The Favourite (2018)
Three of the best performances of the year. One of the best films. Period.
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Ben is Back (2018)
A magnificently acted family drama anchored by great performances from Roberts and Hedges' own talented son, Lucas.
Posted Dec 6, 2018
It's among the best work from one of the best filmmakers in the world.
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Creed II (2018)
The sequel isn't in the same lofty space as the first "Creed," but it's a sure crowd-pleaser with some added emotional punch.
Posted Nov 21, 2018
From the "who cares?" love triangles to some "who is that?" characters, the plot never feels particularly driving.
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Dano pulls magnificent performances from his cast. That, along with beautiful cinematography and a patient-but-not-slow pace, makes "Wildlife" a magnificent debut.
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Beautiful Boy (2018)
See it for Chalamet alone.
Posted Nov 1, 2018
More like Meh-d90s.
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Despite the fact this movie is simply called "Halloween," it's a sequel - a very well-executed one that gets almost everything right in recreating the spirit of John Carpenter's 1978 classic.
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
"El Royale" is a pulpy bit of fiction that should certainly please fans of Quentin Tarantino, both in style and plotting.
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018)
It's no surprise that Gaga shines brightest when she's performing, but that's not just because she's got a generational voice.
Posted Oct 3, 2018
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)
As flawed and sometimes infuriatingly over-simplified as Fahrenheit 11/9 is at times, I can't argue with its emotional impact, or even just its importance in the moment.
Posted Sep 27, 2018
It's like "2001" meets splatter gore.
Posted Sep 21, 2018
American Chaos (2018)
Stern also doesn't seem to question his own beliefs much, and American Chaos is far too ego-driven to be what it could. But there's still vital importance in understanding these voters, and that makes this documentary an important watch.
Posted Sep 12, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018)
Uneven storytelling prevents a deeper connection to the characters in this based-on-a-true-story drug tale.
Posted Sep 12, 2018
The Bookshop (2018)
The Bookshop is a movie that makes me want to read the book it's based on, though I can't quite recommend the film.
Posted Sep 5, 2018
The Little Stranger (2018)
It's a well-acted film that burns slow - the sort of pacing one might expect from a film based on a novel. It's a period piece with a romance and an exploration of class.
Posted Aug 30, 2018
But while Lee keeps things entertaining, often even funny, the director of Do the Right Thing knows answers aren't simple.
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
It's the anti-Fifty Shades of Grey.
Posted Aug 16, 2018
The Meg (2018)
It delivers more than enough shark thrills that will have you alternating from dropping your jaw, laughing and applauding.
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Eighth Grade (2018)
This is part of the sweet charm of "Eighth Grade," even if it means it doesn't have as much narrative arc as it could. It lives in those small moments that feel big.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
McQuarrie keeps the action sequences, international intrigue, romantic subplots, etc., humming along at the perfect pace - one that doesn't give you too much time to think.
Posted Aug 2, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Want to laugh, be shocked, ask "WTF?" and contemplate our dark future? You should bother to see this movie.
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Equalizer 2 (2018)
It's a well-executed popcorn flick with some feeling, and better than the first. I wouldn't even mind a third.
Posted Jul 19, 2018
Skyscraper is... a loud, dumb action flick that doesn't even tip far enough into its B-movie cheese to pass as silly fun.
Posted Jul 12, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Light and breezy, it's a worthwhile superhero sequel.
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Uncle Drew (2018)
It certainly is passable entertainment that almost feels fresh.
Posted Jun 28, 2018
I want to see dinosaurs smash things and eat people as much anyone. And "Fallen Kingdom" has this. But I also found myself not engaged, and even occasionally bored. And one should never be bored when watching a dinosaur movie.
Posted Jun 20, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Bird keeps Incredibles 2 humming along at a great pace, alternating between some really fun and thrilling action sequences, a warm-hearted and relatable family story, and abundant laughs.
Posted Jun 13, 2018
First Reformed (2018)
First Reformed slowly builds toward an inevitable conclusion, but Schrader confounds those expectations with an ending that will certainly leave you talking. This isn't easy fare, but it's wholly worthwhile.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Aster's direction is sure-handed. This story steers into unexpected territory with confidence, and whether or not you like where it goes, you can rarely say it played it safe.
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Beast is often bleak, sometimes beautiful and occasionally baffling. And while your expectations, or lack thereof, will ultimately decide how fulfilling you'll find the film, it's worth it just for the lead performance.
Posted May 31, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Solo is an effective and entertaining space western...
Posted May 24, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018)
It's so extreme, it's hilarious.
Posted May 17, 2018
Personal interviews with Ginsburg, and particularly her granddaughter, cast a warm glow on the movie, even in an age where the voice of dissent is so vitally important.
Posted May 10, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
It's as good as can be with an overcrowded character stew.
Posted May 8, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018)
We've had a few great comedies along the way, but I Feel Pretty shows us that the march of progress in equal comedic representation also means we get the equivalent of an Adam Sandler movie sometimes.
Posted Apr 26, 2018
You Were Never Really Here (2018)
[Joaquin] Phoenix at his brooding-est also can be a lot to handle, although his best moments in a surprisingly vulnerable performance come in the moments between the outbursts.
Posted Apr 19, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018)
If you already want to see "Isle of Dogs," you'll love it.
Posted Apr 12, 2018
Max Winkler is aiming for a mix of teen angst and dark comedy I can admire. But since Flower can't decide whether it would rather be more honest and relatable or delicious and dark, it's really not enough of either.
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One is a pure nostalgia bath for a generation. The '80s soundtrack sets the tone for spotting more pop-culture references than you can imagine, and spotting them is a lot of fun. But it's also pure Spielberg magic.
Posted Mar 29, 2018
Love, Simon (2018)
Abundantly heartfelt and consistently funny, Love, Simon has a unique place in the canon of LGBTQ cinema, in part for how sweetly ordinary this coming-out story plays out. Oh, and the fact that it's a slick, big studio release.
Posted Mar 22, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
A Wrinkle in Time is a wild ride and should be lauded for a diverse and inclusive update, but it falls well short of being a classic in its own right.
Posted Mar 8, 2018
In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017)
It's a fine idea, but not one without its pitfalls. The upside of these three acts is that this is an absolute showcase for Diane Kruger as an actress. She's heartbreaking and fierce and gives a wide-ranging performance.
Posted Feb 22, 2018
Black Panther (2018)
It's more than just an overdue step of onscreen representation. It's also a rollicking good blockbuster, even if it doesn't quite reinvent the wheel.
Posted Feb 15, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
I found this tale of a space-station crew testing a device that could end Earth's energy crisis to have some great moments, but largely suffering from being too derivative and, on occasion, barely comprehensible.
Posted Feb 8, 2018
Phantom Thread (2018)
As anyone would expect, Day-Lewis gives a performance that's a fitting curtain call for a career that he leaves as one of the all-time greats.
Posted Jan 25, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
Call Me by Your Name is a movie about two people falling in love. It's the kind of movie that's deceptively simple, but one that lingers. In other words, it's the best kind of movie.
Posted Jan 18, 2018
The Post (2018)
It's not a civics lesson, it's entertaining throughout.
Posted Jan 11, 2018
I, Tonya (2018)