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Rating Title/Year Author
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
3/5 The Meg (2018) Brad Keefe It delivers more than enough shark thrills that will have you alternating from dropping your jaw, laughing and applauding. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2018
5/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Brad Keefe Want to laugh, be shocked, ask "WTF?" and contemplate our dark future? You should bother to see this movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 The Equalizer 2 (2018) Brad Keefe It's a well-executed popcorn flick with some feeling, and better than the first. I wouldn't even mind a third. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
1/5 Skyscraper (2018) Brad Keefe Skyscraper is... a loud, dumb action flick that doesn't even tip far enough into its B-movie cheese to pass as silly fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Brad Keefe Light and breezy, it's a worthwhile superhero sequel. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 Uncle Drew (2018) Brad Keefe It certainly is passable entertainment that almost feels fresh. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2018
4/5 Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
5/5 First Reformed (2017) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
5/5 Hereditary (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 Beast (2017) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Brad Keefe Solo is an effective and entertaining space western... EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Brad Keefe It's so extreme, it's hilarious. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 RBG (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Brad Keefe It's as good as can be with an overcrowded character stew. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2018
2/5 I Feel Pretty (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) Brad Keefe [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. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
5/5 Isle of Dogs (2018) Brad Keefe If you already want to see "Isle of Dogs," you'll love it. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 Flower (2017) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 Ready Player One (2018) Brad Keefe 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2018