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Rating Title/Year Author
() Adriana Gomez-Weston "Alice" is a film that chronicles a woman's emotional journey to reclaiming control of her life. One of this year's must-see films, "Alice" is a revelation for audiences, telling us that it's OK to choose the paths we take, despite what society tells us. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 Yardie (2018) Shane Slater The committed performances and unique setting are wasted on a rather predictable revenge plot. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
1/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Karen M. Peterson The time for boring, middle-aged men to succeed at doing nothing, and to be heaped with praise and adoration for it, is over. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Karen M. Peterson "Booksmart" is both an antidote to a male-dominated genre, and a welcome addition to the collection. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3.5/4 The Highwaymen (2019) Karen M. Peterson Kevin Costner brings new levels of dignity to a man haunted by the things he has seen and by the things he knows he needs to do. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 () Alan French Settling into this specific story and eschewing the superfluous context of the situation helps drive home the emotional intensity. This makes Chasing the Thunder an exciting ride from start to nearly finish. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/4 MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Alan French With the 40th anniversary of "Alien" around the corner, "Memory" delivers as a love-letter and film essay to O'Bannon, Scott, and Giger's collective imagination. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Se rokh (2018) Shane Slater 3 Faces poignantly examines the tensions within a society where art and culture don't always make a perfect match. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 The Silence of Others (2018) Alan French "The Silence of Others" carries an essential message for this moment and for the victims of past crimes. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 Captain Marvel (2019) Karen M. Peterson While her story asks some important questions and tackles significant issues, it may not become a universal rallying cry. But with the most impressive powers in the universe, she is well-suited to lead our heroes into the next phase. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 The Weight of Water (2000) Alan French The struggle to stay above the water can be harrowing. Brown and Masser capture the beauty of the journey and emotional stakes of Erik's journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/4 Apollo 11 (2019) Christopher James Apollo 11 doesn't just take us to the moon, it transports us to 1969 and greater contextualizes the national fascination and hunger for exploration. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/4 Los Reyes (2018) Alan French The slice of life documentary makes for a fantastic exploration. While it suffers from pacing issues at times, "Los Reyes" stands out as an incredible work of art. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Karen M. Peterson "Isn't It Romantic" is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who has worn out their DVD copy of "When Harry Met Sally," or who has ever dreamed of a meet-cute in a park. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/4 Greta (2018) Karen M. Peterson Once a staple of 90s horror/thriller cinema, the stalker subgenre takes an unfortunate step backward in Neil Jordan's new film. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/4 First Reformed (2017) Joey Magidson The film features an incredible turn by Ethan Hawke, but can't get out of its own way. Ponderous, pretentious, and intentionally unsatisfying, it's a frustrating experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/4 The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) J. Don Birnam An intimate, beautiful and evocative documentary about the life and thoughts of an inherently fascinating, cantankerous, and progressive woman who, in her old age, just wants to disappear... EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 Paradise Hills (2019) Karen M. Peterson Even if this doesn't break any new barriers, Alice Waddington's voice is a welcome one and it will be fun to see where she goes next. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 () Karen M. Peterson Even when things get sad, they never swerve too far into depressing. This isn't a film that tries to manipulate the viewer into tears. It simply asks you to feel, in whatever way is natural. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
1.5/4 Wounds (2019) Karen M. Peterson The underdeveloped mystery never satisfies. The result is a general sense of bewilderment as the credits roll and you realize that everything is meaningless. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Karen M. Peterson Setting the stage primarily in Los Angeles, Gilroy provides a view of a city that is constantly in motion and never seeming to find its destination...a perfect setting for a supernatural horror film with roots in the contemporary art scene. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Karen M. Peterson The filmmaking is pretty standard, and it hits all the expected plot points, but "Fighting with My Family" has a tremendous amount of heart. It's the kind of feel-good movie that families can enjoy together. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 The Farewell (2019) Karen M. Peterson "The Farewell" is not a film about loss or grief. It is about family and identity and love. It is about the people we are and how we become. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 Gaza (2019) Karen M. Peterson Much like "Cries from Syria" two years ago, "Gaza" should be viewed far and wide. It needs to be seen by the biggest audience possible. The world needs to know the truth of what decades of ignorance have done. