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Rating Title/Year Author
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
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Brad Keefe Ultimately, Maleficent is more a "Mistress of Wronged and Misunderstood." Not quite as catchy. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 First Love (2019) Brad Keefe "First Love," is the [Takashi Miike] at his most pulpy, entertaining and, well, funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Brad Keefe "Joker" is a character study laced with societal commentary, more art-house than blockbuster. And in a world of ready-made superhero franchises, it's so bold, it's shocking. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Brad Keefe The movie itself has more than its share of flaws, but it's worth the ticket just to see Zellweger's commitment to the role. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Brad Keefe Director Michael Engler, working from a script by Julian Fellowes, bathes the whole movie in feel-good nostalgia that is aimed at fans but somehow accessible to a newbie like me. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Brad Keefe "Hustlers" is a familiar rise-and-fall crime caper concept with some layers, and it manages to say a lot without being preachy. In fact, it's so consistently entertaining, funny and flashy, you might not even get some of the messages. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Brad Keefe When you name your movie "The Peanut Butter Falcon" (Zak's planned wrestling name, by the way), you are announcing that you're a quirky indie. But the joys this movie brings will stick to the roof of your mouth. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Brad Keefe I thought I was ready for "Ready or Not." I was not. It's a sharp, bloody and funny thriller that has both pulpy charms and some sneaky satire. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
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