The Verge

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Rating Title/Year Author
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Dami Lee Sonic's success hinges on the character being likable, and the redesigned Sonic is easy to love. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
La Llorona (2019) Adi Robertson An excellent indie movie that puts a supernatural twist on a story of very human horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Joshua Rivera Anything can happen, and Birds of Prey relishes in the havoc that implies. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Shirley (2020) Adi Robertson The best part of Shirley is Elisabeth Moss as a sharp-tongued and gloriously frumpy agent of chaos. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Feels Good Man (2020) Adi Robertson Feels Good Man presents a heavily covered story in a thoughtful and vivid way. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Tesla (2020) Adi Robertson It's more noteworthy as an ambitious movie made with intriguingly tight constraints - even if the results, like Tesla's big ideas, don't always work. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Weathering With You (2019) Joshua Rivera Weathering With You does a poor job of balancing its supernatural weather story with its central romance. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Zola (2020) Adi Robertson Directed by Janicza Bravo, it's a stylish dramatization of the dramatization, polishing a social media narrative into something neater and a little more conventionally dramatic, but also bringing it to life with an excellent cast and vivid look. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
() Adi Robertson If you're the kind of person who can laugh at slapstick murder vignettes, a lot of Spree works very well. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Joshua Rivera Sometimes you just want more for someone, even if they are rich, famous, and probably doing fine. Today, that person is Robert Downey Jr., star of Dolittle. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Joshua Rivera It's here to serve action and comedy in roughly proportionate amounts, with big set pieces that are just thrilling enough to hook you and jokes that are just funny enough for you to hope no one dies. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
1917 (2019) Joshua Rivera 1917 is a solemn war movie with popular appeal, the kind of thing that makes award nominations guaranteed. But it's also hollow, lacking the emotional heart that makes the genre more than empty spectacle. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Adi Robertson Minute to minute, it's an enjoyable movie, and at its brightest points, it captures Star Wars at its best. But Abrams just hasn't pared down the bombast enough to keep his story grounded... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Kevin Nguyen [An] excellent new film. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Jesse Hassenger In the end, the performers' high energy feels weirdly thankless; they shift their voices and their posture and their personalities, and they're all still just subsumed into blockbuster noise. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Joshua Rivera It cannot be understated how good Driver and Johansson are as the Barbers. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Joshua Rivera Even though Knives Out ultimately brings its mystery to a satisfying conclusion with a culprit named and cuffed, there's another one that gets away clean: white guilt. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
The Current War (2017) Caroline Siede It's a solid period piece that strives to be something more, and occasionally achieves it. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Countdown (2019) Charles Bramesco Those in search of more incisive techno-horror that cuts to the core of everything frightening about phone ownership and usage will have to continue waiting. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Caroline Siede Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a much needed swing-for-the-fences dose of originality. It doesn't always hit it out of the park, but it's wickedly fun to watch it try. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Jesse Hassenger It's more like an 1980s-style cheapie retread, disguised as a more respectable legacy sequel. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Liz Shannon Miller [Aaron Paul's] work in El Camino is staggering. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Jexi (2019) Jesse Hassenger The smartphone epidemic is certainly fair game for satire, but while Jexi pokes fun at Phil, it ultimately isn't satirizing anything in particular because Phil is not much of anything in particular. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Caroline Siede The Addams Family isn't a scream, it's a painfully generic kids' film. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
In Search of Darkness (2019) Noah Berlatsky It's certainly an enjoyable documentary, and it's highly recommended to any horror fan. But the best horror movies are a little more ruthless than this. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Charles Bramesco For a film fine-tuned in pursuit of audiovisual perfection, this thing is full of narrative glitches, story elements that half work and half don't. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Joker (2019) Tasha Robinson It's hypnotic just how horrifying Arthur's existence is, just as Phoenix's performance is hypnotic as he spirals from fragile hope into increasingly outsized and confident acts of destruction. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Jesse Hassenger It's hard not to like Lucy in the Sky, not because it's especially likable or even skillful, but because Portman is so committed that she sometimes seems capable of making the movie worthwhile by sheer force of will. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Tasha Robinson It's a tightly wound thriller with a surprising speculative element. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Election (1999) Noel Murray Broderick gives a wonderfully nebbishy performance, and the filmmakers do a fine job of using visual cues to define the smallness of his world. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Jesse Hassenger The retro clunkiness of these characters, well past their physical primes, is key to what makes The Irishman often surprisingly hilarious. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Keith Phipps It's a pretty thin premise for a movie, but that's not necessarily a problem. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Gosford Park (2001) Noel Murray For a film about homicide and class conflict, Gosford Park is surprisingly congenial. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Auggie (2019) Caroline Siede Though Felix ultimately learns that virtual perfection isn't all it's cracked up to be, Auggie raises chilling, perpetually timely questions about what men really want from women. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Caroline Siede Ad Astra will work best for viewers who either don't care whether its visual wonders contain a compelling story, or those who are willing to project their own emotional profundity onto the material. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Tasha Robinson It lacks Hitchcockian tension or Christie-level dignity, but it's funny, surprising, and intriguing in the way it flips the usual murder-mystery script. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Tasha Robinson There are laughs in the gap between Jojo's self-image and the reality... Jojo Rabbit could use more of that dynamic, and more of Waititi's subversive voice and willingness to upend cinematic norms. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Empathy, Inc. (2018) Adi Robertson Empathy, Inc. can arguably be too effective at puncturing the mystique of its own world... Still, Empathy, Inc. uses a classic science fiction premise to explore contemporary tensions about technology and social class. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Caroline Siede [Writer-Director Issa] López gets remarkable performances from her ensemble of young actors. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Keith Phipps It's an appreciably less-engaging film in every way, suffering from lurching storytelling, wild vacillations in tone (even within scenes), and a strong cast that never fully gels as a group. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
67/100 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Noah Berlatsky Øvredal is to be commended for simultaneously staying true to a beloved franchise and twisting its head around to face in an unexpected direction. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Adi Robertson It's bizarre and often delightful. Paradise Hills captures a futuristic fantasy aesthetic that feels familiar in video games, but fresh in movies. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Keith Phipps Even though Statham and Johnson are both big, bald slabs of muscle, they make a fun study in contrasts. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Galaxy Quest (1999) Keith Phipps It's a warm, appealing comedy filled with well-realized characters and jokes ranging from the wry to the slapstick-y. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019) Samantha Nelson The Coming Race might not sell the need for this absurd series to continue, it at least provides a reason to go back and watch the original, and help its creators get the money they need to try to recapture their uniquely bizarre form of movie magic. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Crawl (2019) Jesse Hassenger Aja plays up the muck, gunk, and early hints of gore for all they're worth. Because the set dressing feels so tactile, the movie creates a genuine sense of atmosphere in a potentially generic setting. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Kendra James While it's a near shot-for-shot remake of the original, this version of The Lion King lacks much of the emotion and expressiveness that keeps people coming back to the first. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
92/100 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tasha Robinson It's a breathless and admirably well-assembled movie that proves the Marvel formula still isn't tired. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Tasha Robinson MIB:I is a perfectly fine piece of summer entertainment, easy on the brain and big on the shiny spectacle. But it feels polished to a fault. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Scott Tobias With this third sequel to Toy Story, Pixar has gotten away with pushing its own expiration date on the series. But those tiny spork tines won't hold it together much longer. It's time to get lost. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019