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Rating Title/Year Author
Minari (2020) Joel Oliphint It's warm and funny and heartbreaking at times, depicting a multigenerational family and the layers of perspective therein. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
Truth to Power (2020) Brad Keefe "Truth To Power" is very Serj-focused and sidesteps band drama considerably, but it's an amazing documentary for fans and activists who couldn't care less about band drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Brad Keefe "Judas and the Black Messiah" is both revelatory and revolutionary. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
The Night (2020) Brad Keefe "The Night" is a promising first film that fits the claustrophobia of the moment. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Brad Keefe For director Regina King's first foray behind the camera in a feature film, she is fearless in tackling something so ambitious. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Brad Keefe It's slick, engaging and entertaining. And it has a soundtrack full of pop bangers. It's also a tight, twisty piece of storytelling with a hell of a final (technically fourth) act that might lead to debate. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
2/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Brad Keefe The end result is a movie that tries to do too much, entertaining in fits and starts but ultimately just one last letdown to end the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
4/5 Soul (2020) Brad Keefe "Soul" is a return to Pixar's roots of storytelling above all, but it also leaves me a bit melancholy. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
3/5 Mank (2020) Brad Keefe "Mank" is undeniably a great work of craft worth seeing for the technique alone. It's also classic Oscar bait. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
2/5 Half Brothers (2020) Brad Keefe Despite some meaningful depictions of the immigrant journey, these scenes would be better suited to a more straightforward melodrama. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Gary Lovely "Hillbilly Elegy" tries and fails to be something it isn't - an honest look at the strife of growing up poor in Appalachia. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) Brad Keefe The lighting, setting and vibe are all as warm and comfy as, well, a cardigan. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 Collective (2019) Brad Keefe "Collective" captures both the hard work of journalism and, in its second half, the efforts of good people who attempt to reform a corrupt government, which can feel like a hopeless undertaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Brad Keefe It's an unsettling experience, and one where you need to have some level of comfort not knowing what's going on. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Brad Keefe Overall, "Let Him Go" is worth the ride. Just enjoy the gauzy Big Sky views and be prepared for drivers that don't use turn signals. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Brad Keefe In the sequel titled "Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm," Cohen's latest series of wild semi-documentary set pieces remains as offensive and ridiculous as ever. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 On the Rocks (2020) Brad Keefe You could easily say that there's not much there in terms of the plot of "On the Rocks." It's more about a feeling and a vibe, and it's Coppola's best revisiting of her best film, because it nails both. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Brad Keefe Jenkins and Winger are great casting choices, creating the odd background that developed Old Dolio into an odd apple that didn't fall far from the odd tree. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Brad Keefe It's a history lesson and a rallying cry, solidly executed if not exceptional. But its message couldn't be more timely or important. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Brad Keefe Is it the most uplifting experience you'll have? Oh, hell no. But there's beauty in the bleakness as Kaufman uses the source novel as a jumping-off point for his own exploration of aging, death, loneliness and the fragile string of sanity. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Mulan (2020) Brad Keefe "Mulan" is visually gorgeous with massive battle sequences and moments that rival most any martial arts epics. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
2/5 Tesla (2020) Brad Keefe "Tesla" has moments of creative spark, but overall it didn't connect for me. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Boys State (2020) Brad Keefe "Boys State" is a great addition to an Apple TV+ service that's still starved for additions to its early library. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
Yes, God, Yes (2019) Brad Keefe Dyer, of "Stranger Things" fame, captures all the hesitance of a young woman navigating the awkwardness of adolescence. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Brad Keefe It blends in more indie, arthouse vibe than B-movie, but more often than not it works. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Palm Springs (2020) Brad Keefe Smart, sharp-witted romantic comedy with two equal leads and a dollop of dark humor. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
5/5 Hamilton (2020) Brad Keefe "Hamilton" also brings all of the feeling of a live performance in a time when many of us would do anything to be able to experience that right now. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2020
2/5 Irresistible (2020) Brad Keefe "Irresistible" hops around and never quite can decide on a tone, but the most surprising thing given the talents involved is that it's just not very funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 You Should Have Left (2020) Brad Keefe This one is not on par with Blumhouse's last release (and one of the last wide theatrical releases this year), "The Invisible Man," but grading on a cabin-fever curve, it's a stylish creeper and probably worth the rental. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Brad Keefe It's still quite touching and warm, with its heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/5 The High Note (2020) Brad Keefe It's a music-industry rom-com that boasts some really good performances but can never quite settle on what it wants to be. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
5/5 Beastie Boys Story (2020) Brad Keefe Even as a fan, "Beastie Boys Story" is a revelation. From the baseline of their hardcore roots, their discovery of early hip-hop and the evolution of a sound that's still so uniquely their own, it's a musical document. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
4/5 Circus of Books (2019) Brad Keefe Karen and Barry are so lovable they feel like a work of fiction, with Barry's perpetual grin and Karen's playful awkwardness at her daughter documenting her everyday routines. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 Onward (2020) Brad Keefe In the end, "Onward" ultimately feels like a lesser Pixar effort, an enjoyable movie that won't really stick with viewers. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Brad Keefe This one is a pure crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
2/5 Olympic Dreams (2019) Brad Keefe The plot is thin and light, feeling very improvisational at times. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/5 Downhill (2020) Brad Keefe Flawed as it is, "Downhill" at least aspires to telling an honest story of married life, but I'm not sure I'd make it my Valentine movie pick. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Brad Keefe The sum of the parts doesn't add up to the potential on paper, unfortunately. Ritchie being Ritchie shows that he's self-indulgent in ways that prove he'll never be a Scorcese or a Tarantino. But for a January movie? Not bad. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
2/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Brad Keefe "Bad Boys for Life" is loud, goes on a little too long and tries to wring drama from a plot straight out of a telenovela (a joke that Marcus points out is a little on-the-nose). EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 1917 (2019) Brad Keefe In other words, "1917" often seems built more to wow audience than make them feel. And it may well have been a better film set around extended cuts than fully committing to the one-take gimmick. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Brad Keefe The twists and turns of "Uncut Gems" are best left untold, but it's a devastating experience. It shows an actor tapping into unexpected depths and establishes the Safdies as true auteurs. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Brad Keefe [T]he last chapter of "Star Wars" will be both deeply, immensely satisfying, and also not everything it could have been. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
0/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Brad Keefe "Richard Jewell" is a competent piece of filmmaking, but it's also an irresponsible and thinly veiled propaganda piece, and I'm not the least bit cool with that in 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Brad Keefe The backstory is less effective, but the film is, ahem, elevated by the perfect casting and excellent chemistry between Jones and Redmayne. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Brad Keefe In a movie that is almost unendingly entertaining, Johnson also slides in some jokes tied to the family's political views. The whole affair is a commentary on the bizarre world of the ultra-wealthy, as well as a morality tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 Frozen II (2019) Brad Keefe If you're expecting this sequel to be on the same level you need to let it go, let it gooooo! EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Brad Keefe A sweeping crime-land epic from the noted director, it stands among his best work in years. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Brad Keefe A twisty and uproarious thriller, "Parasite" packs a ton of entertainment around some sharp and timely social satire. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brad Keefe It's a little uneven in places, but the audacity at play here makes it easy for me to overlook some flaws, especially when the unexpected sweetness comes in. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Brad Keefe Like "The Witch," not all audiences are going to be buying what Eggers is selling, but "The Lighthouse" isn't lacking in audacity or originality. And I, for one, can't wait to see what the director will do for his next trick. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019