Film Racket

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Minor Premise (2020) Cynthia Vinney Smart, trippy and cleverly made sci-fi EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Josh Bell The movie's greatest achievement comes in always finding the humanity in such larger-than-life figures. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
4/5 Wander (2020) Stephen Whitty It may not make much sense at times. But then neither does real life these days - and Wander is a lot more entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
2.5/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Josh Bell The melodramatic additions only take away from the characters' raw, unvarnished truths. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/5 The Other (2020) Cynthia Vinney In certain ways it's a meditation on grief, but it also explores how people embody different identities, not all of which are healthy. L'Autre explores these ideas in an impressionistic style that will baffle some viewers and intrigue others. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3.5/5 Soul (2020) Josh Bell It's a meditation on death that turns into a celebration of living. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Jason McKiernan Cassie is one of the most indelible characters of 2020 and is in many ways the ideal embodiment of the year's emotional torrent. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/5 News of the World (2020) Josh Bell Even if News of the World is more quiet and stately, it still achieves its intended emotional catharsis by the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
2/5 Songbird (2020) Cynthia Vinney While the film's pandemic backdrop will get people's attention, the movie itself is unlikely to keep it. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 Archenemy (2020) Cynthia Vinney While various parts of the story work independently of one another, the movie never quite comes together as a whole. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 Black Beauty (2020) Cynthia Vinney fortunately, unlike some movies of this kind, Black Beauty doesn't go out of its way to manipulate viewers' emotions EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 The Sounding (2017) Stephen Whitty A strikingly unique debut from director and star Catherine Eaton EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.5/5 The Racer (2020) Josh Bell The Racer is an affecting character study and a refreshingly low-key look at a topic that has repeatedly been sensationalized. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
4/5 The Ringmaster (2019) Cynthia Vinney The Ringmaster sheds light on how passion can turn into obsession and how far people can be willing to go in pursuit of their dreams. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/5 Run (2020) Josh Bell Run is a smart, well-crafted thriller that knows exactly how to hold its audience's attention from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad (2020) Josh Bell Rom Boys is consistently entertaining to watch, and it's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm that the subjects share for Rom and for skateboarding and BMX. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
2/5 Come Away (2020) Cynthia Vinney Too nebulous for children and too disjointed for adults. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 Chick Fight (2020) Cynthia Vinney Chick Fight will never be mistaken for a great film, but it's diverting enough fun if you're in the mood for some light female empowerment combined with some engrossing fight sequences. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5/5 Wolfwalkers (2020) Josh Bell Wolfwalkers is wholly unique, retaining the refreshingly artisanal quality of Cartoon Saloon's work while delivering a fantasy story every bit as grand as anything created by a major studio. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 Dreamland (2019) Cynthia Vinney It ultimately isn't a hopeful story, but it still enchants with its depiction of the romanticism of youthful fantasy and tragedy of adult reality. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Josh Bell Bertino never lets up on that terror, and the movie is all the more horrifying for its lack of explanation. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 Flytrap (2015) Cynthia Vinney Like David Lynch's Eraserhead, Flytrap is a small film that slowly works its way under your skin. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 Chasing Einstein (2019) Josh Bell At its best, Chasing Einstein exhibits a kind of Herzogian curiosity about the wonders of the world and the strange, obsessive people who pursue them. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) Josh Bell As a documentary, Spark is slick and fast-paced, and the filmmakers give each interview subject enough time to make an impression without digging particularly deep. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
2/5 Clouds (2020) Josh Bell Clouds follows a predictable cancer melodrama formula, and it presents Zach as such a saintly, self-sacrificing creative genius that it's hard to believe he was actually a real person. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 Yellow Rose (2019) Josh Bell More effective as the story of a shy young musician discovering her talent than as a drama about America's broken immigration system. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
1.5/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) Josh Bell As in a real war, there are no winners -- either among the characters, or in the audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 Give or Take (2020) Josh Bell Offers enough variations on a familiar set-up to feel unique and authentic. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
3.5/5 On the Rocks (2020) Josh Bell Spending 90 minutes with Laura and Felix is a wonderful experience, even if the story doesn't amount to much and the themes rarely delve below the surface. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Josh Bell Within the framework of a relatively familiar story about an assassin who gets too close to her target, Cronenberg delivers visceral horror and a bleak meditation on the nature of identity. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
2/5 Antebellum (2020) Josh Bell It's provocative and striking at first, but ultimately can't use its hot-button concept to say anything meaningful. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
3.5/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Josh Bell Lucy and Nick's relationship proceeds exactly according to the rom-com playbook, but there's something comforting about that predictability when it's handled well. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5/5 Northwood Pie (2020) Stephen Whitty Northwood Pie is completely inoffensive, and occasionally, almost accidentally, charming. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
4.5/5 Unprescribed (2020) Stephen Whitty A terse, taut documentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/5 Shooting Heroin (2019) Stephen Whitty Shooting Heroin may be a faith-based film, but it's also a real film, with a believable story and its own, well-earned moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3.5/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Josh Bell It would have been fine to leave Bill and Ted alone, but bringing them back turns out to be pretty triumphant after all. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Josh Bell It's not a merely superficial treatment of the story, and Patel in particular brings heartfelt passion to his performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/5 Love & Debt (2018) Gary M. Kramer If nothing else, this curious comedy-drama gets the messiness of life right EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
3.5/5 I Used to Go Here (2020) Josh Bell Jacobs plays Kate with a perfect mix of bravado and insecurity, and even when she's engaging in obviously misguided behavior, she's still relatable and charming. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 Burning Dog (2019) Stephen Whitty Burning Dog is fun, in spurts EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
2/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Josh Bell Ferrell and McAdams barely even attempt Icelandic accents, and the movie is full of jokes based on Icelandic stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 In Bright Axiom (2019) Josh Bell The narrative sections effectively convey the surreal, dreamlike quality of the game, and it's easy to see how people would have eagerly immersed themselves in the world that Hull and his collaborators created. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
2.5/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Josh Bell Much of the movie's appeal of comes down to how charming audiences find its star, and while Davidson is earnest and vulnerable, he's just not that funny here. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Josh Bell As a coming-of-age story, How to Build a Girl doesn't break any new ground, but it's a clever and accessible gateway to Moran's brand of brash feminist humor. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3/5 Chameleon (2019) Stephen Whitty Chameleon is good-looking and charming and fun EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3/5 Soundwave (2018) Josh Bell Ben is basically a superhero, and the movie is a promising introduction to his further adventures. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Education (2019) Josh Bell The real people and their real schemes are fascinating enough that Bad Education doesn't need to try hard to dazzle the audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
2.5/5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Josh Bell It's all a bit exhausting, like gorging on a vat full of cotton candy. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2019) Josh Bell In an age when it seems that the leaders of organized religion are often outright hostile to science, it's refreshing to see how wholeheartedly the Dalai Lama embraces scientific advancement and learning. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
3/5 Disneynature: Dolphin Reef (2020) Josh Bell Accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, delivering both fascinating facts about animals and a strong lesson about the importance of cooperation among species. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2020