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It Happened One Night (1934)
It's all about the snappy dialogue and simmering tension between these hugely charismatic stars.
Posted Sep 5, 2018
The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988)
It's an elegant, riveting piece of filmmaking.
Posted Aug 20, 2018
It isn't as nutty as it could have been, and it certainly isn't as nutty as its description suggests.
Posted Jul 30, 2018
The Pagemaster (1994)
The Pagemaster is the kind of movie first-grade teachers would have popped into the VCR in the 1990s to kill time on a rainy afternoon.
Posted Jul 15, 2018
The Lives of Others (2006)
The Lives of Others is exquisitely tense, with massive stakes and a pervasive sense of danger.
Posted Jul 1, 2018
Body Double (1984)
It's an expertly crafted B-movie, a brisk and twisty mixture of the slick and sleazy, the glossy and grungy.
Posted Jun 18, 2018
Big Wednesday (1978)
Looking back at the strong, young cast, the evocative sense of time and place and the thrilling ocean imagery, Big Wednesday certainly deserves a spot among the pantheon of classic surfing films.
Posted Jun 3, 2018
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Technology has advanced significantly since 1988, but Roger Rabbit doesn't just hold up, it wows.
Posted May 28, 2018
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
The let's-put-on-a-show energy can be intoxicating. But man, does it take a long time to achieve that high.
Posted May 6, 2018
Local Hero (1983)
Writer-director Bill Forsyth's 1983 film sneaks up on you. It takes its time. It reveals its characters through snippets of conversation and casual interactions.
Posted Apr 22, 2018
Argento accomplishes so much simply through lighting and music - which goes a long way to compensate for the stilted dialogue and awkward character interactions.
Posted Apr 15, 2018
After Hours (1985)
It might not make any sense. It might not even matter. But it's a blast while it lasts, and it brings the most perfect of endings along with the sunrise.
Posted Apr 8, 2018
Such a wildly ambitious misfire that you can't help but root for it, or at least feel some twisted sense of affection for it.
Posted Apr 1, 2018
It's extremely earnest and more than a little corny, but there's an innocence about it that makes it kinda irresistible.
Posted Mar 19, 2018
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
It would seem impossible to go wrong with such an incredible, all-star cast - which makes A Bridge Too Far such a frustrating misfire (no pun intended).
Posted Mar 11, 2018
Graffiti Bridge (1990)
Graffiti Bridge is essentially a series of music videos strung together uncomfortably with awkward dialogue and stiff acting.
Posted Mar 5, 2018
Decades later, you can see the influence of Bicycle Thieves everywhere, in a variety of genres and languages.
Posted Feb 26, 2018
Nine Lives (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
It is an incredibly simple yet irresistible idea for a movie. It's also exactly what you think it's going to be - no more, no less.
Posted Jul 26, 2016
Finding Dory (2016)
It's gorgeous. It's lively. It's got terrific performances from a strong voice cast. It's emotionally affecting without being heavy-handed.
Posted Jun 26, 2016
The Do-Over (2016)
Typical Adam Sandler fare in every way, from the raunchy humor to the inclusion of his buddies to the deplorable view of women to the vacation disguised as a movie shoot to the forced sentimentality in the final act.
Posted Jun 18, 2016
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The fact that a Marvel movie dares to question the big, shiny spectacle that is its bread and butter - and acknowledge that untold thousands die in the name of entertainment - seems rather novel.
Posted May 11, 2016
Mother's Day (2016)
Mother's Day might be trying to show how diverse and progressive it is in representing every kind of family, but it's a laugh track away from Three's Company levels of subterfuge.
Posted May 2, 2016
Hardcore Henry (2016)
It is pummeling. It is punishing. It is nauseating and headache-inducing.
Posted Apr 9, 2016
A nightmarish landscape that's meant to be frightening - or at least unsettling - ends up being hilariously cheesy instead.
Posted Mar 20, 2016
London Has Fallen (2016)
London Has Fallen is Donald Trump in film form.
