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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 It (1990) Alan Pergament Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Annette O'Toole, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid and Richard Masur form an appealing adult cast, but the young actors who play them as children almost steal the show. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 The Tommyknockers (1993) Alan Pergament Though the plot doesn't give you much to sink your teeth into, the miniseries at least has a decent ending. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) Alan Pergament The series isn't scary; the special effects are routine until the final hour, when flying furry villains with shears for teeth chew up everything in sight, and there isn't any mesmerizing performance to propel it. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Bombshell (2019) Jeff Simon I like Hollywoodians with political convictions and a solid feel for what will move other members of the human species. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Jeff Simon It's both a suspense film and an adventure film that took real 19th-century achievement as a starting point and grafted 21st-century gender reckonings and aspirations to the top of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
A The Irishman (2019) Christopher Schobert The result is a late-period masterpiece for Scorsese. A sterling cast, fascinating story and the use of de-aging CGI effects make the film a genuine, modern cinematic event. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
Parasite (2019) Jeff Simon Parasite is a great film all right. It is not, I think, to be missed by anyone who seriously cares about movies. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo (2015) Jeff Simon Wildly funny on the cutting edge. It falls down a wee bit in the middle but after its bravura opening 20 minutes, it regains its grip at the end. I've not laughed harder at anything on television all year. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Jeff Simon Pitt has one of the coolest movie roles he's yet played, DiCaprio gets to show off all manner of acting chops and Margot Robbie gets to enjoy pretending to be the Sharon Tate history denied us. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Lynch: A History (2019) Jeff Simon A very public man who used to run in "Beast Mode" found a way, with much difficulty and resistance, to be silent about it. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Jeff Simon This time, everybody's favorite resourceful mite is adrift in Manhattan with the same two duncey thugs on his case with the resultant cartoon mayhem of even richer and more highly evolved subteen sadism. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 Fall From Grace (1990) Alan Pergament Apart from occasional laughs, "Fall From Grace" falls flat on its face. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ Double Lives (2018) Christopher Schobert "Non-Fiction" is breathtakingly intelligent, immaculately shot, wonderfully incisive, and a bit frustrating. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4.5/5 Pulp Fiction (1994) Jeff Simon I can't think of another filmmaker in America who disturbs me this way. But I know full well that that's his point. It's because he's on to something. He has put some things together that I don't think should be put together. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Jeff Simon ...nothing short of sublime. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
1.5/4 The Competition (2018) Jeff Simon I'm not sure you could find a less engaging and more generic film title than The Competition. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Cell (2000) Jeff Simon This is not your father's sci-fi thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Jeff Simon It is, let's face it, scarcely a movie at all. Rather it's a celebration of the facts that a) Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder exist in the world and b) seem to enjoy each other's company. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
Turner & Hooch (1989) Jeff Simon Hanks' taste in picking movie projects continues to be abominable. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/4 The Invisibles (2017) Christopher Schobert The Invisibles, then, works on multiple levels: as a historical document, as thrilling cinema, and as satisfying drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 Argo (2012) Jeff Simon It's a smart and hugely enjoyable action thriller as it is, with some wicked humor and a feel-good ending that's manipulative, sure, but was, in part, bequeathed to us by history. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3.5/5 12 Years a Slave (2013) Jeff Simon The performances are truly harrowing. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 The King's Speech (2010) Jeff Simon Some people never learn. Which is why the great pedagogical movies are for all of us, every last one. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
B 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) Christopher Schobert The standout is 'Weekends,' a visual wonder rooted in the sad realities of childhood and featuring an omnipresent Toronto skyline. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Christopher Schobert One of the shorts, 'Detainment,' is a profound, sobering drama featuring remarkable performances from its two young leads. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 The Godfather, Part III (1990) Jeff Simon That The Godfather, Part III works up any grandeur at all is a tribute to the luridly baroque plotting of Coppola and Mario Puzo and the fierce and apparently ineradicable residue of artistic honor still left inside Coppola. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 Born to Be Blue (2015) Jeff Simon It all works because of Hawke and Ejogo. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018) Jeff Simon It is the immense strength of the film -- which is, frankly, often difficult to watch -- that you're not entirely sure what a "happy ending" would be for this story. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 Colette (2018) Jeff Simon Colette is so much savvier than I expected it to be that I can't help but wonder if, in some way, it's even better than it had a right to be. Kudos to one and all, I say. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Jeff Simon The big, scruffy, egomaniac in the baseball cap is, at this moment, reminding us what we should have taken more seriously in 1989. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/4 The Cakemaker (2017) Jeff Simon [A] subtly nuanced romantic dance of emotional exploration. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/4 Whitney (2018) Jeff Simon It's a harrowing story but, by the time it's over, they've succeeded enough to move you profoundly. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
Anon (2018) Randy Schiff With cool graphics showing a paranoid world where digital surveillance meshes with nearly all aspects of life, "Anon" is a taut, cerebral thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Jeff Simon This is a movie that knows, truly knows, where the edge is. It slices our world paper thin getting there. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
Salaam Bombay! (1988) Jeff Simon Salaam Bombay! is an enormously moving and powerful film about life for children in the slums of Bombay. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Her Alibi (1989) Jeff Simon It has a grand total of four genuinely funny moments, most of which are shown for free in the TV commercial. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Jeff Simon It's an elegant, erotic and gorgeously photographed tour through a wickedly artificial 18th century aristocratic world in which people can articulate anything and everything but the emotions that finally destroy them. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2018
Beaches (1988) Jeff Simon You've seen this four million times before but not with Midler wisecracking and singing and shaking her way through a whole movie -- or with Hershey as a pulp vision of monied beauty. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2018
Dead Ringers (1988) Jeff Simon Irons' performance as the tormented twins is a tour de force. So is Cronenberg's complex camera work. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2018
The Naked Gun (1988) Jeff Simon Run, don't walk, to The Naked Gun. Even if you have to elbow your sweet old mother-in-law or moony grandson out of the way to get to it, by all means do. You won't be sorry. It's that funny. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2018
The Year My Voice Broke (1987) Jeff Simon The ending carries a tidal surge of regret for youthful emotional loss that will no doubt be universal. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2018
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Jeff Simon Among other comedians and gag writers, Woody Allen is known as the master craftsman -- the Albrecht Durer of neurotic urban jokes. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2018
3.5/5 Once a Thief (1996) Alan Pergament Once a Thief is more a by-the-numbers job than a Rembrandt. But it certainly is a one-of-a-kind television movie these days. And that's as much a warning as an inducement to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2018
3.5/4 The Butcher's Wife (1991) Jeff Simon Demi Moore has never looked lovelier than she does in The Butcher's Wife. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
Arachnophobia (1990) Jeff Simon It's every bit as jolly and junky and scary as it wants to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
3.5/4 Jindabyne (2006) Jeff Simon Subtle and understated, a meditation on morality, mortality and murder that escalates into a small emotional powerhouse. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
Ready Player One (2018) Jeff Simon Few 21st century American films are as intertwined with the culture we live in as Ready Player One. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
1/4 The Black Dahlia (2006) Jeff Simon This movie isn't more than 10 minutes old when that question pales next to these: How can you make a movie this bad with a double Oscar winner (Swank)? How can you use Scarlett Johansson so stupidly? EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2018
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) Jeff Simon My Super Ex-Girlfriend never really takes off into comedic deep space, but it's not exactly earthbound, either. A lot of this is funny stuff -- honest. Summer movie comedy lovers might have a similar reaction. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/4 The Last Suit (2017) Jeff Simon Sola's personality and charisma keep you in its corner. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018