Under the Radar

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Rating Title/Year Author
Minor Premise (2020) Austin Trunick A tight, claustrophobic thriller set in mostly one location, this is one of the best new entries in sci-fi cinema we've seen over the last year. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
6/10 Violation (2021) Kaveh Jalinous An unforgettable story, nuanced performances and excellent direction truly make Violation an impactful watch, and a promising debut for its two directors. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
6/10 The Lost Sons (2021) Kaveh Jalinous The Lost Sons is a documentary that is also a heartbreaking account of an investigation on a lost infant. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2021
Detour (1945) Stephen Danay As effective as Neal's performance is, it's not the one for which Detour is best remembered. His foil is Ann Savage as Vera, living up to her surname as one of the most vicious, despicable femme fatales in noir history. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
6.5/10 Sylvie's Love (2020) Asher Luberto It's the Manhattan of the movies, of Doris Day and Gene Kelley and Katherine Hepburn, and now Tessa Thompson. That she hangs with the best of them is a testament to her singular talent. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
7/10 Ammonite (2020) Josh Senior Another tale of deeply rooted passion and longing, with a dazzling combination of acting talent at its heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
7/10 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Jeremy Arblaster A razor-sharp swipe at toxic masculinity and the beast within all of us. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
8/10 Red Penguins (2019) Kyle Mullin By leaving in awkward pauses and gaffes... the interview footage fully fleshes out characters that would have been relegated to talking heads in lesser hands. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/10 The Tax Collector (2020) Matthew Passantino The dreadfully dull tale about a "tax collector" roaming the streets of L.A. fits into the director's typical milieu but feels like a rehashed story he has done before. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (2020) Austin Trunick The track opens with calming, electronic ambience before exploding into gorgeous, string-accented instrumentals; a spectral choir takes over at the midpoint, culminating in a piece of music that's gigantic in scope and utterly beautiful. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
5/10 Mouth to Mouth (2005) Chris Tinkham Mouth to Mouth is, despite its rough edges, adventurous in spirit and concept, but eventually the film's narrative arc buckles under the weight of inevitability. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
2/10 Lovesick (2014) Kyle Turner Though its message is ostensibly "Gee, we're all dumb when we're in love!", the film is too naïve, dumb, and mean spirited to give a nuanced portrait on the pain of desire. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
6/10 Circus of Books (2019) Lily Moayeri There is a non-glossy quality to the whole documentary that adds to the feeling of its authenticity and mirrors Masons' unfussy approach toward life and work. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
5/10 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Lily Moayeri The story of Beastie Boys is so remarkable and so rare, that no matter how it's awkwardly it's delivered, it is worth the watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
5/10 Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) Austin Trunick This dramedy is at its best when it puts its central, mismatched pair in the same place and allows Schwartz' and Crystal's shared chemistry to percolate. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/10 () Lily Moayeri One can't help but wonder if Hooky were still part of the band, interjecting his gruff and unapologetic commentary, would Decades still be as dull as it is? EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
6/10 Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) Lily Moayeri It's fun to watch and makes you feel glamorous by proxy. It will be an absolute delight for Duranies, whose devotion to the group will never have an expiration date. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
8/10 Transit (2018) Zachary Orwan Lifting the story out of context in this way works in Petzold's favor, as Transit exists as neither a museum piece nor a harrowing depiction of the current refugee crisis, but rather a literary tale of displacement, identity, and seeking. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
6.5/10 Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Austin Trunick A nostalgic, Christmastime movie that warms the audience the more it lets its believable cast of characters bounce off one another. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
8/10 Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Kyle Turner Let it be known that Schumer's comedy is not only smart, it's also wildly funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
7/10 Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016) Kyle Mullin This aptly titled special showcases how brilliantly Oswalt can talk until the crowd enthusiastically claps. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) Austin Trunick A remarkable little thriller. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4.5/10 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Matthew Roe Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is another step towards correctly affirming Guy-Blaché in the pantheon of the world's greatest directors, but it is a far throw from what the titular story actually deserves. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Mikey and Nicky (1976) Jason Wilson A one-night odyssey into a crumbling, long-lasting friendship with the seedy criminal underworld serving as a backdrop for the plot. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Jason Wilson The Magnificent Ambersons may not coalesce into a fully-realized masterwork ... but it doesn't need to be when it appropriately becomes about far more than its narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
