movie? EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
Kill Your Darlings (2013) Greg Evans Radcliffe, while nicely conveying Ginsberg's tortured sexuality, is just too darned cute to pass for the real thing. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
CBGB (2013) Greg Evans 'CBGB' is something those clamoring, three-chord amateurs rarely were: harmless. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/5 A Touch of Sin (2013) Craig Seligman [Jia's film] shows a China spiritually disintegrating under capitalism, an increasingly violent country where the rich swagger and the poor struggle for their little portion of dignity -- a country, in other words, not all that different from the U.S. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3.5/5 Parkland (2013) Craig Seligman Despite flare-ups of anger and emotion that the actors could easily chew on, they rise to the seriousness of the occasion and rein themselves in. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2013
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013) Greg Evans A bland Benjamin Walker and a scowling Pablo Schreiber add little depth to their roles as mouthpieces for either side of history. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2013
* Runner Runner (2013) Greg Evans Watching Brad Furman's tedious 'Runner Runner' feels like learning the rules of a card game you don't want to play. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2013
***** Gravity (2013) Greg Evans Cuaron has broken extraordinary ground here, creating a film-going immersion in outer space that, at least for those of us who've gotten no closer than an airplane allows, feels unfailingly right. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2013
***** Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Greg Evans The Coen Brothers' remarkable 'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a conjuring act of near-magical conviction, an ode to the artistic spirit that's as uncompromising as the troubled genius it chronicles. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4.5/5 Captain Phillips (2013) Craig Seligman Whether you like the movie ... is almost irrelevant. It gets going so fast, and with such force, that there's too much else to think about. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2013
Muscle Shoals (2013) Greg Evans Ruminations on Native American legends and Helen Keller's water pump would be fine in an Alabama travelogue, but in 'Muscle Shoals?' Couldn't we please get back to "Mustang Sally?" EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/5 Don Jon (2013) Craig Seligman [Moore is] touching, Johansson is wonderfully awful and Gordon-Levitt is electric, making it easy to forgive the movie its meannesses. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2013
After Tiller (2013) Greg Evans "Its unflinching portrayal of what can only be called battle fatigue is indelible. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
Rush (2013) Greg Evans Howard -- who began his directing career with the fast-car drive-in classic "Grand Theft Auto" -- has an aficionado's ear for revved engines and whooshing chassis. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
Prisoners (2013) Greg Evans Hugh Jackman and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal lead a superb cast -- and score career bests -- in this provocative tale of abducted children and parents pushed beyond limits. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3.5/5 Enough Said (2013) Craig Seligman Eva asks herself how she can be falling in love with this fat, lummoxy slob. Nobody in the audience will wonder why. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2013