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Rating Title/Year Author
Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Richard von Busack The absolutely remarkable documentary Some Kind of Heaven was produced by (among others) Darren Aronofsky and the actress Lindsay Crouse. There may not be anything quite like it since Errol Morris started out. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The Midnight Sky (2020) Richard von Busack The problem with this film is that it is terminally serious. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour If it weren't for Boseman's fragile Levee and an indomitable Davis as his counterpoint, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom might have landed dryly, as a dutiful filmed version of the play. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
Soul (2020) Richard von Busack This is one of Pixar's deepest and most melancholy animated comedies. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Let Them All Talk (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour Streep's magic act here -- without shedding a tear -- is to draw out our sympathy for a character who, by all outward appearances, doesn't deserve any. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Kingdom of Silence (2020) Richard von Busack Khashoggi was a sometimes slippery man. Yet he was inarguably brave: "You are in a war, you cannot give up, you cannot disappear." His steadfastness shames our government tactics to go along and get along. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
The Nest (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour It's a more intimate take on Wall Street's 1987 dictum that greed is good. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Collective (2019) Richard von Busack Collective reflects the muckraking qualities of the much-missed Romanian new wave; it picks up where 2005's The Death of Mr. Lazarsecu ended, that fictional story of a dying old man shifted from one overbooked and uncaring Bucharest hospital to another. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Mank (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour Mank's charms wear out quickly. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Vanguard (2020) Richard von Busack The old master shares the screen with young talent - but something is missing. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
Monsoon (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour It's an anti-melodramatic film that carefully foregrounds Kit's story against the tragic background of a country recovering from war. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
Let Him Go (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour [Let Him Go,] from start to finish, retains the coiled tension of a bad-tempered rattlesnake. While all of the actors' performances are perfectly on point, either arousing sympathy or terror, the most surprising aspect of the movie is the direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour Without some degree of animated turmoil at its center, On the Rocks melts down to become a flavorless, watery drink. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour I believed that Huston's witch would rid the planet of children without a second thought. In this remake, I believed in the relationship between the Grandmother and her grandson until Zemeckis overwhelmed them with his gadgets and hi-tech wizardry. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Nick Veronin Watching Borat 2, one wonders what is candid camera, and what is improv.. .An easier question to answer is the question of what works best in this film. It's Tutar, plain and simple. Every time she's gone, she's badly missed. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Greyhound (2020) Richard von Busack The depth Hanks brings to this almost eclipses the adventure, but mostly, Greyhound is a ripping yarn. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
You Don't Nomi (2019) Richard von Busack Jeffrey McHale's entertaining documentary You Don't Nomi shows that the now 25 year old Showgirls is guilty of all charges. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2016) Richard von Busack Bukowski was a figure made for cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Apocalypse '45 (2020) Richard von Busack The fights are clearer here, in color, and just as dramatic as ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Richard von Busack While this isn't as smooth or as funny a 90-minute romp as the last one, it has a bit more depth. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Public Trust (2020) Richard von Busack Public Trust is as full of well-photographed environmental rapture as a Disney nature film. But it has far more of a point, and much more of a reason to exist. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
White Riot (2019) Richard von Busack It's encouraging to see [Red] Saunders]... still around, demonstrating the long-lasting power of a really good idea. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour What's most surprising though about the film is that the characteristically caustic Iannucci not only tempers Dickens' sentimentality; he also warms the material up and makes it welcoming. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Sibyl (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour Justine Triet's Sibyl descends from that old school tradition of softcore and heated melodramas. But the intervening years have informed her approach. She films her heroine from a self-empowered, and self-deluded, vantage point. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Antebellum (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour Antebellum is structured as a nightmare that shifts into a nightmare that's real. There isn't any dramatic advantage in this nonlinear structure. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Conviction (Une intime conviction) (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour With Conviction, [director Antoine] Raimbault revitalizes a tired genre, the courtroom drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Tenet (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour Tenet is a soundtrack attached to an incoherent set of moving images. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
Eternal Beauty (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour Jane becomes less and less real, just one more piece of moving scenery. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
The Prey (2018) Nick Veronin The action-packed shoot-em-up is not the best adaptation of the story - but it's a fun ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
My Dog Stupid (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour Attal composes unremarkable shots to better serve the actors. Chief among his subjects is Gainsbourg... She may not be writing or directing them, but without her his stories would be missing a fixed, reliable center. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour Rylance miraculously finds some measure of grace in his character's terrible fall. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Grace Z. Li Little Zombies still manages to stay coherent even while spiraling through incongruent moods. That's what makes the movie so special... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
Ask No Questions (2020) Bill Watters Ask No Questions serves as a cautionary tale about how hard it can be to come to the truth, especially when powerful central governments have an interest in the way the public perceives a given event. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
Mr. Jones (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour Holland films Mr. Jones with the same humanistic approach she takes in her World War II drama Europa, Europa. The director captures the subtle emotions of every major and minor character and then sets them against chilling political backdrops. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
Das Vorspiel (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour Ina Weisse's film The Audition is a holy artifact from a bygone era... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Miss Juneteenth (2020) Grace Z. Li At its core, Peoples' film deals with the fraught responsibility of inheriting your family's dreams, and what it means to pass them onto the next generation. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
Tommaso (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour Sorrentino's visions of a glittering, rotting demimonde evoke Fellini's decadence and his character's ribald, sensual fantasies. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
Hollywood Chinese (2007) Michael Fox [An] endlessly entertaining survey of Hollywood's depiction of Chinese and Chinese-American characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) Melissa Levine Plagues & Pleasures does a great job of presenting both the place and its problems, its delights and its curiosities. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Clementine (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour It's a subdued psychological profile that's amped up by an insistent score. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
Deerskin (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour The director drops any realistic attempt to profile one lonely guy's psychology in favor of a Grand Guignol horror show. Unfortunately, [Quentin] Dupieux doesn't always strike the right balance with his transition from humor to horror. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Jeffrey Edalatpour [Eliza] Hittman's lighting - with cinematography by Hélène Louvart - pacing, and camera angles are taut and lyrical. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2020
The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Jeffrey Edalatpour In the director's attempt to avenge the pure soul of the artist (or filmmaker), the protagonist here is vague and not fleshed out. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2020
Celebration (2007) Sherilyn Connelly Though a document of an ostensible celebration, Celebration is never celebratory, and maybe that's the point. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Sherilyn Connelly Scandalous is kinda fun until it becomes a reminder of why we can't have nice things. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Collisions (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Collisions tells its story in a timeless way. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Sherilyn Connelly What makes this familiar vision of the apocalypse work now is composer Caitlin Yeo, whose burbling score gives Danger Close a sense of mid-70s Peter Weir-ish mysticism the film itself almost doesn't deserve. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Greener Grass (2019) Sherilyn Connelly Jill is the ostensible protagonist because she has something resembling an emotional arc, yet she's so often a part of the random weirdness that it's difficult to identify with her. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Sherilyn Connelly [Alfonso] Gomez-Rejon shoots this infrastructure origin story like an action movie, complete with heart-pounding closeups of old-timey technology, and plenty of wide vistas and dramatically stormy nighttime skies. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The Kill Team (2019) Sherilyn Connelly Even if Nat [Wolff] never uttered a single phoneme in The Kill Team you'd know where Briggman is emotionally at any moment. Most actors would kill for that talent. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019