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/4 Rent Live (2019) Christopher James However, for reasons both outside of and within its control, Rent Live misses the mark. The earnest nature shines through, but the craftsmanship does not. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 Fyre (2019) Christopher James Fyre succeeds at being both insatiably entertaining while also conscious of the larger impact of the festival. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 Fyre Fraud (2019) Christopher James Overall, Fyre Fraud works better as a longform journalistic piece. It's sprawling and detailed at the same time. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) J. Don Birnam This Mexican remake of the Italian film of the same name is clever, entertaining, and highly persuasive, even if the ultimate message or analysis is not as profound as it thinks. A delectable little piece of dinner theater. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/4 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Alan French Seek this one out as one of the most visually imaginative films of the year. A mashup of noir, heist, action, and surrealist films yields a wholly original concept. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
2.5/4 Second Act (2018) Toni Gonzales Perhaps the brightest and best bit is the chemistry between Lopez and Remini. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Karen M. Peterson Because it is entertaining, "Aquaman" can rest comfortably as the second best film in the DCEU. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5/4 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Joey Magidson A good tearjerker is hiding within "Welcome to Marwen," buried beneath technological quirk and poor pacing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Karen M. Peterson Mary's loving lessons remind us that sometimes we need to simply let go of the bad, embrace the good, and leave ourselves open to a little bit of imagination. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
2.5/4 Vice (2018) Clayton Davis Christian Bale may have delivered the performance of his career as the divisive former Vice President Dick Cheney, hammering home the inclinations and sentiments of a man whose own judgments and motivations are called into question. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
2.5/4 Memoir of War (2017) Shane Slater A somewhat lifeless film saved by handsome production values and a strong central performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/4 First Man (2018) Mark Johnson "First Man" is an astonishing triumph of ingenuity and dexterity - simply brilliant. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 The Front Runner (2018) Mark Johnson At its best, "The Front Runner" is snappy and quick-witted, with dialogue that keeps the pace moving as best as it can. The problem, however, is less with the screenplay, and more with the tedious direction that has often plagued a Jason Reitman film. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Mark Johnson The chemistry between Redford and Spacek's lights up the screen with the sizzle and crackle of a prescribed Midwestern burn. It was a pleasure to watch the film legends bounce tender moments off each other. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 The Front Runner (2018) Joseph Braverman At its best, "The Front Runner" is snappy and quick-witted, with dialogue that keeps the pace moving as best as it can. The problem, however, is less with the screenplay, and more with the tedious direction that has often plagued a Jason Reitman film. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
4/4 First Man (2018) Joseph Braverman "First Man" is an astonishing triumph of ingenuity and dexterity - simply brilliant. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Destroyer (2018) Mark Johnson There are a few good components going on in the film, most notably Kidman's brilliant and harrowed performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 Killer Bees (2017) Mark Johnson "Killer Bees" does a terrific job showing the significance that high school athletics plays in the life of a kid, and the gravity of value that one person can add to the life of a developing youth. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2.5/4 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Joseph Braverman Transitioning from horror to neo-noir with "Under the Silver Lake," Mitchell once again infiltrates the hyperactive mind of paranoid youth. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
3.5/4 Vox Lux (2018) Joseph Braverman Natalie Portman is as convincing a pop star icon as she is a legendary actor. Part of what makes Portman the most daring of performers is her wondrous ability to navigate a scene. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2018
2/4 The Mule (2018) Joey Magidson Bloated, meandering, and completely lacking in tension, it's a throwaway effort that has no business being spoken of in the same breath as the legend's best work. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 Supa Modo (2018) Shane Slater A true delight in its unbridled humanity. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3.5/4 Dumplin' (2018) Christopher James It's fun, warms your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/4 Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Joey Magidson Not only does "Springsteen on Broadway" work on its own as a Netflix special, it gives you all the same feels seeing the show live at the Walter Kerr Theater brought out. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 The Party's Just Beginning (2018) Joey Magidson By and large, Gillan clearly showcases a handle on the gig. With this outing, she's established herself as a multi-hyphenate to watch out for. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 Village Rockstars (2017) Shane Slater Das' warm direction conveys a palpable affection for these people. But the thin plot keeps the audience at a distance. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018