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Rating Title/Year Author
The Chaperone (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The true heart of the film is the romance between Norma and Joseph, and its greatest revelation is Röhrig's performance... He finally gets to play a romance, and it's lovely. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
The Wind (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Gerard's fully committed lead performance makes it believable, and you can't go wrong with a well-executed "there's something out there in the dark" story. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Public (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The somewhat overwritten picture moves at a swift pace, and cinematographer Juan Miguel Azpiroz makes the most of the built-in vanishing points of library stacks, but The Public's thesis is unclear. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Invisibles (2017) Sherilyn Connelly There's an interesting idea at the heart of The Invisibles, but the way it's constructed makes it hard to see. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Se rokh (2018) Sherilyn Connelly As tends to be the case with Panahi's work in exile, 3 Faces is about heavy things but never forgets to be funny, and it's one of the best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Juniper Tree (1991) Sherilyn Connelly Shot in glorious black-and-white in unforgiving terrain, The Juniper Tree is a mood piece first and foremost, with a sense of natural mysticism not unlike a Peter Weir film. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Lost & Found (2017) Sherilyn Connelly Anthology films are a tricky proposition, but Liam O Mochain's charming Lost & Found gets the trick right. Perhaps because it's written and directed by one person, it feels organic in a way so many portmanteaus do not. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Jia Zhang-Ke is fond of using geological processes as a metaphor for inexorable change, but unfortunately his pacing gets downright glacial at times, especially in the third-act dialogue scenes. But the purity of his vision cannot be denied. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Veteran director Johnson knows to prioritize his characters instead of his own cleverness, while Enzo's motivating anger about bad men like Nixon reaching the highest levels of power without being punished for their crimes has a resonance today. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Mapplethorpe (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The full-adult-life arc is increasingly unfashionable in biopics, with reason: Many elements in Mapplethorpe feel glossed over, particularly Robert's lifelong friendship with Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón). EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Sherilyn Connelly Though there's plenty of punching and brrap-brrap-pew-pew, the true emotional core is her friendship with Rambeau, and if Captain Marvel inspires just one girl to become a USAF pilot, it'll all have been worth it. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Sherilyn Connelly A cavalcade of art and film references that are beautifully animated and reward eagle-eyed observation, but references alone do not a compelling story make. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
To Dust (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Broderick being well-cast as the sad sack who just wants to get stoned and listen to Jethro Tull at the end of the day is no surprise, but it's Röhrig who owns To Dust, an early contender for one of the best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Mu ji zhe (2017) Sherilyn Connelly The great irony is that while Wang finds himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and those are never a bad thing, in the end "Who Killed Cock Robin?" proves to be a big ol' shaggy-dog story. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Holiday (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Isabella Eklöf's Holiday is beautifully shot, carefully considered, and very, very rough. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Arctic (2018) Sherilyn Connelly That they're on the bottom of Maslow's pyramid and desperately trying not to fall off is all the dramatic tension necessary... Arctic doesn't break new ground, but it charts its own path quite well. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Tito and the Birds (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The sort of movie that puts its subtext right there on the top, but that's OK because the top is very lovely. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
An Acceptable Loss (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Takes place in an archaic universe in which the revelation of government wrongdoing is somehow important, and much of the drama comes from whether or not this supposed bombshell will be made public. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Adult Life Skills (2016) Sherilyn Connelly British comedies tend to get dark in a way that mainstream American comedies rarely do, and while Adult Life Skills occasionally feints in that direction, it retains a core of sweetness, and it's whimsical without also being twee. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Cold War (2018) Sherilyn Connelly This picture feels like a film out of time, shot in glorious black-and-white with a steady camera and careful compositions. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Aspern Papers (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The Aspern Papers has a very stylized, theatrical feel, with Rhys Meyers in particular projecting to the cheap seats. That's not a bad thing, and real-life mother and daughter Redgrave and Richardson also have an understandably believable chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Stan & Ollie opens with the most welcome trope of old-timey movie biopics: the unbroken dolly shot through a bustling studio backlot. It's all gravy after that. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The World Before Your Feet (2018) Sherilyn Connelly A portrait of New York's many secrets and of white male privilege... It doesn't make The World Before Your Feet less enjoyable, but it's a reminder that world isn't equally before everyone's feet. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Fun and uplifting and dazzling, but always keeps its emotions and its visual effects grounded. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Quake (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The Quake was not submitted to the Oscars, but for big dumb entertainment that has a veneer of respectability because it's subtitled, it deserves your vote. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Sherilyn Connelly A small but vital part of the story of how our country got to this particular circle of Hell. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
