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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Brad Keefe Even with those underpinnings, it's always buoyant and lively - an obvious must for Springsteen fans, but a joy for anyone with a pulse. Tramps like us should run to this movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Brad Keefe And I can't really complain about how the plot wanders, but it seems they could have gone even more over-the-top for greater comedic potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Them That Follow (2019) Brad Keefe "Them That Follow" is more promising on paper, and even in the crowded summer, there are better indies to check out this weekend. Go with "The Farewell" instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Brad Keefe Movies don't get much more personal than this. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Brad Keefe The fact that "Once Upon a Time" isn't exactly what you'd expect is a testament to Tarantino's ability to still shock and surprise audiences, even as he's up to his familiar tricks. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
4/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Brad Keefe If you like your humor as dry as unbuttered toast, it's also one of the funniest movies of the summer. Stearns adds violence as both punctuation and commentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Brad Keefe "Stuber" is generally unable to lift itself above a decent summer distraction, but if you want 90 minutes in the air-conditioning with some laughs, it'll do. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
5/5 Midsommar (2019) Brad Keefe ["Midsommar"] is a movie that isn't so much traditionally scary as it is maddeningly unsettling and punctuated with shock. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Brad Keefe It's not perfect, but it's hard to resist "Yesterday." EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Brad Keefe "Toy Story 4" isn't in the running for franchise best, it may even be the "worst" of the series, but it's still hard to imagine that anyone would be more disappointed than delighted here. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
5/5 Emanuel (2019) Jeff Reed "Emanuel" is a film for all to glimpse the life-threatening power of hate and, as Smith encouraged, to share the life-altering power of love. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 Shaft (2019) Brad Keefe The "Scooby-Doo" plot actually adds to the fun if you don't think about it too much. And this "Shaft" isn't here to be thought about. It's a cool time and great splash of summer action. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Brad Keefe No one will mistake the soft, slow burn of "The Souvenir" as mindless summer fun. It's a novel, not a beach read. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Brad Keefe "Booksmart" marks an outstanding debut by actress Olivia Wilde behind the camera. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Brad Keefe This "Aladdin" knows when to stray and when to give the audience those fond old moments. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Brad Keefe "John Wick 3" often feels like an arthouse Steven Seagal flick, and I mean that as praise. It starts at hyper-violent and over-the-top and then sees where it can go from there. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Brad Keefe Still, "Tolkien" is solid if unspectacular. Temper expectations accordingly, but it's a bookish option if superheroes aren't your thing. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Brad Keefe "Endgame" sticks this landing in ways that are thrilling, funny and emotional, and it does it by executing both on story and characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 High Life (2018) Brad Keefe It's a far cry from a crowd-pleaser, but it's an atmospheric, shocking and sometimes confounding film that has been one of the more challenging viewings of the year. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Brad Keefe It breaks the formula enough that I felt like I was seeing something I haven't seen before, while also being warmly familiar. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Brad Keefe "The Beach Bum" is far from perfect, but if you're feeling its vibe, it goes a long way. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Brad Keefe Ultimately, it's not fair to expect these movies to match the magic of beloved animated classics. But that also makes them feel like is selling out its history. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Brad Keefe Writer-director Jordan Peele has totally done it again. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Climax (2018) Brad Keefe If you like a wild ride, here's one. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Brad Keefe It's not fair to give "Captain Marvel," a perfectly passable popcorn movie, the full weight of the obscenity of this cinematic gender disparity. But after this wait, society deserved better. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 Greta (2018) Brad Keefe Moretz and especially Monroe bear the brunt of dialogue that is often a laughable caricature of how an older man thinks young women speak and think. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Brad Keefe Is it a bit of a letdown? Yes. But so is life, kids. Everything is still pretty awesome. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Brad Keefe Peter Jackson is not a director who would shy away from a challenge, but "They Shall Not Grow Old" is an impressive feat on several levels. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Brad Keefe "Shoplifters" is complex, funny, joyful, sad and enthralling. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Brad Keefe I can't believe I'm saying this, but you should watch "Bird Box" instead. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 Vice (2018) Brad Keefe Will your political leanings affect how you view "Vice"? Well, duh. At its best, "Vice" lays out some key events of Cheney's career in a way that makes you laugh while simultaneously leaving you seething. Mission accomplished, indeed. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Brad Keefe Three of the best performances of the year. One of the best films. Period. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Brad Keefe A magnificently acted family drama anchored by great performances from Roberts and Hedges' own talented son, Lucas. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Brad Keefe It's among the best work from one of the best filmmakers in the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 Creed II (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
2/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Brad Keefe From the "who cares?" love triangles to some "who is that?" characters, the plot never feels particularly driving. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 Wildlife (2018) Brad Keefe Dano pulls magnificent performances from his cast. That, along with beautiful cinematography and a patient-but-not-slow pace, makes "Wildlife" a magnificent debut. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Brad Keefe See it for Chalamet alone. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2/5 Mid90s (2018) Brad Keefe More like Meh-d90s. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Halloween (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Brad Keefe "El Royale" is a pulpy bit of fiction that should certainly please fans of Quentin Tarantino, both in style and plotting. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Brad Keefe It's no surprise that Gaga shines brightest when she's performing, but that's not just because she's got a generational voice. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
5/5 Mandy (2018) Brad Keefe It's like "2001" meets splatter gore. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 American Chaos (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 White Boy Rick (2018) Brad Keefe Uneven storytelling prevents a deeper connection to the characters in this based-on-a-true-story drug tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 The Bookshop (2017) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 The Little Stranger (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Brad Keefe But while Lee keeps things entertaining, often even funny, the director of Do the Right Thing knows answers aren't simple. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Brad Keefe It's the anti-Fifty Shades of Grey. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018