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Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 () Alissa Wilkinson It's just the kind of movie to pop on one night when you're looking for something fun, silly, and a little mysterious. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Alex Abad-Santos In Woody's search for love, Toy Story 4 reminds us how hard it is to let go. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Last Black Man in San Francisco is heartbreaking and elegiac in all the best ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4.5/5 Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Emily VanDerWerff I'm about to say is a compliment, even if it might not sound like one: Deadwood: The Movie feels like the best TV episode of 1997. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
1.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Godzilla: King of the Monsters has big monster fights in the rain. But it feels by the end like you've just spent hours of your life on a fleeting amusement park ride. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
() Emily VanDerWerff This special might have grown out of nostalgia, or Jimmy Kimmel's ego, or a genuine desire to fete [Norman] Lear while he's still alive. But there's a comfort in ritual, in recreating the same basic ceremony over and over again. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
The Perfection (2018) Aja Romano In essence, the movie looks like it should be a slick, thrilling emotional arc that speaks to women. But beneath the surface, it's something more regressive. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Alissa Wilkinson [Booksmart] is a very satisfying movie for anyone who was never cool enough to see themselves in the star of a '90s teen comedy. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn't have a lot to say, in the end. And yet it manages to capture some of that old-time Hollywood movie magic. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Aja Romano The terrible musical sequences, the lackluster CGI, and the strange creative and emotional restraint that permeates the film frequently flatten Disney's original Aladdin into a cardboard version of itself. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Probably the most delightful thing about The Lighthouse is that it gives Willem Dafoe the role of a lifetime. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4.5/5 () Alissa Wilkinson A Hidden Life is everything [Terrence] Malick's devotees could want from a movie: beautiful, poetic, hewing closely to films like Days of Heaven and Tree of Life. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Rocketman sometimes feels like it's lost its way, especially near the end. But it's still a joyous celebration, a colorful story about love that can help people heal. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Though The Dead Don't Die feels like a gently resigned take on the apocalypse, what lurks below is a pessimism and maybe even nihilism that feels very much of a piece with our time. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Alissa Wilkinson The Souvenir is a painfully precise story of what it is to be in love with someone with addiction - to weather the disappearances, the stolen money, the lies, the heartbreak. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Whatever it lacks in narrative intelligence it makes up abundantly in visual moxie, and in a medium that is first and foremost visual, that's what makes something great. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Wine Country (2019) Alissa Wilkinson For a group of actresses with improv comedy chops, it feels labored at times. And it doesn't have the zany, unpredictable energy of a movie like Bridesmaids. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Emily VanDerWerff I don't know a dang thing about Pokémon, and I really had a great time with Detective Pikachu... I found plenty to enjoy here, and I was never once confounded by what was happening onscreen. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today's American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Alex Abad-Santos The most shocking thing about Avengers: Endgame is that there are several moments within this colossal movie that feel like a Marvel miracle. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 Someone Great (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Someone Great is both sentimental and melancholic, and feels a bit disjointed in the way these movies always do. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 The Perfect Date (2019) Constance Grady It's a perfectly middle-of-the-road teen flick, and it is notable mostly because it gives [Noah] Centineo plenty of opportunities to do what he does best: gaze longingly at girls. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Alex Abad-Santos While its nightmare visuals are stellar, the real villain of the movie is its rotten writing, which turns Hellboy into hanging action sequences loosely stitched together by two or three sentences and a vague suggestion of a narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Mary Magdalene (2018) Alissa Wilkinson t I appreciate the aim of Mary Magdalene, and the ways it reimagines a familiar story with modern implications, even when it falls flat. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Share (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A sensitive, complex, important film - particularly in a world where the lines of consent and accusations of sexual assault still seem to be up for debate. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
The Plagiarists (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It's more interesting as an exercise than a film, but it's funny and clever - even if it's not truly original. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Monos (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A gritty, jarring cinematic style, Monos is less likable than admirable, an achievement with a clear, apocalyptic vision. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Midnight Family (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A sweet, fascinating portrait of a group of people trying to make the best of a bad situation, and sometimes succeeding. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Honeyland (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Sometimes funny, sometimes beautiful, and often enlightening. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Clemency (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A heavy, deliberate film... anchored by an absolutely stunning performance from Woodard. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Practical Magic (1998) Caroline Framke However many stories the movie tries to tackle from Alice Hoffman's original novel, the moments that have lived beyond Practical Magic's expected expiration date celebrate sisterhood with a fierce heart and love that blazes across cities. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Dumbo is no barn-burner, largely forgettable in a way its predecessor wasn't. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Alex Abad-Santos [E]mbracing earnest glee and heartfelt tenderness, Shazam allows us to fully appreciate the magical excitement and wonder that superheroes can supply. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It's horrific in a way that hangs onto your gut when it's all over. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It is grand and awe-inspiring, particularly if you can catch it in IMAX... It's almost as if you're actually on the moon. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Alex Abad-Santos These are all good reasons to root for Carol as she becomes the newest member of the MCU. But Captain Marvel doesn't highlight any of them in a rousing, snappy way. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Mirai no Mirai (2018) Emily VanDerWerff This is a movie for patient viewers, but trust that you will be richly rewarded. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It's a diverting comedy with funny performances. But if you're looking for it to deliver on its title, move along. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It doesn't really add up to much, it's darkly enjoyable as long as you're into all that. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Alissa Wilkinson So profoundly lacking in any insight that it's hard to believe it was greenlit in an era like ours. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 Late Night (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It's a breath of fresh air, a cheeky bit of entertainment that will have the side effect of prodding other star-led comedies to try a little harder. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Untouchable (2019) Alissa Wilkinson A vital document of women regaining control of their own narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rent Live (2019) Aja Romano But to make all of this even weirder, there was a live performance of Rent happening onstage - and it was awesome! EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2.5/5 Native Son (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Progresses in fits and starts; every time you feel like you've locked into it, it seems to slam on the brakes and veer off around the corner. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Emily VanDerWerff I had a good time watching it, but I could always see the filmmakers just offscreen, holding up the big table the Legos were scattered across, sweating and straining to keep the whole thing from toppling over. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
The Village (2004) Emily VanDerWerff It all comes to a head... in perhaps the greatest sequence Shyamalan has ever filmed. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.5/5 Fyre (2019) Alissa Wilkinson You actually come away from Netflix's Fyre feeling like you've got a sense of who McFarland is and why he was able to con so many people into giving him their time, respect, and millions in cash. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 Fyre Fraud (2019) Alissa Wilkinson It is, in essence, a think piece. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Upside (2018) Alissa Wilkinson The proudly clichéd way it deals with class, race, and especially disability feel tin-eared at times. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Alissa Wilkinson Glass feels like fan service that tries too hard to replicate earlier success, and manages to diminish both Unbreakable and Split in retrospect. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019