The Young Folks

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/10 Us (2019) Nathanael Hood ...a well-intentioned misfire. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
5/10 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Brian Thompson When The Hummingbird Project abandons the pursuit of poking fun at its ridiculous premise because it genuinely believes itself to be delivering a profound sermon on the nature of human greed, it quickly runs out of gas. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
5/10 Captive State (2019) Tyler Carlsen It was as if there was an original (and probably lengthy) cut of Captive State that was shown to executives and was then remade in post-production. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
9/10 Woman at War (2018) Andrea Thompson Make no mistake, director/co-writer Benedikt Erlingsson is unmistakably on Hala's side, and he's skilled enough to turn her story into a non-escapist crowd-pleaser rather than another forgettable, overly serious thriller. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/10 Triple Frontier (2019) Katey Stoetzel We've had this film before. This one just happens to be a more uninspiring and less-than-thrilling version of this particular trope of action films. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/10 Wonder Park (2019) Michael Fairbanks A group of characters so flat that 3-D can only give them one dimension. A film about creative inspiration that has absolutely none. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
7/10 () Brian Thompson An ideal get for Netflix, Juanita is a cozy romp that goes down easy and is best experienced on the couch, a glass of wine in tow. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
7/10 The Juniper Tree (1991) Nathanael Hood Among the Grimms' writings, the Christian undertones here are particularly pronounced, with cannibalistic consumption of sanctified flesh and bodily resurrection being central to the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
9/10 Captain Marvel (2019) AJ Caulfield When stacked up next to the MCU movies that came before it, Captain Marvel gleams with a high shine. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 Hai Phuong (2019) Nathanael Hood Furie is one of the rare, authentic cinematic examples where execution trumps originality. The fighting, centered around the native Vovinam and overseen by Kefi Abrikh and Yannick Ben Haddou, is marvelous. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Bri Lockhart Cruel Intentions might be absolutely absurd in its twisted sex games and have some fairly noticeable plot holes but you can't deny that the excellent performances and wickedly scandalous script makes it compulsively watchable. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
7/10 Mapplethorpe (2018) Katey Stoetzel In all this, Smith gives Mapplethorpe an electric vulnerability, breaking down the wall between the artist's personal and public life. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
6/10 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Jon Winkler With this tremendously heartfelt story, Ejiofor's film should be able to weather the monsoon of Netflix's rom-coms and bargain-bin sci-fi. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
8/10 Transit (2018) Brian Thompson A simple and understated tale, Transit sneaks up on its viewers. They may not even realize how wholly invested they are in its emotional labor until they've already peeled back layers of humanity to examine the insistent damage of injustice. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/10 Greta (2018) Michael Fairbanks This is such a tragic waste of Huppert and Moretz, who both deserve a better vehicle. Perhaps the best person to bring this unique female driven take on the stalker subgenre was not a man. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
7/10 The Wedding Guest (2018) Mae Abdulbaki While the thrills are few and far between, the film is rather unique because it centers the characters and frees the actors up to sit with them and their feelings rather than relying only on the intensity of the thrills. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
7/10 The Changeover (2017) Brian Thompson At its core, there's a tale as old as time itself, and, what's more, one that equates adolescent turbulence to something that can be both deeply unsettling and reassuringly magical. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
6/10 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Michael Fairbanks If you've been in love with these characters from day one, there's little doubt that watching them fly off into the sunset will light a fire in your heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
9/10 Strangers on a Train (1951) Nathanael Hood ...one of the most effectively suspenseful films of Hitchcock's career. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
7/10 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Andrea Thompson Much like the rom-coms Isn't It Romantic skewers and celebrates, it succeeds because it recognizes we're all suckers for sincerity, even as it takes pains to update message for a more empowering one that cynics and romantics alike can embrace. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
8/10 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Katey Stoetzel As someone who wasn't a fan of Happy Death Day, my appreciation for meta commentary on genre tropes found 2U to be a perfect example of how a film can twist its own established rules and give their story a bit more depth. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
7/10 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Yasmin Kleinbart The screenplay's weaknesses are overlooked by the film's astounding spectacles, most notably the Motorball scene. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
5/10 Donnybrook (2018) Brian Thompson Donnybrook isn't without its highlights - from its searing performance made even more impressive by their limited material to its gorgeous and grim cinematography - however, it simply feels bleak simply for the sake of bleakness. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
8/10 The Vast of Night (2019) Katey Stoetzel Everything from the dialogue, the fashion, the small town camaraderie, switchboard operators, and radio DJs gives this film an underlying truth, no matter it's fictional origin, to the events happening on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