People's Republic of Desire (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Markedly depressing... The competition is ultimately the same bread and circuses humans have engaged in since boredom was invented. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018) Sherilyn Connelly More and more about acknowledging that Bergman wasn't a great person... which Searching basically shrugs off because artists, right? EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Shirkers (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Ultimately less about the unfinished 1990s film and more about the man who kept it from fruition. Thankfully, that makes it no less welcome an addition to the canon. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Although there are families the film regularly checks in on, the impressionistic, often visually stunning Hale is more about the county's textures and atmospheres. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Chef Flynn (2018) Sherilyn Connelly It's somewhat difficult in 2018 to find rooting interest in the story of a straight white male born into a wealthy household who manages to achieve his dream at an early age. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Indeed, The Great Buster: A Celebration is at its best when it's just Bogdanovich pointing out all the great stuff in Keaton's movies, particularly Buster's mid-'20s peak with Steamboat Bill, Jr. and the stone-cold classic The General. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Burning (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Location is everything: As Alienated Young Man dramas go, Lee Chang-dong's Burning might not work quite as well as it does if not for where much of it is set. It's also a meditation on perception, spiritual longing, and the nature of reality. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Sherilyn Connelly As the saying goes, there's not as much there there, and it's almost aggressively apolitical. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
The Filmmaker (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The Filmmaker confounds... expectations, while remaining a love letter to San Francisco. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
In Search of Greatness (2018) Sherilyn Connelly An interesting look at what makes certain athletes so darn good. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
Wings of Desire (1987) Sherilyn Connelly It remains one of the most beautiful, heartfelt movies ever, and will always be just what I need. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
The War at Home (1979) Sherilyn Connelly What's striking is how much hasn't changed. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
The Guilty (2018) Sherilyn Connelly If a standalone movie can somehow be a bottle episode of itself, then Gustav Möller's gripping The Guilty qualifies, while also being a testament to the importance of sound mixing. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Free Solo (2018) Sherilyn Connelly While Chin's reasonably concerned that Free Solo could turn into a snuff film at any moment, it's less of an adventure movie than an intense character study of a death-defying mega-bro. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Studio 54: The Documentary (2018) Sherilyn Connelly It isn't quite as revelatory as its own hype would suggest... But there's still a lot to be said for revisiting these stories every few decades as the cultural perspective changes. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
306 Hollywood (2018) Sherilyn Connelly One of the best documentaries of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Church (2018) Sherilyn Connelly The Church is far from great, but it's never boring, and that's good enough for the faithful. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
Hal (2018) Sherilyn Connelly A welcome addition to the modern wave of documentaries that use previously unheard audio recordings of their subjects EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Science Fair (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Takes a global view of the international competition, looking at how the competitive aspect is ultimately less important than how it brings like-minded smart kids together and encourages them to keep at it, even if they don't win on the day. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Lizzie (2018) Sherilyn Connelly It's hard not to wonder why we're still expected to care. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
The Song of Sway Lake (2017) Sherilyn Connelly Though it's beautifully shot and has an ASMR-level reverence for the crackling sound of 78 rpm records, The Song of Sway Lake is a heist film with no sense of urgency. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Peter Lawrence Kane If you've grown desensitized to how profoundly Donald Trump has changed everything, it'll wake you right back up. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
American Chaos (2018) Sherilyn Connelly Takes the pulse of America on a cross-country trip in the months leading up to that terrible election. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) Sherilyn Connelly An homage to 1970s Italian crime films... But whereas the legendary incoherence of those films was often a result of translation issues, Let the Corpses Tan is intentionally insane, almost to a fault. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018