Posted Mar 14, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Their latest, Hail, Caesar!, is their giddiest comedy to date, but it's also hit-and-miss within itself.
Posted Feb 18, 2016
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
So vividly immersive is Kung Fu Panda 3 - so vibrant, so tactile - it will make you feel as if you've stepped into a fully realized world. And then once you've stepped out, you'll be craving dumplings.
Posted Feb 12, 2016
The 5th Wave (2016)
The 5th Wave plays like a Wayans-brothers spoof of movies based on dystopian Young Adult novels. Seriously, it could have been called YA Movie the way it wallows in all the overly familiar tropes of the genre.
Posted Jan 24, 2016
That's what's so impressive about the tricky balancing act Abrams has pulled off with The Force Awakens: He's made a movie that's simultaneously gripping and a huge release. We are in good hands, at last.
Posted Dec 20, 2015
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
You can watch The Ridiculous 6 whenever you'd like from the comfort of your own home. Lucky you.
Posted Dec 14, 2015
Like the story being reported within the film, Spotlight is simultaneously emotional and clear-eyed. It's an explosive yet necessary piece of journalism in and of itself. And it's easily one of the year's best.
Posted Nov 14, 2015
This is one of those situations in which mere words seem insufficient in describing a film's profoundly moving power.
Posted Oct 24, 2015
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
Hotel Transylvania 2 is the greatest movie Adam Sandler and Kevin James have ever made together. I believe this is called "damning with faint praise."
Posted Sep 29, 2015
This is deft and daring storytelling that will grip anyone who's willing to be a little uncomfortable - make that a lot uncomfortable - and who's willing to follow it into some dark and twisted territory.
Posted Sep 15, 2015
War Room (2015)
War Room is the most slickly made faith-based film I've seen yet in terms of production values, but that doesn't make it quote-unquote good, per se.
Posted Sep 11, 2015
We Are Your Friends (2015)
It's the perfect one-last-blast movie for the end of summer.
Posted Aug 28, 2015
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
It's very easy to imagine sing-along showings cropping up for years to come.
Posted Aug 21, 2015
Fantastic Four (2015)
Laughably cheesy, bordering on Zardoz levels of simplicity.
Posted Aug 10, 2015
Paper Towns (2015)
Paper Towns is a movie that I really liked, but I probably would have loved if I'd seen it when I was 13.
Posted Jul 24, 2015
The overwhelming, self-serious sense that we are watching something Very Important blissfully doesn't exist in Ant-Man. It's just plain fun: light, breezy, simple and enjoyable.
Posted Jul 22, 2015
Fittingly, because they're pill-shaped, the Minions work best in small doses.
Posted Jul 12, 2015
Tangerine is a great Los Angeles movie and a great indie and a great reminder of the possibilities of creativity during a time when everything is a sequel or a reboot or a comic-book spectacle.
Posted Jul 11, 2015
A mesmerizing yet devastating look at a singular talent.
Posted Jul 10, 2015
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
If you're not a fireman or a police officer or a cowboy beneath those breakaway pants, then who are you, really? This is the central question of Magic Mike XXL.
Posted Jul 1, 2015
Max is an absurdly violent PG-rated movie in which kids and dogs are repeatedly in peril.
Posted Jun 29, 2015
Ted 2 (2015)
If you liked the original Ted, Seth MacFarlane's 2012 surprise smash about a pot-smoking, potty-mouthed teddy bear, then you will probably like Ted 2. It is essentially the exact same movie, and more - and less.
Posted Jun 28, 2015
Inside Out (2015)
This is a movie that dares to explore existential crises, in the middle of the summer, in an animated movie that's aimed at the whole family
Posted Jun 24, 2015
Jurassic World (2015)
So basically, Jurassic World is a big-budget indictment of corporate greed, jammed with product placement for Samsung and Mercedes-Benz and Beats by Dre and Coca-Cola.
Posted Jun 16, 2015