5/10 Untogether (2018) Mae Abdulbaki It's ultimately a movie made of half-formed ideas that struggles in figuring itself out. The cast is fantastic, but their talents are wasted on underdeveloped characters and a marginally thin and all over the place story. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/10 The Prodigy (2019) Brian Thompson The Prodigy never seems to work, even on its own terms. But that's difficult to say, namely because it's nearly impossible to pin down for certain what those terms are. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 Braid (2018) Brian Thompson This is the chilling inauguration of a filmmaker with enough promise and poise to continue turn heads for years to come. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Katey Stoetzel A pretty decent follow up to what was a fantastic original idea five years before, with really great new songs that you will definitely not get stuck in your head. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/10 Cold Pursuit (2019) Jon Winkler A failure on all fronts. It's not funny as a black comedy nor is it entertaining as an action movie. It feels like someone imitating Martin McDonagh and the Coen brothers without actually putting in dramatic payoff or punchlines. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 Honey Boy (2019) Jon Negroni Undoubtedly, this is Shia LaBeouf's greatest hour, period, because he controls his story and how it's told. Har'el makes sure the vision stays coherent, of course, always guiding us along a difficult journey that looser hands may have dropped. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/10 Mega Time Squad (2018) Nathanael Hood As a movie, it ultimately disappoints with flat humor and a tired plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/10 What Men Want (2019) Mae Abdulbaki What Men Want is well-intentioned, but lacks the care and thoughtfulness in the handling of its subject matter. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
7/10 Then Came You (2018) Grant Jonsson Then Came You may be simple, and may seem rushed considering the subject matter, but it shows the progression of a great friendship amidst terrible tragedy with such heart and emotion it is hard not to fall for its charms. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/10 Miss Bala (2019) Jon Espino There is a clear difference between something that is complex and something that is just complicated, and the story in this Miss Bala is an over-complicated mess. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/10 Relive (2019) Jon Negroni The premise itself is a bit tired, but the time travel wizardry at least tries to bend some rules and give audiences a new prototype for films that blend newer technology with established movie magic. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
8/10 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Jon Negroni It's worth the effort to go back and research whatever you may have missed, but this is certainly a drawback for what is otherwise a wholly brilliant documentary in both style and function. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
7/10 Light (2010) Jon Negroni Light from Light is not loud or energetic. It's not frightening. It's simple. It's quiet and patient. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/10 Arctic (2018) Andrea Thompson Arctic becomes an exercise in moralistic, idiotic sadism, with the woman he's paired up with coming off a plot device, an excuse to throw more obstacles in the way of a man who's too skilled to encounter many of them on his own. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 To the Stars (2019) Jon Negroni If not for a few tonal shifts toward the end that halt the progress of these characters, To the Stars could already be one of the best films of the year. For now, it's certainly one of my favorites. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 The Mustang (2019) Jon Negroni It wants the audience to wonder about the effects of rehabilitation, but also about how angry creatures of different shapes and sizes should be let out into the open, freed from either themselves or society. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Jon Negroni The polarizing message is just one piece of a larger, more grating experience considering the subject matter, but also one that demands to be studied and taken seriously. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
9/10 The Report (2019) Katey Stoetzel Adam Driver spends a lot of time yelling at people in government buildings during The Report. And yet, this dry, simplistic approach to a film based on true events is a great political thriller that dives deep into the CIA's torture. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Jon Negroni There are a few lofty ideas at play in The Tomorrow Man, but they fall short of the film's true selling point: the sweetness between a couple of friends who build a romance from the ground up. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 Share (2019) Jon Negroni What intrigues about Share is that it focuses on newer territory. The "I" of the assault. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 Fighting With My Family (2019) Jon Negroni For all its reliance on sports movie clichés, Fighting with My Family still manages to be fresh and original where it truly counts, and for a lot of viewers, that's going to make this one a real knockout. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
8/10 () Jon Negroni The message of The Brink is clear from start to finish, and it couldn't be a more timely presentation. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
I Am Mother (2019) Katey Stoetzel For all that the film succeeds in when it comes to technical artistry, there's simply not enough story to convey the large, universal truths I Am Mother goes for. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
10/10 Moi un Noir (1958) Nathanael Hood ...a stunning portrait not just of disaffected youth, but of a country struggling to define and improve itself in the shadow of Western imperialism. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 Little Monsters (2019) Katey Stoetzel Little Monsters could so easily drop into heavy-handed sentimentality but never does. It's clever humor and complete understanding of its premise allows it to balance those dramatic moments with the often times raunchy humor. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
9/10 Imperium (2016) Andrea Thompson This is the kind of movie that uses the tagline "inspired by real events" to its best advantage, and using it to craft a compelling narrative that eschews bright shiny things and dares to take us on a journey into the worst impulses of the human heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019