The Bounty (1984) Jason Wilson The Bounty ultimately tries to do too much ... it's a missed opportunity that needs trimming in some areas and extra time in others. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
9/10 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jason Wilson It deserves to be seen for what it is: one of the most human and wonderful movies of 2018. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
6/10 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Shawn Hazelett Even if this à la carte storytelling might not have resulted in Gilliam's opus like everyone wanted, hey, even à la carte can make a satisfying meal. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
7/10 A Vigilante (2018) Stephen Danay The film never full escapes the parameters of its subgenre... but Dagger-Nickson's focus on the emotional toll of abuse and Wilde's hollow rage are perpetual reminders that closure for its victims is hard won, at best. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/10 Jennifer's Body (2009) Chris Tinkham As Jennifer rampages the town, lame digs at pop culture targets such as Miley Cyrus and Aquamarine ensue, leaving us to wonder how much time Cody spent on her script once she came up with its first line. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
7/10 Green Book (2018) Shawn Hazelett Green Book is little more than a film about two people who become friends, but, especially in this day and age, that's more than enough. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
7.5/10 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Stephen Danay Playing like a cross between the first half hour of The Hateful Eight and an episode of The Twilight Zone, the final story is breezy, morbid and the most obviously parabolic. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
7.5/10 Widows (2018) Jason Wilson There's some melodrama - it's a satisfyingly pulpy movie - but that doesn't totally undercut the emotion. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
7/10 The Clovehitch Killer (2018) Matthew Passantino The Clovehitch Killer might stratify some genre fans but it's much quieter than you would expect walking in. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/10 Speed Kills (2018) Matthew Passantino A wholly empty action-thriller, which follows familiar beats throughout an ineffective and bland 102-minute film. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
9/10 Burning (2018) Jason Wilson One of the greatest beauties of Burning - aside from the beautiful photography of cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo - is that its story beats are almost all implied. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
6.5/10 22 July (2018) David Potvin The message isn't new but may bear repeating as long as the violence does. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
6.5/10 Halloween (2018) Jason Wilson Halloween is simultaneously better than it probably should have been and a missed opportunity undone by bloat and one catastrophically uninteresting subplot. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
4/10 Hold the Dark (2018) Jason Wilson Hold the Dark is a frustrating disappointment that shows flashes of what we've come to expect from Saulnier while also failing to live up to the standard he's set. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/10 All About Nina (2018) Stephen Danay What could have been a portrait of female fame and notoriety in 2018 ends up as just a tiresome, played-for-shocks romance. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
4.5/10 Assassination Nation (2018) Shawn Hazelett Such literal storytelling doesn't logically or tonally mesh with later scenes of mass hysteria, violence, and absurdity. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
7/10 Love, Gilda (2018) Austin Trunick With all of its heartfelt tributes and wonderful clips, this doc serves as a great reminder of Radner's comedic genius. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
5/10 MDMA (2017) Austin Trunick First-time feature filmmaker Angie Wang blended her own experience in the illicit drug industry with fiction, crafting a story that lies somewhere in between. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
6.5/10 The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Austin Trunick There are a few clichés which can be seen coming for miles, but Miseducation is otherwise chilling. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
8/10 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Shawn Hazelett BlacKkKlansman is so fresh and rich with ideas that you can forgive its shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
9/10 Nico, 1988 (2017) Ashley Naftule A haunting and deeply affecting examination of the German singer's final years. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
7/10 Mid90s (2018) David Potvin In Mid90s, realism lends a hand to an over-arching dramatic tone, but the film is punctuated by occasional laugh-out-loud moments, as well. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
8/10 Thunder Road (2018) Matthew Passantino All conveyed in Cummings' tour-de-force performance, Thunder Road is about grief and guilt, hopelessness and hopefulness. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
7/10 Sadie (2018) Matthew Passantino Sadie might seem simple but it lingers. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
8/10 A Star Is Born (2018) Matthew Passantino He's [Cooper] left all of that passion on the screen and once the credits roll, you know exactly why it was worth touching this material again. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018